Saturday 24 March 2018

A townhouse in New York? A rooftop pool in Dubai? This is what your Dublin rent will get you around the world

Dubai, UAE (Photo: PA)
Dubai, UAE (Photo: PA)

Kathleen O'Sullivan

The Dublin rental market can be heart-breaking. With cramped "studio apartments" commanding four-digit rents and people taking to renting out their jazzed-up sheds it can be a painstaking search to find a new home.

But with the average monthly rent in Dublin costing €1,627 (higher than the 2008 peak), cast an eye abroad to see what your hard earned cash could get you around the globe.



What: One bedroom flat in Dartmouth Chambers, London

Cost: £1,450 (€1,658) per month

Key Features: The apartment is unfurnished. It has a large hallway, which is very useful extra space that leads into the good sized living room. The living room is served by natural light and a feature fireplace. It has a double bedroom, also with a feature fireplace, and the property has a fully fitted kitchen that is in good condition and a bathroom with bath and power shower.

Area: A popular choice for many young Irish emigrants who choose to come here for employment, the rent price and amenities in most London apartments, despite having a slightly lower average price, are comparable to Dublin. This simple one bed apartment is in the heart of Holborn, close to both the city and West End. It is located within walking distance of Covent Garden and Theatre land. It boasts beautiful views of Gray's Inn Gardens.

New York


What: One Bedroom Townhouse, Nostrand Avenue/Eastern Parkway Sterling Place, Brooklyn

Cost: $1,700 (€1,523) per month

Key Features: This 3rd floor 2 townhouse comes fully equipped with furnishings and typical appliances and has internet and air-con included.

Area: In contrast to rising rental prices in Dublin, prices in Brooklyn are slowly but steadily decreasing. A millennials Instagram theme dream, this artsy townhouse seems it fills the stereotypical Brooklyn criteria. Brooklyn has some of the best pizza restaurants in New York and The Bell House and Union Hall are famed for stand-up comedy- a different experience to a night out in Coppers and a kebab from Babylon. Not necessarily better, but different.



What:  One Bedroom Apartment, Rue jean-Jacques Rousseau

Cost: €1,600 per month

Key Features: One thing this apartment has going for it is that, well, it’s in Paris. The apartment has been completely renovated and comes fully furnished. It’s described as having a cosy living room with a fully equipped kitchen and a convenient walk-in wardrobe, a bedroom with a king size bed, a big cupboard and a direct access to the shower room/toilet.

Area: It’s located near the Louvre museum and next to retail such as Louboutin and the trendiest cafés and restaurants. That and so much more that Paris has to offer. For any Irish person living there who chooses to return home, their expectations of lifestyle will definitely be high.



What: One Bedroom Property, Sint Willibrordusstraat

Cost: €1,500 per month

Key Features: Bright, white and on a street that’s quiet, this property does everything it needs to for slightly less than its competitor apartments in Dublin. All basic amenities are included, including  parking.

Area: Sint Willibrordusstraat is in the De Pijp neighbourhood, the lively Latin Quarter of Amsterdam. The area is famous for its mix of cultures and is a popular choice for students to visit.

Hong Kong


What: Studio Apartment, Star Street, Wan Chai

Cost: HK$15,000, (€1,716) per month

Key Features: This one person furnished apartment provides a simple living space in a multi-story building with 24 hour security. Like most property in Hong Kong within this price range, it has just the bare minimum amount of extra space.

Area: Wan Chai is home to multiple iconic symbols of Hong Kong. During the day, the area is very commercial but at night, it is known for bars that leave little to the imagination.



What: One Bedroom Apartment, Cluster R Jumeirah Lake Towers

Cost: 75,000 AED per year (€1,520 per month)

Key Features: A rooftop pool. Need we say anymore? Residents of this tower block enjoy access to a shared pool. It includes a walk in wardrobe, a waterfront view and (crucially) air con. Also for animal lovers pets are welcome.

Area: The local agent describes the "dynamic community" near the Dubai Marina. It's located near a metro station and a number of hotels and retail blocks.




What: Three Bedroom Apartment, Harding Avenue, Toronto (West), Ontario

Cost: $1,700 per month (€1,151)

Key Features: It’s described as having “a community that offers spacious suites and great amenities, making this lifestyle hard to beat”. It has upscale features and finishes throughout, an on-site fitness centre lets you “keep up your fitness regime without the gym fees”. The party room lets you entertain in style, without limiting the guest list. Day-care is on-site, making this a very family friendly community.” It nearly sounds too good to be true.

Area: Toronto is the culture rich capital of the Ontario province. By getting a Toronto citypasss, you can also Save money and skip the lines at 5 of Toronto’s top attractions. This pass includes admission to: CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium and either Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre. I think I’ll go book my plane ticket now.

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