Saturday 1 October 2016

Moving concerns: The downsizers - Budget: €500,000+

From first-time buyers to downsizers, the same concerns are felt. Deirdre Reynolds speaks to the movers and shakers

Published 23/01/2016 | 02:30

Ellen Fitzpatrick and her son Cathal McKeown aged 4 at home in Tallaght. Pic: Bryan Meade
Ellen Fitzpatrick and her son Cathal McKeown aged 4 at home in Tallaght. Pic: Bryan Meade
The Ryan family from Kildare.

Retired couple Frank and Emily Coffey from Dublin

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Since putting their Monkstown home on the market last summer, Frank and Emily Coffey have had no shortage of offers. Finding something suited to their own needs, however, has proved more of a challenge for the retired but still active couple.

Emily and Frank Coffey at home in Monkstown. Pic: Bryan Meade
Emily and Frank Coffey at home in Monkstown. Pic: Bryan Meade

As the parents of three grown children, Frank and Emily - who are both in their sixties - are hoping to "right-size" rather than just "downsize" in 2016.

"Now that the kids are all gone, the house is far too big for us," Emily says. "As well as four bedrooms, there's a big kitchen, sitting room and dining room on the ground floor. It's a lot of upkeep.

"We've been thinking about selling for a while, so last June, we just decided to put it up. We've had an awful lot of interest, but we didn't find anything we were interested in ourselves.

"All the ducks have to be in a row, I suppose."

Although their spacious seaside pad is now too big, Emily explained how they don't want to cram more than three decades of memories into a tiny city apartment either.

A keen walker, her dream home for two would be a two-bedroom house somewhere along the sweep of coast from Sandymount to Sandycove, she adds: "We're hoping to stay beside the sea. I'd also like to be near shops, restaurants and a Church.

"If I had a choice, I would love a new house, but a lot of what's out there is too big for our needs. At this stage, I don't want to get involved in a big renovation."

Instead of trawling the net for the perfect place, the couple turned to local real estate agent Janet Carroll. "When we started out on the market, a couple of people knocked on the door, chancing their arm," says Emily.

"I wouldn't even consider moving without using an estate agent. Janet knows the area inside out - and she knows exactly what we're looking for."

Thirty years after buying the property from another retired couple, Emily admits waving goodbye to 'Cranderry' in 2016 will be bittersweet, but adds: "Monkstown is a great area for families. There are lots of schools and it's well connected by Dart and bus.

"We originally bought the house from a couple who had just reared their family as well. I'd love to see another family getting as much enjoyment out of the house as we did."

Irish Independent

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