02 Mar 2017
You don't have to be a millionaire rock star to buy a home in Killiney.
It's true that local residents have included Chris de Burgh, singer Enya, Formula 1 star Eddie Irvine and U2's Bono and The Edge*. But there's more to this very scenic area than the multi-million-euro homes along Vico and Killiney Hill Road.
Over a quarter of the 37 homes for sale in Killiney on Myhome.ie as we went to press (March, 2015) were priced in seven figures.
None of these were on "rock star's row." "On Vico Road or Killiney Hill Road houses are priced anywhere from €5m to €7m," says Barry O'Brien, head of the local EBS branch.
"But go a little bit down the coast towards Shankill and Ballybrack and prices are reasonable," Barry notes.
Property bargains in Killiney
There are plenty of family homes with price tags similar to – or even cheaper than – parts of South East Dublin.
If you're in search of a bargain, he also recommends having a look at Glasthule, the area just north of Killiney between Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire. "Glasthule can be relatively good value. You might get an old terraced house there for €350k."
Barry advises buyers that "the most important thing is to come in early to EBS and get your approval "in the back pocket."
And when it comes to the purchase, don't feel pressurised to buy just because the market has heated up.
"Take heed of what the surveyor says. If there's a very good reason not to buy then don't do it. The day you buy think about the day you will sell," he says.
Killiney - What's best for you?
Killiney for First Time Buyers
While parts of Killiney are expensive, there is still scope for First Time Buyers to get on the ladder here. Myhome.ie had several houses priced at under €300k, including a 2-bed terraced home at The Sycamores, priced at €295k.
Another two-bed cottage with a converted attic space had a price tag of €310k. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale well-heeled buyers might like a two-bed penthouse apartment at The Court, Station Road, which cost a cool €1.25m.
Killiney for families
Several homes in the Bayview estate were priced at around €400k on our Myhome.ie list.
A three-bed Semi-D at Seafield Court was priced at €435k, while a large three-bed on the Shanganagh Road was seeking €480k. "These are good mid-range areas but it starts getting expensive up towards Vico Road," Barry says.
A very nice-looking four-bed detached period house, for example, on Killiney Hill Road, was priced at just under a million.
Dalkey also isn't cheap – but it can be spectacular – as this period pile demonstrates.
Check out Schooldays.ie for a list of schools and how they rate in league tables.
"There are very good schools either in Killiney or a few stops up the DART line," says Barry.
Killiney's Holy Child Secondary School ranks fifth in South Dublin while another in nearby Dalkey also makes the top 20, according to one survey.
Killiney for commuters
Killiney is around 20 km from Dublin City Centre – or half an hour's drive outside rush hour.
The DART takes around the same amount of time into Tara Street (32 minutes) without the hassle of traffic or parking.
There are several bus routes, including the 45a, 59, 7,7b and 7n (Nitelink).
Thinking of buying a house in Killiney?
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 Barry or one of the team in the local EBS, Unit 7, Killiney Shopping Centre, Killiney, Dublin (Tel: 01 2853015). You can also use our mortgage calculator to find out how much you may be able to borrow.
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House Prices taken from MyHome.ie accessed March 2015.