Woom service: one of the womb rooms at the Shoreditch aparthotel

Zed Rooms also offer ‘sleep menu’, essential oils and ‘dream-promoting’ four-posters

Top Irish residential sales in 2018: Clonmore, on Shrewsbury Road in Dublin 4 (top left); the Beach Haus, in Co Meath (top right); Dowdstown House, in Co Kildare (bottom left); and 41 Cowper Road in Rathmines, Dublin 6

This year’s top sale, of €8.1m on Shrewsbury Road, would have lagged in fourth place in 2017

Dublin Landings, whose 268 apartments by the Liffey are due for completion in late 2019, is likely to be bought by an investment fund for more than €200 million. Increasingly, new apartment blocks are being bought by institutional investors for private rental, removing potential new stock from the market for individual buyers

Central Bank rules have cooled the market, as buyer purchasing power takes a hit

The 528sq m Clonmore, on Shrewsbury Road in Dublin 4,  went sale agreed in late October.

Property was previously home to developer Paddy Kelly

Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll’s home: 1 Larchfield Road, Goatstown, Dublin 14

Couple have been quietly showing their Goatstown four-bed

Courgette pasta with a splash of cream and a glug of white wine.

Six-ingredient supper: Irish Times property editor Madeleine Lyons’s quick courgette and penne pasta

No 11 Tresilian, Foxrock, Co Dublin: major appeal will be the secluded family-friendly enclave

Bernie Carroll built this five bed off Brighton Road in the early 1980s just as his building business was taking off

Lota: the property sits along one of the best stretches of Coliemore Road, in Dalkey, in south Co Dublin

Gene Murtagh’s €7.5m purchase is biggest sale this year

Gene Murtagh, Kingspan chief executive,  bought the property from developer Francis Rhatigan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Deal is the biggest residential property sale in the capital this year

Whether the prohibitive land cost element has been removed or not, a private sector developer-led model will seek a profit margin of at least 15 per cent. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Analysis: Look past the big numbers and where are the affordable homes needed right now?

The Irish Yeast Co opened in 1894 in what had been the foyer of the George Hotel.

Listed property was one of Dublin’s oldest businesses and best-known shopfronts

Cottage at Corduff Road near Lusk, Co Dublin. Oozing with potential.

Protected thatch farmhouse near Lusk, Co Dublin has just dropped its price by €20,000

10 Edward Sq, Bloomfield Ave, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Original asking price €2.495m, reduced to €2.3m, sold for €2.2m in October 2017

Stories of 2018: Nearly two thirds of asking price changes in the first half of the year in D4, D6 and D6W were reductions, as ven(...)

Meath hurling captain Shane McGann and camogie player Amy Gaffney  at the launch of the Royal House Draw  at Cois Glaisin, Navan, Co Meath

Three houses up for grabs in ‘Royal House Draw’, and funds will develop 21,000 seat stadium

This smart Lennox Street two bed has been reconfigured for privacy and light

In 2017, the Palladian mansion on 150 acres then priced at €20m was quietly ‘disappeared’ from open market property listings

Flanagan Kerins, Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion

Move doubles existing site owned by Oakmount, with potential for 150 apartments

A Swedish businessman transformed Dollanstown Stud on 365 acres into a world class event riding and training facility, with a fine(...)

An artist’s impression of the Cabinteely scheme.

Site of former Doyles Nursery to be developed under fast-track initiative

Velux windows: rules can vary from authority to authority

In Dublin City Council’s jurisdiction, if the proposed window is to the rear, it is exempt

You need the umbrella, the togs, the wind breaker and don’t forget the chips on the way home. Photograph: iStock

Delicious, daring and downright useful ideas for making the best of our summer days

Bestselling author turned a modest country house into an exceptionally finished home

Seafield House  is a  rare Palladian mansion  in an 80-acre parkland

Seafield House, on 80 acres in Donabate, is one of Dublin’s finest restored homes

Stories of 2018: St George's, a Gothic Revival mansion comes with its own chapel, an acre of terraced gardens, and exemplary featu(...)

Latest Lansdowne Place offering is most expensive penthouse to go on the market

Castletown Cox estate on 513 acres in south Co Kilkenny has sold for around €20 million

The prestigious 513-acre Kilkenny country estate sold to an international buyer

Architect Dermot Bannon at his home in Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland's favourite TV architect is selling his north Dublin home for €649,000, complete with one of his trademark extensions

Fedamore House, a 25,000sq ft mansion located 10 minutes from the M7 in Limerick.

Fedamore house boasts a swimming pool, home cinema and a floodlit Astro Turf pitch

Laragh House on Killiney Avenue, Killiney, Dublin. The  five-bed property is located a short distance from the O’Donnell’s former controversial Gorse Hill home on Vico Road

Family lost Vico Road home after long battle with Bank of Ireland over debts of €71m

This tasteful mid-terrace Victorian features a striking kitchen and living area

Decathlon: ‘All the family’s sporting and outdoor interests can be catered for in one spot’

‘You have no idea how much of their stuff you need until you walk through the door’

Our new homes listing of schemes in Dublin and its environs indicates improved supply, but rising prices will drive first time buy(...)

Inishcorrig, on Dalkey’s Coliemore Road, sold for just below €8 million

Gorse Hill on Vico Road, Killiney, former home of solicitor Brian O’Donnell, Dublin’s top sale this year

Lansdowne Place, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Expat buys Lansdowne Place home, the fifth highest sale of 2017

The number of homes available to buy remains critically low, and this continues to exert upward price pressure in particular at the lower end of the market, where first-time buyers are desperate to move on from paying  rent.

Despite all the bluster and hype around addressing the "property crisis" double-digit property price growth remains on the cards f(...)

House on Park Avenue house is on market after buying Riverdance duo’s Howth home for €8.2m

Knockdrin Castle, Co Westmeath

Ferdinand von Prondzynski's Westmeath home has a room where Churchill once stayed

The Houses of Parliament in London. The most recent study of UK house price growth found that in 85 per cent of local authority areas in London prices are falling. File photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA

The average rate of growth across the UK’s 20 biggest cities has slowed to 4.9 per cent

Ballinteskin Stud, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, includes a six-bed Georgian house, 32 stables,  arenas, and a helicopter hangar and landing pad

Billionaire adds 120-acre estate near Enniskerry to portfolio of equine holdings

Neptune House apartments, Blackrock

Georgian conversion in former summer home of Earl of Clonmel, aka Copper Face Jack

Simple requests about the orientation of a garden or its size are frequently met with a blank expression

Fifteen - and even 5-minute - open viewing, photocopies for brochures and poor property knowledge are frustrating would-be buyers

8 Colliers Ave with 25sq m (270sq ft) sold for €304,000

Artisan one-bed on Colliers Ave sells for €304,000 from an asking price of €220,000. It's the fourth house to sell on the same str(...)

Number 12 Deerpark Road came to the market with a bullish price of €1.75 million and within three months sold for €1.8 million, a new high for the residential suburb of Mount Merrion

Small refurbished houses around the capital are regularly making bigger returns than large trophy properties

Massbrook, on the shores of Lough Conn came to the market in 2016 seeking €2.75m

Irish tech entrepreneur, Malcolm Bell, is buyer of the 113 acre estate on shores of Lough Conn

Moya Doherty and John McColgan purchased Dane’s Hollow when it was a bungalow on just one acre in 1997 for IR£900,000.

Concert impresario may use Howth property to host stars such as Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé

The diningroom at Montebello, Killiney Hill Road, Co Dublin

Montebello was the elegant Victorian home of family behind Bach’s Rescue Remedy

Rocketts Castle, Co Waterford

In the 1990s Valery Zakharenkov’s lavish budget transformed Rocketts Castle

Former family home of poet WB Yeats’s son Michael Yeats.

Impressive home with asking price in excess of €2.2m in need of substantial investment

The bogus web page listed a property on Mayor Street in the IFSC

In one case a would-be ‘landlord’ directed potential tenants to bogus web page

Sold for €1.1m in 2013, Royal Terrace House is back with a new price – and a new street

81 Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4 seeking €4.6million

D4 home on 0.7 of acre once owned by late senator Eoin Ryan bought in 2004 for €7.1m

Orange County, California: the average cost of a home in California is now $500,000, twice the national average

The New York Times is reporting that a housing crisis has gripped California. Sound familiar?

 Castletown Cox. The Magan family has spent many millions on its meticulous restoration and refurbishment

A beneficiary of family trust is objecting to the sale of 513-acre Castletown Cox

Restored Palladian mansion Castletown Cox in Kilkenny is Ireland’s best kept secret

The neo-Georgian Gorse Hill, Killiney,  Co Dublin: it is situated on one of the best coastal sites in Ireland

Family had fought to retain Killiney property after amassing debts of €71m

Teapot-shaped exhibition centre in Wuxi, China, the world’s fastest growing city, which recorded annual average property price increases of 31.7 per cent  Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters.

Dublin 53rd in global city rankings, while Chinese cities dominate top 10

147 Rochestown Ave, Dún Laoghaire, €675,000

Four-bedroom house on Rochestown Ave has had major refurb

The  garden of Deepwell in Blackrock, Dublin

Owners of Deepwell have engaged architects to conduct feasibility study for 42 apartments

Ballymacoll Stud: Frank Dunne lives at Hamwood stud farm, which adjoins Ballymacoll on the Dunboyne side

Prestigious Dunboyne property on 300 acres believed to have been bought by neighbouring landowner Frank Dunne.

DNG partner Brian Dempsey was inaugurated as the new president of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers.  www.facebook.com/creativephotographyireland

DNG partner, and the pinstripe-clad estate agent who featured on RTE's ‘Desperate House Buys’ programme

Japanese knotweed: the invasive plant species is devaluing properties substantially and costing home owners tens of thousands of euro to remedy. Photograph: Barry Batchelor

Invasive plant species can devalue properties substantially and cost home-owners tens of thousands of euro

Cairn’s upmarket scheme between St John of God hospital and the junction with Orwell Park is selling  off the plans

Already 85 of the mainly two-bed units have sold from 100 due for launch in first tranche

The Notorious takes three-month let of 4,500sq ft villa on Vico Road

Super exclusive apartments where two-beds start from €900,000, and a temporary marketing suite gives a taste of what's to come

The living room to the rear of 54 Kenilworth Square in Rathgar basks in southerly light and features a wall of tightly packed bookshelves with a hanging library ladder.

Swedish style gives every room of Rathgar townhouse a feel of pared-back comfort

The living room to the rear of 54 Kenilworth Square in Rathgar basks in southerly light and features a wall of tightly packed bookshelves with a hanging library ladder.

Swedish style gives every room of Rathgar townhouse a feel of pared-back comfort

Felicity Fox: known for her persistent good humour, candour and innate understanding of the property market.

Agency paved way for ‘boutique’ operators specialising in market niches

The 16 luxury homes at Lonsdale, on the Howth Road in Raheny, Dublin, were targeted at the higher end of the market.

Quick sale reflects shortage of housing stock at every level of Dublin market

An aerial view of Straffan Lodge

Once lived in by the famous artist, Straffan Lodge has also been home to the Guinnesses

The sale of Ballymacoll Stud includes 62 stables, a manager’s residence, three staff cottages and a gate lodge.

Co Meath stud’s 50 horses to be placed in dispersal sale

7A Meath Square, Dublin 8 for €285,000

Two-bed corner site refurb by architect owner is tiny but light filled

8, Colliers Avenue, Ranelagh for €220,000

At just 25sq m/270sq ft this must be the smallest cottage in the village. Creative thinking required on the space front

Fintragh, 11 Shrewsbury Road sold for €8.45million

Patrick Doran gets Shrewsbury address after being underbidder on Dunne’s Walford last year

Landenstown Estate near Sallins, Co Kildare: significant investment will be required to bring it up to thoroughbred breeding status.

Yeomanstown Stud competed with one of the State's most successful thoroughbred breeders to purchase Landenstown Estate in major co(...)

Mount Alverno, Monte Alverno, Sorrento Road, Dalkey

Granite-clad villa with sea views on three sides and space to entertain in style

Keith Lowe, DNG managing director: The portals annual figures are going to go into orbit if this keeps up.

Discrepancies between the property portal figures and those of the two leading estate agencies are quite stark

Solicitor’s 17,000sq ft home replete with ballroom, cinema, three bars and 11 bedrooms

‘Marilyn Mansion’ in Clondalkin an internet sensation since going on the market

Nirvana is on Millionaire’s Row just beyond the Castleknock gate of the Phoenix Park.

The 8000sq ft home of former Baltimore Technologies chief, Fran Rooney, comes with a 15m indoor pool, sauna, cinema, bar, snooker (...)

At least €70,000 has been spent preparing the property for sale

Ex-owners of Killiney property fought lengthy legal battle with bank on loan repayments

Gorse Hill: “Those with €8.5million to spend buying  it are unlikely to be overly bothered by its controversial recent past.”

The controversial O’Donnell mansion on Vico Road has had a €70,000 facelift and is on the market for €8.5million

5 Argyle Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Crampton-built property has been gradually upgraded to create a luxurious family home

Lyons Estate in Co Kildare: property was the single biggest transaction recorded in 2016, selling  for €12 million

The dearest house cost €18m, in a year when prices rose but fewer properties sold

Sean Dunne with his wife Gayle Killilea in 2008. Photograph: Derek Speirs

Trophy Celtic Tiger home where Dunne and Gayle Killilea lived up to 2007, purchased by an Irish buyer

Home of late Brian Lenihan snr now on market for €1.3m following death of widow Ann

One of Dublin’s oldest homes once visited by Queen Victoria on market for €2.75m

With its turrets and arched windows, Luggala is a Gothic Revival fantasy.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bohemians rhapsodise about it and high society have always loved the magical estate in Wicklow

Garech Browne became custodian of Luggala Estate in Co Wicklow after his mother Oonagh Guinness’s death in 1970. Photographs: Neil Gavin, Walter Pfeiffer

One serious overseas offer on table would accommodate 77-year-old custodian

The RTÉ mast on the broadcaster’s Donnybrook site in south Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Broadcaster tells staff the sale of Dublin 4 land will raise ‘much-needed funding’ for future

Luggala, currently the home of Guinness heir Garech Browne, is  going on sale with a $30 million (€28 million) price tag. Photograph: Walter Pfeiffer

Beatles, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson among famous guests who stayed at Luggala

New homes schemes remain well below what is required but latest policy measures should offer a stimulus as more buyers enter the m(...)

This area of the north docklands is fast becoming one of Dublin’s most active development hotspots

Paddy McKillen-backed Oakmount to build five floor hotel, bar and restaurant in strategic North Quay development zone

Caroline Quentin and Piers Taylor in The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes

A new big budget BBC show will have those obsessed with property in raptures - and there’s not a single grumpy Kevin McCloud on th(...)

Outside of Dublin, there are 27,000 less rental properties since 2011

Move to encourage more REITs into the rental market noted

To say these properties are in poor repair is something of an understatement

Shearwater in Kenmare, Co Kerry which sold for €2.7 million

The year saw a shift from D4 to D6 while the country market slowed on the previous year

While the number of new homes built in the first eight months of the year  is up around 30 per cent on last year, in Dublin new homes under construction have  fallen almost 3 per cent. Photograph: Istock

Chronic shortage of houses persists, rents continued to rise but the Central Bank eased its mortgage lending restrictions

Shelly McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, of Grafton Architects, at their office in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Grafton Architects collaborated on the UTEC project with local partners to create a new campus building for Lima’s specialist engi(...)

Prime properties in Dublin rose to 5.5 per cent  annually, according to Knight Frank

Dublin in 13th position globally as prices show general decline worldwide

Clever makeover expands and updates coastguard cottage

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