Town and Country

What will €475,000 buy?

Address: 73 Highfield Park, Dundrum Dublin 14
Agent: Hooke and Macdonald

Between Milltown and Dundrum, this 103sq m (1,109 sq ft) house backs on to the Luas tracks (near Windy Arbour) and is not overlooked, except by tram passengers getting passing glimpses. On the ground floor are two livingrooms, one at the front of the house, beside the hall, and the other at the back, overlooking the west-facing garden. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a bathroom. Outside is plenty of space for cars, in a garage as well as a driveway and there’s a lawn out front too. BER: E2.

While it does need an upgrade, there is a good palette to build on, including some timber floors and tiled fireplaces with a retro charm .

You’ll need to get used to the Luas track running at the back of the garden. The ground floor layout is odd with a kitchen tucked between two livingrooms.


Address: Garanfada House, Dromineer, Co Tipperary
Agent: Ganly Walters

Overlooking Lough Derg and near Dromineer village, which has a marina, is this four-bedroom 195sq m (2,100sq ft) house. It sits on eight acres of land comprising a five-acre paddock, mature trees, double garage and 300m of lake frontage with a landing place for a rowing boat. On the ground floor is a livingroom leading to a kitchen and breakfastroom, which has doors to a terrace. Upstairs are four bedrooms one with an en suite, as well as a separate bathroom. BER: D2.

Fantastic location overlooking Lough Derg with well-tended lawns, trees and shrubbery.

The mullions on the PVC windows and doors are clunky. A road cuts through the land between the house and lake.

Emma Cullinan

Emma Cullinan

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