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9 things you need to know before buying a house in Newbridge

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14 Mar 2017

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While Newbridge is known around the world for its silverware, it’s also got an illustrious history of rope and carpet making. Of course, there’s also local legend Christy Moore* whose songs about his beloved Honda 50 and being an ‘Ordinary Man’ have made him a national star.

If that’s not enough to appeal Newbridge to the average punter, there’s also the fact it’s a thriving city with a lively social scene that makes it a perfect stop-gap for buyers on the market in Kildare. Still not convinced? Here’s 9 things you need to know about buying in Newbridge.

1. Newbridge for commuters

With the M7 motorway on its doorstep, and the planes of the Curragh the backdrop, access to the capital is easy. "The transport links are exceptional," says Dave Keenan, manager of EBS Newbridge.

"The train gets into Heuston Station in less than 30 minutes, with access also to the West of Ireland and other parts of the country. For shift workers, there's a 24-hour hourly service to the Luas Red Cow and Dublin airport with Dublin Coach. Bus Eireann also operate a regular service."

"No estate in town is further than a 20 minute walk to the train station where there has been a massive redevelopment of the car park," says Dave. Among the suitable locations, he suggests, are Crotanstown Grange on Green Road, where building is currently taking place; Barretstown Meadows where construction is also underway; and Great Southern.

2. The local economy is thriving

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A €65m redevelopment plan at the Curragh Racecourse is scheduled to be completed by 2018, and the positive effects of Kerry Group's €100m global technology and innovation centre at Millennium Park, Naas, are being felt locally, says Dave.

The Department of Defence and Defence Forces headquarters is in Newbridge, as is Pfizer; Oral B, Bord na Móna, Lily O'Brien Chocolates, Lidl Ireland, and Newbridge Silverware.

3. You can shop 'til you drop

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The Whitewater Shopping Centre on the main street, which incorporates a cinema and restaurants, is a focal point of the retail offering. Tenants include Debenhams and Marks & Spencer. "It brings thousands of people into Newbridge every weekend, and offers fantastic parking," he says. The local retail sector has expanded in the past 12 months, with many independent shops and boutiques, both established and new, in the mix.

4. Newbridge is great for first time buyers

The excitement of race days at the Curragh is a huge draw. Newbridge Greyhound Stadium is another popular spot. The Riverbank Arts Centre hosts theatre, music, visual arts, comedy, cinema, and family events. Newbridge Silverware includes a restaurant and museum of style icons. There's a strong amateur drama scene, a musical society, a racing pigeon club, and plenty of bars and restaurants, Dave says.

Wage levels are strong in relation to house prices. "The average gross earnings for first time buyer couples working in Kildare is €75,220, the third highest in the country," says Dave. "With the change in Central Bank rules requiring deposits of 10 percent up to the first €220,000,a smaller deposit will go a lot further in Newbridge than in Dublin.”

"You can pick up a very good quality three-bed semi for in and around the €200,000 to €220,000 mark. More families are trading up, so first time buyers can get houses left in turnkey condition."

5. Newbridge for families

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There are excellent schools in the area including an Educate Together primary school; a Gaelscoil; a Patrician Brothers secondary school and Newbridge College, a well-known fee paying secondary school, as well as Leinster Senior College. Recently St Conleth and Mary's primary school and St Conleth

Infants School in Newbridge signed contracts for their extension.

"Ridgewood Manor is a new development on the Curragh that's selling really well, and Whitethorn, Athgarvan, just outside Newbridge, is also appealing to families," Dave says. "One-off houses are on the market also at further out locations such as Milltown, but prices are higher."

6. The sporting scene scores

"The two main GAA clubs, Sarsfields and Moorefield, put hundreds of kids through their academies every weekend," says Dave. "Newbridge Town Soccer FC is a big club, and Newbridge Athletic Club has huge membership, with a waiting list, having won national titles recently. Other sports played locally include rugby, golf, volleyball, and polo."

7. Outdoor amenities are ace

Located on the banks of the Liffey, Newbridge makes the most of its prime recreational and environmental asset. Locals fish, walk, and enjoy the outdoor gym here and the linear park is also a haven for wildlife.

8. It's a great base for the entire country

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"The road and rail access to the west of Ireland, the midlands, and the rest of the country is fantastic. It's just an hour's drive to Kilkenny city, and the motorway will take you quickly to Waterford and Cork," Dave says.

9. There's a keen community spirit

RTE Radio 1's Brenda Donohue* acts as MC at the annual St Patrick's Day parade which is always led by the army colour party. There's an active Tidy Towns group which works closely with Kildare County Council to enhance the town in a co-ordinated way, and lots of community organisations and initiatives.

Whatever you’re looking for, Newbridge has plenty to choose from.

Thinking of buying a house in Newbridge

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Before you go house hunting, it's a good idea to get your mortgage arranged – or at least discussed to see where you stand. Get the ball rolling with our First Time Buyer and Next Time Buyer guides.

If you'd like to talk through your mortgage options, book a 30 Minute Mortgage Meeting with Dave or one of the team in EBS Newbridge. Why not try our mortgage calculator to find out how much you may be able to borrow?

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Dave Keenan of Richmond Financial Services (RFS) Ltd 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.

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

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** Prices refer to late April, 2016.

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