Four on the market: in Co Clare
A choice of four impressive property available to buy in the Banner County.
O’Curry Street, Kilkee
€325k DNG O’Sullivan Hurley, (065) 684 0200
Dating from Kilkee's heyday as a fashionable Victorian place of bathing, this large, end-of-terrace house has been run as a hostel since 1990. It's on the main street of the town and although it doesn't have sea views, it's just around the corner from the Strand Line and the beach, 100 metres away. It stands at 2,433 sq ft and has six bedrooms, currently packed with bunk beds for the tourists who throng the town every summer. There are also two main reception rooms - a living room and a dining room - and a commercial-style kitchen opening to a back yard.
Doonane, Gort Road, Tulla
€385k Green Valley Properties, (061) 921 498
The historic town of Tulla is busy enough, having its own picturesque library (the 19th-century former market house), courthouse, primary and secondary schools, a GAA club and of course the famous Tulla Céilí Band. Built in 2016, this detached dormer bungalow is a modern model of energy efficiency. It doesn't need central heating, thanks to its A2 energy rating. It's 2,325 sq ft with four bedrooms, a living/dining room and a kitchen/family room with polished concrete floors. Although it's close to the centre of town it has 0.444 acres to call its own, including a lawned garden and lofted garage.
€199k Green Valley Properties, (061) 921 498
Novelist Edna O'Brien was born in Tuamgraney but in early life was not fond of the place and left as soon as she possibly could. Nor was Tuamgraney fond of her: the story goes that the local parish priest publicly burned several copies of her first novel, 'The Country Girls'. In her youth O'Brien might frequently have passed this street-fronting 19th-century house in the centre of the village, overlooking the green. It has been extended now to 1,938 sq ft and has three bedrooms along with a kitchen, a dining room, a sitting room and a living room. There's a rear yard with stone outbuildings that might be put to some use.
Donour Lodge, Fanore
€395k DNG Brian MacMahon, (091) 638 638
There are exceptionally good sea views from this pair of properties only 250 metres from the coast and 20 minutes' walk from Fanore Beach. The place consists of two houses next to each other, with seven bedrooms (five en suite) and four reception rooms in the main house. The adjacent house has three or four bedrooms along with an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room. The main house is approximately 2,900 sq ft. The grounds include a patio, lawns and a fish pond. Ballyvaughan is 13 kilometres away by means of a scenic drive along the north Clare coast.