Whether you’re buying or renting, looking for a new home is never a straightforward task. A 2016 survey from PropertyNews.com found that when it comes to buying a new home, 62% of buyers want a rural location compared to a city location (38%). So, whether it’s the bright lights of Belfast or the lakes of Fermanagh, views can have a big impact on your final choice of home. Below we look at seven NI views you’d want to wake up to when it comes to buying or renting a home in 2017.
1. Mourne Mountains and Dundrum Bay
The Mourne Mountains are one of eight designated areas of outstanding natural beauty in Northern Ireland, and home to some amazing scenic views. The small town of Dundrum provides a wonderful panoramic view of the Mourne Mountains, while you can also look out on the famous Dundrum Bay and Murlough Nature Reserve if you’re lucky.
This 2-bedroom apartment located in Dundrum Bay View offers just that, amazing views of the bay. With views of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains to wake up to, could this coastal town be your new home? Coming in at under £140,000, this could be a perfect first home for a young couple, or a great choice should you be looking to retire and live by the sea.
2. Lough Erne
Fermanagh is regularly up there with the best and happiest places to live in the UK, and was voted ‘happiest place to live in the UK’ as recently as 2015 (alongside Omagh). Famous for its Lakeland area, it’s easy to see the appeal of Fermanagh, especially if you are among the 62% of homeowners who seek a rural location when looking for a new home.
When it comes to NI views to wake up to, there are few to rival that of the world-famous Lough Erne. With properties currently available at Lough Erne Golf Village, Lower Lough Erne, and even an island for sale at Inisliroo Island on Upper Lough Erne, waking up in pure tranquillity on Fermanagh’s Lakelands could become the norm.
3. North Coast and Ballycastle
The Causeway Coast and Glens is up there with the very best scenery in Northern Ireland, some would even argue the best (and with good reason). With several popular coastal towns in this area, the town of Ballycastle is one that offers amazing views to wake up to. With the rugged North Antrim coastline and picturesque Rathlin Island in the distance, you’ll find lots of great views in Ballycastle.
This 4-bedroom property on the edge of Ballycastle Golf Course offers great views of the town, beach and nearby Marina, and is the perfect family home for someone looking for coastal living.
4. Castlerock Beach and Mussenden Temple
Continuing along the North Coast to the seaside to Europe’s longest blue flag beach and the dramatic cliffs at Mussenden Temple, the seaside town of Castlerock has many beachfront properties that will have you dreaming about moving to the seaside.
This 3-bedroom apartment is located right on the beach and along the edge of Downhill Estate, in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. With views like that every day, the only question to be asked is, ‘when can we move in’?
5. River Lagan & Belfast Skyline
City living is top of the list for many young professionals, with modern apartment blocks available throughout the city centre. When it comes to living in Belfast City Centre, few views can rival waking up to the River Lagan and the Belfast Skyline.
Here’s a great property located on the edge of Strangford Lough with amazing panoramic views, and only a short drive from the popular National Trust property at Castle Ward.
6. Strangford Lough
Another of Northern Ireland’s designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, Strangford Lough is the largest inlet in Britain, and the area is also the first marine nature reserve in Northern Ireland. Famed for its wildlife, the views at Strangford Lough are simply breath-taking, come rain, hail or shine.
7. Slieve Gullion
Recently named as one of the best coastal drives in Ireland by Expedia, the Ring of Gullion is another of Northern Ireland’s designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, with Slieve Gullion mountain and park the jewel in the crown.
Not only is this a lovely part of Northern Ireland, and a short drive to Newry City, the area surrounding Slieve Gullion is among the most picturesque on the island of Ireland. With green fields and mountains stretching for miles, this is a rural view you’ll look forward to wakening up to over and over again.