What will €650,000 buy in Dublin and Cavan?

Two homes, one price: A three-bed semidetached in Monkstown or a detached five-bed over three storeys in Virginia


Address: Rahardrum, Dublin Road, Virginia, Co Cavan

Agent: Fintan Cahill Auctioneering

This five-bedroom house has six bathrooms and extends to a whopping 520sq m (5,597sq ft). Architecturally designed, it has an integrated drive-through garage and is set behind electric gates. High-end finishes include an oak kitchen and central vacuum system, while solar panels and a heat recovery system allows for a Ber of B3.

Plus: Spacious house with good energy rating


Minus: The fact that it is set over three levels may not suit everyone


Address: 3 Abbey Park, Monkstown, Co Dublin

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald

Located in a small enclave at the top of Monkstown Avenue, this three-bedroom semidetached house retains some of its original fireplaces. Extending to 96sq m (1,033sq ft), the property has off-street parking, a south-facing back garden and a garage that could be converted, subject to planning permission.

Plus: In good order with a Ber of C3

Minus: The third bedroom is a single

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

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