'True blue' Phibsboro terrace
238 Phibsboro Road €449k
Phibsboro Road in Dublin 7 was a busy sort of street in the early 20th century, populated by hard-working, conscientious people. For the most part, at least.
Take 238 Phibsboro Road, which on the night of the 1901 census was occupied by a compositor, his wife (a book folder) and his son, also a compositor. There were four daughters too, all going to school. By the time the 1911 census came around, the four daughters had all found useful occupations - as a butcher, a dressmaker, a photographer and a milliner.
The entire family was Roman Catholic, unlike their neighbour next door in Number 239, who described himself on the census form as a "true blue Protestant" and had no occupation at all. It is not unreasonable to suppose that neighbourly relations might not have been all that cordial.
Number 238 is part of a 19th-century brick terrace, and its owners have kept up the tradition of industriousness as far as the house is concerned. It's been carefully maintained and tastefully finished and is as neat as a pin inside.
The ground floor has two reception rooms right of the entrance hall - a living room at the front which opens through double doors to a dining room at the back.
To the rear of the house is a galley-style kitchen with a breakfast bar, and there are two bedrooms upstairs.
The internal floor area comes to 1,023 sq ft.
There's a paved garden out the back with pedestrian access, and a small garden out the front as well.
It's about five minutes' walk from here to the lovely city amenity that is the Blessington Street Basin. The cross-city Luas, when it opens, will stop at Broadstone, less than five minutes' walk away.
The agent is DNG Phibsboro (01) 830 0989 and the asking price is €449,000.