Four on the market: commuter bungalows
These four bungalow properties are all strategically placed within commuting distance of Dublin.
4 Town View, Carnew, Co Wicklow
€165k Kinsella Estates, (053) 942 1718
According to An Post, 'Town View' is more correctly known as 'The Terrace'. At any rate, it's a short (100-metre) cul-de-sac rising off the Gorey Road in Carnew, about half a kilometre from the centre of the village. The daily commute to Dublin might be a burden from here, as it's an hour's drive from the outskirts of the capital, but there are frequent trains from Gorey, 20 minutes away. Number 4 is a detached bungalow, recently refurbished, with two bedrooms, a sitting room with a solid-fuel stove, and a kitchen fitted with black cabinets.
The Brambles, Killallon, Co Meath
€399,950 Murtagh Bros (044) 934 2512;
Sherry FitzGerald Royal (046) 943 1525
Don't be deceived by the name: you will not find too many brambles in the garden of this detached bungalow about five kilometres from Clonmellon. It's on an acre of grounds, impeccably manicured, with neat hedging, lawns, and low-maintenance heather beds, as well as a detached garage. Built in the early 2000s, The Brambles has five bedrooms, the main one en-suite, and two reception rooms (living room and dining room, both with open fires) along with an eat-in kitchen. It's about 45 minutes' drive from here to the M50 Blanchardstown junction.
Finvoi, Richardstown, Co Kildare
€495k Team Lorraine Mulligan (01) 627 2770
You can walk to the K Club from Finvoi in Clane, as the entrance is less than two kilometres from the house. Walking to the K Club might not be quite comme il faut though. Better to pull up in a BMW if you can. If golf is not your game, Finvoi also has a tennis court in its back garden, needing a little restoration. Elsewhere the half-acre of grounds are in lawns with mature trees and shrubbery. The house itself is 2,200 sq ft, all on one floor, with five bedrooms (two en suite). Reception rooms consist of a sitting room, living room, and dining room along with the kitchen and two conservatories - one front and one back.
Waverley, Newtowndonore, Co Kildare
€395k Jordan Town & Country, (045) 433 550
There's a sort of stoop outside the front door of Waverley - a railed patio and pergola with seating areas, and a good spot to enjoy an evening cocktail, as it faces full west. Built in the 1990s, Waverley near Naas is a dormer bungalow measuring 2,600 sq ft, with five bedrooms. Two of these are on the first floor and three downstairs (one with an en suite). Also on the ground floor is a dual-aspect sitting room, and a living room, both with solid-fuel stoves, and a kitchen with separate utility. It's on half an acre of grounds, some 37km from the Red Cow roundabout.