02 Mar 2017
Big houses have always been a feature of the Stillorgan landscape.
There were 24 mansions listed in the area in an 1837 survey. Just over half a century later, world-famous artist William Orpen was born in one called Oriel on Grove Avenue, Stillorgan*.
Many of these big houses are now demolished but their names - Woodview, Carysfort and Oakley, to name a few - live on in the names of streets built on their lands.
Homes in the area are still on the large side. Of around 28 for sale on Myhome.ie, the average size was almost 4-bedrooms.
But generous proportions in South Dublin – the dearest part of Ireland for property – are not cheap. The cost per home works out at €460k each – well over twice the national average. But there are very good reasons for this, says local EBS branch manager Noirin Healy.
Stillorgan was developed as an affluent suburb with plenty of space for growing families. She describes it as "mature and well-serviced - absolutely ideal for family-living."
"Stillorgan is a lovely area: it's very clean with a nice park; not too far from the sea and mountains. And the crime rate is also low."
"There are some smaller homes, and even a handful that well-heeled First Time Buyers might aspire to buy. But on the whole, this is mainly trader-uppers territory", says Noirin. "Everybody wants to live there and prices reflect that," she says.
New four-beds are priced at around €525k- €660k. But you could also get a three bed semi for €415k at Marsham Court.
The most expensive house on the Myhome.ie list (Aacessed March 2015) was a 5-bed semi-D with an asking price of €795k on Brewery Road, named after the famous Henry Darley brewery of the 1800s, which alas is no longer with us.
Stillorgan: Where's best?
Stillorgan for First Time Buyers
There's not many averagely-priced houses for First Time Buyers in Stillorgan. A one-bed apartment at Thornwood would carry a price tag of around €225,000. But expect to pay north of €300k for a two-bed apartment at stylish Whately Place, Upper Kilmacud Road. The cheapest house in the Myhome.ie list was a two-bed end of terrace at Patrician Villas for €325k, at the time of writing (March 2015).
Stillorgan for commuters
Stillorgan, straddled by the Luas and the N11, is perfect for commuters. The Luas Green Line will get you into town in 18 minutes from the Stillorgan stop on Benildus Avenue, just west of Kilmacud and Leopardstown**.
The famous 46A route – Ireland's busiest and most frequent - rivals the Luas with buses every 7/8 minutes all day from the Phoenix Park to Dun Laoghaire. It's just one part of the Stillorgan Quality Bus Corridor along the N11. Aircoach will also whisk you to the airport on the far north-side of the city in 45 minutes.
Stillorgan for families
The whole area is family friendly, with a housing stock of mostly three, four and five-bedroom homes. Most of these are within easy reach of many schools, including Oatlands College; St. Benildus College; St. Brigid's; St. Laurence's and St. Raphaela's School.
Mount Anville, Goatstown, is another famous school in the area. Former local Dermot Morgan (Father Ted) has strong connections with education in the area*. He attended Oatlands College near Stillorgan village and later taught at the old Stillorgan "Tech."
When it comes to primary schools there is definitely a shortage of places no matter where you buy, says Noirin.
"However, a new Educate Together national school is due to open in Goatstown in September 2016 to help tackle this problem," she adds.
Thinking of buying a house in Stillorgan?
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.
If you'd like to talk through your mortgage options book a 30 Minute Mortgage Meeting with Noirin or her colleagues in the EBS Stillorgan branch on the Lower Kilmacud Road.
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*If we mention celebrities, we're not saying they love us. They secretly might, but it doesn't mean they endorse us.
** The electoral district of Stillorgan is much bigger than the suburb, encompassing Kilmacud, Goatstown, Mount Merrion, Sandyford, Leopardstown, Dundrum, Blackrock and Foxrock.
House Prices taken from MyHome.ie accessed March 2015.
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