Take two: north and south for €500k


A four-bed semi off Griffith Avenue has plenty of space for family living; across town in Ranelagh, a two-bed terraced house could be returned to its original layout

Drumcondra €515,000

39, Lambay Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

On Lambay Road, between Griffith Avenue Road and Home Farm Road in Drumcondra, Dublin 9, number 39 is a fine-sized four-bedroom family house.

The house, which measures 162 sq m (1,744 sq ft), is too big for its owners, who are downsizing. The semi-detached property has an asking price of €515,000 through DNG.

Steps made of railway sleepers lead up to a wisteria-clad porch. The family room, with its charming cast-iron fireplace, is to the right of the small hall.

Glass double doors lead from it to the living room, a large space with French doors that open on to a west-facing decked area that runs the width of the house

Double doors lead from the family room through to a country style painted kitchen. It has a Belfast-style sink and a cream Elan range cooker with gas hob and electric double ovens.

A door off the kitchen leads to a small sitting room with a small cast-iron fireplace. This is currently where the dog sleeps, but it would make a great den for tweens or teens.

In addition to the clever reception space downstairs there is a long rear garden that extends to approximately 100 ft.

This area comprises a large, sheltered decked area featuring railway-sleeper steps leading up to a raised and lawned garden.

Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, of which the main one is en suite. There are two more roomy doubles with built-in storage, as well as a sizeable single. The family bathroom has a freestanding roll-top bath and a separate shower.

At the front of the house, there is off-street parking for two cars.

Description: A sizeable four-bedroom semi-detached house with a 100-ft west-facing back garden and off-street parking for two cars.

Agent: DNG

Ranelagh €525,000

9 Cherryfield Ave, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Description: A three-bedroom period terraced house with a west-facing patio garden that has been converted to a two-bedroom property.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald

Just off Sandford Road in Ranelagh, 9 Cherryfield Avenue is a two bedroom terraced house in a quiet cul-de-sac.

The bay-fronted house has been refurbished and extended to 105 sq m (1,130 sq ft) and has an asking price of €525,000 through Sherry FitzGerald.

The coloured glass front door opens on to two interconnecting reception rooms of small proportions.

The front room has a very fine marble fireplace with copper Art Nouveau fire hood.

Folding doors lead into the dining room at the rear, beside which is a large shower room. There is solid oak flooring throughout the ground floor.

At the back is a decent-size, eat-in kitchen. French doors lead to a small, west-facing patio garden.

A second door off the kitchen leads out to a very small courtyard that looks into the rear of the dining room.

This space needs some work to make the view from the dining room into the kitchen more appealing. It would certainly benefit from some strategic planting to soften the view of the extension.

While there is plenty of room downstairs, there are just two bedrooms upstairs. The main bedroom, at the front, has a bay window and plenty of built-in storage.

There is a sizeable double bedroom to the rear.

Originally, the house had featured three bedrooms but the present owners merged the single box room on the first-floor return with the existing bathroom to make one much bigger family bathroom.

New owners might prefer to undo this in order to reclaim a third bedroom or home office and retain the family bathroom.