What will €500,000 buy?

Town and country


Address: 35 Dollymount Park, Clontarf, Dublin 3

Agent: Dublin Letting and Real Estate

This three-bedroom semi-detached house is just off Clontarf Road. On the ground floor of the 91.58sq m (986sq ft) home is a livingroom with fireplace and open-plan kitchen/dining area. This has doors to the east-facing garden with shed and rear vehicle access. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom. BER: F

Plus: Beautifully presented and has handsome fireplace in the sittingroom.

Minus: The BER: F rating suggests an energy-saving upgrade is needed.

Address: Rathclare House, Buttevant, Co Cork

Agent: Michael H Daniels and Co

This five-bedroom Victorian house is on nearly nine acres of parkland with walled garden, paddocks, yard and stables. The 330sq m (3,500sq ft) south-facing house has a number of dual-aspect rooms including a drawingroom with Kilkenny and Cork marble fireplace, library with wood-burning stove and door to the conservatory, and diningroom. There is also a study, kitchen/breakfastroom, boot room, utility and cloakroom on the ground floor. BER: C2

Plus: Period features intact (including stained glass), the main rooms face south and there is an orchard.

Minus: The ivy on the front may not be to everyone’s liking.