WHAT you get for €195,000 – the average price of a home in Ireland today – varies wildly, depending on where you want to live.
A one-bedroom apartment in Dublin 4 can be bought for just €200,000. Mind you, it's a bit tight, and only suitable for one person. Described as an "unusual and attractive" property, it includes a large open sitting room with kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. "May suit single professional looking for a city side pad in key location or young couple," the sellers say.
But for the same money, you can have a three-bedroom house in Swords, while if you look a little further afield the options are much more spacious. An eight-bedroom house at Carbury in Kildare is on the market for €180,000. A former B&B, it sits on one acre.
In Meath, a four-bed terrace house in an 18th-century courtyard is €199,000, while in Wicklow you can enjoy views of the mountains with a lake on your doorstep for a home in the Lakeshore village at Burgage in Blessington.
But there's even better value outside the greater Dublin area. A five-bed detached house with views of Calhame Lough in Bruckless, Co Donegal, is €195,000, as is Selton Hill in Leitrim, with four bedrooms, a sun room and garage.
In Kerry, a house at Doon East in Ballybunion with sea views is available, while a six-bedroom house in Monaghan can also be snapped up.
In the cities, there's never been better value. A family home in the Galway suburb of Renmore is available, while in Cork there's a two-bed apartment with river views.