What will €400,000 buy?

Town and country

Address: 31 Saunders House, Spencer Dock, Docklands, Dublin 1

Agents: Owen Reilly and Hooke & MacDonald

On the fourth floor of a block by Scott Tallon Walker architects, this two-bedroom, 86sq m (925.7sq ft) apartment is dual-aspect. Inside is a living room with off-set kitchen, two bedrooms (one with en suite), a bathroom and terrace. The scheme has a concierge and CCTV. BER: B2

Plus: Dual-aspect with glazed sliding doors to balconies from the living room and bedrooms


Minus: The generous hall, pleasing in itself, takes quite a lot of space from other rooms

Address: Lisfannon, Fahan, Buncrana, Co Donegal

Agent: Feargal McLaughlin

This 225sq m (2,429sq ft) house overlooks Lough Swilly and is close to Lisfannon Beach. The well-presented house has large windows and a conservatory through which to enjoy the sea views . Accommodation includes kitchen, utility, two sitting rooms, conservatory, five bedrooms (two with en suites), bathroom, sauna, den and study. Outside is a deck and lawn surrounded by trees. BER: E2

Plus: Waterside location and interior in good condition

Minus: The fence outside the conservatory seems a bit heavy-handed, interrupting views at low level

Emma Cullinan

Emma Cullinan

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