As more and more workers are now working from home and transitioning to a more permanent, flexible work life, many homeowners or home buyers are considering life outside the big cities. Rather than living in smaller, central Dublin accommodation, many are looking to the outskirts of the city or even in some of the neighbouring counties for better value for money and more space.

While there is more housing stock to the North and West of Dublin, in counties such as Meath and Kildare, the Garden County of Co. Wicklow is probably the most desirable of Dublin’s neighbours. With the beautiful coastline, stunning mountains and attractive towns it is popular but often expensive. However it is possible to bag a bargain that will make Dublin house prices a distant memory.

Here are three attractive homes on the market with Churches Estate Agents for less than €400,000.

108 Killarney Heights, Bray

This well kept three bedroom semi-detached home is on the market for €364,950. It provides a cosy front living room, adjoining a rear kitchen-dining room. Upstairs are two good double bedrooms and a third single or kids room. The rear garden is a neat size to easily maintain. This is the perfect starter home for a young couple or family. It is located in a great central location, amongst nice family estates, close to some great school options and within walking distance of Bray town centre and the DART station.

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25 Rockmanor Drive, Kilcoole

Another semi-detached three-bed, 25 Rockmanor Drive is on the market for €339,950. Whilst a little further from Dublin, Kilcoole is a popular location, close to the fantastic Greystones, the coast line and its own DART Station. The house includes a spacious living room and good-sized kitchen diner, leading into a lovely south facing garden in perfect condition. Upstairs includes 3 good sized bedrooms and family bathroom. Kilcoole has a number of good primary and pre-school options, while nearby Greystones offers excellent secondary school options.

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10 Garden Village Drive, Kilpeddar

Finally, just a little further South, between the attractive villages of Kilcoole and Newtownmountkennedy, this extended and modernised 4-bedroom bungalow is on the market for €394,950.

10 Garden Village Drive has been beautifully decorated inside and out. It provides cosy living room, nice family kitchen-dining-living room, large master ensuite bedroom and 3 single rooms, each perfect for kids. The rear garden is neatly designed including a raised sun-catching deck and substantial summerhouse with is wired for power and even internet – a great work-from-home office opportunity.

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Churches Estate Agents, with offices across Dublin, also have 2 agents in Co. Wicklow who are experts in advertising the benefits of moving to the county. Ben Thompson covers South Wicklow – Wexford region while Macdara Hayden covers West and North Wicklow.

If you are thinking about buying or selling in Wicklow, contact Churches on 01 559 5000 or visit