There’s something so soothing about a view of the water.
But as house prices rocket in almost every part of Cork, you might be worried your dream of a home with window glimpses of river or sea is slipping away.
Here’s the good news: there’s hope if you know where to look.
Cast your net a little wider than the city and surrounds and you’ll discover a decent selection of waterfront properties guiding at reasonable prices. From Midleton and Youghal, both an easy commute, to Castletownbere, a little further afield but still the biggest town on the beautiful Beara Peninsula, there are plenty of opportunities to set up home right on the water.
Here are three Cork waterside properties currently for sale at €210,000 or less:
1. 19 Charleston Wharf, Bailick Road, Midleton
Asking price: €210,000
A spacious two-bedroom duplex apartment with tons of natural light, 19 Charleston Wharf is positioned to take in the best views of the estuary.
The bedrooms and a shower room are at the entrance level and an open plan living/kitchen/dining room fills the upper level. Mod cons include the cherry fitted kitchen and semi-solid oak flooring, but the icing on the cake is the south-facing sun terrace where you can kick back with a glass of wine and watch the water flow below.
2. 10 Blackrock Terrace, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Asking price: €160,000
This three-bedroom townhouse on the outskirts of Castletownbere town needs some updating but it has plenty of attractive features for anyone seeking a large coastal property at the right price.
It boasts a large waterfront patio area to the rear, with 1,060 sq. ft of space inside, as well as oil-fired central heating and double glazed windows throughout, an open fireplace in the sitting room and tile/timber flooring.
A generous galley-style kitchen and utility with double doors leading off to the patio area could be easily transformed into a comfy open-plan living area.
3. Apartment 2, Galley, Harvey’s Dock, Youghal, Co. Cork
Asking price: €180,000
With three good-sized bedrooms, a modern kitchen, and a new bathroom, this waterfront find offers plenty of space and gorgeous views. The apartment fronts onto a rear ground floor terrace area immediately overlooking Youghal Bay.
Harvey’s Dock is a gated complex just a short stroll from Youghal’s buzzy town centre.