These four properties offer excellent value in Co Leitrim.
€269k Gordon Hughes Estate Agents (071) 964 5555
Ballinamore's fortunes were transformed in the 1990s when the Shannon-Erne waterway was reopened, making the town a tourist draw. This two-storey-over-basement house is on a quarter-acre just down the street from the rather joyless-looking 18th-century Church of Ireland church. It's 2,260 sq ft on the upper floors, with five bedrooms (one ensuite), two reception rooms and a dual-aspect kitchen and dining room, and it's in good condition with a C3 energy rating. The basement has another 1,076 sq ft of space.
€25k Bid X1 (01) 667 3388
Drumkeeran was a busy and quite prosperous village at one time, having no fewer than 12 fairs a year, plus a market every Wednesday, according to Lewis's 1837 Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. It's a quieter place nowadays, although quite a pretty spot thanks to its setting in a drumlin landscape not far from Lough Allen. This three-storey house on the Main Street has been standing since Drumkeeran's heyday and needs significant refurbishment, reflected in the €25,000 guide price. It measures 1,883 sq ft with four bedrooms and has a garden out the back. It is to be sold at online auction on July 28.
€345k Farrell Property Group (071) 962 0976
Rosebank Cove is a little enclave of eight identical detached houses on a cul de sac, almost across the road from Butler's Marina on the Shannon. From there, you can see across the river to Co Roscommon, and it's just over a kilometre from the town centre. As a relatively new build, No3 is B3-rated and it has some costly fittings such as a mix of porcelain and hardwood flooring and ensuites for three of the five bedrooms. The living room is triple-aspect with a limestone fireplace, and the kitchen has granite countertops and island unit. Off this is a sunroom with a double-height ceiling.
€180k REA Peter Donohoe (049) 433 9708
Carrigallen is in the southeast corner of Leitrim near the point where the county meets Cavan and Longford, and, indeed, where Connacht meets Ulster and Leinster. Sean Teach is at the end of Church Street near the crossroads, so it's right in the thick of things. The house has some nice period features, including brick detailing, sash windows, and a cute attached garage with a barrel roof. Inside, there are three bedrooms upstairs, while the ground floor has a kitchen with a solid-fuel range and a sitting room with a stove. The internal total floor area is 1,076 sq ft and there's a lawned garden out the back.