Successive owners of Number 76 Trimleston Gardens in Booterstown, County Dublin, have done their very best to make the most of what the house had to offer.
The 1940s-built semi-detached property has been extended to 1,464 sq ft, adding a kitchen at the back and turning the garage into a sizeable family room.
It's well maintained and decorated in a feminine style, with colonial-style window shutters, pale wooden floors, and a soft, muted palette of colours.
The stained glass front door opens to a wood-floored entrance hall with a guest toilet to the left. The bay-windowed family room is on the left, and might be used as a fifth bedroom if the need arose.
To the right are two open-plan reception rooms - a living room and a dining room knocked through. The living area has a bay window and fireplace, and the dining room also has a fireplace, fitted with a gas fire. French doors in the dining room can also be thrown open into the breakfast room, making for an area that's over 33 ft long in total, ideal for entertaining.
The blue-painted kitchen has two roof windows and French doors leading into the back garden, while the adjoining breakfast room, which has a glass roof, opens onto the patio. Upstairs are four bedrooms and a bathroom.
There's space to park two cars on the gravelled front drive, and there's side access to the back garden, which measures 60ft by 28ft and includes a granite patio, a lawn and shrubs.
It's about 10 minutes' walk to the Dart station at Booterstown, or five minutes' drive to the Stillorgan Road. Fans of ensuites may want to turn the small bedroom upstairs into an adjoining bath for the master bedroom.
Beirne & Wise, (01) 668 2268, is handling the sale of 76 Trimleston Gardens for €845,000.
Estate agents often describe houses as being in walk-in or turnkey condition, but it's rare that they live up to the hype. Period properties refurbished during the years of the Celtic Tiger are frequently over-done, the décor at odds both with the bones of the house itself, and with the more subtle approach to interiors that is currently in vogue.
David Roche MP stood up in Westminster in 1833 and said that as somone who lived in the heart of County Limerick for 20 years, "the Irish people were as peaceable as any other portion of his majesty's subjects."