If you're thinking about making a move west, buying a property that needs a lot of work will allow you to put your own stamp on the place. These three will all leave you with plenty of funds left for renovation.
Working from home was again in the news this week, with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar pointing out that remote working could have huge benefits for rural Ireland, as many would no longer have to live near urban centres. If you've been tempted by this more rural life, then Co Clare is a great option to consider.
Not only does it have a beautiful coastline, it's close to both Limerick and Galway, meaning that the bustle of the city isn't far away if you crave a visit.
If the idea of a renovation project appeals to you, there are plenty of run-down properties in the area that can be snapped up for very little. If you've never renovated a property before, approach with caution, as some will need a lot of work (and money) to make them habitable, but there is the potential to create a unique home that's totally suited to you.
Here are three options that come in under €80,000.
Doonass, Clonlara, €80,000
For anyone who is new to property renovation, this home strikes the perfect balance between being a blank slate for finishes and decoration, yet not requiring any major building work. Inside, it is at the builders finish stage, so the new owner will be able to make all their own decisions about materials like flooring, the style of the kitchen, and all the finishing touches.
With six bedrooms, it's a large property and would make an excellent family home. It's also located close to Limerick city, just 20 minutes' drive away. This property is going to public auction on July 23 with an advised minimum value of €80,000.
Killokennedy, Kilbane, €59,000
In need of substantial work but with incredible potential, this stone farmhouse has been unoccupied for 13 years, and currently does not have central heating or a working water supply. However, with four existing bedrooms and a large stone outbuilding on one gable end of the house that could be used to extend the property, it could become a truly spectacular home.
Located on an elevated, south facing plot with beautiful views, the property also has around an acre of land and several outbuildings.
Fahanluanachta, Ennistymon, €60,000
Located close to the stunning Clare coastline, just 10 minutes' drive from Spanish point, this traditional farmhouse is set on two acres of land and comes with a number of outbuildings that could be added to the living accommodation or converted for a number of uses.
Another property that will require a lot of work, it nonetheless could become a wonderful home in the right hands.
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