Homes are beyond the reach of normal working families
The price of an average semi-detached Dublin home is €1,300 more than it was just one week ago, as the property crisis continues to escalate.
The price of an average semi-detached Dublin home is €1,300 more than it was just one week ago, as the property crisis continues to escalate.
IT came from trade union firebrand Brendan Ogle - he who has variously threatened to cut off our electricity, derail our train services, drain our water board and eat our children (well, maybe...
Do tens of thousands of Irish urbanites and rural dwellers realise that their single storey bungalow home designs originated from a Victorian craze...
What is it? A late Victorian/Edwardian era home for complete top-to- toe renovation at the Glasnevin end of D9 Drumcondra.
What is it? A late Victorian/Edwardian era home for complete top-to- toe renovation at the Glasnevin end of D9 Drumcondra.
The landlord told me pointedly (he prodded me with his finger as he said it) that he lived in the house himself - perhaps to indicate some bona fides standard of habitability for his premises. The personal seal of approval so to speak.
In any survey of the "hottest" Dublin residential markets - that is where competition for homes is at its most ferocious - Ranelagh always makes the top three. While many believe the gentrification of the centrally located former flatland suburb in D6 began during the Celtic Tiger years, in truth it was happening right back in the early 1990s long before the distinctive "ding" of the Luas was heard around these parts.
Early in 2011, in the murkiest depths of Ireland's massive property crash, a seemingly crazy plan was announced to sell 82 properties at auction - in one single session.
What is it? Ellen Fox was well known around Shanballymore in Co Roscommon for being a literary afficionado. Her former home faces the road on one side with Lough Ree to the rear. This elegant cottage has been unoccupied since her passing more than 40 years ago. Now it's for sale.
Fashion designer Caroline Kilkenny can lay claim to creating clothes for princesses and state leaders. For a time, based in Doha in the 1990s, she designed clothes for the royal family of Qatar.
Foxrock is proof that big dreams scuppered by downturns often endure to make for lasting legacies. In 1854, the developers William and John Bentley and Edward and Anthony Fox were considered both brave and mad for imagining an affluent self-contained 'garden suburb' in the wilderness, miles outside of Dublin City. It would later become known as Foxrock.
Somewhere along the way - it might have been the 1980s or even before - the Irish mechanism of state simply stopped doing stuff. We became used to new governments and ministers coming and going...
What is it? This late Victorian three-bed, red brick, end-of-terrace at No 21 Nottingham Street, North Strand, D3.
It's difficult enough to find a home in Dublin which runs down to a beach never mind one which has easy access to two sandy strands - both front and rear.
More than one-third of property buyers in the 25 to 45 age group are moving house on the grounds of securing proximity to a target school or to locate in its catchment area, it can be revealed.
Last year, Houzz, the international online bible for interior design and architecture, ranked No 14 Embassy Court in Dublin 4 as the 25th most stylish penthouse apartment in the world - from a list of 100. As a result, the pictures were downloaded in numbers for inspiration by designers and interiors enthusiasts from around the globe.
Luxury bungalows on large sites on both ends of scenic Dublin's coastline.
The incoming Housing Minister appears to have the Help to Buy scheme in his crosshairs for scrappage. The tax-relief scheme, which allows first-time buyers to claw back 5pc of the purchase price of a new home up to €20,000, has been blamed for a recent surge in property prices.
Sutton House, formerly the heart of an international whiskey empire, was one of Ireland's most extravagant private residences. The 40-room mansion was constructed as the Dublin seaside retreat of the Jameson distilling family, who were otherwise based at Fitzwilliam Square.
Wesley O'Brien is the undisputed design king of Lilliput. The designer and self-styled "property scout" specialises in sourcing run-down artisan cottages for clients and then sends his crack construction and craft squad in on their behalf, to resurrect the tiny homes and transform them into something really special. From tired and worn-out properties emerge bright, stylish but ultimately simple and fresh-...
Those Irish parents in their 30s and 40s who find themselves caught in the 'Catch 22' rental trap might justifiably feel very hard done by indeed.
The busker perches on the monument's base plinth and lifts a guitar out of its case. After a few tuning strums, he kicks off into a stirring ballad that rings through the street.
'I don't like living in cities all the time. In order to have ideas, you have to have some peace and quiet," said the fashion icon, designer extraordinaire and society queen Daphne Guinness. But could you pay €10,000 a month for the privilege?
The Battle of Glasnevin mightn't have the same ring to it as the Battle of Clontarf, but some of the most intense fighting took place in the Dublin 9 location around what is currently still called the 'Bloody Acre' in Glasnevin.
The famed Ballymacoll Stud, the birthplace of Arkle, has been sold to a mystery buyer for €8.15m, with speculation rife in the bloodstock sector that the buyer is Frank Dunne of the Dunnes Stores family.
Brexit is damaging recovery in the regional property market with Donegal particularly impacted by uncertainty following the UK's decision to leave the EU.
Mortgages are squeezing out cash buyers in large numbers for the first time since the downturn, helping drive house price rises to boom-time levels across swathes of the country.
We threw it away. Measures introduced two-and-a-half years ago by the Central Bank to curb runaway property inflation were only ever a temporary stop-gap. The aim was to control prices to buy time to enable the State to fast-track housing development in a market which is now seeing the worst supply levels in a lifetime. It was plenty of time.
A Brexit-driven surge is beginning to kick off in the market for luxury homes in the capital.
What is it? Cahore Castle is an 1840-built Tudor Gothic country home at Ballygarrett in Co Wexford designed by Daniel Robertson. Home to the D’Olier George family until 1949, it was owned by the order of St John of God until the 1960s, when it became a hotel. It was bought in 2003 for development, and investigative work started but later stalled.
'I can see them and I feel helpless and I feel like you lot aren't doing enough. Where's the things for them to land on? Where's the stuff for them to land on? He's on the 11th floor, three windows from the left. Follow me, I'll show you. See that person waving that towel? Can't you get to him through the building?" (The firemen say no, not now).
If it looks like Falconwood House at Brittas, Co Dublin has a distinctly exotic international flavour to it, that's because the property is owned by a well travelled international businessman with international tastes.
The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland says that even before the Grenfell Tower fire in London, there had been "major concerns" over fire safety in multi-unit dwellings in Ireland, particularly those built between 2000 and 2008.
Does the sale of the 8.5-acre RTÉ site in Donnybrook to Cairn Homes for €107.5m mark a "return to the madness", as some are asserting about the highest price shelled out for residential land in a decade?
What is it? Springfield Farm is the last one-acre remnant of a once substantial agri holding at Springfield Lane on the Lower Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines, Dublin 18. The land has gradually been sold over the decades for development and now all that remains is the old farmhouse, the farm yard, assorted outbuildings, a paddock and the garden.
Last year a side garage at a 1950s ranch style home in Los Altos, California was designed as an historic site. This was Steve Jobs's family home and the garage was where the tech pioneer and his one time collaborator Steve Wozniac started up the global technology and innovation giant, Apple.
The sale of the 8.5-acre RTÉ site in Montrose to Cairn Homes for €107.5m is the highest price shelled out for residential land in Ireland in a decade.
If you sink your kitchen right down into the floor to make a kitchen 'pit', then is it swish and clever or a misguided misnomer and an accident ready to happen?
A friend recently advertised a room to let in his Dublin house, seeking €500 per month. Among the responses received was an application from a hotel sector professional in his 30s. He had struggled to find a place of any sort over many months since his landlord gave him notice of selling up. In his application - his first point of contact - he unashamedly pleaded to be given a chance to rent the room. He stressed in particular that he was single and would promise not to get into a relationship in the foreseeable future. Therefore, no one would be visiting or staying over.
You'd better watch out if you're calling into the Victorian Gothic home of Clodagh Linnane and James Smith at Straffan in Co Kildare. The house was designed with more than a score of rifle portholes put there to shoot hostile callers from every possible angle.
Can you imagine having Shane MacGowan spend Christmas Day in your house every year for 30 years? According to his sister Siobhan, also an accomplished singer and a writer, wherever he was in the world, Shane came back to the family homestead each and every year (Christmas Day is also his birthday) and on the big day, the entire family would always sing 'Fairytale Of New York' - the song for which he will forever be remembered.
We already have a Help to Buy scheme in operation, but the ever-increasing numbers of those in rental accommodation indicate that it hasn't been enough to help people who still can't get on to that vital first rung of the property ladder.
The true extent of how Ireland's rental trap has snared aspiring homeowners is revealed today as just 15pc of current renters believe they can acquire a home within the next year.
What is it? Everybody loves to lose themselves in a bookshop, but could you lose yourself in an interesting mixed-use investment proposition that involves one?
The Bird's Nest at York Road is among Dun Laoghaire's best known buildings, having been one of the town's original three orphanages until 1975 when it closed.
'Disruptive' is a term that tech-sector wonks are fond of applying to any new idea which causes a tsunami of change within an industry or product range, and generates consternation among the hitherto status quo-ed incumbents.
What is it? An early 19th-century gristmill thought to be the only occupied windmill of its type in Ireland and the tallest building in Meath. The Balrath Windmill near Navan was built in 1803 by the Balrath Estate for the war effort against Napoleon, to grind grain to feed the forces. A storm broke its sails and it went to ruin until acquired by the Madden family in 1993. They part-restored it in 2003/04. The five-floor tapered stone building has its continuous circular stairs laid against the inside walls. It has new floors, electrics and plumbing, and has been reroofed and refenestrated.
To understand just how much you can see on a clear sunny day from the higher reaches of Dublin’s tallest residential building, we’ve compiled a range of photos taken both inside and outside apartment 74 — which shares the 12th floor of the Millennium Tower at Charlotte Quay, Dublin 4.
Sutton and Howth have long had a tradition of showcasing some of the edgiest contemporary residential design, largely through the architect-designed homes constructed here through the 1960s and 1970s by big names with international experience, like Andy Devane who studied with the master architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
There were few legitimate paths to riches for a commoner in the early 19th century. Inn-keeping and milling were about the only routes from rags presented to those who had somehow managed to save, borrow or steal a few bob to invest, but didn't happen to have been born with a silver spoon in their gob.
Ireland's potential home builders, expanders and extenders this week came cheek by jowl with the lesser spotted architect - a profession which normally keeps itself well out of Joe Public's way, except for those of us who go and seek them out.
Pioneering Dublin-based property entrepreneur Felicity Fox has died at the age of 49 following a short illness.
The death has occurred of Dublin based property enrepreneur Felicity Fox, a trend setter in estate agency for the past 25 years.
'Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." So says the water rat to the mole as they row off from the shore down river in the early chapters of Kenneth Grahame's eternal classic The Wind In The Willows.
Record books don't mention that in the 1840s, the fastest travelling human being in the world was likely Dublin-based rail worker Frank Elrington, who unwittingly covered the distance from Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey in just 75 seconds.
Is it possible to grieve for the loss of a house? Not only is it possible, but for some of us it might be a necessary exercise - in the same way that mourning the loss of a close family member or friend helps to bring closure.
Donnybrook: “A scene of uproar and disorder; a heated argument.” (Oxford English Dictionary) From the beginning of the 13th century until 1866, the infamous Donnybrook Fair was a legend around the globe for its licentiousness. So much so, it spawned a word for public disorder.
Howth people are extraordinarily peninsular.
In the bestselling 1992 book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the relationship counsellor John Gray famously describes what he sees as key differences in how men and women think and behave, especially in relation to challenges and stress.
Donnybrook: "A scene of uproar and disorder; a heated argument." (Oxford English Dictionary) From the beginning of the 13th century until 1866, the infamous Donnybrook Fair was a legend around the globe for its licentiousness. So much so, it spawned a word for public disorder.
It was a big year for spendthrift developer Sean Dunne when he launched Ireland's most expensive and exclusive apartment scheme to date in 2002 - Hollybrook at Brighton Road in Foxrock - after shelling out a record €10m plus for the site.
A British left-winger I was friendly with came to live and work in Ireland in the 1990s. Whenever we were out for pints, the red-headed one bellyached about Ireland's "flawed" party politics. The life-long Labour Party Bennite would fume: "The main political parties are the same! And the Irish Labour Party isn't left enough to be left! At least in Britain you know where you stand - with the Tories on the right and Labour on the left."
Just before noon on February 24, 1923, a truck containing eight armed men - four in the uniform of the Free State Army and one in the attire of the civic guards - passed through the gates of the Mullaboden Estate at Ballymore Eustace in Kildare. At Mullaboden House, they ordered eight household servants to leave the building, piled up furniture in the centre of the rooms and doused...
ON an autumn day in 1948, architect Herbie Simms consumed a bottle of whiskey and threw himself under a steam locomotive in Dún Laoghaire.
After years of sticking their heads in the sand regarding a housing crisis which has been developing steadily over five years, Ireland's Fine Gael-led Government finally clicked into gear last summer with the launch of Simon Coveney's massive and well-thought-out house-building plan: 'Rebuilding Ireland'.
With a sunny Easter behind us and summer on its way, what could be better than to walk to the end of your garden, straight onto one of Dublin's best-loved sandy beaches?
The village of Rathmines has a certain contrived grandeur to it - the great four-faced town hall clock tower and town hall by Thomas Drew, the grandly sculpted bank building, the old fire station, the pillared college, the fussy looking library building and further down, the pastoral musical society building.
The number of houses for sale dropped to an all-time historic low of 22,100 in January.
The likely buyer of Gorse Hill is a businessman in his 30s or 40s who left Ireland for work overseas.
House design types vary widely through different periods of history and sometimes we like the styles of a particular era so much that we bring them right back again.
In New York, it's so common that lawyers have a label for it : they call it the "renovation divorce." Man and woman get married. Man and woman buy apartment/house/condo. Man and woman hire architect and go on crazy spending spree (or at least one does - to the chagrin of the other).
Without horses, Dublin wouldn't have its eclectic assortment of mews dwellings located in central areas today. Before use of the car became widespread in the 1930s, any upmarket residence worth its salt had a horse or two and a carriage or trap for the owner to get around in. These of course had to be kept somewhere.
The Nepal-born designer and popular Dublin socialite Virendra Rana is well known for his extravagantly rich furnishings.
When you buy a period home, it's a distinct advantage if the owners have had a credible background in restoration. This at least helps assure you that it has been looked after properly and improved in sympathy and in tandem with its age. Better again, if they can draw on some expertise in interior design.
One of the artists who rents a studio in 7 Henrietta Street relates the tale of a woman in her 90s who returned years ago to revisit her childhood home - which had been one of Dublin's last infamous tenement buildings.
This week, the Irish Independent/REA Average House Price Survey showed that the price of the average semi-detached house is now inflating at a rate faster than the boom years. So where does this lead us? Most obviously, the effects of continued house price inflation amidst a shortage have included homelessness, soaring rents and an economic impact as couples spend more of their incomes on family homes.
The price of an average semi-detached house in parts of Dublin is inflating as fast as in the boom years and the period immediately before the Central Bank introduced its lending restrictions two-and-a-half years ago.
The Central Bank mortgage lending restrictions introduced more than two years ago were necessary to control shortage-induced rampant house price inflation in Dublin and to a lesser degree, Cork and Galway cities.
THE results of the general election showed us that, despite the economic recovery, the Irish people have remained deeply disillusioned with the state of affairs in this country. There's a widespread perception that those in power in banking, politics, business and elsewhere can still do what they like without respite.
Period homes in the Scots baronial revival style are as sparse as hen's teeth in Ireland, but on Alma Road in Monkstown, Co Dublin, we see an even greater rarity - a set of semi-detached houses both built to an internally elaborate baronial revival format.
In days gone by most publicans lived over their premises - be it in big cities or in small country towns. They popped up and down the stairs, slipping from the working day to domestic life and back again in seconds.
Battle Royale is a highly acclaimed but visceral cult film released in 2000 by the Japanese movie director Kini Fukasaku. Based on the novel of the same name by Koushun Takami, the plot has elements of William Goulding's Lord Of The Flies and must surely have provided some inspiration for the recent, more westernised Hunger Games franchise.
The Stillorgan-born Orpen brothers William and Richard made a big impression in their respective professions on both sides of the Irish Sea.
In 1951, Galway farmer Walter Joyce was approached by local landowner Lord Killanin and asked whether he'd be open to allowing his thatched cottage home to be used for some film-making. A princely sum of £25 per week was suggested. But upon meeting the free-wheeling and somewhat gruff film-maker, a Mr John Ford, the deal was immediately reneged upon - Ford thought the price was outrageous and immediately proffered £100 per day.
When the trend of the moment in interior colour is, essentially, colourless - forty shades of grey (and beige ... and mushroom) - it's thoroughly refreshing to encounter an older home which has been revamped for modern living but revitalized using splashes of bold and bright primary hues.
'No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together, each the happier for the other." The words are from the world's greatest architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who wrote the lines in his 1932 autobiography.
In 1999 when Park Developments built Carrickmines Wood in Dublin 18, eyebrows were raised when the agents announced that the cost of the houses would be IR£1m plus.
In the 1990s Ranelagh was very much the poor relation to Rathmines, its neighbouring urban village in Dublin 6.
Some years ago, I attended a stand-up comedy gig in Dublin during which the comedian began picking on different members of the audience.
Sandham Symes was Dublin's Phileas Fogg. The Victorian architect, painter and obsessive Vernean traveller wrote journals and sketched scenes from his global adventures, providing cultural insights over a 30-year period from the Middle East to Niagra Falls.
Rebuilding Ireland, the grande plan launched last summer by Housing Minister Simon Coveney to tackle the housing crisis, is not prescribed bedtime reading. Its 114 pages are not pepped, pinged up and sound bitten to embrace the gnat-like attention span of the modern age. The document is a lumbering juggernaut.
In 19th century Naas, children who were suffering from a debilitating whooping cough were shuffled into the town's gasworks - then at the pinnacle of energy innovation - to inhale into their lungs, as a curative, the noxious fumes emanating from the production of gas from coal.
Two properties that sold for just over €5,000 each were the cheapest sold in Ireland last year, new figures have identified.
When Cranford House in Rathgar was built in 1834, the locale was largely rural and dominated by market gardening and dairying.
For generations, the capital value performance of a private home has not mattered a jot to most Irish homeowners. Our national habit has been to buy a house based largely on where we want to live; perhaps trade up once and then spend the rest of our lives happily entrenched in that property. In rural parts, the 'one home' habit has been even more enduring, with most building their own abode following marriage and living there until departure in a box.
Who remembers Showhouse? RTE's Celtic Tiger-era home refurb programme pitted two contestants against each other to decorate and furnish a new showhouse apiece.
What can you buy in Dublin these days for €350,000? A look at the leading property portals says you can pick up a three-bed former Corporation terrace in Beaumont or you could have a three-bed 1970s semi in Blanchardstown. If you wanted to be centrally located, then there's the option of acquiring a two-bedroom apartment in Townsend Street in Dublin 2.
The successful sale of two Dublin 8 apartments this week through a new online bidding process will likely mark big changes in the way homes are sold in Ireland. In the process, technology will likely transform estate agency practices in the same way it has already turned so many other sectors inside out.
It's rare that major amenity developments big enough to raise property values and generate new life appear in any one location through an entire lifetime, never mind two, but Phibsborough in Dublin 7 is currently getting a brace of such big generation projects.
The housing market is infested right now by a virulent strain of pest which sucks energy, time and resources from home hunters and estate agents. I'm talking about the charade vendors - the people who have their house up 'for sale' but aren't actually selling it.
The city market for homes in the €1m to €2m price bracket most generally concerns period properties - usually Victorians, Edwardians, pre-war builds and some Georgians.
The Irish property market is being hit increasingly hard by Brexit, with estate agents all over the country reporting an average fall-off in demand by one-third from across the water.
If you could pick a nationality as your ideal tenant - or as a house-share partner - if you had a choice across all the nationalities now living in Ireland, which would you choose?
The expected arrival of the Luas in parts of Dublin 7 is already creating a stir - drawing in investors and starting to raise property values in the same way the electric tram service did when it first reached Dundrum and Tallaght on the Green and Red lines.
Of all forms of angling, it is fly fishing, with its extra light rods, fine lines and graceful casting, that is considered to be far and away the most skilful. So much so, that dry-land casting competitions, which see competitors whip forth lines over dozens of metres in a looping, reeling ballet, can draw hundreds of onlookers.
IN a reversal of fortune, Ireland's trophy home locations of Dublin 4 and South County Dublin - in which the country's most prestigious abodes are found - have ended up being among Ireland's flattest property markets as we enter 2017.
It's been a very long time since we've seen a set of 'villa' style houses constructed in Dublin 6 - probably about 130 years in fact.
First-time buyers will drive Ireland's property market in 2017 with the highest city price increases of 10pc predicted for Galway and Limerick.
Change and counter-change in State-induced property market policy can have unforeseen economic ramifications - but it can also indirectly change the paths of Irish lives. Take a look at the ripples that recent interventions have caused these past few years, both economically and socially.
Moves to soften the mortgage lending and tax regimes for first-time buyers have had an immediate effect on the property market, with formerly squeezed-out first-timers now flocking back to Dublin from the cheaper commuter counties in search of newly accessible homes in the capital.
Unscrupulous landlords will attempt to circumvent new rent regulations by imposing a raft of fresh charges on tenants, property experts have warned.
'Rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city - except for bombing," the Swedish economist and socialist academic Assar Lindbeck once said.
There is an argument to be made that a variety of incentives which have in the past been employed to weight the property market in favour of new home buyers, were substantially unfair to existing home owners.