6 reasons you will want to live in Artane
It seems Artane has more celebrities than any other area of Dublin.
There’s former Westlifer Brian Mc Fadden*, Dublin GAA goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton*, Hollywood actor Brendan Gleeson* and U2’s Larry Mullen Jnr* – and that’s just for starters!
Bram Stoker, who wrote Dracula, lived in Artane Lodge during the 1850s – so it seems this is a long-running trend for the area!
In fact, Larry Mullen Jnr* is also probably the most famous member of the Artane Boys Band.
And of course, we can’t forget that the Artane Boys Band immediately conjures up images of the hurlers or footballers parading across the pitch in Croker on a hot September afternoon for the All-Ireland final.
Artane is a very old and well established residential area of Dublin, which is also close to the city.
“Artane is a good settled area, house prices hold their own and there are plenty of schools, shops, restaurants, pubs and of course the Artane Castle Shopping Centre,” says David Doherty, who is co-manager of EBS Artane office with his wife, Cathy Bergin.
“Most of the houses are well built – some as long as 50 years ago, so they are decent sized homes and they’re very well constructed.
“I lived here for years, and coming from first-hand experience, this is a very central area – it’s close to Swords, Dublin airport, town and also to Beaumont Hospital. You have every amenity in the area – hospitals, schools, bus services. It’s also close to the sea – Dollymount, Portmarnock and the Hole in the Wall beach. And if you’re interested in architecture and a bit of history you should check out the Casino in Marino.”
Now let’s get down to brass tax here – it’s not as cheap as moving further out into the ‘burbs – but think of all the savings on transport and time you’ll make by living in an area which is so accessible to the city centre.
“The average price a year ago for a semi-detached house was €200,000 to €250,000 – that’s now risen to between €300-€350,000 and in areas such as Brookwood, that’s now €400,000 plus,” explains David.
Whereas a large, semi-detached around the Elm Whitethorn area can set you back between €400-450,000 (according to David), some houses built in the area by Dublin City Council were purchasable at the time of writing for €250,000 and up in Coolock, for €200,000 (May, 2016).
“Houses sell really quickly in the area, as people are constantly trading up. Trends wise, house prices are going upwards in Artane, and we’ve seen it rising by 10-20 percent in some cases, in the last 12 months.”
Active families with any mini athletes will be well served in Artane, with a range of sports facilities.
There’s St Vincent’s GAA club on Grace Park, and for soccer fans, the Grange Woodbine Club. There are also at least five swimming pools in the area.
Golfers will think they’ve died and gone to heaven with the Clontarf Golf Club, the Royal Dublin up the road, and the 22 golf societies in the area. Yes, 22!
Fit fanatics will also be spoilt for choice, with plenty of fitness centres – there’s the Eccles and Arabian Gymnastic clubs, plus plenty of dance centres and ballet classes to choose from.
David points out areas which are particularly popular for families, including Brookwood, Ardlea, Whitethorn, Pinebrook, Elm Mount and Ardmore. Many of these areas are close to schools including St David’s CBS, St John of God Girl’s National School, St Fiachra’s Junior School, Chanel College, St Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester and St Brendan’s National School.
At the time of writing, a three-bedroomed, semi-detached house on Brookwood Rise has an asking price of 425,000** (My Home.ie).
So the big question – how much will buying a home here set you back?
“There’s a wide price range of properties available for first time buyers – anything from €200,000 right up to €550,000 – depending on your budget,” says David.
If you need something a little less expensive, then in Darndale, you can purchase some properties for between €180,000 to €190,000,” adds David. And we found a number of properties at the time of writing that had sold for under €100k in Darndale**.
According to Daft.ie at time of writing, (May 2016) Coolock also provides among the best value properties around with a selection found– for under €100, €200k and €300k**.
Popular areas for FTBs include Ardlea, Ardmore, Donnycarney, Killester and parts of Beaumont, according to David.
So for the commute into town to work, how does Artane fare out? You’re close to at least two, maybe three DART stations (Killester, Harmonstown or Raheny), and also the Malahide Road, which is well serviced by buses. Super. And a cab home on a night out won’t set you back more than 10 or 12 quid!
This means you can get to and from the city in no time at all – hooray! It’s also close to the M50.
Key employers in the area are based in the Malahide Road Industrial Estate and the Coolock Industrial Estate.
In addition there’s Tesco, Dunnes, Beaumont Hospital, the Odeon Cinema, Styletex (dressmakers) plus the usual restaurants, pubs, golf courses and recreation centres (Artane and Beaumont).
David advises: “Drive around the areas that you feel will be suitable; some of the areas are very old with houses which need a lot of work, and other areas have newer houses – it depends on what you want. For people with young children you need to be located close to crèches and schools, whereas if you’re a little bit older, you probably want to be close to the bus routes, train station and shopping centres.”
“Come in and talk to us: work out how much you need to be saving; what income you need to be earning and get all the financial stuff in order.
“Have your accounts up to date and managed properly, so that you can find out how much you will be able to borrow. We often ask clients ‘Can you do without your five cups of coffee from Insomnia per week?’ If so, that €30 could be the difference between getting a mortgage or not – it’s called improved repayment capacity which we can advise you on at the branch,” explains David.
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 David or one of the team in Artane. You can also use our mortgage calculator to find out how much you may be able to borrow.
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Prices taken from Daft.ie and Myhome.ie accessed May 2016.
*If we mention celebrities, we're not saying they love us. They secretly might, but it doesn't mean they endorse us.
**Prices sourced in May 2016.