Fact: Living near the ocean is good for your health.
Research shows that choosing a coastal home is likely to leave you happier and healthier, both mentally and physically, than your land-locked mates.
Cork’s magnificent coastline boasts some of the most awe-inspiring views in the world… and you could be enjoying them daily if you’re on the hunt for the perfect home.
Some of the latest seaside properties to hit the market offer space, serenity and room to expand in a few years, if necessary – three perks you don’t find as easily in the city.
Here are six homes for those who love to be beside the seaside.
1. Crough Bay, Schull, West Cork
2. An Tigín, Ballydevlin, Goleen, West Cork
With four bedrooms, a spacious living area and a sunny balcony, this is more of a family home than a tigín. Located on a byroad in a quiet rural setting not too far from Goleen Village, Barley Cove and Crookhaven are a 10 minute drive away.
Sit on the south facing deck and you can watch the light of the Fastnet Rock in the evening.
3. Kealties, Ahakista, West Cork
Perched on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula in West Cork along the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route, this three-bed bungalow boasts both sea and mountain views.
4. Ballydonegan, Allihies
This traditional two-bedroom house overlooks Ballydonegan Beach.
While it is at least habitable, a little TLC could make it a stunning seaside home. Allihies Village is around one kilometre away.
5. The Old School House & Headmasters Cottage, Oysterhaven, Kinsale
These old school buildings could be a lesson in how to get more for your money. The main house boasts French doors onto a terrace overlooking the Creek as well as four ensuite bedrooms.
The standalone one-bedroom cottage (formerly the headmaster’s house) has a kitchen, living area, bedroom, bathroom and dressing room – ideal for guests.