What will €199,000 buy in Dublin and Wicklow?

An apartment in Dublin 11 or a period house in Co Wicklow


Address: 215 Premier Square, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
Agent: Colman Grimes Estate Agent
On the third floor, this 75sq m (807sq ft) apartment is in a scheme just off Finglas Road. The south-facing living room opens to a balcony through floor-to-ceiling windows and is joined to the kitchen. One of the two bedrooms has an en suite and there is a separate bathroom. Management fees are €1,400 a year. BER: C3  
Plus: Bright, nicely presented property in good condition
Minus: Balcony overlooks a car park and apartment block

Address: St Mary’s Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow
Agent: DNG Somers Properties
This 316sq m (3,400sq ft) period house has 12 rooms in all, including five bedrooms. It has great proportions and period features such as high ceilings, tall windows, timber floors, cornicing, shutters and fireplaces. It is a walk away from the high street and buses and trains. The house needs work but promises rich rewards. BER: F
Plus: Handsome house with great proportions and space
Minus: Need works and the extension does not address the garden well