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Most popular homes for sale overseas from Zoopla dominated by Ireland and Jamaica

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The most viewed homes for sale overseas by Britons virtual window shopping have been revealed, with traditional overseas property hotspots such as Spain and France failing to make the grade.

The two European countries have been firm favourites in the past among Britons looking to buy a holiday home overseas.

But this time around they have failed to make the list, which is dominated by Ireland and Jamaica instead. The only other country to feature is Italy, the exclusive Zoople data for MailOnline Property shows.

The most popular properties overseas online have been revealed and include this four-bedroom property on Sherkin Island in Ireland (scroll down for more details)

The most popular properties overseas online have been revealed and include this four-bedroom property on Sherkin Island in Ireland (scroll down for more details)

The property website declined to be drawn into the reasons why Ireland featured heavily other than saying that its ‘scenic landscape and low population density also make it an attractive option for those looking to work remotely’.

The issue of Brexit may have played a role. Irish people previously living in Britain may have returned home, while some businesses have moved to Ireland to benefit from an EU base. This may have led to some workers relocating.

At the same time, there is the attraction of Ireland’s Common Travel Area with the UK, which means there is still free movement between the two countries post Brexit.

Meanwhile, to enter Jamaica, British nationals do not need a visa and can usually stay for a maximum of 90 days. 

However, there are still quarantine restrictions in place making travel challenging.

Tom Parker, of Zoopla, said: ‘Properties in Ireland and Jamaica are proving particularly popular with overseas home hunters and dominate the most viewed list.

‘Featured properties range from a historical 22 bedroom country house in Wexford, Ireland on sale for almost £2.3 million, to a modern ocean view villa in Jamaica for £370,950 that’s a stone’s throw from the beach.’

The 10 most viewed overseas homes for sale are…

1. Four-bed house, Ventry, Ireland, £641,500

This four-bedroom house in Ventry, Ireland, is on the market for €750,000, the equivalent of £641,500

This four-bedroom house in Ventry, Ireland, is on the market for €750,000, the equivalent of £641,500

The traditional cottage has been renovated and includes unobstructed views to Slea Head and the Blasket Islands

The traditional cottage has been renovated and includes unobstructed views to Slea Head and the Blasket Islands

The property acres of grounds which are mostly laid out in lawns. There is a large terrace area surrounding the house.

The property sits in around 2.1 acres of grounds and there is a large terrace area to take in the views

Rural and coastal properties have proved popular during the pandemic, and the most viewed property overseas on Zoopla fits the bill.

However, this idyllic retreat isn’t in the Caribbean, but closer to home in Ireland, about a 90 minute flight from London.

The traditional cottage has been renovated and includes unobstructed views to Slea Head and the Blasket Islands.

It is on the market for €750,000, the equivalent of £641,500, via estate agents Engel & Voelkers.

2. 22-bed mansion, Hook Head, Ireland, £2.27m

This mansion is in Hook Head, Ireland, and is on the market for €2,650,000, the equivalent of £2,267,000

This mansion is in Hook Head, Ireland, and is on the market for €2,650,000, the equivalent of £2,267,000

The property needs renovating but could be transformed into a family home or a thriving business

The property needs renovating but could be transformed into a family home or a thriving business

The property extends up across three floors via a sweeping staircase and leads to 22 bedrooms

The property extends up across three floors via a sweeping staircase and leads to 22 bedrooms 

The second most viewed property for sale overseas provides an opportunity to own a piece of history.

The 22-bedroom mansion in Hook Head, Ireland, was originally built by The Norman Knight Raymond Les Gros, and is on the market for €2,650,000, the equivalent of £2,267,000.

‘It portrays some of the most beautiful architectural design that can be found in any property of its kind, and is surrounded by some of the most fabulous coastline in the South East,’ according to Keane estate agents, which is handling the sale.

3. Eight-bed house, Jamaica, £187,500

This property is in Jamaica and has a price tag of J$40,000,000, the equivalent of £187,500

This property is in Jamaica and has a price tag of J$40,000,000, the equivalent of £187,500

The property is near the town of Mandeville, boasting eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms

The property is near the town of Mandeville, boasting eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms

The third most popular home for sale overseas marks the first departure in the list from Ireland, with an eight-bedroom house in Jamaica.

The property is near the Northern Caribbean University and the town of Mandeville, boasting eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

The property is for sale via Drummonds Property and has a price tag of J$40,000,000, the equivalent of £187,500.

4. Three-bed villa, Jamaica, £369,700

This three-bedroom villa in Jamaica has a price tag of US$510,000, the equivalent £369,700

This three-bedroom villa in Jamaica has a price tag of US$510,000, the equivalent £369,700

This three-bedroom villa in Jamaica is on the South Coast and boasts ocean views.

It is a new build that is part of a gated community, with private access to a white sandy beach.

It is listed for sale via estate agents Wayne Walker Property with a price tag of US$510,000, the equivalent £369,700.

5. Four-bed cottage, Sherkin Island, Ireland £367,700

This period cottage is on Sherkin Island in Ireland has a price tag of €430,000 or around £367,700

This period cottage is on Sherkin Island in Ireland has a price tag of €430,000 or around £367,700

This period cottage is on Sherkin Island in Ireland and has stunning views across Horseshoe Bay.

The stone house comes with about half an acre of land, four bedrooms and a sunroom.

It is for sale via Mayfair International Realty and has a price tag of €430,000 or around £367,700.

6. Five-bed house, Reen, Ireland, £1.11m

This five-bedroom house in Reen, Ireland, is on the market for €1,300,000, the equivalent of around £1.11million

This five-bedroom house in Reen, Ireland, is on the market for €1,300,000, the equivalent of around £1.11million

The property requires some updating and has its living room on the first floor to make the most of the views

The property requires some updating and has its living room on the first floor to make the most of the views

The property has a shore side swimming pool, a private slipway, two moorings and access to Blind Harbour

The property has a shore side swimming pool, a private slipway, two moorings and access to Blind Harbour

This five-bedroom house in Reen, Ireland, comes with a shore side swimming pool, a private slipway, two moorings and access to Blind Harbour.

There is a large drive, a carport and a detached garage that could also be used for storing boats and other equipment.

It is for sale via Mayfair International Realty for €1,300,000, the equivalent of around £1.11million.

7. Eleven-bed house, Jamaica, £572,700

This property in Jamaica has a price tag of US$790,000, which is the equivalent of around £572,700

This property in Jamaica has a price tag of US$790,000, which is the equivalent of around £572,700

The property covers 9,00 square foot of space and has a large sweeping staircase indoors

The property covers 9,00 square foot of space and has a large sweeping staircase indoors

As well as several staircases externally, the property boasts a balcony in each of the 11 bedrooms

As well as several staircases externally, the property boasts a balcony in each of the 11 bedrooms

This 11-bedroom property in Jamaica extends across 9,000 square feet and boasts ocean views.

As well as several staircases externally, the property has a large sweeping staircase indoors and a balcony in each bedroom.

It is on the market via estate agents Clarendon Hill Properties with a price tag of US$790,000, which is the equivalent of around £572,700.

8. Four-bed house, Fethard-on-Sea, Ireland, £384,800

This four-bedroom detached property in Fethard-on-Sea, Ireland, is for sale for €450,000, the equivalent of £384,800

This four-bedroom detached property in Fethard-on-Sea, Ireland, is for sale for €450,000, the equivalent of £384,800

It is comes with an acre of mature landscaped gardens and there is a large conservatory at the rear of the house

It is comes with an acre of mature landscaped gardens and there is a large conservatory at the rear of the house

There is a balcony with space to sit outside and enjoy the rural views of the surrounding area

There is a balcony with space to sit outside and enjoy the rural views of the surrounding area

This four-bedroom detached property is in the Hook Peninsula area, in Ireland.

It is comes with an acre of mature landscaped gardens and is accessed via a leafy avenue, secluded from the road.

It is for sale via Online Estate Agents for €450,000, the equivalent of £384,800.

9. Three-bed villa, Falconara Albanese, Italy, £115,400

This three-bedroom villa is in Falconara Albanese in Italy and is for sale for €134,950 or the equivalent of £115,400

This three-bedroom villa is in Falconara Albanese in Italy and is for sale for €134,950 or the equivalent of £115,400

The property has a balcony, which enjoys some stunning sea views and spectacular sunsets

The property has a balcony, which enjoys some stunning sea views and spectacular sunsets

The penultimate property on our list is the only one outside of Ireland or Jamaica.

The three-bedroom villa is in Falconara Albanese in Italy and boasts a large terrace and sea views.

It is on the market via Calabria Realthy Group for €134,950 or the equivalent of £115,400.

10. Four-bed villa, Jamaica, £2.17m

This four-bedroom waterfront villa in Jamaica's Saint James and comes with an outdoor pool and terrace

This four-bedroom waterfront villa in Jamaica’s Saint James and comes with an outdoor pool and terrace.oopla

The property has four bedrooms, including this one leading onto a balcony with space to sit

The property has four bedrooms, including this one leading onto a balcony with space to sit

The property is on the market with a price tag of US$2,995,000, the equivalent of £2.17million

The property is on the market with a price tag of US$2,995,000, the equivalent of £2.17million

This four-bedroom waterfront villa in Jamaica’s Saint James is in a gated community and has an outdoor pool and terrace.

It is being sold via Wayne Walker Properties for US$2,995,000, the equivalent of £2.17million.

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Zappone turns down invitation to appear before committee to discuss envoy role

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Former minister Katherine Zappone has turned down an invitation to appear before an Oireachtas committee to explain the circumstances surrounding her now-scrapped appointment as a special envoy.

The chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan confirmed on Monday that Ms Zappone had declined an invitation to attend to discuss the matter.

The committee, which met last Wednesday in private session, agreed to write to the former minister and invite her to appear before it.

It is understood the decision was taken at a private meeting after it was proposed by Sinn Féin spokesman on foreign affairs John Brady and his Social Democrats counterpart Gary Gannon.

The committee is also to invite Martin Fraser, the secretary general of the Department of the Taoiseach and the State’s highest-ranking civil servant, to address the issue of precisely when Ms Zappone’s name was communicated to the Department of the Taoiseach.

Controversy erupted over an attempt by Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to appoint Ms Zappone as a special envoy for freedom of expression and LGBTQ+ rights.

Mr Coveney – who is attending UN meetings this week in New York – last week faced down a motion of no confidence as a result of his handling of the matter.

Earlier this month, Mr Coveney told the Oireachtas Committee Ms Zappone was mistaken in her belief she had been offered the job last March.

Mr Coveney also rejected claims that Ms Zappone lobbied for the position or that he breached Freedom of Information legislation by deleting texts between himself and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

However, Mr Coveney apologised for “sloppiness”, and for making mistakes in the past few weeks.

Records released by the Department of Foreign Affairs show Ms Zappone texted Mr Coveney to thank him on March 4th “so, so much for offering me this incredible opportunity”.

In mid-July she sent another message of thanks but Mr Coveney has insisted nothing had been formally agreed until it came to Cabinet on July 27th.

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Lori Loughlin and fashion designer husband drop $13M on Palm Desert vacation home

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Former Full House actress, Lori Loughlin, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have dropped $13million on a gated Palm Desert, California, oasis, following their release from prison for their involvement in the college-admissions scandal.  

Loughlin, who was released from prison in December, with her husband following in April, appear to be celebrating their newfound freedom with the purchase of their vacation getaway in the La Quinta community.

The five-bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home, situated in the guard-gated exclusive Madison Club, comes lavished with several amenities, including a wine cellar, movie theater, two pools, two spas, a wet bar and an outdoor projector-theater.  

Former Full House actress, Lori Loughlin, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have dropped $13million on a gated Palm Desert, California, oasis, following their release from prison for their involvement in the college-admissions scandal.

Former Full House actress, Lori Loughlin, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have dropped $13million on a gated Palm Desert, California, oasis, following their release from prison for their involvement in the college-admissions scandal.

The open dining and living room area is perfect for watching L.A sunsets

The open dining and living room area is perfect for watching L.A sunsets 

The home comes equipped with several outdoor fireplaces, perfect for entertaining guests on chilly evenings

The home comes equipped with several outdoor fireplaces, perfect for entertaining guests on chilly evenings 

Opulent swimming pools encompass the outdoor area, in addition to an outdoor projector for watching films

Opulent swimming pools encompass the outdoor area, in addition to an outdoor projector for watching films 

The home comes lavished with several amenities, including a wine cellar, movie theater, two pools, outdoor fireplaces, two spas, a wet bar and an outdoor projector-theater

The home comes lavished with several amenities, including a wine cellar, movie theater, two pools, outdoor fireplaces, two spas, a wet bar and an outdoor projector-theater 

Former 'Full House' actress, Lori Loughlin, (right) and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, (left) have dropped $13 million on a gated Palm Desert, California, oasis

Former ‘Full House’ actress, Lori Loughlin, (right) and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, (left) have dropped $13 million on a gated Palm Desert, California, oasis

Built in 2019, the home was formally owned by Assurance co-founder Michael Rowell and his wife, Alexis, who purchased it for only $9.5 million. 

A few of their neighbors include Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Nike’s Phil Knight, Cindy Crawford and Scooter Braun. 

The purchase comes a year after Loughlin and Giannulli bought a $9.5 million modern farmhouse in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles.      

A federal judge in Boston recently granted Loughlin ‘expedited’ permission to travel to Canada to possibly rekindle her career. The request was necessary as she remains on probation.

The five-bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home is situated in the guard-gated exclusive Madison Club in the La Quinta community

The five-bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home is situated in the guard-gated exclusive Madison Club in the La Quinta community

Built in 2019, the home was formally owned by Assurance co-founder Michael Rowell and his wife, Alexis, who purchased it for only $9.5 million

Built in 2019, the home was formally owned by Assurance co-founder Michael Rowell and his wife, Alexis, who purchased it for only $9.5 million

An large dining area opens out onto the terrace, as an intricate chandelier hangs from the ceiling

An large dining area opens out onto the terrace, as an intricate chandelier hangs from the ceiling

Also featured in the amenities is a chic, oversized wine cellar

Also featured in the amenities is a chic, oversized wine cellar 

Loughlin was unable to travel due to her prison sentence and ensuing community service commitments stemming from her involvement in the ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ scheme, which involved wealthy parents paying large sums of money to get their kids into elite universities.    

‘Ms. Loughlin anticipates she will be traveling for about one week’ and is ‘being offered a filming production project’ if granted permission, her initial request sent by a probation official stated.   

It emerged in 2019 that Lori and Giannulli bribed their daughters Olivia and Isabella’s way into University Of Southern California.

Lori and her fashion designer husband paid $500,000 to falsely pass the girls off as potential college rowers on USC’s rowing team.

Although they initially claimed to be innocent, Mossimo pled guilty last May to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services and mail fraud, while Lori pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.  

Giannulli was sentenced to five months, while Loughlin served two months behind bars.

It emerged in 2019 that Lori and Giannulli bribed their daughters Olivia and Isabella's way into University Of Southern California

It emerged in 2019 that Lori and Giannulli bribed their daughters Olivia and Isabella’s way into University Of Southern California

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Tenor fails to rent home as work in Covid-hit sector deemed precarious

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An Irish tenor, who has performed for presidents and emperors and been shortlisted for a Grammy award, is struggling to rent a home in Dublin because of a perception that working in the Covid-19-hit entertainment industry makes him a risk.

Paul Byrom said he was “knocked for six” last week after a potential landlord refused to even meet him on the grounds that the pandemic had made his profession singularly unsuitable for the rental market.

Byrom has earned his living as a musician for more than 20 years and has performed for Emperor Akihito of Japan, former Irish presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson and former US president Barack Obama.

He was one of the original soloists in the Celtic Thunder show that toured the world and had number one albums on the World Billboard Chart. A solo album, This is the Moment, debuted at number one on the same chart and was shortlisted for a Grammy nomination.

Byrom has continued to work online during the pandemic and is looking forward to restarting his live career soon. “I am no Bono, but I am not starting out in the game,” he said.

However, none of his achievements appear to have been good enough for one Dublin landlord. Byrom said he and his girlfriend were keen to move to a bigger home and found a two-bedroom house in south county Dublin advertised at a rent of €2,000 a month.

‘Exemplary tenant’

It was being let by the estate agent which manages the property the couple currently live in and he was assured that, as an “exemplary tenant” for more than three years, his application would most likely be considered favourably.

“The estate agents said that while it was looking after the letting, it wouldn’t be the management company and the guy who owned it would be the point of contact,” Byrom said. “I was told that the landlord would want to meet me and I had no problem with any of that – I thought that made sense.”

He and his girlfriend assembled all the paperwork including her payslips and details of his earnings from his accountant. “I had moved in in my head but then I got a phone call saying the application had been rejected,” he said.

His mother joked that he had been turned down “because the landlord didn’t want you practising your Ave Maria’s at 10 in the morning.”

But that was not the reason. It emerged that the “landlord thought that because Covid had hit my industry hard he would be too nervous to take me on. He simply didn’t want anyone from the entertainment industry,” Byrom said.

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He said struggling to rent or get a mortgage were not the only issues entertainers encounter.

“Try and look for car insurance as a singer and the companies don’t want to know. So I can’t drive a car or rent a home or even take advantage of the bike to work tax scheme because I am self employed.

“And this is a country that claims to be the land of the bards and the poets. The amount of roadblocks put in an entertainer’s way are just crazy, but then they will say get out there and sing Danny Boy and represent the country. You’d have to wonder if Ireland wants artists to be here at all.”


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