What will €550,000 buy?

Town and country

Address: 74 Lakelands Close, Upper Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Co Dublin

Agent: Lisney

This four-bedroom, semi-detached house, with 126sq m (1,356sq ft) was built in the late 1960s but has been remodelled since. Downstairs are two interconnecting reception rooms, a kitchen, utility room, shower room and third reception; all wrapping around the hall. Upstairs are four bedrooms and a bathroom. BER D1

Plus: South-west facing 27m (75ft) garden with a good degree of privacy

Minus: The downstairs could be reconfigured to have a bigger kitchen and dining space overlooking the garden

Address: Rampark, Jenkinstown, Co Louth

Agent: Blue Sky Property

On an acre of land looking out to sea at Dundalk Bay, with the Cooley Mountains behind, this four-bedroom house is not short of views. Measuring 339 sq m (3,649sq ft), it has a livingroom with underfloor heating, open fire and double-height ceiling, a sittingroom, kitchen and breakfastroom with sea views, utility, study and office suite with toilet. Upstairs are four bedrooms, two with en suites.

Plus: Beautiful condition, tastefully done, and great views

Minus: Plenty of outdoor space but the lack of planting around the house makes it look a little bare.

Emma Cullinan

Emma Cullinan

Emma Cullinan, a contributor to The Irish Times, specialises in architecture, design and property