Virtual house hunting

Virtual house hunting

As the country’s largest website and most popular amongst property buyers, we thought it might be interesting to see what you think when it comes to ‘picking a winner’. The market might go up or down, but that doesn’t mean there are no decent deals out there, but where?

Well, that depends, mainly on where you might want to live, what amenities you are looking for and what price you are willing to pay! So today’s piece is a little different, we need your help to make it happen.

We’d like you to do a search on any area you’d like to live in and find a property that you think represents decent value then rank it on the following:

  1. Price
  2. Neighbourhood
  3. Amenities
  4. A few words on why it is better than other properties in the area.

If enough of us respond it might help to give a small picture as to what people are looking for when they look for property. While we may think that ‘we all want the same things’, it just doesn’t work that way, personally I like to have decent access to public transport, but that clearly isn’t a deal-breaker for people who live in rural areas of Mayo (for instance).

Other people may want to be close to their work, or schools… So go ahead, it’ll be Easter weekend soon, for a few minutes find a place you’d like to call home and share it with the rest of us! Of course, if you want to actually view properties you can go to our ‘on view‘ section and see what is being shown in your area.

We look forward to finding out your opinions on what’s looking good (or what isn’t!).

We’ll start with one from me.

1. Price: €245,000
2. Neighbourhood: Fairview in Dublin 3
3. Fairview Park, close to town & shops, schools, great public transport within a minutes walk and a quiet cul-de-sac.
4. I lived on this road many years ago and always liked it, you are right next to the city but it doesn’t seem like it. At almost a quarter of a million euro it isn’t cheap, but this place doesn’t need a lot of work. It does have a wedge shaped back yard and that is a pain if you have kids or pets and want some enclosed space, for an extra €100,000 you could go down the street a little and get that. To rent a property in this area is about €1,200 a month, with a 90% mortgage it can be bought and will cost about €1,160 on a 3yr fixed rate (before tax relief at source if you are a first time buyer),but in trying to get the right mix of location/price this one does it for me!

Happy virtual house hunting!



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There are 10 comments for this article
  1. Kieran Harte at 8:41 am

    *Full Disclosure*
    I am the Marketing Director for

    Hi Karl,

    Can I ask what metrics support your claim of being the ‘largest’ and ‘most popular’ site?

  2. Tony at 1:47 am

    Option 1) I pick potential homelessness as the most available future housing option for some portion of the population. Virtual Home!It offers No rent,open spaces, near to shops, restaurants, colleges and it is close to public transport going in any direction.

    Option 2) My alternative housing option would be a 3-bed 200k. Costing double (400k in the boom-time) it’s now at a knock down 1/2 price, but costs you much much more to purchase in real terms because of present interest rates of 5.6% as opposed to 1-2% Tracker. Back in 1980s interest rates zoomed to 16-18%. Wait for this reality and then you’ll her the world weep!!
    Option 3) Rent from Ghost Landlords, Investors from China, Germany…. The Third World Invasion is already begun.
    Option 4) Head for the Hills!!

  3. Thomas Brown at 1:20 pm

    I couldn’t find a property for sale where I used to live and have chosen this one instead.
    Price: Blackrock is very reasonably priced.
    Neighbourhood: Excellent community spirit.
    Amenities: If its not in Blackrock then its only a walk or a Dart ride away.
    A few words: At last an old property which gives you a floor plan !! and sufficient photos to make a clear appraisal of the property. Congratulations to the vendor I hope you receive lots of offers.

    It is difficult to access a property using this and other property sites as there is no minimum criteria for a property description. A floor plan should be a must have before publishing. A street view and map is essential.
    Out of focus or irrelevant photos should be banned.

    happy hunting

  4. K Griffin at 5:39 pm

    I have a hard time finding someplace I would like on the site. My biggest thing is that it have at least 4 acres which is difficult to search for with your tools. I just spent 15 minutes looking and couldn’t find anything – since most things have .5 acres even when I put in the search a large amount of m2 :(.

  5. DJ at 2:15 pm

    1. €265,000
    2. 85 Glenview Park, Kilpedder, Co.Wicklow
    3. Beautiful area with views over the Glen of the Downs and a village feel with a local shop, 2 pubs and a petrol station!
    4. 5 minute drive to Greystones with fantastic amenities. Cheaper house than any other 3 bed, in walk in condition.

  6. ZZ at 1:21 pm

    Price: €500,000
    2. Neighbourhood: Any decent Northside area; Howth, Malahide, Clontarf, Raheny, Portmarnock, Donabate, Kinsealy and Sutton.
    3. Close to schools, and the school must have a decent education level with primary and secondary.It must also be on a bus router (wife’s requirement.)Can not be too close to the city though.
    4. These areas we like and currently rent on the north side, and see these areas as areas we would like to live in due to the types of houses in the areas and schools, which both appeal to us. Further more, a country setting is also something we would like to have, but with the closeness of the city.

  7. Simon Oliver at 12:50 pm

    1. Price €463,000
    2. Rolling hills west of Carcassonne, Languedoc
    3. Secluded estate of 16 hectares with woodland, pastures and views.
    4. I’ve lived in this area for nearly 30 years now after scuttling from shabby flats in Mountjoy Square to damp basements in Monkstown for a number of years. My theory is that there is no point in investing a lot of money in real estate in Ireland if your job is about to go down the drain!
    This property is a business: there are two holiday homes on the estate (and a lovely 12-metre pool) which bring in over 2300 euros per week in rental over the summer season. Wood, water and sun on the estate mean that self-sufficiency is an option.
    It’s time to think outside the box on property matters. Here’s one way to do that.

  8. kate at 11:46 am

    I still don’t think there is real value in Dalkey/Killiney with tiny 3 bed semis on at e500k+. They should be on at e350k tops.

  9. Audrey at 11:23 am

    this is definitley a lotto winners dream – with a price tag of €1.3m you’d have to be a lotto winner to afford it. But – oh my…
    Price – €1,300,000
    Location – Glandore, West Cork
    What’s in the area – Sea views, bucket loads of space and that’s about it.

  10. Danny at 10:02 am

    I’d go here

    1. Price: €690,000
    2. Neighbourhood: Achill
    3. Whats in the area: not much, but that is why I like it!
    4. Still go on holidays to Achill, one of the best places I have ever been, great fishing, surfing and always some craic to be had. This place is looking out on the sea, I work in Galway so would probably have to win the lotto to do it. But after all, it’s only VIRTUAL house hunting, the reality is living in a terraced gaff near the Oranmore road