A selection of four properties currently available to buy in the Royal county.
€185k Sherry FitzGerald Reilly, (046) 906 0450
In the townland of Ardglassan, near Crossakiel in Co Meath, are two terraces of cottages facing each other across a pretty street scene, complete with a wrought-iron bench half-eaten by a tree. They were workers cottages built in the early 19th century for the nearby Clonabreany estate, and they're now owned privately. Number 12 is at the end of one of the terraces and has been extended at the back so that it now measures 1,076 sq ft. The ground floor has a sitting room, dining room and kitchen, as well as a bathroom and utility, and there are two bedrooms upstairs. There's a treehouse in the back garden.
€349,950 DNG Brid Feely, (01) 628 6643
It is said that an ancient road from Connacht to Tara once passed through Rathcore, and traversed an area now occupied by Rathcore Golf & Country Club, where there are two ringforts and a motte to back up the story. Rathcore also has a tiny Protestant church and an even tinier thatched pub, both dating from the early 1800s. About 500 metres from both is this detached bungalow on three-quarters of an acre of grounds. It has six bedrooms (one en suite) as well as a living room with a vaulted ceiling and an eat-in kitchen with French doors. It's seven kilometres from Enfield and 40km from the M50.
AMV €150k REA Coonan, (01) 628 6128
When Google Street View captured an image of this little cottage back in 2009, it was evidently well-loved and cared for, with a neat front garden full of flowers. In the eight years since then it has become rather ramshackle, and now needs renovation inside and out. The house itself measures about 860 sq ft with two bedrooms, and the site (just over half an acre) includes mature trees, outbuildings, and what remains of the previous inhabitant's flowers. The cottage is about 1.5km from Kilcloon and 45 minutes from Dublin. It will be auctioned on Thursday, September 21, at 2pm in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth.
€499k Quillsen Navan, (046) 902 2100
If you fancy setting up a home industry, you may be tempted by this detached bungalow at Cushinstown, near Ashbourne, as it comes with a garage or workshop in the back yard. The workshop measures about 3,000 sq ft and has a work pit and electric roller doors, and there's plenty of parking space in the yard, with a site of just over half an acre. The house is about 2,100 sq ft with three bedrooms, all at one end of the property. In the middle of the floor plan are two reception rooms and an eat-in kitchen, and at the far end there's a home office, shower and study, with stairs to an open-plan room in the attic.