What's on the market?
If you're wondering what's on offer in terms of Irish holiday homes at the moment, here's a selection.
The Wicklow town branch of Sherry Fitzgerald is listing a secluded, four-bed chalet-style bungalow that looks ideal for a large but young family with its large garden. Brittas Bay beach is two minutes' walk away and 40 minutes from Dublin, all for €175,000.
For the young singletons in the sunny south-east, a number of newly-built two-bed apartments in a development in Kilrane, not far from Rosslare harbour and St Helen's Bay, are being offered for sale through Kehoe and Associates at prices starting at €77,000.
If you want the ultimate in seclusion, perhaps somewhere on an island? Local agent Charles McCarthy has a recently renovated three-bed house with a garage set on three acres at Limpit Hill on Cape Clear island, which is on the market for €250,000. It's only two miles from the main harbour for connecting ferries to Baltimore and Schull. It's not complete isolation, as it's an inhabited island.
If you're a well-to-do surfing enthusiast with a large family or lots of friends, Costelloe Estate Agents in Ennis is listing a five-bedroomed house in Cregg, about 500m south of the popular seaside resort town of Lahinch in Co Clare. This west-facing home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Moy beach has four bathrooms and has an asking price of €395,000.
For those actually looking for a proper holiday home investment opportunity, Dingle auctioneers Fitzgerald and Associates is offering for auction a development of 11 homes in Inch with a guide price of €450,000. The homes range in size from 103.5 to 139.5 square metres and the whole development is a short walk from the blue-flagged Inch Beach.
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