Although commuting daily to Dublin from the midlands seems a dismal enough prospect, it's easy to see why people are tempted - or possibly forced - into that way of life.
There's just no arguing with the amount of space you can get outside the capital, or with the quality of life you might enjoy if you had time and weren't spending half your days in the car.
Take Portlaoise, for example, which is some 90kms from Dublin and yet, thanks to the times we live in, is regarded as the commuter zone.
That's partly thanks to the M7 motorway, which will get you to the Red Cow roundabout in under an hour.
Portlaoise also has a train station, and partly because it has a train station, with dozens of trains for Dublin on weekdays, so you can at least read a book instead of contending with traffic.
The Kilminchy development arrived on the outskirts of Portlaoise in the early 2000s as the town population grew, and consists of cul de sacs of houses suitable for families.
No4 Kilteale Avenue is one of five big detached houses on a cul de sac, and at 3,250 sq ft it proves the commuter's point about space.
It was built by a developer as his family home in fact, and has been kept in good order by the current owners, who've also kept up a very pleasant garden around it.
The space includes five bedrooms upstairs, one with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. Downstairs there's a kitchen/dining room with French doors and a solid-fuel stove, two reception rooms and a sun room as well as a playroom or spare bedroom.
Mercifully given its size, the house is B3-rated.
It's for sale for €650,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Hyland Keating (057) 862 0044.