Where the Phoenix Park is your shared front gar­den

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - ALANNA GALLAGHER

De­scrip­tion: Three-bed ter­raced house with a smart east-fac­ing back gar­den Agent: DNG If you like big wide open spa­ces then an ad­dress at In­fir­mary Road might be just for you. The busy thor­ough­fare runs along­side the Phoenix Park giv­ing you 15 acres of park­land as a shared front gar­den.

Num­ber 26 is a smartly dec­o­rated 1930s prop­erty that mea­sures 92sq m /990sq feet and opens into a hall of black and white checker­board tiles.

The liv­ing room, to the front, has an open fire­place and orig­i­nal pol­ished floor­boards. There is a for­mal dining room to the rear with an orig­i­nal painted cast-iron fire­place and French doors open­ing out to a lovely paved east-fac­ing gar­den that is about 45 feet long.

The out­door space is pri­vate and has pedes­trian rear ac­cess, very handy for tak­ing bins out.

The kitchen is small and has a gas-fired Range­mas­ter range cooker and gran­ite coun­ter­tops. There’s a back door lead­ing out­side and the po­ten­tial to ex­tend the kitchen into small out­houses to the rear.

Up­stairs the bath­room has been mod­ernised and has a Grohe shower in the bath, tiled niches and a heated towel rail. There are two good-size dou­bles but the wardrobe space at the mo­ment is lim­ited in both. There is a large sin­gle that would also work as a study. You can hear the traf­fic in these front rooms and the street forms part of many bus routes in­clud­ing the reg­u­lar cross-town 46A. The house has an E1 Ber rat­ing.

Be­hind In­fir­mary Road at the end of Mont­pel­lier Gar­dens is O’ Deveny Gar­dens, one of Dublin’s most di­lap­i­dated flat com­plexes, now all but empty. Built in the 1950s, the flats were to have been re­de­vel­oped un­der a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship but af­ter sev­eral de­lays the deal col­lapsed in 2008. Eight years later Dublin City Coun­cil is to de­mol­ish the last four re­main­ing blocks of flats, fully clear­ing the site, to make way for a new de­vel­op­ment of some 400 homes, 30 per cent of which will be used for so­cial hous­ing. Eleven ten­ants re­mained in situ.

At the top of the road is the North Cir­cu­lar Road en­trance to the Phoenix Park. Heuston Sta­tion and its Luas stop are less than a five-minute walk.

The prop­erty is ask­ing ¤449,000 through agents DNG.

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