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17 Feb 2017

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The battle of Clontarf was bloody and fiercely-fought with no quarter asked and none given. No, not the one where Brian Boru beat the Vikings – the battle to buy a family home in Dublin 3's most popular leafy seaside suburb!

Clontarf is a hotspot in an already well-stoked-up Dublin property market, where buyers are queuing up to buy a home.



It's the old story of people growing up in an area they love and wanting to bring up their own family in the same environment. And such strong demand drives up prices – fast.

Clontarf popular for home buyers

It's not hard to see why Clontarf is so popular. It has a nice seaside promenade - yet is ten minutes' drive from the city centre.


Arguably the best urban cycle path in Ireland extends along the seafront most of the way to Howth – and the 2k gap in that route is about to be filled at a cost of €5m.

Clontarf is bordered by the sea to the East and South and from the north, by 500-acre St. Anne's Park, which features golf, an award-winning rose-garden and no fewer than ten "follies" – little architectural features such as an obelisk and mini Grecian and Roman temples.

It's a family-friendly, long-established area with good primary and secondary schools. Secondary schools include Mount Temple, where U2 was formed in September 1976 when drummer Larry Mullen put a notice on the notice board*.

There is also the Holy Faith School for girls and near the border with Raheny, St. Paul's College for boys. You can check school inspection reports and league tables on Schooldays.ie.

There is also a great sporting tradition in the area. Clontarf has golf, tennis, sailing and cricket clubs – not to mention the Westwood Health Club with one of only three 50-metre swimming pools in Ireland.

Rugby is an important part of the lifeblood of Clontarf, both on a grassroots level and in turning out notable champions, with Cian Healy and Brian O’Driscoll among their many alumni*.

Clontarf Rugby Club has enjoyed a string of success and were crowned Irish champions in 2014. Their neighbours in Cluain Tarbh, Clontarf GAA Club are the largest sporting organisation in Clontarf and one of the largest sports clubs in Dublin.

Jack McCaffrey*, the current GAA Footballer of the Year plays with Clontarf GAA and is a local sporting hero. With over 1200 juvenile members, the sporting success and family-friendly atmosphere are some of the many positives to living in Clontarf.

Clontarf a very desirable area

"It's a very desirable area. Once you put the address of Clontarf in the prices go up," says EBS branch manager Noirin McKenna. Fine period redbrick trophy homes on St. Lawrence Road have price tags that can range well into seven figures. And Hollybrook Road is not far behind with a three-bed terraced home selling for €1.3 million in April 2017.)

But you can still get onto the property ladder a few rungs lower than that, especially if you optimise your finance. "The one thing trader uppers need is a good repayment capacity. Salaries may be fine; the deposit is fine," Noirin says. "But you need to prove the ability to repay at least €2k every month."

"We always suggest you build up regular savings record no matter how high your salary."

There is one downside to Clontarf – flooding. It affects only areas along the coast – and there is a plan in place to combat it. But it is something buyers should be aware of.

"The problem area is mainly along the Clontarf Road near the Garda station end," says Noirin. If you want to find out about an area's flooding record, it's easy enough to see the affected areas mapped out on the flood defence plan.

Clontarf - What's best for you

Clontarf for First time buyers

As we went to press, a two-bed terraced cottage on Brian Boru Street was priced at €295,000, while another two-bed on Cecil Avenue had a €335,000 tag.

"There are cheaper areas with smaller terraced houses. A lot of people buy these just to get into the area," says Noirin.

If you can afford to pay a bit more, a three-bed in St. Joseph's Square was on the market for €395,000.

Clontarf for families

A terraced-but-sizeable three-bed on Lawrence Road was priced at €445,000 as we went to press. If you can pay a bit more than that, Noirin suggests areas such as Seapark Drive and Mount Prospect Park, where three-beds were priced at from under €600k. Just around the corner, a four-bed on Seafield Avenue, cost €1 million).

Clontarf for commuters

The DART will whisk you into town in ten minutes. There are also numerous buses including the No. 130 along the Howth Road and 29A, 31 and 32 along the coast

Thinking of buying a house in Clontarf?

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 you can book a 30 Minute Mortgage Meeting with Noirin or one of her colleagues in the local EBS office, 2A Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, (Tel: 01 8335088).

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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.

Gerry Cuffe Financial Services Limited trading as EBS Clontarf 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.

*If we mention celebrities, we're not saying they love us. They secretly might, but it doesn't mean they endorse us.

House Prices taken from MyHome.ie accessed May 2017.

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