It’s the upmarket mobile home that got the country talking when it went on sale for almost half a million euro.
Now the property – located in one of Ireland’s most exclusive beach resorts – has sold for close to its asking price of €495,000.
Number 9, Beachfront, in Jack’s Hole near Wicklow’s Brittas Bay, recently went to an Irish couple with a young family. The Dublin-based buyers will use it as a holiday home.
It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, its own private beach, seaside views, a decking area and onsite facilities such as tennis courts and a playground. Anna Thornton of DNG Thornton Properties, who made the record sale, confirmed an offer close to the asking price was accepted.
She explained: “Jack’s Hole is so niche and it is very exclusive. There was a strong demand and it secured a strong price. While it may not be in the budget for some purchasers, there are plenty of people who can and will be in a position to purchase a holiday home at this level.
“There’s a buyer for everything. It’s about finding the right buyer at the right time. The buyers are a lovely couple with a young family and they are going to get so much use out of it.”
She said the sale shows a cultural shift triggered by the pandemic – moving away from buying in the city and outwards to neighbouring beauty spot counties.
Wicklow is particularly attractive due to its proximity to the capital, its coastal location and its outdoorsy lifestyle.
Anna said: “Covid has had a massive influence on people’s lives. You have an awful lot of people returning to Ireland from abroad and re-establishing themselves back home.
“They have been in the UK or the US in finance or IT, making extremely good money. Now they are back and they don’t have to be in an office anymore, they can work remotely.
“When you don’t have to be at a desk in the city, five days a week, it opens up your options. That change, coupled with a lack of stock, caused a pent-up demand that saw prices rising in desirable locations.
“People are buying to suit what their lifestyle demands and what they want for their families – not for office proximity and commuting ability.”
Another plus about the Jack’s Hole property is that buyers are shareholders in the management company. When one of the mobile homes is being sold, the rest of the owners get the option to buy it first.
The last similar property that sold in Jack’s Hole went for approximately €380,000. Mobile homes in nearby resort Potter’s Point sell for about €300,000.
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