13 Jun 2017
According to legend, St Patrick once sanctified the land on which Finglas now stands and prophesised that a great town would one day rise from the spot. The moral of the story is don’t argue with St Patrick, as Finglas now boasts a population that is bigger than most of the towns across Ireland.
St Patrick’s blessing must have been pretty powerful as the area has produced more than its fair share of Irish celebs over the years.
Famous Finglas faces include the likes of U2 frontman Bono, actor Colm Meaney, comedian Brendan O’Carroll and writer Dermot Bolger. It’s also produced Irish football internationals like Ronnie Whelan, Frank Stapleton and David O’Leary along the way.*
That’s not bad going for a place that started out as a hub for a monastery!
Property market in Finglas
Finglas is an area that still offers house hunters value for money within close proximity to the city. It’s also an established area with a wide variety of housing stock at prices to suit everyone.
“We do get a lot of first time buyers but we have a good existing base – so we get some trader uppers as well,” says Alan Hutchinson, Manager of EBS Finglas. “It’s a good mix. We’re even doing a few self builds at the moment. That’s something we haven’t seen for a while.”
One of the advantages of Finglas is that there’s something for everyone. First time buyers can pick up a family home at a reasonable price while second time buyers’ budgets can stretch to more sought-after areas like Willow Park or Glasnevin Avenue.
“Property in Dublin 11 is vastly different,” adds Alan. “In Finglas West, houses prices were as low as €50,000 to €80,000 around 18 months or two years ago. They may not have been in the best condition but they’re all gone now and prices have shot up. You could get a 2-bed apartment in Charlestown for €155,000 to €160,000. Houses in Glasnevin would be going for €300,000 to €400,000 and Heathfield has 3-bed houses for €250,000 plus. It’s a big area.”
Finglas South and Finglas West have houses at the lower end of the market. Alan points out that local prices could range from €140,000 for a 3-bed in Finglas South to €550,000 for a 6-bed house in Glasnevin Avenue, with an average price in the region of €180,000 to €200,000. Developments at Heathfield and Charlestown have introduced new builds to the local market in recent years.
Family friendly areas in Finglas
Finglas remains a very family-orientated community and the housing
stock is set up to cater for families. Alan says that a common feature
is that people who are born and bred in Finglas like to stay in the
area or to move back if they do leave.
“Finglas would have a lot of established settled areas,” says Alan.
“It’s a working class area. It has a great community spirit. The people are very proud of their area and where they come from. It really has everything you need. It has good schools, good shopping at the Charlestown Centre and the Clearwater centre, good cafes, green areas like Mellows Park and Jameson Park, great sports facilities and great transport links. ”
It’s conveniently located for anyone working in the city centre, at the airport or in Blanchardstown and it’s also easy to access the nearby M50. The area has all other major facilities you would expect, including a cinema, a leisure centre, a swimming pool and a range of sports clubs. The Dublin City University is also in close proximity and Ikea is located just off the M50 at Ballymun.
Advice for first time buyers
Finglas has a number of properties at affordable prices so it represents a great opportunity for many first time buyers to get on the ladder. EBS Finglas’ typical first time buyers are aged between 25 and 35, with the average age creeping up in recent years. It’s easy for anyone interested in getting a mortgage to find out what they need.
“I’d say come in and speak to us,” says Alan. “There’s a lot to process. But we keep it very simple and straightforward. We’ll work with you from start to finish. Come in good and early and get to know what is required. As each step comes up, we’ll walk you through it.”
Potential house hunters can get a lowdown of what they need and how long it will take to get them there. Knowing what you need can be the first step towards home ownership.
“Don’t be afraid to come in and don’t be afraid to ask questions,” adds Alan. “Even if you have no savings, come in and learn a bit about the process.”
Thinking of buying a house in Finglas?
Before you go house hunting, it's a good idea to get your mortgage arranged – or at least find out where you stand.
You can also call in and talk through your mortgage options. They offer a face-to-face service and you can book a 30 Minute Mortgage Meeting with Alan or one of the team in the EBS Finglas Office.
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