Terraced houses in urban settings come in many shapes and sizes and with varying prices.
A scout around property websites for offerings across Munster gives an idea of what you can expect for your money. We narrowed the search further by using a specific price range, starting at €285,000 and rising no higher than €300,000.
For that kind of money, you can purchase a delightful cottage in Co Waterford, or a town house that was, and still could be, a family home, in Co Clare or Co Kerry, (both also have potential for commercial development) or a family home in Cork, Limerick or Tipperary.
The properties all fall within the description of “terraced” and “urban” but there the similarity ends.
This cosy-looking bolt hole, at just under 1,000 sq ft, has a surprising amount of living space behind it’s cheery day-glo yellow front door.
Along with three bedrooms, there’s a living room and kitchen-cum-dining room-cum-lounge area downstairs, from which a patio can be accessed through sliding glass doors.
Selling agent Cormac Curren of Sherry FitzGerald says it’s “in very good condition throughout” and has “stunning views of Dungarvan Bay”.
An open fireplace in the living room adds to that sense of coastal cosiness, enhanced by the sea views.
To the rear is a cutsy kitchen-cum-dining room with tiled floor. There is also a bathroom downstairs and two bedrooms. A third, the ensuite master bedroom, is upstairs, facing the bay.
Cormac says it’s centrally located and handy to a range of amenities and services. He reckons it would make “the perfect starter home with lovely harbour and sea shore walks on its doorstep”.
“It would also suit as a holiday or retirement home,” he says. Equally, it has holiday rental potential.
A fine-looking Georgian townhouse, this property was stripped back to a shell some years back by a builder who went about fully restoring it, within the limits of a listed building, and at considerable expense.
He sold on to a couple four years ago who are now relocating, says selling agent William Talbot of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot.
“The builder put on a new roof, and drylined and fully insulated the property, new sash double-glazed windows, re-wiring, new heating system, but with period features retained..
“It’s a lovely property with the advantage of being in town.
"It also has an office to the rear, accessed via an electronic gate, which could be turned into a self-contained apartment to generate extra income,” Cormac adds.
On the market since April 2019, there were viewings prior to Christmas, so it continues to generate interest.
It’s a three-bed, four bathroom home with kitchen/living area on the ground floor, a sitting room on the first floor and bedrooms spread over the first and second levels.
It has a smashing patio to the rear, slotted in between some nicely planted floor beds.
William says it could suit a professional couple or perhaps retirees, looking for a good property in a convenient location.
There are still some terraced/end of terrace units available in this stylish new development on Walkers Road, according to Sinead McMullen of Sherry Fitzgerald auctioneers.
She says the three bed, three bathroom homes are “designed with a growing family in mind” (ranging from 1162 sq ft to 1194 sq ft) and built to the highest standards.
“Each home is spacious and packed full of family-friendly features,” Sinéad adds.
Moreover the development is close to Castletroy Neighbourhood Park, with a state of the art playground and walking and cycle trails.
It’s also close to the University of Limerick campus and the M7 Dublin motorway.
If you fancy a round of golf, Castletroy Golf Club is on your doorstep.
Houses at this Lioncor development qualify for Help-to-Buy for all eligible first time buyers.
This solid, if slightly-tired looking dwelling, was a family home a number of years ago but hasn’t been lived in for a while, says Brian O’Leary, of Brian O’Leary auctioneers.
“It’s an old house and would require complete refurbishment,” he says, “which could include incorporating the garage back into the main house.”
A decent 1195 sq ft, Brian suggests it could also be converted into a commercial unit on the ground with two overhead apartments.
Because it’s in town, it could be used for either commercial or residential. Neighbouring properties are commercial.
1 Chapel Lane came to the market last April and was under offer, but the offer fell through.
Gutted and renovated in 2017, 12 Ashburton Hill subsequently operated successfully as a rental property, explaining the four ensuites.
It attracted a decent rental income, according to selling agent Trevor O’Sullivan of Coldwell Banker Carlton Estates.
Trevor describes the now vacant property as “good value”, “requiring very little maintenance” and “in turn-key condition”.
“It has undergone a full renovation with new kitchen, flooring, heating system and all new ensuite bathrooms,” he says.
At a price point of less than €300,000, Trevor says the approximately 1,000sq ft property is “an ideal first time buy or investment”, with a potential income of over €30,000 per annum.
The kitchen/living area is open-plan. In addition to the four ensuites, there’s a WC on the ground floor.
The large front garden could be adapted to a driveway as the property also has a substantial south-facing rear garden with patio.
Ashburton Hill is just a short stroll from the well-serviced St Lukes Cross and within enjoyable walking distance of the city centre.
This is a handsome-looking house externally, located right in the heart of Ennis town, but it’s quite a while since No 44 Abbey St operated as a family home.
Selling agent Cormac O’Sullivan of DNG O’Sullivan Hurley, says the 10-bed, four bathroom terraced premises last housed a family in the late 1970s and more recently, has been used mainly as office space, with a small residential element on the upper floor.
Cormac says they are pitching the property towards the commercial sector but that there is “some residential interest” given the size of a site to the rear.
He says it’s rare to have “such an outstanding property” come to market in Ennis “particularly one that offers enormous potential in one of the last remaining substantial sites on Abbey St.”
The property is accessed to the rear via an automated arched gateway that leads to a river-front site, capable of accommodating either commercial or residential development.
No 44 is in excess of 4,000ft and in addition to offices, the three-storey property houses a dance studio.
There is an offer of €250,000 on the property which has been on the market since last March.