Town & Country: What will €975,000 buy in Dublin and Mayo?

Two homes, one price: A three-bed townhouse on Pearse Street or a waterside lodge in Pontoon


Address: 146 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Agent: Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty

Dating from 1866, this attractive mid-terrace house lies three storeys over garden and extends to 227sq m (2,443sq ft). With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the property has a rear garden with a southerly aspect and off-street parking, which is a rarity given its location so close to the city centre.

Plus: Ber of C3 and in good order


Minus: There can be local congestion in early morning traffic


Address: Heather Point, Knockaglana, Pontoon, Co Mayo

Agent: Moran Auctioneers & Estate Agents

This detached four-bedroom single-storey-over-basement house was originally constructed in 1982 and extended in 1987. It lies on more than five acres with 329m of lakeshore frontage on to the shores between Lough Cullin and Lough Conn — renowned for trout and salmon fishing. Approached by a private tree-lined driveway, the D2-rated property also has a small private beach and slipway.

Plus: Superb lakeside setting

Minus: The property needs updating

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables