Starter homes: Clonakilty, West Cork €200,000/220,000

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Starter homes: Clonakilty, West Cork €200,000/220,000

Price drops have brought two coastal homes along West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way stretch, a short drive from Clonakilty, within the price region of first-time buyers, and even of those daring to dream again of a seaside holiday or retirement home.

A couple of sizeable price cuts now down to €220,000 (and open to offers by its keen vendors) brings the distinctive 1,200 sq ft architect-designed Dún an Óir to a wider buying audience.

It’s high up above Owenahincha beach and Castlefreke, and is a smart design, with cathedral ceilings in its main living room with tall chimney breast and wood-burning stove, and it also has a mezzanine gallery.

It’s well-finished inside and out, and auctioneer Andy Donoghue of Hodnett Forde says the setting’s magnificent.

Meanwhile, the same Hodnett Forde auctioneer has just dropped the price tag on another, more traditional 1,000 sq ft bungalow on his books east past Rathbarry and Ardfield villages, at Ballyluck.

Also a three-bed, and in good condition, it’s guided at €200,000 and has easy-keep graveled and shrubbed grounds, and the eye is constantly drawn past them to the view down over the headland and coves towards Galley Head lighthouse — and lots and lots of wild, Atlantic ocean.

VERDICT: Some of the more affordable West Cork retreats with sea views, and an easy drive to Clonakilty, with Cork just over an hour away.

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