Buy of the week this week is a 2 bed apartment located in Ennis, Co. Clare on the market for a mere €80,000. Originally priced at €205,000 Leim an Bhradain is a relatively new development situated on the banks of the River Fergus and only a stones throw to Ennis town centre.
The apartments are deemed to be and designed to be extremely energy efficient homes; this means less figures on those bills that come in your door – and they are not lying! All units in the development have heat recovery systems which help reduce heating costs, not only that but all properties were constructed using Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction “renowned for its insulation qualities”, all have double glazed PVC windows and sliding doors and all have GFCH with remote control gas fire.
- The average asking price nationally is €291,278 and €339,598 in Dublin.
- Apartments and new house prices decline at higher rate but 3 bed properties in Dublin beginning to stabilise.
Property prices fell 3.4% in the second quarter, bringing the fall for the year to date to 7%, according to the latest Property Barometer issued by leading property website, MyHome.ie.
The latest fall – the 14th consecutive declining quarter – brings the total decline from the peak in Q4 2006 to almost 30%.
During the week Mr. Justice Edwards ruled, with ‘very great regret’ against a couple in County Meath and agreed that the local County Council were entitled to a demolition order for their two-storey home, which was built without planning permission.
Their house, which they have lived in since December 2006, is 6,229sq.ft house; more than twice the size of a previous planning application submitted by the couple for which permission was refused. The couple, who have three children, had been refused planning permission for a number of different sites and gave a sworn statement that they had become ‘totally frustrated’ with the planning process and went ahead with the building of the property.