Fix it up: Period cottage in the Naul
What is it? A tiny 1910 built workman's cottage at Springhill, the Naul in North County Dublin with a leaky roof attached to it.
What is it? A tiny 1910 built workman's cottage at Springhill, the Naul in North County Dublin with a leaky roof attached to it.
The other day I listened to someone describing with obvious disdain, someone else's home; a three-bed semi in which three shared a bedroom. Shock horror! "In this day and age you'd think children...
If your baby was teething badly back in the 1890s, then the doctor would prescribe something like Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup for infants with plenty...
Aside from the guaranteed 'Back to the Madness!' headlines, the absolute best bit for media covering a queue of hopefuls huddled at a new home scheme, is that the subjects stay put. They...
The property boom got into its stride properly in Dublin in the mid 1990s when religious orders and farm owners, the last of the big suburban land owners in the city, began selling up vast swathes of green field sites in prime locations to developers.
A short break on a barge provides a surprising intro to Ireland's inland waterways
Every 1970s Irish childhood had a place for the 1930s Tarzan movies, played endlessly each Saturday morning on terrestrial television.
Perhaps one of the most remarkable sales of last year was the largely unnoticed disposal of no less than 18 penthouse apartments - along with seven other apartment units - at the Riverdale/Rockfield scheme in Dundrum, Dublin 14, right beside the Luas station and opposite the well-known shopping centre.
HOUSE prices in the outer commuter counties have soared as people priced out of the Dublin market are being pushed farther afield in search of affordable homes.
The 48 houses at Pearse Square and their accompanying landscaped public park tell a story of inner city revival twice over. They were once a luxury scheme of homes launched in 1838 at the dawning of a new industrial and technological era, with then cutting-edge selling points like piped water and sewerage.
What is it? A rundown period home in a terrace built for railway workers in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim.
Marlfield at Clonmel in Co Tipperary, which was on offer in 2014 for €8m with 390 acres attached, has just returned to market, minus most of the...
Kilshannig off Crinken Lane in Rathmichael on the Co Wicklow border might just be one of the youngest homes in Ireland with lineage in the...
Every town has a go-getter - the one who organises, mobilises and in some cases, modernises. In the early 20th century the go-getter at Skerries was William Herbert Flanagan. Today he is best known as the man who lit up the Dublin seaside town with electricity long before the ESB was founded in 1927.
If you were getting married in rural Ireland 150 years ago when Thatch Cottage was built, you faced a rocky road through life with rack rents in a landlord led agri economy that was minus all the benefit of modern farm machinery.
What is it? On the same street as a contestant for the '2017 Home of the Year' off the South Circular Road in Dublin 8 you'll find 4 Rehoboth Place, a terrace wreck which requires completed demolition and reconstruction inside.
A particularly upbeat estate agent I know has been operating a home christening service as part of his overall sales package for about a year now. Glenn Burrell heads up the residential arm of Finnegan Menton, a well-established small to middle sized agency which sells homes of all shapes and sizes in all locations around Dublin.
Should estate agents fear demise by internet? The profession, which employs around 3,000 people in Ireland and which once gleefully embraced the 'net as a route to get more property details to more people, is suddenly worried about its own employment prospects following some recent advancements. The level of concern has streaked upwards in tandem with the sudden growth of online-only auctions here in Ireland, and the various online automated home sales services which are already in use in other countries and winging their way to us in the not too distant future.
The term "deceptively spacious" is one which estate agents are very fond of throwing around. But now and again it is warranted.
As everywhere else on the planet, the piper is playing a lament for old style retailing here in Ireland. This week we learned that the landmark Waltons music shop in South Great George's Street is shutting its doors. This space is where every pimply southside teen who wanted to be in a band sat around moodily pawing Wes Pauls, Gretschs and Stratocasters. Where they tried to prod Doors-like Hammond meows from more ordinary organs. It's where they later dragged their own teenagers for "are you really, really serious about saxaphone?" conversations or grabbed up tin whistles and recorders...
An upstairs landing study sounds like a perfect working arrangement for Michael Collins, the hard slogging revolutionary leader who had a penchant for rapid exits via landing skylights, attics and rooftops.
What is it? A derelict Victorian miller’s house at Dungooley outside Dundalk in Co Louth with roof damage and collapsed floors.
Who ever heard of an architect selling out a theatre like London's 1,100 seater Hackney Empire for a "night with" event - and then leaving the stage to a 10-minute long standing ovation.
Ireland's population will be living in taller, smaller homes in existing built-up areas in our cities.
When Gem Construction launched Abbotts Hill on the seafront site of the old Malahide Golf Course in 2002, it was the second of the so-called "millionaires' row" schemes to be constructed at the swishy North Dublin village.
The uniquely Irish role of the Bean an Tí is to be revived for the hipster era at the new concept shared living building underway by Node at Dublin's FitzWilliam Square and set to open next month.
In winter's darkest, wildest days, where should you go to unwind? To a working lighthouse in Donegal of course!
Cork City is abuzz with news of an exciting new supersized totem pole proposed for its docklands - a block of 40 floors planned by Irish-born, New York developer Kevin O'Sullivan. The building would rise head and shoulders above the 17 storey Elysian Tower, currently the city's loftiest skyline intrusion.
The huge value chasm that has opened between city and country homes since the crash means it is now possible to buy a period country mansion for the price of a two-bed apartment in Dublin.
The Carson family of Dublin had come a long way since the arrival from Drumfies, Scotland of William Carson, a Presbyterian chip and straw hat merchant in the early 19th century.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has been a busy bee throughout January. Seldom did a week go by without another initiative landing from our latest minister in charge of solving the housing crisis.
What is it? A period two over ground floor level home at 66 Haddington Road in Ballsbridge, D4 spanning 2,024sq ft.
Des "the carpet man" Kelly, who soft-furnished the homes of thousands of Dubliners for a generation, left an estate worth €13m behind him when he passed on 18 months ago at the age of 75. But in his later years the self-made businessman from inner city Dublin's Summerhill split his downtime between two very different houses.
Almost half of the tenants renting in Dublin's Silicon Docks are tech professionals from companies like Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Local lore online from Swords, Co Dublin, relates the tale of the Knocksedan Giant whose bones were supposedly uncovered at one of the area's prehistoric burial mounds some time in the early 17th Century. Variously, accounts cite as source the antiquarian Sir James Ware writing in the 1630s about a find by workmen digging gravel from a prehistoric burial mound in the area.
Could Leo Varadkar's assertion that it is commonplace for middle Ireland's first-time house buyers to take their deposit from the "bank of mum and dad" be one of his greatest ever political gaffes?
What is it? A 'pillar' house typical of the type that Dublin Corporation set at either side of the entrances to its housing estates built in the 1950s. This three-bed version is located at 2 O'Brien's Place off Joyce Road in Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
Late last year, Moody’s the international ratings agency returned Ireland to an ‘A2’ grade rating, indicating that it now regards our economic outlook as “stable”.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sparked an angry backlash by suggesting people ask the "bank of mum and dad" to secure a deposit for a home.
Buyers are now prepared to drive almost 100km to work, sparking huge house price surges in Laois, Carlow and Wexford.
Key workers including nurses, teachers and gardaí are being forced to move out of our main cities in search of an affordable three-bedroom home.
You can use our price guide not only to value your own home but properties all over Ireland.
Is 2018 is set to be the year of the long distance commuter? The data published here today in How Much Is Your House Worth? 2018, the Irish Independent's snapshot of local property value movements, highlights extreme property price surges in former outer commuter belt areas which have not been targeted by city buyers since the Celtic Tiger years.
THE rate of property price inflation in cities slowed radically at the end of the year, offering fresh hope for those seeking to buy a home.
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 dwelling carried about in the heads of two people.
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.
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? 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.
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.
Among the very shortest of Christmas stories is 'The Little Match Girl' by children's author Hans Christian Andersen - so brief in fact that it almost fits entirely on a single standard paperback book page.
What is it? Completed at Castle Street in Roscommon Town just as the Celtic Tiger died in 2007, this block of 10 apartments is 200 metres from the town centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.