When the houses at Northumberland Avenue in Dun Laoghaire were built, they had as their eminent neighbour Corrig Castle, a hulking 17th-century keep that became a Red Cross hospital during the First World War.
In the 1930s, the castle suddenly found itself standing in the way of progress - standing, specifically, in the way of those trying to progress from Northumberland Avenue to Corrig Road - so it was demolished.
The Georgian-style terraced houses at Northumberland Avenue survive however, and indeed many remain much as they were when they were built in the 1830s. Although rather too many have sacrificed their front gardens on the altar of off-street parking.
Among these is Number 32 Northumberland Avenue which, despite the gravelled front garden, still has many period features, including ornate plasterwork and fireplaces, though with gas inserts. It's on three storeys including a basement, which is in flats at the moment, and it has 3,046 sq ft of accommodation in total.
Left of the entrance hall on the ground floor is a large, dual-aspect living room running the full length of the house. To the right of the hall, there's a TV room, opening into a kitchen at the back, and there's also a guest toilet and utility room on this level.
The first floor has four bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite shower, and there's a bathroom on the first-floor return.
There are two flats in the basement, each with a living room, kitchen, bathroom and one bedroom, and they have their own heating systems.
The back garden has a lawn and patio, and you can reach it from both the basement and the hall level.
Number 32 Northumberland Avenue is about three minutes' walk from George's Street, and it's for sale for €985,000 with Lisney Dun Laoghaire, (01) 280 6820.