Upbeat options for city downsizers
Continued from page 1
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.
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