Built in the 1920s as a council estate, Devitt Villas is slap bang in the middle of the south Dublin seaside village of Glasthule.
Its L-shape connects Eden Road to Adelaide Road and many of those living on Eden Road and beyond use the narrow road linking it to the village as a short cut. The Dart station is a few minutes on foot, the sea front just a few minutes’ east while the village and its abundance of eateries are almost on your doorstep. Dún Laoghaire and the hugely popular swim spot, the Forty Foot, meanwhile are just a short walk away.
While most of the houses in Devitt Villas are double-fronted, many have their green space converted to accommodate up to two cars which has made their front gardens rather small. All have high hedges, however, giving them a great sense of privacy. Part of the estate overlooks a car park that is bookended by coffee spots where locals sit outside throughout the day.
Number 1 is an end-of-terrace three-bed whose front door faces the car park. It has large wrap-around gardens to the front and back.
Buyers looking at it will know that homes on the road in walk-in condition have commanded premiums for their proximity to just about everything. Number 9, on the same side of the street, sold last August for €871,000, having been completely modernised by its architect owner. The C2 Ber-rated mid-terrace property, which extended to 105sq m (1,130sq ft) had come to the market seeking €825,000.
Number 1 is bright and airy throughout and was renovated in 2005. This property has the same Ber rating as number 9 but is larger, measuring 115 sq m (1,237 sq ft) and is seeking €850,000 through agents DNG.
Its unique selling point is the potential to extend to the side. The house sits on a 0.09-acre plot with the front garden accounting for 00.3 of an acre or 126 sq m (1,356 sq ft), while the back garden covers 75 sq m (807 sq ft).
But the house is a decent size as it is and in walk-in condition. To the back is a dual-aspect kitchen with more light streaming in from Velux windows on its sloping roof.
There are two reception rooms to the front, a sitting room and a separate study. Both overlook the front garden which is screened by a mature hedge. There’s also a full-size family bathroom at entrance level and a separate internal utility room.
The front garden faces west while the back garden faces due east. It isn’t particularly overlooked so you will get sun all day in the latter and in parts of the former.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms consisting of two doubles and a single, and a guest toilet but no shower so daily ablutions will have to be performed downstairs.
*This article was amended on Wednesday, May 25th