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22 May 2017

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What once was an ‘are-you-having-a-laugh?’ concept has become very common as city slickers move sticks out to the commuter belt.

And for a good reason too – commuter towns have seen a revival in recent decades, becoming seriously attractive prospects for buyers.

So why buy your home in a commuter town? Here are 4 reasons why buying in a commuter town is the right move for you.

1. More bang for your buck

House prices all over Ireland have been slightly on the rise since the economic recovery, but commuter towns still prove to be considerably cheaper than property in the capital.

According to the Daft report, property all over Ireland has seen an overall rise in price of 1.5% in the second quarter of 2016. However, commuter counties are still giving home buyers more bang for their buck.

The average asking price for a house in Dublin is currently €323,992. But in surrounding counties, prices are substantially less. For example, the average asking price in Meath and Louth is €222,215 and €179,169 respectively.

A recent listing on Daft.ie shows a 4-bed semi detached in Carlow going for €240,000. In Swords, Dublin, the same size property is listed for €375,000.

So you can’t deny that commuter towns offer more affordable properties for Irish home buyers – presuming, of course, that you’re willing to travel.

2. Community atmosphere

There’s nothing quite like the strong sense of community you get in a smaller town.

Within weeks of moving down, you’ll go from hiding behind your coffee as you walk down the street to saying ‘hi’ to your new neighbours. You may even soon be invited round for tea at Sally’s down the road. Success!

A town with a strong sense of community is perfect for raising a family as you’ll often have a gorgeous backdrop and the security of a safe and comfortable environment.

3. Gentle pace of living

Peace and quiet is the first thing that every city dweller will notice when retreating to a commuter town from the big city.

Sure, it may be strange to no longer hear the constant ringing of congested traffic and the LUAS rattling by, but you’ll quickly find that the sound of silence is soothing in its own way.

Living in a commuter town will give you a whole new perspective for what Ireland is all about!

4. Manageable commute

We know that living in a commuter town won’t be the same as being able to spin into the city centre in 20 minutes, but the improved traffic and public transport of the last 20 years has made for a more manageable commute.


Irish Rail serve regular trains to and from popular commuter towns leaving you into the heart of the city centre of Dublin in no time.

If you’re driving, the motorway will be your best friend. Zooming up the motorway will help you beat the traffic and get in to work at ease. Get more information on the current road programme and ongoing road developments here. Sorted.

Sure, your mornings may start that bit earlier, but the tranquil life and the value for money will make the commuter belt an attractive find for most.

So what are you waiting for?

Thinking of applying for your first mortgage?

Think you might be ready to apply for a mortgage and put this checklist into use? Book a 30 Minute Mortgage Meeting with a friendly EBS mortgage advisor now.

Get the ball rolling with our First Time Buyer guide. You can also use our mortgage calculator to find out how much you may be able to borrow.

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Figures taken from the Daft Report and Daft.ie

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