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What else could I get for... the €475k pricetag on this Dublin grass-roofed bungalow

We take a look at what €475,000 could get you around the country.

THE DANES, THE Swedes, the Norwegians – they know a thing or two about design, right?

You’d certainly think so looking at this Scandinavian log home just outside Swords in Co Dublin. This unique property comes in an acre of tree-lined gardens and even has a grass roof.

With 4 bedrooms, an open plan kitchen and dining area, and a patio located to the rear of the property – it certainly isn’t short on space.

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The interior of oak and pine completes the wrap-around experience of what it might be to live in a country with less than 3% unemployment. The detached property is on the market at €475,000 and has views looking out across the Broad Meadows Estuary.

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There is also potential for having an additional house built on its premises – subject to planning permission.

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You’d be hard pushed to find another property with as much Nordic charm within an hour’s drive of Dublin.

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If this property was anymore Scandinavian, it’d be made out of Lego.

Here’s what €475,000 would get you around the rest of the country:

Dublin City

At €450,000 you could get this end-of-terrace property in Stoneybatter, central Dublin. The house comes with three bedrooms upstairs with spacious kitchen and lounge areas downstairs.

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While it can’t rival the Scandinavian lodge for outdoor space – it holds its own in terms of clean aesthetic and design.

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The period home is located conveniently to all amenities, being within walking distance of Stoneybatter, Phibsborough and Smithfield villages.

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At €499,950 this converted bed and breakfast in Limerick is a bit more expensive than the Swords-based lodge. With five bedrooms, the property would suit a large family… or anyone keen on charging strangers money to stay over in their house and then making them breakfast before they leave.

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The house is located a mile away from Adare village. As the house was built to the Bord Failte guesthouse standard, all of the rooms come with en-suites.

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An advantage of this property is that it comes with its own septic tank – meaning that whoever purchases it will get half off on their water charges.

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If your tastes are a little bit more traditional, and if a pine interior isn’t really your thing, than you may prefer this cottage in Clonakilty, Co Cork. At €495,000, ‘Tawnies Cottage’ comes with four bedrooms and is located in one acre of its own grounds.

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It even has a wood burning stove – very nice.

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The property’s outside space comes with flower and shrub beds. These are lined by specimen trees to “maximise the privacy of this fine family home”.

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At €495,000, €20,000 more expensive than the Scandinavian lodge, this beachfront house in Lahinch, Co Clare will also catch the eye of those looking for something a bit unusual.

In keeping with residential homes serving as petri dishes for the national flora – this house has its roof and sides buried with mature vegetation.

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The house has been designed to integrate itself with the seafront landscape as it looks out onto Cregg Beach. The property comes with three bedrooms with a large kitchen and living area.

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It is also within walking distance of the Lahinch village. The local area is a popular seaside resort and sees tourists drawn in for surfing and golfing activities.

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Read: The Viewing: Your vital round-up of property news from the week

Also: Thinking big to go small: How tiny houses can be a good first move