07 Jul 2017
Wexford may be famous for its strawberries but it turns out that the town is also the spiritual birthplace of Zorro. The masked swordsman is said to have been inspired by a Wexford native named William Laport.* Laport led a doomed rebellion against the Spanish crown in Mexico, despite claiming to be the illegitimate son of Spain’s King Philip III.
These days, Wexford’s local heroes include the man behind Ireland’s Olympic boxing success, Billy Walsh.* Walsh will coach the US boxing team in the 2016 Olympics but he won’t be the first Wexford man to lead the Americans into battle.
Commodore John Barry was born in Tacumshane but he’s known as the “The Father of the American Navy.”* He fought in the US war of independence and was later appointed America’s first commissioned naval officer by George Washington.
Across the boards, Wexford has packed a lot of history and culture into its land. It’s not all strawberries and new potatoes!
The asking prices for properties in Wexford have been rising since the recovery, with the Daft Report revealing a year-on-year increase of 10% and a rise of 37% since the trough of the recession.
“The average asking price for a 3-bedroom semi in Wexford town is approximately €160,000,” says David Fogarty, Manager of EBS Wexford. Like many other rural areas, self-builds are a popular option in Wexford and David estimates that around 40% of their customers are choosing this option.
“A lot of first time buyers would get a site from an aunt or uncle or a parent or grandparent and build beside their family home,” adds David. “That would be a big thing down here. You’d also have a lot of tradesmen living locally to work on your house.”
It’s not all about sites either, as Wexford offers a solid amount of property for sale. Prices ranges in Wexford town but are broadly affordable. According to the PropertyPriceRegister, a home in the Grove in Clonard, on the outskirts of town, fetched for €140,000 while a home on Spawell road went for €70,000.
Further afield in Wexford’s beach land, and prices start to vary. A new build in Cluain Aoibhinn in Rosslare went for €295,000, while a build in the nearby the Cottages fetched just under €120,000.
If you’re looking for a mortgage in the range of €75,000 to €300,000 you’ll find an abundance of value in much of Wexford.
“One of the big attractions of Wexford is the big employers moving down here,” says David. “You have Zurich, Coca-Cola, Danone Nutricia, Waters Technology and BNY Mellon. They’re all blue chip firms that have moved out of Dublin and recruited Wexford people for their staff. It’s a huge boost for the area when employers like that come in.”
With no major traffic to worry about and beautiful locations in the surrounding areas, it’s no surprise that many families choose to settle outside the town and drive into town for work. “A 20-mile commute into town takes 25 minutes,” says David. “If you want to live in a quiet area, you have seaside areas just outside the town.”
Wexford is constantly growing and there are ambitious plans for a €35million development of the town’s iconic Trinity Wharf, with a modern business park, hotel, restaurants, cafes and a marina planned for the site. The project will transform the existing quays and provide a serious jobs boost for the town.
Another development that’s in the works is a new €2.5million park in Killeens, which will provide an 18-acre public space for families and locals to enjoy. Meanwhile, a planned Enniscorthy bypass could reduce the travelling time from Wexford to Dublin by as much as 30 minutes.
Wexford is only an hour and a half from Dublin by car but the town has everything you need in it. It combines the benefits of rural living with access to good schools, great restaurants, pubs, boutique shops and cultural activities. The Wexford Festival Opera (and the annual fireworks display), Spiegeltent Festival and JestFest are all big events on the local social calendar.
Wexford’s medieval past is preserved in its maze of streets and iconic locations like the Bullring, which now hosts a weekly market. Other historic landmarks include Keyser’s Lane, a covered lane that’s so old that even a 1575 article refers to its “long forgotten origin”!
Many people choose to live in the rural or coastal areas outside the town for the quality of life that’s on offer. However, it’s also easy for people living in the town to access the county’s many beaches.
Seaside towns like Curracloe, Rosslare, Hook Head, Carne, Kilmore Quay and Dunbrody are easily accessible and there are six blue flag beaches in the county. Being in the “Sunny South East”, you can even get the weather to enjoy them!
There’s a real sense of community in the town and plenty of amenities for parents and children alike. Local sports clubs include North End United, Wexford Youths, Wexford Wanderers Rugby Club, Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club and the local GAA clubs.
There are a number of schools in the town for families to choose from. There are also plans for a new 900-student Loreto school in the town, with the addition of a multi-storey school building that will boast state-of-the-art sports and educational facilities.
In short, there’s an awful lot on offer in Wexford!
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House Prices taken from Daft.ie accessed July 2016.