On the Market: Get thee to a monastery
Four properties including monastery apartment conversion, a schoolhouse, a house on 17 acres and an Enniskerry enclave
Those who can think outside the box can often find a good sized centrally located period home with character by keeping an eye on some of the many convent and monastery apartment conversions which took place in the early boom years. Family-sized units are sometimes available.
A good example is a three bedroom ground floor apartment at the Chapelgate scheme in Drumcondra, Dublin 9 which is currently on offer for €295,000 through Savills (01-6181300).
The decor is stylish and up to date and it has characteristic high ceilings and sash windows. There's an entrance hall, a living room, a kitchen, three bedrooms with a master ensuite and a main bathroom.
Owners have access to allocated parking and landscaped grounds contained within the original monastery wall.
The scheme is located off St Alphonsis Road and within walking distance of the Drumcondra rail station and the city centre.
Schoolhouse style near Galway City
If you want a home with a difference within driving of Galway City, the prettily named Jolie Lodge is a period cut stone dwelling in the schoolhouse style with red brick trim.
It's located at Carrowmoneen outside Tuam and has recently seen its price reduced from €350,000 to €300,000 to sell.
Located 30 minutes drive from Galway City, it has an entrance hall, a dining room, a sitting room, a conservatory and a kitchen.
The current layout might offer some B&B potential with an option of five bedrooms, two of which are ensuite. There's also a main bathroom, a study and a store room.
Outside, the garden is in lawns with stone walls as your boundaries.
Agents Martin Tyrell Auctioneers (093-24223) are seeking offers in the region of €300,000.
A stone's throw from Powerscourt
Glenview is an enclave comprising a handful of fine detached homes in a quiet cul-de-sac located just off the Kilgarron Hill and only a few hundred meters' walk from the picturesque Enniskerry Village in County Wicklow; about 12 miles from Dublin south city.
Number 7 in the scheme is located close to Powerscourt Estate, with its world-class gardens, retail pavilion and golf course. Inside, the accommodation comprises a large living/dining room, an open plan kitchen/breakfast room, a third family reception room positioned at the front of the property. There are four double bedrooms, two of which are ensuite and a family bathroom is included. The floors are mostly in tiles or timber throughout. The site has parking for three cars.
Sherry FitzGerald (01-2866630) seeks offers in the order of €720,000.
Luxury in West Cork
The West Cork property market has undergone a recent revival with particular interest coming once again from the UK for good homes in this area.
An example of what's available at the top end of the market is Glencoagh at Rosscarbery in West Cork, which borders the woodlands of the old Castle Freke estate.
The house sits on 17 acres of land with views looking over grazing paddocks to Rosscarbery Bay. For privacy it is centrally located within its own lands behind an electric gated entrance.
All the main rooms face south east and south west to take advantage of the light and the views.
At 5,220 square feet, it's five times the size of the average family home. The house comes with three big reception rooms, a big kitchen in the rustic modern style and includes polished timbered floors and an unsual floor to ceiling fireplace in a dry stone walling style.
There are four bedrooms with three ensuites and a modern family bathroom.
There's a modern barn and stable complex within a short walk of the house, making it perfect for anyone with an interest in horses.
Agents Savills of Cork (021-4271371) are seeking offers in the order of €895,000.