Million Pound Properties on Channel 4
Did you want Channel 4’s documentary last night about the UK’s Million Pound Properties?
It highlighted the vast difference £1 million will buy you in across the UK, from prime central London to the wild estates of Scotland.
For example you can buy this Victorian baronial mansion in Dumfries and Galloway with 45 rooms, stables and sea views. Or a tacky Essex suburb with a Dallas-style makeover, with a leopardskin boudoir and private basement nightclub with pole-dancing pole and a hot tub. Or if you want to really wince, you could buy a hideous 1980 ex-council house in Islington or a tiny flat in central London.
So what can you buy in Ireland for the same money?
So we took a look at what was available across Ireland for roughly the €1 million mark. Ireland, having been through an even greater bust and now revival, is often like two worlds when it comes to property prices. As Dublin penthouses and D4 mansions climb in price again, much of the rest of the country is still picking itself up from the doldrums – which means bargains could be had.
Dublin Apartments for €1 million
3 Bed Penthouse in Adelaide Square, Dublin 8
There are just two apartments available in Dublin for around €1 million. The first is this 2,207 sq ft three-bed penthouse in Dublin 8. It was originally two penthouses that the current owners bought and knocked together to create a stunning property with 360 degree views over the city and the Dublin Mountains.
While Dublin 8 wouldn’t be know as the greatest postcode – when you would expect someone with this budget to desire Dublin 2 or 4 – but this property is in the exclusive Adelaide Square, including private gated security, 24/7 reception, private lift to penthouse and roof terrace and a residents-gym.
Currently on the market for €1,400,000 – you can view the property at Daft.ie
Two Bed Penthouse in Killiney
For a fraction less, but at the loss of a bedroom and some distance from the city centre, you could pick up this two-bedroom penthouse in Killiney for €1,250,000. At just over 1,300 sq ft it’s actually 33% more expensive than the Dublin 8 property by square footage (a whopping €960 per ft!) but it does include a huge 1,050 sq ft roof terrace with views over the stunning coastline
However, the interiors are a little tired and it could certainly do with a refurbishment and some clever interior design.
Currently on the market for €1,250,000 – you can view the property at Daft.ie
Houses in Dublin for €1 million
When you look for houses in the €1 million bracket across Dublin you will meet a little more selection and a wider range of styles and areas.
4-Storey Townhouse in Georgian Dublin
Currently split into 5 apartments. Not quite a bedsit by any means but a little dated. In this location this could be turned into luxury apartments or a very fine traditional home with a big enough budget.
Three-bed mews in Morehampton Lane
Stuck down a back lane, this is still a formidable central Dublin address. €1,050,000 buys you a 4-bed 1,595 sq ft mews house with parking and a small outside terrace. Some of the interior decor is a bit dated – lots of pine wood and glass bricks signifies this hasn’t been updated since the 1980’s.
Georgian Hall in Dublin 16
Pushing out a little further, €1,250,000 buys you this beautifully refurbished period house in Ballinteer. Ballintyre House has tons of traditional features and well kept grounds. But you better not mind the few hundred apartments of Ballintyre Square built on it’s former grounds.
Outside Dublin Homes for €1 million
Wicklow Mountain Retreat
If you want to escape the city but still be within distance for the odd foray, why not spend your €1 million on this fine hillside setting in the Wicklow mountains. Just 15 minutes from Enniskerry this 4-bed traditional house also includes a separate 2-bed cottage.
Converted Mill in Bantry, Cork
Heading a bit further afield, across the country in fact, and things start to get more interesting. This former mill in Bantry, Co. Cork has been wonderfully converted into a stunning modern home with a sleek kitchen and grand oak and steel staircase.
Georgian Rural Splendour in Co. Cork
If you are looking for something a little more traditional for your money, look to this 4-bed Georgian house formerly home to ‘a well known grain merchant’ and subsequently the home of the local parish priest.
38 Acre Country Seat in Tipperary
Finally if you want to reach for the top and have a bit of Ireland to call your own, this elegant 19th-century house on 38 acres in rural Tipperary is the ideal place to put your money. The 6-bedroom, 4,000 sq ft house also includes a traditional courtyard linking the house to the stables. You would even have change left over from your €1 million, it’s on the market at just €950,000.
So which is your favourite?
Would you invest your money in the central Dublin apartment, the rural retreat, the seaside resort or the country home? Let us know in the comments below.