The Garden House apartments in Dublin 3 first hit the market in 2007, at the worst possible time for the developer, Donal Carroll. The apartments were well built and well situated, but nothing could breathe life into a punctured property market.

Fast forward to the present and a small scheme of energy-efficient apartments, close to the city centre and overlooking a pitch and putt course, is a much easier sell for estate agents.

The pitch and putt course is behind the apartment block and the Stella Maris football club is next door. So despite the return of cranes to the streets of the north city, these apartments are unlikely to have their sky obstructed any time soon.

No40 is a duplex on the second and third floor of the block, and it overlooks the pitch and putt course which makes for a nice relaxing view – at least as long as no one is losing their temper on the field of play.

The view can be had from the main, open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen, which occupies almost the whole of the upper floor. It measures over 17ft by 20ft and has high ceilings and solid oak floors, and gives onto a terrace 20ft long.

The bedrooms, of which there are two, are on the lower level. Both have floor-to-ceiling windows and the main bedroom has an en suite shower. The overall floor area is 1,066 sq ft, with a C1 energy rating, and there’s attic storage as well.

Designated parking is in the basement, with a lift.

The Garden House is a gated scheme at Waterfall Avenue, off Richmond Road. Half an hour or so on foot will get you to O’Connell Street, and Drumcondra train station is about 15 minutes’ walk. What’s more you’re not too far from the sea at Clontarf for a bracing waterfront stroll.

Apartment No40 is for sale for €465,000 with Owen Reilly (01) 677 7100.

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