4 of a kind... average-priced homes in Leinster
With the exception of Dublin, Wicklow is the most expensive county in Leinster in which to buy property. According to the most recent Daft.ie report, the average price of a property in the Garden of Ireland stood at just under €315,000 at the end of June.
Away to Aughrim
For €15,000 more than the average, prospective purchasers might consider Sunnybank House, an imposing 5/6 bedroom double-fronted two-storey residence in the granite stone village of Aughrim.
The house has charm and character and sits on a half-acre of established gardens of half an acre, which are nicely secluded thanks to numerous mature trees. There is a formal garden to the front, a large parking area to the rear and a garden area further back.
Located opposite the Bowling Green and Angling Lake, Sunnybank House has attractive views yet lies very close to the village centre. The agents say the property has been rented out and requires some upgrading. New owners will probably want to hang on to and refurbish the original Aga in the kitchen, but may abandon the avocado bathroom suite.
Aughrim is a former gold medal winner in the Tidy Towns villages section, and is very well maintained. The village is a commutable 80km from Dublin and 14.5km from Arklow, which has all the major supermarkets.
The new owners of Sunnybank House will be able to take up country pursuits including fishing, hill walking, mountain biking, horse-riding and kayaking, all of which are available in the area.
There is also a parkland golf course at Woodenbridge and a links course in Arklow.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Myles Doyle (0402) 32367.
Nest in Newbridge
The average price of a property in Kildare is almost €254,000. For a few thousand less, you could have a three-bedroom, semi-detached townhouse in a new development. The Paddocks is on Station Road in Newbridge, which also includes larger semi-detached and detached properties. The townhouse has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 97sqm of living space. The houses are fitted with smoke, heat and CO2 detectors, plenty of lighting and power points, and wired for connection of TV, telephone, broadband and alarm. Newbridge is served by the main Dublin to Cork train line and is home to a number of multi-national companies including Oral-B, Newbridge Silverware and Pfizer.
Agent: REA Coonan (Maynooth) (01) 628 6128
Escape to Enniscorthy
The average property price in Wexford is a few hundred euros under €200,000. For that sum, house-hunters in the sunny south-east could have Outback in Monageer, near Enniscorthy, a detached home with half an acre of garden, located close to the centre of the busy village and within very close walking distance of all amenities, including the shop, pub, church, national school and GAA grounds. The two-storey house has 120sqm of living space, with four bedrooms and a sunroom. There are also a separate detached garage and workshop, making Outback an interesting proposition for those who want to be able to work from home. The garden has mature apple trees and a patio area.
Agent: Paula Treacy Estates (053) 924 2140
Gravitate to Granard
Property prices in Longford are the lowest in Leinster, averaging €129,000. For a few thousand less, those on the hunt for a Midlands property could have this detached bungalow, situated on an elevated site in a peaceful, rural location a two minute walk from the village of Mullineachta. The house has an entrance hall, sitting room, dining room and kitchen, and three double bedrooms, one of which is en suite and has built-in wardrobes. There is also a family bathroom. There is a large attic space which is partially floored out with stairs access already provided. Although well-maintained, the property is in need of modernisation. There is mains water and a septic tank.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald McGill (043) 334 5822