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Buying a house in Skerries – is this the best move you could make?

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17 Feb 2017

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A few seaside villages in Dublin have their own islands. Howth has Ireland's Eye, Malahide looks onto Lambay and Dalkey Island is called after its mainland namesake.

However, Skerries has five islands. And one of them - St. Patrick's - is reputedly the location where our patron saint first came ashore. If he arrived in Skerries today, he would find property prices have been raised quite a lot since then. Skerries is certainly not the cheapest part of north Dublin – but there's good reasons why people pay a little bit more to live there. It's a long established community with family-sized homes, nice restaurants, good schools – and often spectacular sea views.

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"Skerries is a very long-established community," says local EBS branch manager Robert Grimes. "You've got tennis, sailing, cafes, coastal walks, sports clubs and a real sense of community.

"It's great for families who don't mind paying a small bit extra to live there compared to other parts of north Dublin."

Buying a home in North Dublin

North Dublin had the second highest asking prices in the capital, according to a recent property bulletin from Myhome.ie. But in the last quarter of 2014, price growth slowed to 2.1%.

Nearly 38 properties in Skerries featured on Myhome.ie, and ranged in price from €140,000 for a 3-bed in need of refurbishment, to €555,000 for a 4-bed detached house in Holmpatrick.

The second most expensive property was a four-bed bungalow with spectacular sea views and a price tag of €550,000.

What's best for?

Skerries for First time buyers

Skerries is probably not ideal for First Time Buyers (FTBs) on a limited budget who want to purchase a family home. But there are two-bed houses and apartments with asking prices that come in under the new €220,000 threshold for FTBs who want to avoid coming up with a 20% deposit.

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A two-bed apartment at Kelly's Bay Heights was priced at €169,000 – but its top floor equivalent which boasted 'stunning views of Rockabill' had a price tag of €260,000. Two-bed terraced homes cost €250,000 – €275,000 on Myhome.ie as we went to press (accessed March 2015).

Skerries for families

"Skerries is very popular for families," says Robert Grimes. "It's a settled community with lots of other families living in the area."

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Three-bed Semi-Ds cost from €290,000 up to around €375,000 with four-beds priced from €370,000 upwards on Myhome.ie.

The main secondary school is Skerries Community School with places for over 900 boys and girls. It features in the Sunday Times top 20 schools list for North County Dublin. There are seven primary schools in Skerries and many more in nearby areas.

Skerries for commuters

A train from Skerries will get you into Dublin city centre in as little as 35 minutes, Robert points out. Driving into the city takes a bit longer as the route is far less direct. It takes 20 minutes just to get to the M1. From there, allow another 25 to reach the city when there are no traffic delays.

And buses take a lot longer, warns Robert. Allow well over an hour for a trip on the 33X from D'Olier St to Skerries, and longer if you hop on at St. Stephen's Green. There's also a Nitelink on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Before you go house hunting it's a good idea to get your mortgage arranged – or at least discussed so you know where you stand.

Get the ball rolling with our First Time Buyer and Next Time Buyer guides. You can also use our mortgage calculator to find out how much you may be able to borrow.

If you'd like to talk through your mortgage options book a 30 Minute Mortgage Meeting with Robert or one of the team in your local EBS office, 21 Strand Street, Skerries Shopping Centre, Dublin 15 (Tel: 01 8223242).

Why not pay us a visit on our Facebook page for more great house-hunting tips, home living advice, or just for some general merriment?

Paul Grimes & Associates Limited trading as EBS Skerries is a tied mortgage agent acting solely on behalf of EBS d.a.c. EBS d.a.c. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

The content of this blog is expressed in broad terms and is limited to general information purposes only. Readers should always seek professional advice to address issues arising in specific contexts and not seek to rely on the information in this blog which does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by EBS d.a.c.

EBS d.a.c. neither accepts nor assumes any responsibility in relation to the contents of this blog and excludes all warranties, undertakings and representations (either express or implied) to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law.

House Prices taken from MyHome.ie accessed March 2015.

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