We are a property obsessed nation. Understandably, housing remains one of the main issues we face as a country between rising rental costs, lack of supply and high demand.
In many cases, our fascination with real estate goes beyond price. Our real estate features capture the cool, whimsical, moderate, expensive and everything in between. We love peeking inside people’s homes, whether they’re sports stars saying goodbye to their $2.5million homes or investing in old buildings to breathe new life into them on a budget.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our most read real estate articles of 2022, ranking down from number 13 to our most popular real estate feature at number one.
Sit back, grab a cup of tea and enjoy the top property picks our readers have loved this year, from moving to the country to start a new life to redecorating in Dublin city.
13. “I fell in love with the house when I saw that Virginia creeper” – Snooker star Ken Doherty says goodbye to his €2.5 million Dublin 6 home
12. ‘It will be a struggle for us to tear ourselves away from this place’ – the young family says goodbye to their starter house on Dublin’s East Wall
In 2015, Brianán McGovern and Coman Garvin began looking for a home of their own in the area after six years of moving from one rental to another. “We were so used to living in apartments that we didn’t even look at houses,” says Brianán. “Besides, we didn’t think we could afford a house. Then the agent suggested we check out 16a Church Street East, and we were blown away. As soon as we walked in we loved it.”
11. Welcome to the House of Fun: The colorful Kildare house, featured on Ireland’s most exclusive homes on the market
Featured in RTÉ’s Selling Ireland’s Most Exclusive Homes, this colorful and colossal Kildare home has just come back on the market for €2.25million. In a world of beige and gray interiors, it’s hard to forget a property like Dyann House.
10. “We rebuilt the whole house but the front wall” – from demolition to €400,000 cottage in Dublin 7
A new building in the shell of an old house could probably best describe it. Claire Gormley and Philip Blake’s complete remodel and demolition work added an additional 350 square feet to a D7 cottage, writes Alison Gill.
9. “It wasn’t pretty, but all we saw was its potential” – from a cow in the living room and holes in the roof to a €750,000 property in Leitrim
8. No regrets after buying Celtic Tiger Penthouse outside of plans
Derek Allen struggled financially to invest in a three-bed penthouse in Docklands just before the Irish market collapsed, but “it was worth every penny”. “I heard about this incredible plan to build apartments in Dublin’s Docklands in 2008,” says Allen. “There was nothing in the area at the time. As soon as I saw the plans, I fell in love with the penthouse. I just had to have it.”
7. “I Paid Stupid Money to Rent an Absolute Kip” – Meet the student who turned an old shop into a $700,000 home near UCD
6. “When we knew we had access to good broadband, that’s all that mattered” — the young family who traded Dublin 7 for a two-acre home in Mayo
The rapidly rising house prices in the city have at least one silver lining: They have allowed early buyers to start a new life in the countryside, where prices have not risen as much. Previously city dwellers, Faelan Herriot and his wife Julia moved away from Stoneybatter in 2019 and crossed the country to settle near Ballina in Co Mayo.
5. Rocker’s Retreat – Legendary guitarist Rory Gallagher’s former home in Kinsale on the market for €995,000
When Rory Gallagher sold his Kinsale waterfront home to artist Louise McKeon in 1984, he left his cowboy boots and toothbrush behind. At Castlecove House, overlooking the Bandon Estuary on a two-acre waterfront property with woodland, the restless bluesman, who sang songs like Tattooed Lady, What’s Going On?, Laundromat and A Million Miles Away, seemed to find peace.
4. Why Yvonne Connolly is saying goodbye to her €1.6 million home in Malahide
Twenty years ago, Yvonne and her ex-husband, Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating, had moved to Abington in Malahide with their then young children from their first home in Straffan. After years of juggling family life in the north Dublin seaside town with horseback riding interests in her hometown of Kildare, the TV presenter has bitten the bullet to sell her seaside home.
3. A €2m restoration, underground tunnels and a pub – ‘the most beautiful house in Dublin’
2. ‘We went skiing in March 2020 and just never came home’: Family sells Ranelagh red brick to stay in France
Covid lockdowns and working from home have completely changed the lives of many, but few as radically as that of the Ody family. English-born Mark is a marketing executive who came to Ireland in 2001 and has worked for Guinness and Mediahuis. Marie works for an international financial services company. Meet the family who traded a €1.275 million Dublin 6 red brick for a new life in France.
1. ‘Life is made for living’ – inside former RTÉ presenter Mary Kennedy’s €850,000 home as she prepares for her downsize
And as part of her new work-life balance, Mary decided to sell her 20-year-old home in Coolamber Park, Knocklyon, to downsize into a smaller home in the area. Launching the four bedroom detached corner home was a big decision for the presenter. “I love the house and everyone loves it,” she says. “But it’s very big and I don’t need that much space anymore, so I’m downsizing.”
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