Current Irish immigration laws may make it more difficult to retire to Ireland right now, but with beautiful little properties like this on the market, one can always dream.
With a stunning view over Clonderlaw Bay, set on just under an acre of land, this stone-built, early 20th-century, two-bed cottage in Co. Clare is going up for auction at an incredible asking price of just $18,470 (€17,000).
Although there are other properties on the Irish market currently available for this price, they are mostly houses that have completely fallen into disrepair and will need a lot of investment and TLC to bring them up to living standards, making this home even more of a steal.
Kernaig, as the cottage is named, is perfectly set up, with a quaint interior and planted and terraced gardens.
Located in the townland of Labasheeda, an area of Clare well known for set-dancing, and set around 12.4 miles (20km) from Kilrush town, this picturesque cottage has attracted the attention of house and holiday-home buyers from all over the world and is sure to be the hottest property available when it goes to auction with 29 others on November 3.
With an old range cooker, matchbox ceilings, and polished linoleum floors, it’s the perfect Irish getaway cottage but none of that compares to the magnificent views it presents over the nearby bay.
“The view alone is worth the money, and you could say we are throwing the house in for free,” said Shane Finn of DNG Creedon, a Cork-based agency presiding over the sale, adding that the reason for the low price on the cottage is based on the “somewhat limited” appetite for houses in the area in general.
“For the price of a car you could have a house, and everything that you earn could go into your pocket,” Finn added.
Although small at 829 square feet (77 square m) of floor space, the cottage has been well-maintained over the past 13 years by its previous owner, who made use of the location as a holiday home. Located on the ground floor are a dining room, a kitchen, and a living room as well as one of the two bedrooms, while upstairs hosts the second loft-style bedroom and a bathroom.
If you’re based in Ireland, you have the chance to view the property today before making a final decision on this bargain. An open viewing will be held between 11am and 11.30am before the cottage goes under the hammer at the Imperial Hotel on Cork city’s South Mall on November 3. Registration for the auction will begin at 10am on the day.
You can find more information on the auction here.