Houses for Sale Galway
Local Area Guide:
Many homebuyers looking to relocate or buy investment properties in Ireland often eye up Galway as a first choice. Of course, the reason is obvious. Wild, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful, Galway is one of Ireland’s most loved counties.
The charm of the county’s namesake city is hard to beat; a miscellany of colourful shop-lined streets, bohemian buskers, heart-warming pubs and an increasingly sophisticated food scene.
Arts festivals, impromptu literary events and assorted other cultural shin-digs mean there’s always something to keep residents entertained.
Further afield lies the untamed wilderness of Connemara – a dramatic expanse of mountains, bogs, heathlands, and lakes that was once dubbed a place of ‘savage beauty’ by none other than Oscar Wilde.
Connemara’s principal town Clifden is an appealing Victorian-style town over the head of a narrow bay that leaves a lasting impression on anyone who’s visited.
On the coast lies quaint seaside towns such as Roundstone and Cleggan where lobster trawlers and currachs carefully navigate rocky coves and tiny bays. Out in the Atlantic Ocean lie the Aran Islands which stand guard over the mouth of Galway Bay.
No matter if you’re after a property smack-bang in the middle of bustling urban life, the tranquillity of remote country living or something in between, Co Galway has something to offer you.
One of the big advantages of the “City of Tribes,” as it’s known, is the fact that it is only a short distance from two of Ireland’s international airports. Shannon Airport is within an hour’s drive south while it’ll take you less than 40 minutes to drive to Ireland West Airport in Mayo.
Add in the recently built M4 motorway connecting Dublin and Galway, and hourly direct bus and train services to Dublin, Cork, Limerick and other main city centres, and it’s safe to say that the city has great infrastructure and travel access.
Services & Education
Galway also has three hospitals; the primary one being the University Hospital Galway which is split across two campuses. The other two hospitals, The Galway Clinic and Bon Secours Hospital are private.
Galway hospice provides palliative care to residents of the region as well as outpatient day-care and home-care services.
Parents moving to the western capital can also rest easy about their children’s education as Galway has a large selection of first-rate primary and secondary school facilities. Alongside that, it is home to one of Ireland’s largest universities - The National University of Ireland, Galway.
Housing Market & Property Types
With just under 80,000 residents in the urban area, the City of Tribes is small but lovely. Its charming narrow streets gives it a cosy, quaint feel, reminding you of its medieval past.
That said, there is a diverse selection of housing types on offer. From Victorian styles to cottages and modern builds - you’re sure to find something to fit your tastes and budget.
Within the city itself, the housing stock is comprised of 54% apartments, 42% houses and 4% other dwelling types.
The average property sale price in Co Galway is €197,791 while in the urban centre the average price is €290,528.
Of course, there are still some bargains to be had for first-time buyers hoping to pick up a one-or two-bedroom apartment in the city.
Prices have risen in Co Galway by 6.3% in the last two years, though the increase appears to be stabilising, even with the impact of COVID-19.
Things to do in Galway
Galway is a city with an abundance of festivals. The crown jewel in the local events calendar is the Galway International Arts Festival.
Other top picks include the Galway Food Festival with pop-up markets, food trails, and family events, The Galway Film Fleadh, the lively Galway Race Week and the Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival.
But even outside of the festival season, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in the area. Theatre buffs will already know that the internationally-acclaimed theatre company, Druid, is based here, as well as Macnas, a pioneering performance company whose work creates the big, bold spectacles for which Galway has become world-famous for. The Galway Arts Centre also plays host to many major productions from around the country and abroad.
The city also has a long tradition of sport and there are numerous sporting groups in the area including Pearse Stadium, the home of Galway GAA, Connacht Rugby, who play at The Galway Sportsgrounds and Galway Utd FC, who play at Eamonn Deacy Park.
There’s a greyhound stadium on the College Road, and numerous sporting club - swimming, rugby, tennis, athletics, soccer and cycling to name a few – for those who want to keep health and fitness as part of their Galway lifestyle.
Galway’s Local Gems:
Tartare is a West of Ireland terroir-based café and wine bar in Galway’s West End.
All of the dishes on both the daytime and evening menus draw on a wealth of in-season West of Ireland produce.
The wine list is made up entirely of organic, biodynamic and natural wines. The atmosphere in Tartare matches the food with it’s contemporary, stylish and laid back feel.
At the heart of Galway’s social scene, The Front Door Pub really is your friendly local in the City of the Tribes.
With a late bar, live music and food served daily, you’re always guaranteed a friendly welcome. For any whiskey fans it’s also home to Sonny Molloy’s Irish Whiskey Bar and for G&T drinkers it’s adjoined to Tigh Nora gin bar.
An Púcán Galway is first and foremost, a genuine, great craic, proud to be Irish Bar. We are located on the corner of Eyre Square in the beating heart of Galway.
With a fantastic chef, great bar staff and inside the beautiful surroundings of Galway’s city centre, An Púcán is a great place to eat or party, morning, noon and night.
An Púcán offers Trad music daily, remarkable whiskey’s, all day dining, big screens, legendary bands, incredible events, late bar, Dj’s and more…
Specialising in steak and seafood dishes, Brasserie on the Corner is a multi-award winning restaurant located in the heart of Galway on Eglinton Street.
The menu is seasonal, the suppliers are local and dishes are just delicious. It’s adjoining Blake’s Corner Bar - a traditional Irish pub with a contemporary feel, which won ‘Bar Food of the Year 2019’ at the Irish Bar Awards with live music every weekend and one of the best pints of Guinness in the city.