Houses for Sale Kerry
Local Area Guide
It’s easy to see the appeal of buying property in County Kerry. Arguably one of the most picturesque places on the planet, it has rolling hills, rugged coastlines, and picture-pretty towns and villages aplenty.
And yet as a world-class tourism destination, Kerry is certainly no backwater county. Many of the area’s larger towns have a vibrant year-round social scene with top-rated restaurants and bars, as well as an on-going calendar of entertainment, sporting and cultural events.
For families looking to relocate or upscale, Kerry also offers cheaper housing, cleaner air, smaller schools and shorter working commutes.
But as the fifth-largest county in Ireland, the choice of where to live can be overwhelming. So, we’ve put together some top tips on what the different areas of Kerry can offer everyone from first-time property buyers to relocators and retirees.
Known as the Kingdom, Kerry may see itself apart from the rest of the country, but it is well-connected to other areas in Ireland and Europe.
Situated in the South West region of Munster, the region is easily accessible by road and rail, and only one hour’s drive from the major cities of Cork and Limerick.
A bustling regional airport at Farranfore has daily flights to Dublin, Belfast and London, as well as major cities in Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal. Other destinations across Northern, Central and Eastern Europe can be reached throughout the week.
Also, residents of the main towns are only an hour away from Cork and Shannon Airports and less than four hours from Dublin Airport.
If you’re buying from outside of Ireland, you can also put your worries about wet and wild weather aside: The North Atlantic Current, part of the Gulf Stream flows past north Kerry, resulting in temperatures warm enough to encourage the growth of sub-tropical plant-life such as ferns and strawberry trees!
Living in Kerry
Many people relocate to Kerry to address their work-life balance, and this county teaches you daily how it’s done.
The scenery alone will cause stress levels to sink. The untouched beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, the ridiculously gorgeous Ring of Kerry, and the massive mountain-scapes that shelter many of the small towns and villages makes Kerry a unique place to like.
The county is home to the Killarney National Park, an expanse of green, rugged country where native red deer, unique to Ireland, have been living since the last Ice Age.
While stretching 12 miles east to west and offering singularly dramatic scenery, Ireland’s largest mountain range, the MacGillycuddy Reeks, also provides the view that many residents wake up to daily.
Outdoor sporting enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice with activities from rowing, kayaking, swimming, and surfing to hiking, climbing, cycling, and football on their doorstep. While indoors, traditional Irish music and dancing is available to either watch or learn.
Families will find the healthy lifestyle, an emphasis on culture and the outdoors, as well as 150 primary and secondary level schools across the region helpful when making their choices of where to live.
But Kerry has also been undergoing a period of economic revitalisation recently.
The county is HQ for more than 70 STEM-related employers and has several digital and co-working hubs providing space and services for SMEs and start-ups.
Where to Live
The region has a relatively small population of just 147,707, though this figure swells during the busy months of summer as tourists from all over the world come to enjoy the stunning scenery, culture, and craic.
But whether you like to be in the thick of things or far from the maddening crowd, Kerry offers a choice of both regardless of the season.
Tralee, which has a year-round population of close to 25,000 including the town centre and suburbs, is the county’s main administrative hub.
It is a busy business, recreational, and cultural centre as well as being home to the long-running Rose of Tralee festival, a veritable Irish institution celebrating culture and heritage among Irish communities around the globe.
Killarney, the second most populated town in the county, is a lively tourist destination, steeped in history and heritage, and boasting some of the most beautiful sights in the county.
Situated on the shores of Lough Leane, part of the Killarney National Park, the town has been charming visitor for over 250 years. Even Queen Victoria was a regular vacationer to this scenic spot in her day.
If you want breath-taking seascapes and rugged wildness (with traditional Irish charm thrown in for good measure!) then Dingle might be the place to start your property search.
Positioned on the Dingle Peninsula and facing out to the Atlantic, this is a vibrant town rich in culture and traditions, as famous for its lively social scene as it is for its resident dolphin, Fungie! The small Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) village only has a population of around 1,200 but with over 80 restaurants and 52 pubs with regular trad’ music sessions, it’s no sleepy town!
However, if sleepy towns are what you’re looking for – or, at least, a little hamlet off the beaten track - then you still have your pick of places in Kerry.
Gorgeous Kenmare with its population of just 2,175, is a haven of tranquillity, top food, golf courses, horse-riding, and emerald-coloured countryside.
While history buffs will fall in love with Beaufort. A tiny village with less than 200 inhabitants, it boasts one supermarket, three pubs and a helluva past. There are 100 historical sites in and around the area including the Dunloe Ogham Stones dating back to the 5th century, and Dunloe Castle, built in 1207.
With so much on offer you may be wondering whether it all comes at as pretty a price, and, in truth, property in parts of Kerry don’t come cheap.
Killarney is Kerry’s most expensive location. With a huge diversity of attractions from scenery, sports, shopping and a wide selection of eateries and traditional pubs, the lifestyle here is hard to beat.
There’s also a large choice of English and Irish-speaking primary and secondary schools for families looking to relocate.
According to KerrySciTech, an average home in Kerry is less than half the price of a similar set-up in Dublin. Additionally, investment buyers will get double the value for an average rental property in the Kingdom than they would in the capital.
Cute cottages and coastal abodes are often what people dream of when thinking of buying property in Kerry. And again, in various areas, such homes are well within the realms of affordability.
Less than an hour’s drive from Killarney and connected to the Irish road network by the N70, Cahirciveen offers plenty of choice for first-time buyers or those keen for an investment or holiday home.
Situated on the Iveragh Peninsula and looking out towards Valentia Island, it’s not short on scenic charm either. It also has a rich history being the home of the famed 19th century ‘Liberator’, Daniel O’Connell, and the place where the first shots of the Fenian Rising were fired in 1867. (Interesting dinner party fact: the local Daniel O’Connell Church is the only Catholic church in Ireland to be named after a layperson!).
Nearby Waterville and Ballinskelligs also offer affordability and beauty in bucketloads. They can both boast they were home to the cast of Star Wars when the franchise touched down here to film the sixth and seventh films on the other-worldly shores of the adjacent Skellig Islands.
Culture and Heritage
Fans of Irish sports will no doubt be aware of Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium and
Austin Stack Park in Tralee, the county’s main Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) stadiums and the site of many of Ireland’s historic hurling and football matches.
History and heritage-lovers will be equally delighted to know the national folk theatre of Ireland is also based in Kerry (in Tralee), while major international festivals such as Listowel Writer’s Week, Puck Fair in Killorglin, and the Dingle Races, pack an annual calendar so that residents of the county are never without something to do!