Up­beat op­tions for city down­siz­ers

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market -

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St Anne’s is in many ways an ideal down­sizer.

The din­ing area, kitchen and liv­in­groom are all of a piece, run­ning from the front to the back of the apart­ment with the kitchen gal­ley-style in the cen­tre. A gas-fit­ted fire­place in the liv­ing space has a pleas­ant, cream-coloured mar­ble sur­round. Glass floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and doors make the most of the moun­tain views and the 12sq m bal­cony adds con­sid­er­ably to the sense of space.

The main bed­room is en suite, with a bank of wood-fin­ish wardrobes. The sec­ond, con­sid­er­ably smaller, bed­room over­looks the city with floor to ceil­ing glass out to a bal­cony. Num­ber 98 comes with a cou­ple of un­der­ground park­ing s paces. Ser­vice charges amount to ¤2,500 per year.

Dublin 6, ¤495,000

24 Home Vil­las, Don­ny­brook Agent: Eoin O’Neill Prop­erty Ad­vi­sors For those who don’t fancy a move to an apart­ment, and would pre­fer a small house with their own front door, 24 Home Vil­las is a real propo­si­tion. It cer­tainly ticks all the lo­ca­tion boxes: Her­bert Park is be­side it and Don­ny­brook vil­lage with good trans­port links to the city cen­tre is just me­tres away in the other di­rec­tion. Num­ber 24 was built in 1913 and has the solid struc­ture you’d ex­pect in a 60sq m (645sq ft) two-storey red­brick of the pe­riod.

Blank can­vas

In need of a com­plete re­furb it’s a blank can­vas for some­one who wants to cre­ate a home to suit a down­sized life. Un­usu­ally the ven­dor’s fam­ily have lived at num­ber 24 since it was built in 1913. “Just one care­ful owner for 104 years,” he says. “We used call Her­bert Park our back gar­den and spent more time there than in the house. My grand­fa­ther chose our house be­cause it wasn’t over­looked at the front. It was, and is, a very bright house, and was al­ways a very happy house too.”

Apart from a rear ex­ten­sion bath­room lit­tle has been done to num­ber 24 over the years. There are two first-floor bed­rooms and, on the ground floor, a liv­ing/din­ing room, kitchen and bath­room. The rear, de­cent-sized court­yard could be ex­tended into, as has been done in neigh­bour­ing houses, most of which have been modernised and in­ter­nally re­designed.

The ¤495,000 price quoted by agent Eoin O’Neill Prop­erty Ad­vi­sors, for what is an ex­ecu­tor’s sale, re­flects the work needed. Num­ber 60 sold in Fe­bru­ary for ¤560,000, num­ber 42 sold in Septem­ber last year for ¤505,000 and a com­pletely re­fur­bished num­ber 55 sold for ¤681,055 last sum­mer.

Home Vil­las, Don­ny­brook

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