What will €495,000 buy in Dublin and Kildare?

Two homes, one price: A four-bed former post office on over an acre in Straffan or a three-bed with a large main bedroom in Rathfarnham


Address: Old Post Office, Clownings, Straffan, Co Kildare

Agent: Coonan Property

This four-bedroom house extends to a generous 160 sq m (1,722 sq ft). Dating from the early 1900s and lying on 1.25 acres, it was originally the post office for the Barton family at Straffan House, now the K Club. There are substantial outbuildings on the site that offer further potential.

Plus: Charming light-filled home


Minus: Families will have to address the lack of gates to the road front for safety


Address: 14 Moyville, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Agent: DNG

This three-bedroom house measuring 110 sq m (1,184 sq ft) is presented in good condition and has been extended to the rear. It is positioned close to the entrance of the development and has an impressive principal bedroom – formerly two bedrooms. There is scope to covert the attic.

Plus: Good location

Minus: Ber is E2

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

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