Bigger and better on popular Rathfarnham strip for €950,000

Five-bed semi-detached features open-plan living area and home office in rear garden

50 Riverside Drive, Castlepark, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.
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Address: 50 Riverside Drive, Castlepark, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Price: €950,000
Agent: DNG
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The supply of large family properties in walk-in condition located in popular Dublin suburbs has tightened considerably since March. Many homeowners who might have planned 2020 as the year to trade up, or down, have held back.

The two lockdowns coincided with what are traditionally the biggest residential property selling seasons – spring and autumn. Those family houses that made it on to the market tended to sell or at least go sale agreed very quickly, despite the various restraints posed by Covid-19 restrictions.

Number 50 Riverside Drive, Rathfarnham, will tick all the right boxes for many large families on the move who have been frustrated by the lack of supply in the neighbourhood, particularly families in smaller properties in Churchtown or Rathfarnham looking to trade up and to remain in the area. In terms of property transactions, this tends to be a local market.

Riverside is one of three roads in Castle Park close to the Castle golf club – the others mostly McIlvenna-built in the 1940s and 1950s being Woodside and Hillside. These three roads are regarded by locals as the most sought after in the area.


Semi-detached, number 50 has five bedrooms and 199sq m/2,142sq ft of space. The current owners’ renovation about 12 years ago did the sort of work that greatly improves these 1940s semi-detached houses. They extended to the side, incorporating the garage into living accommodation and building over it for additional bedrooms. They also built across the rear to create a spacious open-plan living, dining and kitchen area.

Living area.
Rear garden.
Rear door.

The original front reception room was left as is. Extending to the front gave the now double-fronted property a roomy hallway. There remains one further extension possibility for the new owner: to convert the attic for a sixth bedroom, something that others on the road have done.

The owners, who are trading up locally, have been working from home and recently installed a large, detached garden room to use as a home office. The 30m-long rear garden is southeast facing. To the front they installed electric gates and there is off-street parking for a couple of cars.

Number 50 Riverside Drive is for sale through DNG seeking €950,000.

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison is an Irish Times journalist and cohost of In the News podcast