Find this forum really informative so I would appreciate your ideas, suggestions, advice, recommendations, insights etc. on our scenario.
We are a couple in our mid 50’s currently living abroad and we want to come back to Dublin and buy a place to live in. No young kids so schools don’t come into it.
Grown up children and grandchildren living on North side so it may make sense to get a place there although happy to look anywhere.
Want to be within walking / short driving distance, of shops, bank, Post office etc. Also would want access to transport link to visit said children within a reasonable travelling distance.
Wont be travelling into city centre on any kind of regular basis but it would be nice to be able to do so.
Need a secure place for car.
Budget: 180K – 200K
Bedrooms: Need 2 bedrooms
Apartments: Veering away from apartments in city centre as I don’t think they would be ideal for a middle aged couple, unwanted night-life noise etc. Apartments outside the city seem overpriced and combined with management fees don’t seem like an ideal solution. Can we commit to ever increasing management fees on a pension?
Dont want a place to ‘do up’. Happy to paint etc. but no structural work.
Dont want a garden ( or one that needs maintenance) at least. Tiled or decked is fine.
Security is important.
Currently looking at DAFT.ie from abroad and I am not really seeing much fitting this description for my budget. Am I being unrealistic? Your feedback on the ground would be great. Hope to come over in April to really look and ideally buy.
I would look at the Marino / Donnycarney areas. House prices have a bit to fall yet so maybe look at houses slightly over budget. I would probably avoid new developments, apartments / townhouses with management fees, anything too far out or too inner city.
Lovely bijou house, but I’d personally have a few issues with it:
No room for a downstairs bedroom should one of you become infirm - which is likely later on in life.
No room to extend out into back garden to create downstairs bedroom.
It looks like you can only comfortably dine about 4 people at a time - so not great if you want to have a few of the family over at Christmas.
I lived in a terraced house once: there was a problem along the whole row with rats. If one house had them, every house had them.
Very little room for storage, if you have files/books/musical instruments, etc.
Forget having a dog to keep you company in your dotage.
I think that you could probably install an ensuite in one of the bedrooms, where the wardrobes are. Security looks good.