Today we’re looking at where to find Ireland’s most upmarket properties and providing some examples of what you can expect to get for your money.
While the country may be known for its bargain properties, there are also some wonderfully palatial country estates and city pads out there for those of you with more ‘healthy’ budgets. We’re revealing where you’ll find Ireland’s most upmarket enclaves and what types of property you can hope to secure for the big bucks.
Many of Ireland’s most expensive properties are found in and around the nation’s capital
Many of Ireland’s most expensive properties are found in and around the nation’s capital. South Dublin is the most expensive market and Sandycove is Dublin’s most expensive area, where the average property is €790,000 (£726,380) but some houses fetch up to €8million. Other upmarket Dublin suburbs include Foxrock, Mount Merrion, Monkstown and Blackrock, which all have average properties in excess of €750,000 (£689,000).
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Sandycove is a seaside suburb located to the south of the city centre. The area was made famous by James Joyce, who set the opening scene of Ulysses in the Martello Tower, and which is now the James Joyce Museum. Here you’ll find a beautiful harbour and beaches with shallow water that make them perfect for paddling families. This is also the location of the Forty Foot, a traditional Irish bathing spot where some hardy souls dare to swim all year round.
Enjoy views of the ocean and of Joyce’s Martello Tower from the top floor of this prestigious five-bedroom terrace property, which is on the market for €1,800,000 (£1.65m). The front garden of the three storey Victorian property is a real suntrap and enjoys a west-facing patio area. Many period embellishments have been well maintained from the marble fireplaces to the ceiling coving and elaborate window shutters. In the rear, the garden is set over two levels, the second tier of which opens up into a detached mews, which has its own kitchen, sitting/dining area, two-bedrooms, a bathroom and its own private entrance. The property comes with all of its kitchen appliances, curtains and carpets. If the buyer wishes it would be possible to convert the property’s basement into a separate premises, with planning permission permitted.
Blackrock is another exclusive south Dublin suburb overlooking the waters of Dublin Bay.
Blackrock is another exclusive south Dublin suburb overlooking the waters of Dublin Bay. Here you’ll find desirable residential addresses, one of the country’s best private hospitals and a private boys’ school. You’ll notice a distinctly bohemian vibe, with a number of galleries, cafes and Blackrock Market, a weekend market full of vintage clothing, furniture, jewellery and antiques that attracts shoppers from all over Dublin.
This beautiful period property in the centre of Blackrock is on the market for €1,995,000 (£1.83m). With three main reception rooms and five-double bedrooms, the end of terrace property offers ample space for all the family. Enjoy original features including a mightily impressive entrance hall, interconnecting reception rooms, sash windows, high ceilings, ornate plasterwork and cornicing and marble fireplaces. The walled back garden has a sunny lawn and patio area and is kept wonderfully private due to its mature trees and shrubs. There is a detached garage and ample off-road parking.
If Dublin isn’t for you, you could always look to County Cork and to the exclusive village of Kinsale. Prices in this charming, colourful harbour town do start at just €300,000 (£275,600) but if you’re looking at the higher end of the market, you’re likely to find four and five-bedroom properties with sea views starting from €975,000.
Introducing Kinsale’s wonderful Swiss Cottage, perched on an 0.34 acre site overlooking the town’s picturesque harbour. The property’s vantage point means that it enjoys panoramic views of Charles Fort and James Fort, Castlepark Marina and Ardback.
The property enjoys lots of natural light in its open plan living areas and in the conservatory, which is perfectly placed at the front of the property for capitalising on those splendid views. Upstairs you’ll find a magnificent living room with open fireplace, which opens out onto a sizeable balcony. There are four double bedrooms and three large bathrooms. The property is on the market for €1,250,000 (£1,149,000).
County Wicklow is a beautiful region to the south of Dublin known for its spectacular Irish Sea coastline, the Wicklow Mountains, the beautiful Wicklow Way, and vast country estates. One of the most exclusive, and most picturesque, villages in County Wicklow is Enniskerry. Here, you’re not only on the doorstep of the magnificent countryside that makes the County so famous, but you can enjoy excellent cafes and shops against a backdrop of picture-perfect cottages and a charming village green. Smaller properties in Enniskerry start at around €500,000. It’s also possible to find something more spacious with a considerable amount of land for €875,000 but if you’re on the hunt for something truly special, you’re looking at a budget of €1,000,000 and up.
County Wicklow is a beautiful region to the south of Dublin known for its vast country estates.
A property as special as Enniskerry Lodge is a rare find on the Irish property market. Dating back to 1820 and set amongst an acre of magnificent landscaped gardens, this property, which used to be a stagecoach house for the Powerscourt’s Estate, is encircled by its own dry moat and is on the market for €2,750,000 (£2,527,000). The property is ideally located close to Enniskerry town, yet only a 30-minute drive into the centre of Dublin. The Georgian residence boasts elegant period features throughout. On the ground floor you’ll find four spacious reception rooms, which flow through to a rear staircase, providing access to the garden and the first floor. Upstairs are four large double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
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