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The owner saw five of us in a line to rent his house - and upped the price by €500

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Moving to Dublin, I was convinced I had a very decent budget. In July 2019, a month before packing my bags, I had sold a chic apartment of 100 square metres smack in the centre of Amsterdam, one of the liveliest cities in western Europe, where everyone is complaining that house prices are "completely over the top". I managed to get, I'm happy to say, a very decent price for my flat.

With this nice sum in my pocket, I presumed I could buy a similar apartment in Dublin. I was thinking about places like Sandymount, Dalkey, Ballsbridge … nice neighbourhoods close to the sea.

How naive I was. Dublin house prices are, to put it mildly, completely crazy. They are horrendous and absurd. The budget which bought me 100 square metres in one of the best neighbourhoods in Amsterdam allowed me to buy about 50 square metres in a very average neighbourhood in Dublin.