Property prices jump by more than 12pc in year
Property prices across Ireland have jumped by 12.1pc in the year to October, according to the latest figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Property prices across Ireland have jumped by 12.1pc in the year to October, according to the latest figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
An Irish ex pat is reported to have paid €6.5m for the equivalent one-eighth of an acre of roof-top living space in an unfinished upmarket Ballsbridge development.
Hollywood star Saoirse Ronan is set to turn a tidy profit on a seaside home in north Dublin she has placed on the market.
No 7 Village Green in Blackrock, Co Louth is technically 18 years old - even though it was completed in 2004 and looks 120. For five years prior to construction it was a fully imaginary...
THE internationally acclaimed Irish based architects practice ODOS has today revealed a terrace of slick broodingly black coloured cutting edge terrace homes in Dublin 4 – but you’ll need to have €2.4m in your pocket to pick up the last one.
What is it? A 2,000 sq ft four-bed semi on a fifth of an acre at 39 Trees Road in Mount Merrion, Co Dublin.
At one time the owners of historic Marshfield House in Leixlip, Co Kildare liked to eat a lot of fish. Strangely they also required plenty of trout as part of the contract which allowed them to build their house in the first place.
Imagine Marks & Spencer had a sale on in which 20pc was knocked off the price of everything. But imagine they told absolutely nobody about it. Imagine they advertised it nowhere and put up no signs. That they didn't even put new tags on the reduced items to indicate they were on sale. Because they wanted to keep their sale private see?
What is it? An elegant four bedroom at 9 Old Mount Pleasant in D6, spanning almost 1,900 sq ft. There's three reception rooms and a kitchen along with a very long 360 ft garden with a garage at the end of it.
In any property market, no matter how competitive and heated, you can still buy houses for much less than their true market value - sometimes by as much as 20pc less. With a Dublin semi worth €400,000, that's €80,000 off if you get it for €320,000.
This is the Dublin 6 home that Kick-Ass actress Chloe Grace Moretz offered to rent earlier this year at €20,000 per month - but was turned down by the owners on the grounds that the 20-year-old was "too young".
Smarter buyers of new homes will sometimes wait around for the show house to become available for sale, particularly when it's in a smaller scheme, like 190 Collins Avenue in Dublin's Beaumont.
Can you imagine the luxury of having an electric bell button placed beside the tub in your bathroom - as you wallow and relax you can ring for a...
Can you imagine the luxury of having an electric bell button placed beside the tub in your bathroom - as you wallow and relax you can ring for a servant when you want some more hot water poured into your bath?
To estate agents, tradesmen and rival buyers in the property market Stephen Van Den Bergh is the "King Flipper".
As the War of Independence raged across Ireland in 1920, the north-western Russian city of Archangel was preparing itself to be overrun by the Red Army.
In times past, when despicable scandals like the recently-highlighted great tracker robbery were exposed by media, those responsible resigned, governments stepped down, plugs were pulled. Careers of incompetents were ended. Not any more, it seems.
The Victorian house at 22 Lombard Street off Dublin 8's South Circular Road and Clanbrassil Street is what is often termed a "villa"-style residence.
What is it? A 17-bedroom mansion at Ballinafad in Co Sligo which hasn't been lived in for 57 years. It comes with a gate lodge, 275 acres (100 acres in grass and 175 in woodland) and direct frontage to Lough Arrow.
St Marnocks in Portmarnock, for 100 years the beachfront home of the famous Jameson whiskey dynasty, had two gate lodges commissioned for it in the 1890s at the cost of €1,000 each. They were likely designed by Sir Robert Stodart Lorimer, who remodelled the main house in that decade, providing additional security for the wealthy Dublin family which had just become both...
What is it? A nine-bedroom former guesthouse on Main Street in Bundoran, Co Donegal, overlooks the beach at the rear. It has become seriously run down during a 10- to 15-year abandonment. It needs a builder to kiss it quick.
A handful of factors combined to keep me at home on Ophelia Day. My housemate happens to be an American scientist working in the fields of botany and etymology. The eminent doctor has travelled the globe and wields a decent knowledge of climate.
A peppercorn rent was conceived as a legal device to designate virtual ownership of a property without actually conferring full responsibility of ownership. It may have been conceived to absolve the beneficiaries of taxes charged to outright owners but not to tenants.
What is it? A 300-year-old three-storey house at Laragh near Ballintubber in Co Roscommon with 5 acres - or 101 acres depending if you're of a farm-owning persuasion.
As the autumn property market hits peak there are just six "superhomes" currently for sale in the capital at the top end of the market while supply grows tighter.
The blue suits of Government who like to get up early in the morning also like presenting their 'new' housing plans to the nation with all the 'old' unfulfilled promises rolled into them.
How many of us have made big summer plans for a barbecue only to have it ruined by a downpour? Your friends come around, the wine and beers are handed out, the steaks are thrown on the coals and then, the sky darkens and the heavens open. It's the same old story year in, year out.
Peering into the window of a well-known estate agency, I can see the details of 28 different properties for sale. The text on every single one of those 28 brochure sheets starts with the words: "A unique opportunity..."
What is it? From the era of glam rock and power cuts comes 65 Tara Court in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, a semi with some funky décor and in urgent need of a shove into the 21st century.
What is it? A 'proper' castle built in 1636, supposedly by Anastacia Archdeacon as a surprise for her husband who was off at the Spanish Wars. He returned, thought his lands had been invaded and immediately started shelling it before a courier was despatched to tell him to stop messing and come in for his dinner. At 5,700 sq ft it can take 10 bedrooms.
Seven Irish city councils are considering the implementation of a new, cities-wide 'locals only' planning initiative which will block rural-born people and foreign-born citizens from building or buying new homes within city boundaries.
Throughout the 1970s Irish children marvelled at TV reruns of the 1950s British-made series, The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Irish roots actor Richard Greene as the leading tights clad Sherwood swashbuckler himself.
The price of an average semi-detached Dublin home is €1,300 more than it was just one week ago, as the property crisis continues to escalate.
IT came from trade union firebrand Brendan Ogle - he who has variously threatened to cut off our electricity, derail our train services, drain our water board and eat our children (well, maybe not the latter). Much as many mightn't like it, Mr Ogle's suggestion for solving the housing emergency, as tabled on TV last week from the state-built Corpo housing estate in which he was born and still lives; is the most practical yet heard on the issue.
Do tens of thousands of Irish urbanites and rural dwellers realise that their single storey bungalow home designs originated from a Victorian craze imported from the British Raj - along with gin and tonic, India pale ale and vindaloo?
What is it? A late Victorian/Edwardian era home for complete top-to- toe renovation at the Glasnevin end of D9 Drumcondra.
The landlord told me pointedly (he prodded me with his finger as he said it) that he lived in the house himself - perhaps to indicate some bona fides standard of habitability for his premises. The personal seal of approval so to speak.
In any survey of the "hottest" Dublin residential markets - that is where competition for homes is at its most ferocious - Ranelagh always makes the top three. While many believe the gentrification of the centrally located former flatland suburb in D6 began during the Celtic Tiger years, in truth it was happening right back in the early 1990s long before the distinctive "ding" of the Luas was heard around these parts.
Back in 2001, a Celtic-Tiger era scheme made headlines for re-imagining the Georgian residential square, which so deeply characterised Dublin from the mid-18th century onwards.
Early in 2011, in the murkiest depths of Ireland's massive property crash, a seemingly crazy plan was announced to sell 82 properties at auction - in one single session.
What is it? Ellen Fox was well known around Shanballymore in Co Roscommon for being a literary afficionado. Her former home faces the road on one side with Lough Ree to the rear. This elegant cottage has been unoccupied since her passing more than 40 years ago. Now it's for sale.
Fashion designer Caroline Kilkenny can lay claim to creating clothes for princesses and state leaders. For a time, based in Doha in the 1990s, she designed clothes for the royal family of Qatar.
Foxrock is proof that big dreams scuppered by downturns often endure to make for lasting legacies. In 1854, the developers William and John Bentley and Edward and Anthony Fox were considered both brave and mad for imagining an affluent self-contained 'garden suburb' in the wilderness, miles outside of Dublin City. It would later become known as Foxrock.
Somewhere along the way - it might have been the 1980s or even before - the Irish mechanism of state simply stopped doing stuff. We became used to new governments and ministers coming and going with big new plans and promises, but ultimately taking those ideas nowhere.
What is it? This late Victorian three-bed, red brick, end-of-terrace at No 21 Nottingham Street, North Strand, D3.
Dartry in Dublin 6 is a neighbourhood you rarely hear about when top city addresses are being discussed, but to acquire a decent-sized home around here you'll require the equivalent of at least one good-sized Lotto win.
It's difficult enough to find a home in Dublin which runs down to a beach never mind one which has easy access to two sandy strands - both front and rear.
More than one-third of property buyers in the 25 to 45 age group are moving house on the grounds of securing proximity to a target school or to locate in its catchment area, it can be revealed.
Luxury bungalows on large sites on both ends of scenic Dublin's coastline.
Last year, Houzz, the international online bible for interior design and architecture, ranked No 14 Embassy Court in Dublin 4 as the 25th most stylish penthouse apartment in the world - from a list of 100. As a result, the pictures were downloaded in numbers for inspiration by designers and interiors enthusiasts from around the globe.
Sutton House, formerly the heart of an international whiskey empire, was one of Ireland's most extravagant private residences. The 40-room mansion was constructed as the Dublin seaside retreat of the Jameson distilling family, who were otherwise based at Fitzwilliam Square.
The incoming Housing Minister appears to have the Help to Buy scheme in his crosshairs for scrappage. The tax-relief scheme, which allows first-time buyers to claw back 5pc of the purchase price of a new home up to €20,000, has been blamed for a recent surge in property prices.
Wesley O'Brien is the undisputed design king of Lilliput. The designer and self-styled "property scout" specialises in sourcing run-down artisan cottages for clients and then sends his crack construction and craft squad in on their behalf, to resurrect the tiny homes and transform them into something really special. From tired and worn-out properties emerge bright, stylish but ultimately simple and fresh-...
Those Irish parents in their 30s and 40s who find themselves caught in the 'Catch 22' rental trap might justifiably feel very hard done by indeed.
The busker perches on the monument's base plinth and lifts a guitar out of its case. After a few tuning strums, he kicks off into a stirring ballad that rings through the street.
'I don't like living in cities all the time. In order to have ideas, you have to have some peace and quiet," said the fashion icon, designer extraordinaire and society queen Daphne Guinness. But could you pay €10,000 a month for the privilege?
The Battle of Glasnevin mightn't have the same ring to it as the Battle of Clontarf, but some of the most intense fighting took place in the Dublin 9 location around what is currently still called the 'Bloody Acre' in Glasnevin.
The famed Ballymacoll Stud, the birthplace of Arkle, has been sold to a mystery buyer for €8.15m, with speculation rife in the bloodstock sector that the buyer is Frank Dunne of the Dunnes Stores family.
Brexit is damaging recovery in the regional property market with Donegal particularly impacted by uncertainty following the UK's decision to leave the EU.
Mortgages are squeezing out cash buyers in large numbers for the first time since the downturn, helping drive house price rises to boom-time levels across swathes of the country.
We threw it away. Measures introduced two-and-a-half years ago by the Central Bank to curb runaway property inflation were only ever a temporary stop-gap. The aim was to control prices to buy time to enable the State to fast-track housing development in a market which is now seeing the worst supply levels in a lifetime. It was plenty of time.
A Brexit-driven surge is beginning to kick off in the market for luxury homes in the capital.
What is it? Cahore Castle is an 1840-built Tudor Gothic country home at Ballygarrett in Co Wexford designed by Daniel Robertson. Home to the D’Olier George family until 1949, it was owned by the order of St John of God until the 1960s, when it became a hotel. It was bought in 2003 for development, and investigative work started but later stalled.
'I can see them and I feel helpless and I feel like you lot aren't doing enough. Where's the things for them to land on? Where's the stuff for them to land on? He's on the 11th floor, three windows from the left. Follow me, I'll show you. See that person waving that towel? Can't you get to him through the building?" (The firemen say no, not now).
If it looks like Falconwood House at Brittas, Co Dublin has a distinctly exotic international flavour to it, that's because the property is owned by a well travelled international businessman with international tastes.
The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland says that even before the Grenfell Tower fire in London, there had been "major concerns" over fire safety in multi-unit dwellings in Ireland, particularly those built between 2000 and 2008.
What is it? Springfield Farm is the last one-acre remnant of a once substantial agri holding at Springfield Lane on the Lower Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines, Dublin 18. The land has gradually been sold over the decades for development and now all that remains is the old farmhouse, the farm yard, assorted outbuildings, a paddock and the garden.
Last year a side garage at a 1950s ranch style home in Los Altos, California was designed as an historic site. This was Steve Jobs's family home and the garage was where the tech pioneer and his one time collaborator Steve Wozniac started up the global technology and innovation giant, Apple.
Does the sale of the 8.5-acre RTÉ site in Donnybrook to Cairn Homes for €107.5m mark a "return to the madness", as some are asserting about the highest price shelled out for residential land in a decade?
The sale of the 8.5-acre RTÉ site in Montrose to Cairn Homes for €107.5m is the highest price shelled out for residential land in Ireland in a decade.
If you sink your kitchen right down into the floor to make a kitchen 'pit', then is it swish and clever or a misguided misnomer and an accident ready to happen?
A friend recently advertised a room to let in his Dublin house, seeking €500 per month. Among the responses received was an application from a hotel sector professional in his 30s. He had struggled to find a place of any sort over many months since his landlord gave him notice of selling up. In his application - his first point of contact - he unashamedly pleaded to be given a chance to rent the room. He stressed in particular that he was single and would promise not to get into a relationship in the foreseeable future. Therefore, no one would be visiting or staying over.
You'd better watch out if you're calling into the Victorian Gothic home of Clodagh Linnane and James Smith at Straffan in Co Kildare. The house was designed with more than a score of rifle portholes put there to shoot hostile callers from every possible angle.
Can you imagine having Shane MacGowan spend Christmas Day in your house every year for 30 years? According to his sister Siobhan, also an accomplished singer and a writer, wherever he was in the world, Shane came back to the family homestead each and every year (Christmas Day is also his birthday) and on the big day, the entire family would always sing 'Fairytale Of New York' - the song for which he will forever be remembered.
We already have a Help to Buy scheme in operation, but the ever-increasing numbers of those in rental accommodation indicate that it hasn't been enough to help people who still can't get on to that vital first rung of the property ladder.
The true extent of how Ireland's rental trap has snared aspiring homeowners is revealed today as just 15pc of current renters believe they can acquire a home within the next year.
What is it? Everybody loves to lose themselves in a bookshop, but could you lose yourself in an interesting mixed-use investment proposition that involves one?
The Bird's Nest at York Road is among Dun Laoghaire's best known buildings, having been one of the town's original three orphanages until 1975 when it closed.
'Disruptive' is a term that tech-sector wonks are fond of applying to any new idea which causes a tsunami of change within an industry or product range, and generates consternation among the hitherto status quo-ed incumbents.
What is it? An early 19th-century gristmill thought to be the only occupied windmill of its type in Ireland and the tallest building in Meath. The Balrath Windmill near Navan was built in 1803 by the Balrath Estate for the war effort against Napoleon, to grind grain to feed the forces. A storm broke its sails and it went to ruin until acquired by the Madden family in 1993. They part-restored it in 2003/04. The five-floor tapered stone building has its continuous circular stairs laid against the inside walls. It has new floors, electrics and plumbing, and has been reroofed and refenestrated.
To understand just how much you can see on a clear sunny day from the higher reaches of Dublin’s tallest residential building, we’ve compiled a range of photos taken both inside and outside apartment 74 — which shares the 12th floor of the Millennium Tower at Charlotte Quay, Dublin 4.
Sutton and Howth have long had a tradition of showcasing some of the edgiest contemporary residential design, largely through the architect-designed homes constructed here through the 1960s and 1970s by big names with international experience, like Andy Devane who studied with the master architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
There were few legitimate paths to riches for a commoner in the early 19th century. Inn-keeping and milling were about the only routes from rags presented to those who had somehow managed to save, borrow or steal a few bob to invest, but didn't happen to have been born with a silver spoon in their gob.
Ireland's potential home builders, expanders and extenders this week came cheek by jowl with the lesser spotted architect - a profession which normally keeps itself well out of Joe Public's way, except for those of us who go and seek them out.
Pioneering Dublin-based property entrepreneur Felicity Fox has died at the age of 49 following a short illness.
The death has occurred of Dublin based property enrepreneur Felicity Fox, a trend setter in estate agency for the past 25 years.
'Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." So says the water rat to the mole as they row off from the shore down river in the early chapters of Kenneth Grahame's eternal classic The Wind In The Willows.
Record books don't mention that in the 1840s, the fastest travelling human being in the world was likely Dublin-based rail worker Frank Elrington, who unwittingly covered the distance from Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey in just 75 seconds.
Is it possible to grieve for the loss of a house? Not only is it possible, but for some of us it might be a necessary exercise - in the same way that mourning the loss of a close family member or friend helps to bring closure.
Donnybrook: “A scene of uproar and disorder; a heated argument.” (Oxford English Dictionary) From the beginning of the 13th century until 1866, the infamous Donnybrook Fair was a legend around the globe for its licentiousness. So much so, it spawned a word for public disorder.
Howth people are extraordinarily peninsular.
In the bestselling 1992 book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the relationship counsellor John Gray famously describes what he sees as key differences in how men and women think and behave, especially in relation to challenges and stress.
Donnybrook: "A scene of uproar and disorder; a heated argument." (Oxford English Dictionary) From the beginning of the 13th century until 1866, the infamous Donnybrook Fair was a legend around the globe for its licentiousness. So much so, it spawned a word for public disorder.
It was a big year for spendthrift developer Sean Dunne when he launched Ireland's most expensive and exclusive apartment scheme to date in 2002 - Hollybrook at Brighton Road in Foxrock - after shelling out a record €10m plus for the site.
A British left-winger I was friendly with came to live and work in Ireland in the 1990s. Whenever we were out for pints, the red-headed one bellyached about Ireland's "flawed" party politics. The life-long Labour Party Bennite would fume: "The main political parties are the same! And the Irish Labour Party isn't left enough to be left! At least in Britain you know where you stand - with the Tories on the right and Labour on the left."
Just before noon on February 24, 1923, a truck containing eight armed men - four in the uniform of the Free State Army and one in the attire of the civic guards - passed through the gates of the Mullaboden Estate at Ballymore Eustace in Kildare. At Mullaboden House, they ordered eight household servants to leave the building, piled up furniture in the centre of the rooms and doused...
ON an autumn day in 1948, architect Herbie Simms consumed a bottle of whiskey and threw himself under a steam locomotive in Dún Laoghaire.
After years of sticking their heads in the sand regarding a housing crisis which has been developing steadily over five years, Ireland's Fine Gael-led Government finally clicked into gear last summer with the launch of Simon Coveney's massive and well-thought-out house-building plan: 'Rebuilding Ireland'.
With a sunny Easter behind us and summer on its way, what could be better than to walk to the end of your garden, straight onto one of Dublin's best-loved sandy beaches?
The village of Rathmines has a certain contrived grandeur to it - the great four-faced town hall clock tower and town hall by Thomas Drew, the grandly sculpted bank building, the old fire station, the pillared college, the fussy looking library building and further down, the pastoral musical society building.
The number of houses for sale dropped to an all-time historic low of 22,100 in January.
The likely buyer of Gorse Hill is a businessman in his 30s or 40s who left Ireland for work overseas.
House design types vary widely through different periods of history and sometimes we like the styles of a particular era so much that we bring them right back again.
In New York, it's so common that lawyers have a label for it : they call it the "renovation divorce." Man and woman get married. Man and woman buy apartment/house/condo. Man and woman hire architect and go on crazy spending spree (or at least one does - to the chagrin of the other).
Without horses, Dublin wouldn't have its eclectic assortment of mews dwellings located in central areas today. Before use of the car became widespread in the 1930s, any upmarket residence worth its salt had a horse or two and a carriage or trap for the owner to get around in. These of course had to be kept somewhere.
The Nepal-born designer and popular Dublin socialite Virendra Rana is well known for his extravagantly rich furnishings.
When you buy a period home, it's a distinct advantage if the owners have had a credible background in restoration. This at least helps assure you that it has been looked after properly and improved in sympathy and in tandem with its age. Better again, if they can draw on some expertise in interior design.
One of the artists who rents a studio in 7 Henrietta Street relates the tale of a woman in her 90s who returned years ago to revisit her childhood home - which had been one of Dublin's last infamous tenement buildings.
This week, the Irish Independent/REA Average House Price Survey showed that the price of the average semi-detached house is now inflating at a rate faster than the boom years. So where does this lead us? Most obviously, the effects of continued house price inflation amidst a shortage have included homelessness, soaring rents and an economic impact as couples spend more of their incomes on family homes.
The price of an average semi-detached house in parts of Dublin is inflating as fast as in the boom years and the period immediately before the Central Bank introduced its lending restrictions two-and-a-half years ago.
The Central Bank mortgage lending restrictions introduced more than two years ago were necessary to control shortage-induced rampant house price inflation in Dublin and to a lesser degree, Cork and Galway cities.
THE results of the general election showed us that, despite the economic recovery, the Irish people have remained deeply disillusioned with the state of affairs in this country. There's a widespread perception that those in power in banking, politics, business and elsewhere can still do what they like without respite.
Period homes in the Scots baronial revival style are as sparse as hen's teeth in Ireland, but on Alma Road in Monkstown, Co Dublin, we see an even greater rarity - a set of semi-detached houses both built to an internally elaborate baronial revival format.