What will €285,000 buy in Dublin and Clare?

Two homes, one price: A one-bedroom apartment in Blackrock or a two-bedroom apartment with a marina berth in Killaloe


Address: 15E Harbour Village, Killaloe, Co Clare.

Agent: Clare Tipp Properties.

With immediate access to the river Shannon and Lough Derg, this two-bedroom penthouse extends to 114sq m (1,227sq ft). The own-door property with a large mezzanine has a good-sized balcony with panoramic views and a Ber of C2.

Plus: Includes an 8m berth in the marina.


Minus: Management fees are €2,500 annually (includes berth).


Address: 8 The Oaks, Stradbrook Hill, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Agent: DNG.

Located at the top of Stradbrook Road, this first-floor, one-bedroom apartment extends to 40sq m (430sq ft). In excellent order, the property, which has a secure storage lock-up, benefits from a southerly orientation and overlooks spacious communal gardens. With double-glazed windows, the unit has a Ber of C2.

Plus: In excellent condition.

Minus: Management fees are €1,117 annually.

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables