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Retirement options in Mayo/Galway

  • 11-12-2020 8:05pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 858 ✭✭✭ Gorteen


    My wife and I are set to retire within the next 5 years. We would love to buy/build a small home on the west coast with scenic views, ideally within a short walk to beach or coast. It's also important to be close to a town with nice range of shops, pubs, restaurants.
    What are our options and are there other issues we should consider?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 858 ✭✭✭ Gorteen


    My wife and I are set to retire within the next 5 years. We would love to buy/build a small home on the west coast with scenic views, ideally within a short walk to beach or coast. It's also important to be close to a town with nice range of shops, pubs, restaurants.
    What are our options and are there other issues we should consider?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 208 ✭✭ Valresnick


    Gorteen wrote: »
    My wife and I are set to retire within the next 5 years. We would love to buy/build a small home on the west coast with scenic views, ideally within a short walk to beach or coast. It's also important to be close to a town with nice range of shops, pubs, restaurants.
    What are our options and are there other issues we should consider?

    Clifden ? One thing about living out West is it gets a hell of a lot of rain ! Also, you’ll spend a lot of time in your car if you want to move about unless you manage to live directly in a village. Spiddal would suit what you’re looking for in that case, right beside the coast and quiet enough ! Not too far from Galway city too !


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,765 ✭✭✭✭ flazio


    Kinvarra is also a nice spot and is well catered.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,873 ✭✭✭ happyoutscan


    Gorteen wrote: »
    My wife and I are set to retire within the next 5 years. We would love to buy/build a small home on the west coast with scenic views, ideally within a short walk to beach or coast. It's also important to be close to a town with nice range of shops, pubs, restaurants.
    What are our options and are there other issues we should consider?

    I would imagine with Planning restrictions it would be far easier for you to purchase than build. In fact, I'd guess it would probably be the only way.

    There's always plenty of nice places for sale, but won't be cheap considering what you are looking for.

    Check out the usual property sites. One thing to note, around Westport/Clew Bay the last recession didn't impact prices too much so doubt you'd be getting a bargain irrespective of the 'looming' recession.

    All the best and good luck. You will be more than welcomed down this side.


  • Registered Users Posts: 858 ✭✭✭ Gorteen


    I would imagine with Planning restrictions it would be far easier for you to purchase than build. In fact, I'd guess it would probably be the only way.

    There's always plenty of nice places for sale, but won't be cheap considering what you are looking for.

    Check out the usual property sites. One thing to note, around Westport/Clew Bay the last recession didn't impact prices too much so doubt you'd be getting a bargain irrespective of the 'looming' recession.

    All the best and good luck. You will be more than welcomed down this side.

    I imagine Westport is the most appropriate town to choose?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,558 ✭✭✭✭ PARlance


    Gorteen wrote: »
    I imagine Westport is the most appropriate town to choose?

    For your wishlist, yes. But it'll come at a premium vs elsewhere in Mayo. Plenty of other options depending on the priorities of your wishlist.

    The best advice may be to spend a few weekends away in Mayo to help form your opinion.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,087 ✭✭✭ GerardKeating


    Gorteen wrote: »
    It's also important to be close to a town with nice range of shops, pubs, restaurants.

    What is your defination of "town", are you thinking of something the size of Ballina/Westport/Ennis or a Village like Spiddal/Carraroe/Kinvara


  • Registered Users Posts: 858 ✭✭✭ Gorteen


    What is your defination of "town", are you thinking of something the size of Ballina/Westport/Ennis or a Village like Spiddal/Carraroe/Kinvara

    Good size supermarket, health centre, restaurants, etc


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,227 ✭✭✭ bassy


    ya were going to mayo a few days ago now your going to galway :confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,817 ✭✭✭ Bullocks


    Gorteen wrote: »
    Good size supermarket, health centre, restaurants, etc

    Barna would be nice . Budget would dictate how close to the city you could get . The Claddagh would be a smashing spot right beside the sea and city but not quite rural either


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  • Registered Users Posts: 858 ✭✭✭ Gorteen


    bassy wrote: »
    ya were going to mayo a few days ago now your going to galway :confused:

    I've posted in Galway and Mayo. Not decided which county suits us best. Is that ok with you?


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    Both threads joined in West forum that encompass all Western counties.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,255 ✭✭✭ Tilikum17


    I'd go with furbogh. Right in the middle of Barna and Spiddel. Nice beach and lovely pub/resturant.Barna has become for too built up in my opinion. A couple of years from now Furbogh will be the new (Old) Barna. There's been a lot of building going on out there even in the last year.
    sorry just realised this is months old.


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