What will €850,000 buy?

A five-bed in Howth or a converted mill in Tipperary

Address: 8 Mariners Cove, Howth, Co Dublin Agent: Property Team JB Kelly

A walkable distance from Howth village (just under 1km away), this five-bedroom detached house measures 197sq m (2,120sq ft). Accommodation includes three reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, five bedrooms and three bathrooms. The living space opens to a southwest facing deck. BER C1

Plus: Great location, with walks including the cliff path nearby, and beautifully presented

Minus: The wide porch is multi-framed and over-mullioned


Address: Mill House, North Quay, Carrick-On-Suir, Tipperary Agent: Brophy Cusack

This converted mill contains 18 apartments over three floors (six two-bed homes and 12 one-beds). Renovated in 2003, the 1,254sq m (13,500sq ft) building overlooks the river Suir. The 18 apartments are all occupied and said to bring in rent of €92,000 a year. However it would also be lovely to knock some through and create loft living, perhaps right across the top floor.

Plus: It is opposite the river Suir on Carrick-on-Shannon’s north quay

Minus: The depth of the building and layout means that some bathrooms are windowless

Emma Cullinan

Emma Cullinan

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