Butter-brick in Rathmines… and three other homes for trading up

No 5 Bessborough Parade is within walking distance of the villages of Rathmines and Rathgar, with numerous cafes, restaurants, shops and parks in the immediate vicinity.

This is a unique curved terrace of just 16 houses dating from the 1840s, the concave shape of the terrace is dictated by the site, which is bounded by a tributary of the Swan river. The views take in the copper-domed roof of Rathmines church.

The two-/ three-bedroom terraced house, with its attractive butter-brick facade, is in excellent condition, having been thoroughly renovated in recent years, while retaining period features including stained glass door panels, ceiling cornices and centre roses.

In total, there’s 133sqm of living space, excluding a room in the converted attic currently used as a home office. There are two interconnecting reception rooms off the hall, with a separate kitchen, utility and connecting loo to the rear. The dining area of the kitchen has a double height ceiling with Velux skylights and French doors with a fanlight window above, leading to a pretty courtyard garden.

On the return there is a study or third bedroom, and a new family bathroom, while up on the first floor there are two double bedrooms. Upgrades to the property in recent years include double-glazed timber sash windows, gas-fired central heating with under-floor heating on the ground floor and a new slate roof.

The area has good transport links, with the Luas at Ranelagh, several bus routes and the Canal Way cycle route. Schools nearby include the Ranelagh Multi-D, Scoil Bhride, Sandford Park, Kildare Place, St Mary’s, Gonzaga and Muckross.

Agent: Savills (01) 662 4300

Semi-detached in Dartry

No 19 St Kevin’s Park is one of only six semi-detached houses, dating from the 1950s, tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac better known for its imposing redbrick period houses. The house is in need of modernisation but has a large, private rear garden and side access, so there is plenty of room to extend, subject to planning permission. Currently, the house has 151sqm of living space, with an entrance hall, large interconnecting living/dining room, breakfast room, kitchen, shower room and separate loo on the ground floor. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms and a family bathroom, with a large attic offering the potential to extend upwards, subject again to planning permission. The location is two miles from St Stephen’s Green.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Ranelagh (01) 496 9909

Renovated in Rathgar

No 4 Wesley Road is an Edwardian mid-terrace, part-red-brick house that has been renovated by the current owners whilst still retaining many of its period features including cornice work, fireplaces and high ceilings. This quiet cul-de-sac is located off Rathgar Road, immediately adjacent to the village, with its shops, restaurants and schools. Off the entrance hall is the sitting room with bay window to the front, while to the rear lies a bright open-plan dining/living area with French doors that lead directly to the secluded patio garden. The kitchen extension and renovation was completed in 2011 and features white high-gloss kitchen units with white marble worktop and integrated appliances. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Agent: Lisney (01) 492 4670

Immaculate in Milltown

No 2a Palmerstown Grove is a modern detached house located in a quiet development of just 20 houses off Milltown Road, beside Ramleh Park. Built in the mid-1990s, the house has 148sqm of living space and looks out over the communal gardens across the road. There’s off-street parking to the front and a private south-east facing garden to the rear. On the ground floor there’s an entrance hall, living room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, sun-room and guest loo, while upstairs are two double bedrooms (one en suite), one single bedroom and a family bathroom. A block-built shed in the garden is plumbed for utilities. The house is in pristine condition and suitable either as a family house or for buyers seeking to downsize from a larger house in the area.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Ranelagh (01) 496 9909

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