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Buying a house in Tipperary – all you need to know

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13 Jun 2017

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Tipperary town (which shares its name with the premier county) was made famous by the song, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.”

The song is frequently sang at hurling games, parties or any social gathering of Tipperary people. But what many don’t realise, is that it is actually about a British music hall which has its origins in Tipperary town, and it was adopted shortly afterwards as a marching song for British soldiers as they advanced along the Western Front during World War I.

Later it was made famous when Irish tenor, Count John McCormack recorded it. But Tipp also has its fair share of famous resident these days too – including former Munster rugby international Alan Quinlan, a source of local sporting pride.

Why move to Tipperary?

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A small 19th century market town, Tipperary town began as an Anglo-Norman settlement (you can still see the motte and bailey built by the Normans).

The town grew around a castle built by King John near the end of the 12th century and is located in the heart of the Golden Vale, a lush agricultural area that’s perfect for dairy farming.

“This area has excellent facilities for families, sporting amenities and would score very high in terms of quality of life – plus it has affordable housing,” explains John Quirke, from the EBS Tipperary town office.

“You can buy a three-bedroom starter house in Tipp town for between €80,000 to €85,000,” adds John.

We found a three-bedroom terraced house in the town for €79,000 at the time of writing.

Great value property in Tipperary Town

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Let’s get down to business here – property prices are very reasonable in this part of Tipperary.

So if you’re a first-time buyer who hasn’t a big budget, and if you’re willing to relocate jobs wise or commute – then listen up, because there are plenty of good property options.

In terms of property trends, according to John, the market has improved in the past 12-18 months, and prices have increased by about 7-10%.

Tipp town is a little more rural than other towns in the county, but it offers some seriously good value when it comes to getting on to the property ladder.

“I would say that around Tipperary town into Cahir and Cashel, you can buy upmarket, three-bed, semi-detached houses for between €130,000 to €160,000,” explains John.

“At the lower end of the scale, you can buy a three-bed, semi-detached for €85,000, or a more upmarket and slightly bigger property of this type for €130,000 to €170,000, so there’s great variety in terms of the types of houses and the price ranges.

“Prices are still very affordable here, if you’d prefer a detached house, you can buy one from €200,000 upwards,” adds John.

And we found a four-bedroom detached house for sale for €270,000 at the time of writing.

Tipperary town for families

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For families, John says, it’s all about facilities and activities of which there are plenty in Tipp town and its scenic surrounding countryside.
The town has a sports complex, cinema, swimming pool, five primary schools and three post-primary colleges plus it’s close to

Limerick for universities.

“We have rugby, soccer and GAA – Clanwilliam rugby club has produced some very good, young rugby players and the local Arravle Rovers is a popular GAA club and there’s also St Michael’s soccer club. We also have the Pride of Tipperary festival every year in July, and a busy scouts club - so there’s plenty going on in the town.

“There are two housing estates which are particularly suited to families – Rossmore village where houses can be purchased for €100,000 upwards and others where houses can be purchased for €80,000 upwards. House ownership here is very high,” adds John.

There are four 18-hole golf courses located within a 12-mile radius of the Glen of Aherlow, two of which are championship designed courses. These are all accessible from the town, plus there’s the Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort, just three miles outside the town.

This area of Tipperary is a walkers’ paradise, so if you’re into the outdoors, it’s perfect.

Tipperary town for first-time buyers

“Property is very affordable in the area and for those job-hunting, you’re a 30 minute drive from Limerick, about a five-minute drive to Limerick Junction, from where you can commute by train to either Dublin or Cork,” explains John.

“It’s an hour and a half journey to Dublin with a daily train service – so a daily commute to Dublin is an option. You can get a train to Cork in an hour or if you drive, it will take an hour and 15 minutes, but you can get to Mahon or Little Island in one hour,” he adds.

Employment in Tipperary Town

Tipp town is in the heart of the Golden Vale, so it has a huge agricultural hinterland with the Tipperary Co-op being the town’s largest employer.

There’s a local government office and the Private Security Authority’s office is located here.

“There’s no big industry here, as this town is very much a dairy farming area so employment in industry and services means commuting to Limerick. We’re depending on the city for that type of work, but we’re within 30 minutes of a huge number of national and international companies in Limerick so this gives people the option of living in Tipperary but working in Limerick,” adds John.

Thinking of buying a house in Tipperary town?

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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.

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 John or one of the team in EBS Tipperary town. You can also use our mortgage calculator to find out how much you may be able to borrow.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page for the latest home inspiration, news and great competitions.

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O’Donoghue Hooper Dolan Insurances 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.

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Prices taken from Daft.ie, Myhome.ie and the Property Price Register accessed May 2016.

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