Ireland’s rich and fascinating history, folklore, and culture is celebrated the world over. The land of saints and scholars, Ireland’s legendary landscape, dramatic coastline, and charming cities and towns make it an attractive choice for luxury home ownership. According to Simon Ensor, Chairman of Sherry FitzGerald, Christie’s International Real Estate’s exclusive Irish Affiliate, “Ireland’s residential market started recovering in 2014 after a very difficult seven years which saw capital values fall by 55-65 percent. This recovery has seen house prices rise by an average of 5 percent per annum, thanks to strong growth in our economy which has resulted in virtually full employment.”
“The rate of recovery was initially stronger in Dublin and other main cities such as Cork, Limerick, and Galway; in the last 18 months our more rural towns have outpaced our cities in terms of percentage growth,” notes Ensor.
Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, we explore some distinguished Irish properties currently offered for sale by Sherry FitzGerald.
Edwardian Townhouse in Rathmines, Dublin
Built circa 1925, this distinctive Edwardian townhouse has been restored and modernized with great attention to detail. Exuding a stately charm, the three-story house offers 3,525 square feet of living space with six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The reception rooms include a drawing room that links to the formal dining room, which in turn is accessed off the great kitchen/breakfast/family room, patio and garden, making this a superb house for day-to-day family living and entertaining. The private quarters are on the upper two floors. The property is in the leafy South Dublin suburb of Rathmines, which offers excellent shops, restaurants, and schools. Ranelagh, Rathgar, Harold’s Cross, and the city center are all within walking distance.
There is generally significantly better value to be found outside our major cities.
Waterfront Manse in Dalkey, County Dublin
Rockview is a grand Victorian residence on nearly a third of an acre of grounds with direct shoreline access. Situated on Dublin’s prized Coliemore Road seafront, minutes from the heart of Dalkey Town, the 3,750-square-foot, five-bedroom home offers panoramic views across Dublin Bay to Howth, the Bailey lighthouse, Dalkey Sound, the Muglins, and Dalkey Island. The property has undergone a painstaking renovation, which has preserved its original character. At the entrance, automatic gates open to a graveled forecourt with a garage. A loggia/conservatory entrance leads to two reception rooms, a bespoke eat-in kitchen, and an en suite study, which doubles as a fifth bedroom. The upper floors include four double bedrooms. A large sunroom opens onto a large sun terrace overlooking the rockery garden which has a path leading down to steps to the sea.
Victorian Townhouse in Sandycove, County Dublin
This gracious Victorian home in Sandycove is defined by grandly proportioned living spaces and elegant gardens. Laid out over three floors, this triple-bay property provides 3,000 square feet of interior space with original period details, including ornate fireplaces, intricate coved ceilings with crystal chandeliers, cornicing, and bay and sash windows which bring in abundant light. The entrance hall connects to the drawing and dining rooms, a study/bedroom, and guest cloakroom. The garden level houses a family room with wood-burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen, guest bathroom, and laundry room. Five spacious bedrooms, three en suite, are on the second level. The master suite runs the entire breadth of the front of the house and features a bay window that frames views of Dalkey Hill and Killiney Obelisk. The grounds include a forecourt with ample off-street parking and private rear garden with mews site potential subject to planning permission.
Another market which has gone from strength to strength in recent years is our holiday home market.
“For those who do not have to live in our cities . . . there are significant advantages in living in rural Ireland, where they can benefit from more affordable living in some of the country’s most scenic locations, whether that be looking out on the wide open expanses of our heather-covered mountains or our stunning unspoilt beaches,” Ensor notes.
15-acre Country Estate in Wexford Town, County Wexford
Ballymorris House is a beautiful country house set within nearly 15 acres of formal gardens and pastures in County Wexford on Ireland’s scenic southeast coast. Originally built in the 19th century, the property underwent a thorough renovation for the contemporary country lifestyle. The 4,478-square-foot main residence is entered via an entrance hall with a signature staircase. The reception rooms include a formal dining room and living room with gas fireplace, slate surround, and wood floors. Folding doors open to the wood-paneled country kitchen, which offers views over the courtyard. The floor also includes a self-contained apartment. The first floor has three principal rooms, including a luxurious master bedroom with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The main house links seamlessly with the grounds, which include a one-bedroom apartment, grass tennis court, and three paddocks.
Many of our established holiday homes destinations offer something very special and unique with stunning unspoilt scenery, a very pleasant moderate climate, and a very special “céad míle fáilte” Irish welcome.
34-Acre Lakefront Estate in Broadford, County Clare
Built in the era of Queen Anne, before the Georgians arrived and imposed their passion for symmetry on Ireland’s country houses, Woodfield House was a charming and significant manor house. Today the house, a three-story over garden-level building, is at the center of about 34 acres of grounds. The light-filled and charming living spaces include eight bedrooms and a range of reception rooms. The huge, airy drawing room is ideal for entertaining or relaxing, while the sitting room and library offer cozier spots in the evenings and weekends. The classic country kitchen, warmed by an Aga, has scenic views down to the lake. Renovations in 2014 ranged from rebuilding the chimneys and installing new flues, upgrading the plumbing and wiring, to adding luxurious bathrooms.Explore Exceptional Irish Properties Lucy Carsen
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