Wondering what makes a house an ultimate Irish home? Read this post

Ireland has some incredible real estate, so Chill Insurance has surveyed 1000 locals to see just what makes property in the country so great.

First, let’s talk about some of the most iconic homes in Ireland. Kilcoe Castle is owned by Jeremy Irons, who bought it in 1998 and lime washed it in lime pink. Bono used to live at 10 Cedarwood Road, and sings about the cherry blossom tree which you’ll find still blooming in front of the house each spring.

In films, we have Father Ted’s House, which fans can visit in Burren National Park. You may also want to check out Castle Ward, which was Winterfell from Game of Thrones.

The average home in Ireland is priced at £205,000. However a seven-bedroom home on Shrewsbury road in Dublin sold for £58 million in 2005. The Edwardian house broke records for the most expensive house per square foot. In 2016 it was bought for just £14.3 million after it had to be refit due to remaining derelict for six years.

When it comes to Irish home interiors, 28% of respondents said that they have a traditional style, while 15% said they considered their style to be contemporary. 12% said they were minimalists, 10.5% preferred a retro look, and just 6.5% go for shabby chic.

It turns out that many people are spending large on their homes. 33% of those surveyed said they spend anywhere from 11% to 20% of their annual salaries on their homes.

When it comes to the most desirable places to live, Dublin wins by a long shot. 43% of respondents said they’d like to live in Dublin, while the next runner-up was Galway, at just 14.42%. Cork was close behind at 12.99%, followed by Limerick at 7.39%. Lower down we have Longford at 3.69%, Killarney at 2.86%, and Tralee at just 2.74%. And at the bottom we have Birr at 2.5%, Carrignavar at 1.07%, and Kilmallock at 0.72%.

When asked about home styles, more than half of the respondents said they would live in a rural setting if they could. The most popular homes are those with two or three bedrooms, while close to 70% of people would prefer a house that’s either younger than 10 years old or a new build. While you may think many people would love a historical home, the opposite is true, and just 1% like the idea of a house from the early 1900s.