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Donegal paradise for the price of a tiny Dublin or London home

We’ve written previously about how moving to Donegal is now a realistic option for many young families looking to relocate from London or Dublin because of improvements in technology.

The option to work remotely is one being taken up by scores of young professionals these days. They are eager to maintain their careers but better balance work and quality of life by setting up home in Donegal.

In the past we have touched briefly on the very real value for money in the Donegal market and for many the bang you get for your buck is the most important factor when buying a new home.


Average price of a Dublin home

The average price of a three bed semi-detached home in Dublin is now €299,000, according to the Quarter 3 2017 Property Report, while the average price of a four bed semi is currently €430,000.

The report further suggests the average price for a home in Dublin has increased by €40,000 over the last 12 months.


Average price of a London home

Across the Irish Sea, the average price of a home in London currently stands at £471,761 – or €530,000 – according to latest figures from the Nationwide building society.

So with those figures in mind, we thought it pertinent to ask: What would the average house price in Dublin or London (or much less than) buy you in Donegal? Let’s take a look. Here are five properties that are great examples of the value in the Donegal market right now.

And of course the quality of life in stunning Donegal is unsurpassed anywhere on these islands.


What you can buy in Donegal for the price of a Dublin or London home

Kristenwood, Knockbrack, Letterkenny

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Few properties define countryside luxury quite like this five bedroom home just a short 12 minute drive from Letterkenny – the county’s largest town, Donegal’s commercial and retail centre, and a place renowned for its thriving social scene and night time economy. From the state-of-the-art kitchen and porcelain floor tiles to the oak joinery, elegant bathrooms and carefully planned living space, Kristenwood is a rural haven that would make a superb Donegal country home. The asking price is €385,000.

Forquar, Milford


This delightful six bedroom Milford family home oozes class, character and charm. Set in an acre of magnificent, mature grounds, and boasting far reaching countryside views, this stunning Donegal property was built in 1948 and has been substantially upgraded in recent years. The town of Milford is a five minute walk away and picturesque Ramelton is just a five minute drive. Letterkenny is around a 20 minute drive and the popular coastal areas of Portsalon, Dunfanaghy and Rathmullan are all accessible in 15 to 20 minutes. The asking price is €335,000.

Ballyargus, Redcastle

With a luxury kitchen any cook would love, a bathroom that includes a jacuzzi bath and a real attention to detail throughout, this quietly sophisticated Redcastle family home is a great example of the value in the Donegal property market. Constructed in 2005, this four bedroom chalet bungalow extends to some 2000 sq ft. Located in a quiet rural setting, but is just 20 minutes from Derry, the fourth largest city in Ireland. The asking price is €159,950.

Screen, Kilmacrennan


This beautiful cottage in a fabulous Lough side setting, is a truly unique property that blends old world charm with modern finishes. The property’s boundary touches the shore of Lough Keel and it has its own jetty and fishing rights to the Lough. Kilmacrennan is less than 15 minutes away from Letterkenny by car. The asking price is €275,000.

Briar Cliff, Fahan


This four bedroom Fahan property maintains many of its period features and so much of its charm. Set in a stunning location, this home overlooks Lough Swilly and Fahan Marina from its elevated site. There is also a self-contained 2 bed apartment on the property’s lower ground floor, and while some redecoration work is now needed, this is a truly special property with a great asking price of €165,000.

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