Town­house in em­bassy belt

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE

De­scrip­tion: Two-bed town­house with court­yard on quiet lane Agent: Quillsen Heytes­bury Lane, close to Dublin 4’s Water­loo Road, fea­tures many ar­chi­tect-de­signed prop­er­ties se­creted away be­hind im­pos­ing gates.

83b, a 76sq m (818sq ft) town­house de­signed by McCrossan O’Rourke Man­ning Ar­chi­tects, was con­structed along with two sim­i­lar ad­join­ing prop­er­ties in 1997. On the ground floor is a liv­ing room, with a fine-sized kitchen and din­ing area to the rear. Up­stairs are two good-sized bed­rooms, both of which are bright, and a fam­ily bath­room.

One of the sell­ing points of this prop­erty is the spa­cious court­yard to the rear. Al­though unloved, it of­fers huge po­ten­tial due to its ori­en­ta­tion, and green spa­ces are at a pre­mium in this highly de­sir­able part of Balls­bridge.

As the prop­erty has been rented, it feels a tad jaded and could do with an up­grade – the maple floor­ing needs a good sanding and the kitchen tiles darken the room, even though it has lots of light.

There is off-street park­ing for one car be­hind the tall gates, which also fea­ture an in­ter­com for pri­vacy.

The ask­ing price of €615,000 through es­tate agent Quillsen, rep- re­sents €750per sq ft. With the go­ing rate for lux­ury apart­ments in Balls­bridge hav­ing breached the €1,000 per sq ft mark of late – one-bed­room apart­ments in Lans­downe Place are €1,161per sq ft – there is room to up­grade with­out huge ex­pense.

The much sought after lo­ca­tion would suit those look­ing to down­size, or in­di­vid­u­als who wish to re­side in the em­bassy belt.

The fact that the house is self-con­tained and does not have an­nual main­te­nance charges will also ap­peal to prospec­tive buy­ers as an al­ter­na­tive to an apart­ment.

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