Attic conversion prospects in Bettystown
Bettystown, Co Meath
Asking price: From €295,000
Agent: REA O'Brien Collins (041) 987 5444
Before the advent of cheap flights, the east Meath coastline was a popular holiday destination for Dublin families. During the 1960s, 70s and 80s, they flocked to the caravan, mobile home and camping sites that dotted the seaside villages of Bettystown and Laytown.
These days, when the Dubs arrive at Meath's gold coast, they often stay for good because they are priced out of the capital's housing market. And developers in the area are increasingly catering to such Dubliners, as well as to locals stymied by high rents.
Just off Bettystown's Eastham Road, about 1km from the village's popular beach, Urban Life is building 115 homes at a scheme called Dun Eimear. The development was initially launched two years ago, with a third phase released last month. At present, there are five three-bed semi-detached homes available from the most recent release. Each is priced from €295,000 and has 1,206 sq ft of space. Because the attics in these three-beds are primed for a future conversion, buyers could gain a fourth bedroom by extending upwards.
For commuters, Bettystown is served by bus and nearby Laytown by railway station. The village is 40 minutes from the city centre when traffic is light.
Viewings at Dun Eimear are by appointment.