What will €420,000 buy in Dublin and west Cork?

Two homes, one price: a 12-bed on almost three acres in Ahaguilla or a three-bed apartment with shared roof terrace in Dublin’s antique quarter


Address: Ahaguilla, Clonakilty, west Cork

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill, west Cork

Standing on almost three acres about four miles from the town of Clonakilty, this extended farmhouse extends to a considerable 298sq m (3,200sq ft). As it was enlarged to become a retreat centre, it currently has 12 bedrooms but could easily be reduced to a more manageable number. As it has lain idle for a number of years, it should qualify for the vacant property refurbishment grant according to its selling agent. It has a Ber of D2 and retains considerable road frontage and level, fertile land – so has lots of possibilities.

Plus: Large house and site


Minus: Ber of D2 will need addressing


Address: Apartment 8, Earlsfield Court, 79-87 Francis Street, Dublin 8

Agent: Auctioneera

Situated in a well-maintained development with landscaped communal gardens – including a roof terrace – this three-bedroom apartment extends to 90sq m (969sq ft). With a designated parking space, the unit which has two bathrooms lies in the antique quarter of Dublin city, so is accessible to an array of shops, eateries and colleges.

Plus: Three bedrooms, Ber of B3, a car space and a short stroll to the city centre

Minus: Some rooms appear dark due to navy paint – but it’s an easy cosmetic fix

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

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