We take four similar properties on the Irish market and compare them by location, price and value for money.
What: Four bedroom restored 1920s home
Where: 'Garmish', Bray, Co Wicklow
This 1920s dormer was restored and re-modelled in 2010. Original features such as solid oak floors, doors and frames were retained, together with a leaded stained glass window in the kitchen and two fireplaces. Modern touches include underfloor heating and solar panels.
The infra-red sauna is located in the main bathroom, finished in cedarwood. There is a Jacuzzi bath here also. The rest of the accommodation over ground and first floors include four bedrooms, a guest bathroom, living room and kitchen/dining area which is in a farmhouse style with a fireplace in the centre of the room. Some appliances are included. It leads to a patio area and the upstairs living room has views of Bray Head.
It measures 1,485 sq ft in total and is reached off Sidmonton Road, past St. Thomas' College. Both the town centre and Bray train station are 1km away.
Enquiries to: Downey Property (01) 2760003
What: Four bedroom detached contemporary home with offices in
Where: Urra Hill, Puckane, Nenagh, Co Tipperary
Directly overlooking Lough Derg this property makes the most of the view with floor-to-ceiling glass windows in a large living/dining area with sliding doors leading out to a terrace on this elevated site.
The kitchen comes with a full range of 'Gaggenau' appliances fitted and there is a separate utility room. The reception rooms are at the ground level with the bedrooms at the lower level - the master en-suite with its own private terrace, another two bedrooms and the fourth, which contains the sauna and shower room, is currently being used as office space.
The property sits on two acres. It is 9km from Nenagh and 5km the Lough Derg Yacht Club.
Enquiries to: Sherry Fitzgerald Talbot (067) 31496
What: Three bedroom house with pool and gym
Where: Barley Hill, Westport, Co Mayo
Glass, wood and water are the predominant feature of this modern three-bed home. Built with views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick it features an interior swimming pool with gym, sauna and steam room attached. The main space has a living room with a curved wall of sliding doors leading to a wooden deck with water features.
The kitchen/dining room has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and leads to an upper deck. There is a sun room, office and three bedrooms, the master being en-suite with a walk-in wardrobe. There is one acre of landscaped gardens and the house is accessed via security gates. Barley Hill is 3km from Westport.
Enquiries to: Sherry Fitzgerald Crowley (098) 29009
What: Three bedroom terraced house with log cabin sauna
Where: 5 Larkfield Grove, Lucan, Co Dublin
At 1,125 sq ft this mid-terrace three-bed is larger than its neighbours due to an extended living room with walnut flooring which houses a bespoke bar and leads out into the fully decked split level garden. The log cabin with the sauna and a shower room is located here.
Back in the property, there is kitchen/dining area, three bedrooms (the master is en-suite) and a main bathroom. The house comes with a C2 BER rating.
Larkfield is 2.5km from Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.
Both Hermitage and Castleknock Golf Clubs are across the adjacent N4 motorway.
Enquiries to: DNG Lucan (01) 6280400