What will €550,000 buy in Connemara and Dublin?

Two homes, one price: A lakeside eight-bed in need of renovation in Recess, or a three-bedroom mid terrace in Rathfarnham?


Address: Station House, Lissoughter, Recess, Co Galway

Agent: O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers

Standing on the shores of Glendollagh Lake, this former station house on the Galway-Clifden rail line dates from the 1800s. The protected structure – extending to a generous 468sq m – has eight bedrooms in total. It need of upgrading, it has lots of potential to become an idyllic lakeside retreat in the heart of Connemara.

Plus: Lovely lakeside period house


Minus: Needs upgrading – and building costs are high


Address: 2 St Mary’s Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

Agent: DNG

Dating from the 1920s, this three-bedroom house lies in a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of Rathfarnham village. Extending to 99sq m, and with a BER of C3, it retains lots of period features and has a southwest aspect to the rear. The property lies convenient to Dodder, St Enda’s and Marley Parks.

Plus: Turnkey condition

Minus: Parking is on-street

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

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