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 28 Greenfield Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Six-bed on quiet cul-de-sac just off the N11 is right beside UCD

To ready your home and ink the deal,  you first need to understand the market as it is right now. Photograph: iStock

Six simple but vital steps to follow before putting the ‘for sale’ sign outside your door

81 New Cabra Road, Dublin 7

Finely upgraded family home with French flair is in walk-in condition

A rustic home in England, from estate agency Inigo, run by writers Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill. Photograph: Adam Letch

‘Pastoral style is no longer about the rigour of nominalism. It’s nostalgic and eclectic’

Have a cool Yule. Dunnes Stores own range offers a selection of serveware ideas as well as crackers

It’s all about setting the scene and conjuring up a visual as well as mouth-watering feast

Christmas gifts for the home by Suzie McAdam, starting from €36

Life seems better when you use napkins... they’re one of the last vestiges of refinement

Luxury Eucalyptus Christmas Wreath by New Moon Blooms, €80 at Gifted, the Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, RDS, Dublin

‘A wreath on the front door looks and feels wonderfully welcoming’

33 Tritonville Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Three-bed on Tritonville Road is surprisingly spacious, with a private garden and terrace

31 All Saints Road, Raheny, Dublin 5

End-of-terrace family home close to Raheny village in Dublin 3 has been completely modernised

 48 Rialto Cottages,  Rialto, Dublin 8

One-bed property opens on to a charming green in Dublin 8

78 Millennium Tower, Charlotte Quay, Dublin 4.

Millennium Tower apartment offers prime views of city and surrounding countryside

4 Cumberland Road, Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2

An 18th-century house with light-filled space hides in plain sight

RTÉ Home Rescue: architect Róisín Murphy and builder Peter Finn. Photograph: Andres Poveda

The presenters of Home Rescue – The Big Fix suggest simple improvements for DIY fans

15 Edward Square, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Four-storey townhouse in Edward Square has a lift and a spectacular top-floor living room

88 Haddington Road, Dublin 4.

Upgraded 1840s four-bedroom house on Haddington Road has a C1 energy rating

1a Blessington Court, Dublin 7

The owner split a former warehouse in two and ‘insulated the hell’ out of it

The gate lodge, Castletown Geoghegan, Co Westmeath,  by Taka architects. Photograph: Alice Clancy

This beguiling Co Westmeath gate lodge has been shortlisted for an international prize

Rod Stewart: the singer should have plenty of space for handbags and gladrags at his new Dublin apartment. Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty

The rock star is believed to have bought a home in the luxury scheme near the Aviva Stadium

 52 Annamoe Drive, Cabra East, Dublin 7

A clever remodelling of this terraced home maximises the light and space

Greenmount Court, Harold’s Cross

Three terraced A-rated three-beds are close to the canal and the city

These pretty tea rooms near Kenmare in Co Kerry are on the market for €150,000

These properties in Kerry, Cork Kilkenny, Donegal and Waterford cost €85,000-€700,000

Alton Cottage (left) is at 106 Sorrento Road in Dalkey, Co Dublin

A cottage on the south Dublin village’s ‘golden mile’ is for sale for €495,000

Cherry Lane: four-bed end-of-terrace and three-bed mid-terrace

Developer Quintain Ireland is planning to build 1,300 homes at Cherry Lane in Dublin 18

15 Croydon Green, Marino, Dublin 3

Pavilion-style kitchen and unusual bathroom reflect style of architects who worked on this home

The Home Edit at The Organised Store

A pantry is very achievable, cheaper than a complete new kitchen or interior refurb

4 Carlton Mews D4

An extended three-bed, three-bath with a lot of living space and private garden

24 Leeson Street Upper, Dublin 4

Fully refurbished three-storey townhouse with relaxed living space and formal proportions

Number 69 St Mary’s Park, Walkinstown, Dublin 12

Added insulation gives mid-century home impressive B2 rating

Laois: Number 373 The Sycamores in Kingscourt Woods  is a very smartly presented three-bedroom, bay-fronted family home

Homes in Portarlington and Gerakas, a villa in La Gaulette, apartments in Savoie and Porto

Town: 103 Highfield Park, Dundrum, Dublin 14

Town&Country: A bungalow in Dundrum or live over the bar and cafe in Kilmacthomas

Baldwinstown House and Castle, Castlebaldwin, Co Wexford

Five-bed Georgian farmhouse beside ruins in Co Wexford also has self-contained apartment

Sorrento Lodge, Seafield, Tralee, Co Kerry

Extended and updated four-bed on more than half an acre near Tralee, in Co Kerry


Renovated home has a southwest-facing private garden and off-street parking

Inside The Wren Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Ruth Maria

Irish hotel sector marries tradition with great Irish design for impressive results

Quantity surveyor Patricia Power will be speaking at the upcoming Ideal Home Show in Dublin. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Construction costs will be a big talking point at the Permanent TSB Ideal Home Show

Historic house in Mondilhan, France, with terraces and barns aplenty to convert into additional accommodation

Take5: Historic home near Pyrenees, romantic Venice apartment, sea views in Andalusia and Barbados

5 The Court, Scholarstown Wood, Dublin 16, sold in 2017 for €584,999 as a new build and   returned to the market last month   for €645,000

Some homes that failed to sell are back on the market at a different price

 52 Oakley Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Town&Country: Ranelagh three-bed semi or Victorian splendour overlooking Lough Derg

Apartment 5, 7 Fitzwilliam Lane Dublin 2

Two-bed on Fitzwilliam Place with period features is set out over two floors

102 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Three-bed townhouse on Leeson Street, Dublin 2, lacks a garden but does have a roof terrace

18 Claremont Court, Glasnevin

Gavin Corbett’s four-bed semi with an American feel is on the market for €475,000

New doors and handles were fitted on this 18sq m design in Tooting, London by Holte

Conspicuous consumption is being brought to an end – buyers want reusable options

Price growth may be worrying in the capital, but it is far slower than global hotspots such as Canada’s Halifax. Photograph: Alan Betson

Knight Frank’s city index shows Irish capital lags far behind other cities around the world

4 Raglan Road D4

Number 4 Raglan Road is a four to five-bedroom property with 18m-long private garden

32 Kinihan Street D7

32 Kinahan Street is a renovated two-bedroom artisan cottage with a stylish interior

Raglan Road, Dublin 4: No 1 has three storeys over garden level; No 4 has two storeys over garden level

This avenue in Dublin 4 is quiet and leafy but just a few minutes from bars, shops and restaurants

1 Raglan Road D4

Number 1 is a four-bed three-storey-over-garden-level home with potential to extend

Meath Place Dublin 8

Extended one-bed house on the market for €395,000

 30 Oulton Road,  Dublin 3

Long garden may be most valuable part of 1930s house for sale in Clontarf

128 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9

Four-bed family home with office and private gardens set back from main road

1 Pembroke Place, Dublin 2

This mews in the Georgian heart of south-city Dublin is in a quiet spot but close to everything

High-end decorators, like this Hong Kong project by Champalimaud Design, favour bainin, a hard-to-keep soft white that looks gorgeous in adult only spaces

In the multi-channel land we inhabit trends are often over before you finish scrolling

The Pinnacle, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin

First phase of developer Oakmount's scheme is on south Dublin site of famed Deerpark Road Stella cinema

Azalea, 139 Stillorgan Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Five-bed home with A1 energy rating built to exacting standards across three floors

Lissadell,  9 Shrewsbury Road,  Dublin 4,  is recorded in the Property Price Register as having sold for  €13.25 million on May 19th. The purchaser is property developer  Pat Crean

Lissadell, on Shrewsbury Road, changed hands on May 19th, according to the property price register

Little Orchard, Ballymoney, Co Wexford

This timber-constructed Co Wexford home offers the lure of coastal living with modern upgrades

Deerpark in Mount Merrion, Dublin: Buying into established neighbourhoods is becoming increasingly popular. Photograph: Alan Betson

Whether buying in established areas or off plans, planning to work from home or for retirement, some themes are emerging

Linear Park in Newbridge, Co Kildare: The town has become a hive of new home construction. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Lots of choice for people who can’t wait to get away from the home office

Prices for the three-bed houses at the Ard Rua scheme in Waterford start at €320,000.

With more of us looking to work from home, Dublin’s dominance is being challenged

Elder Heath,  Dublin 24

From Clondalkin to Clonsilla, these six developments are priced up front

Louise Kennedy and Gerard Power in the living room of their new home with its refurbished oak floor. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Flooring is often the last thing people think of... yet it’s the first thing your eye sees’

Multilevel garden

The Terrace, in south Co Dublin, features lifts, private gardens and flexible layouts

6 George’s Place, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Former grocery extended and renovated to make clever use of space

30 Clonliffe Road, Ballybough, Dublin 3

Terraced period home on Clonliffe Road in Dublin 3 is in turnkey condition

Sitting/diningroom opening to patio garden

Terraced house for €485,000 Dublin 6 with private, south-facing yard

 14 Dermot O’Hurley Avenue, Stella Gardens, Ringsend, Dublin 4

Artisan Dublin 4 house with architect’s touch has bright, open downstairs and clever upstairs

 Lower Commons, Garristown, Co Dublin

North Co Dublin property for sale for €650,000 has additional 1.6ac to continue biodiversity plan

The Old Schoolhouse, Kilkea, Co Kildare

Five-bedroom, 19th-century cut-stone building is at the heart of a community

 9 Devitt Villas, Glasthule, Co Dublin

Devitt Villas home has had a cool and contemporary makeover and is bathed in light

Textile artist Nuala Goodman: Some of her work is inspired by black-and-white photographs of Gandhi’s Salt March.

September usually sees Irish designers setting off to display their wares abroad

Dar Boom, 56 Leopardstown Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18

Refurbished Leopardstown Road cottage for €650,000 has its own bar, with closing bell

Liffey Lodge, Newbridge, Co Kildare

Twelve-bed Patrician Brothers property in Newbridge, Co Kildare, faces the River Liffey

6 Munster Street Dublin 7

Phibsborough four-bed has been gently modernised and comes with a large back garden

Derrynacaheragh, Bonane, Kenmare, Co Kerry

Broadband, Ber and building work are issues to keep in mind

Phil and Pablo, Jane Kennedy's alpacas. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Entry-level animal husbandry has moved on from chickens to more exotic creatures

43 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Morehampton Road townhouse, in Dublin 4, was owned by poet and publisher Blanaid Salkeld

Close but not too close: Le Harve, Roney Point in Co Wexford offers togatherness without being on top of one another

Compound close to the beach at Roney Point offers flexibility and potential

Rockfield House, Rockfield Road, Kells, Co Meath.

Rockfield House has retained its authenticity and is now ideal for small-scale farming or hosting

Mark Feehily is selling a lake-front house in Sligo. Photograph: Getty Images/Irish Times

Pop star deeply involved in redesign of ranch house near Lough Gill, in Yeats country

7 Crescent Place, Clontarf, Dublin 3.

Two-bed artisan home combines clever use of space with stylish floors and other features

Glenmore Castle, Ashford, Co Wicklow.

Glanmore Castle, outside Ashford, Co Wicklow, has direct access to Coillte-run Devil’s Glen forest

Banquette with a C-shape seat and curved back by Ventura Design at a home in Foxrock.

Care is needed to avoid dominating a modest-sized room with a big block of colour

A computer-generated image of the Somnio, which is being billed as the world’s largest yacht, or ’yacht liner’.

Around the Block: Prices for the 39 condos on the Somnio yacht start from €9.45m

173 Rathgar Road Dublin 6

Two-storey home with large garden, library and former candidate's window treatment

17 Arkendale Road, Glenageary,  Co Dublin

Early 20th-century semi has large front and rear gardens and scope for side extension

Vico, The Victorian Villa, The Court, Station Road, Killiney, Co Dublin

Apartment at former landmark hotel boasts stunning views of Dalkey Island and beyond

Blaquiere Bridge Schoolhouse, 379 North Circular Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7

The former Church of Ireland schoolhouse in D7 has had a masterly makeover

Winner of the RIAI People’s Choice Award in Headford, Co Galway, by Castlebar-based practice Taylor McCarney Architects.

A home in Headford, Co Galway, by Taylor McCarney Architects wins RIAI people’s choice

Field, Stonewall, House, by Taylor McCarney Architects

Field, Stonewall, House by Taylor Carney Architects stars at Irish Architecture Awards

Well appointed home set on plot that is 17.5m wide with double garages, 36sq m to the side

Owner Mark O’Neill at Apartment 6, The Orchard in Kilmainham, Dublin 8

This Kilmainham two-bed apartment overlooking the river Camac is a masterclass in zen living

30 Glen Drive, The Park, Cabinteely, Dublin 18

Three-bed semi comes with well-planted, private garden and great amenities nearby

Paloma Faith in her London home, which she describes as ‘a shambolic mess of colour’. Photograph: Elliott Morgan

Singer’s home collection creates ‘a crazy canvas’, an affordable ‘explosion of colour’

210 Trimbleston, Goatstown, Dublin 14.

Upgraded and extended 2005 home has good storage and generous proportions

MYVALU is a new business-to-business tool for property agents

Around the Block: MYVALU employs local sales data to help determine property pricing

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