Houses for Sale Kenmare
Local Area Guide
Known as the “jewel” in the Ring of Kerry, Kenmare is a heritage town considered one of the most desirable locations for re-locaters and retirees alike.
Nestled in the Caha Mountains but facing out to the sea, the area is renowned for its stunning scenery and many properties boast picture-perfect views.
For this reason and more it’s one of the most expensive places in County Kerry to buy property but, that said, you’re still likely to pay twice or even three times the price for a similar property in Dublin.
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Kenmare is located at the head of Kenmare Bay which stretches 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Kenmare out to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s proximity to the Gulf Stream means that the climate in this cosy county town is considerably mild. Locals rarely experience snowy weather or a deep drop in temperatures during the winter months but they can enjoy much higher temperatures in spring and summer than would often be experienced in other areas of the county or country.
The nearest village to Kenmare is the tiny hamlet of Tuoist though larger villages include Sneem to the south and Kilgarvan to the east. Glengarriff in County Cork is also only 27km (15 miles) away and getting there involves driving across the breathtakingly beautiful Healy Pass.
The famed tourist town of Killarney is a 40-minute drive north along the N71. The road takes you through the magnificent mountainous scenery the Ring of Kerry route via Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. There is a slightly longer and less visually spectacular - though much more comfortable - road from Kenmare to Killarney through Kilgarvan too.
Kenmare also has a good proximity to airports and train services. Kerry Airport in Farranfore is 50 minutes by car and offers daily flights to Dublin, Belfast, London, and other leading European cities. The international airport in Cork is also only an hour and 20 minutes away.
In the summer months, a direct daily bus service takes people to and from Cork Airport, while a regular bus service runs all year ‘round to Killarney with a further connecting bus from Killarney to the airport.
A Village of Colour and Character
Besides the fact that Kenmare is undeniably beautiful, the village itself has immense character. Built in 1670, it was Ireland’s first “planned” town and still retains that original design of three main streets forming a triangle in the village centre.
Colourfully painted buildings along tree-lined streets and the profusion of flowers spilling out of the many windows boxes may make you think you’ve walked into a Disney movie – but it’s just how residents roll round these parts!
The fact that Kenmare is close to two famous tourist trails – The Ring of Kerry and The Ring of Beara – means that tourism is an important industry in the tiny town. And if this is your industry, then Kenmare offers many employment opportunities for you.
Things to do in Kenmare
There is a wide selection of superb restaurants, cosy cafés and pubs here too. Expect to be served everything from locally-supplied organic produce, fresh seafood dishes, as well as Asian, Italian and traditional Irish and European fare.
Some of Ireland’s most lauded, luxury hotels, including the Park Hotel, Sheen Falls, and the Kenmare Bay Hotel and Resort are also in the area.
Alongside the fantastic hiking and walking trails of the Caha Mountains, Kenmare Bay gives locals opportunities to indulge their love of boating, sailing, wakeboarding/waterskiing, kayaking, scuba diving and more.
Golfers will enjoy the 18-hole course at the beautiful Kenmare Golf Club, while newbies to the area might want to try their hand at horse-riding, archery or obstacle-course racing.
And, of course, to the north of Kenmare is the Killarney National Park – 10,000 hectares of lush greenery, sparkling lakes and magical mountain scenery in which to ramble, run or just sit and soak in.
Though the town is small, there are grocery shops, chemists, a Credit Union and branches of Ireland’s two main banks – the Allied Irish (AIB) and Bank of Ireland.
Main Street and others are also home to several artisan and local craft shops, and with the shopping centres of Killarney only 42 km (25 miles) up the road, there’s little you won’t be able to get while living here.
The town library funded by Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1918 is also home to the Carnegie Arts Centre and Theatre. The local drama group performs here along with travelling productions and music and comedy events.
With such staggering beauty and a slower pace of life, it’s no wonder that Kenmare is a favourite spot for retirees and people looking to buy holiday homes as rentals or their own little getaway!
But first-time homebuyers and families on the quest for a tranquil place to live would do well to seek it out too. A three- to four-bedroom house in and around the village costs, on average between €250,000 and €380,000 depending on the area, though homes in the more remote Kenmare townlands can often come with an even lower price tag.
There is one primary school and a co-educational second-level community school serving the village’s population of just over 2,000 people, and, of course, there are several other schools in the close-by areas and towns.
Kenmare is also accessible to areas providing third level education like Tralee, Cork and Limerick and, interestingly, it also offers a comprehensive range of courses and activities at its own Kenmare Adult Education Centre.
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