22 Sep 2017
Posted in: First Time Buyer
If you’ve ever watched an RTÉ report on the travails of commuters making the trip to Dublin, you’ve likely seen a shot of Naas’ ‘big ball’. Nine-metres high and surfaced with tarmac, the giant ball is parked on the M7 motorway and is officially titled ‘Perpetual Motion’.
‘Perpetual Motion’ is perhaps an apt representation of Naas commuters travelling to Dublin. Of course, all roads once led to Naas – so it’s inevitable that any conversation about commuting will lead to the Kildare town.
If you’re thinking of buying in a commuter town, we’ve outlined the costs and benefits of why Naas could be the right choice for you.
We’re not saying that driving in and out of Dublin during rush hour traffic is anyone’s ideal morning (or evening for that matter), but if you’re lucky enough to be able to skip rush hour traffic, the off-peak drive is a nice one with multiple options: for example, take a spin along the N7, the N81, or the R148 to travel direct from Naas into the city centre.
If time allows for it, you can even circumnavigate Wicklow and take a scenic route that includes Blessington for a languid hour-long spin.
For the hardy among you who are willing to brave the unpredictable Irish weather, cycling is an option – though the trip from Naas to Jervis is a solid 30km.
Perhaps the easiest trip for commuters is the bus, or a combination of a bus and the Luas if further afield beckons. At rush hour, the 126 will take you from Naas to Bachelors Walk in about 45 minutes while the 717 will take an extra 10 minutes. For a faster route, you can take the Luas from the city centre to Red Cow and then hop on a bus towards Naas itself.
For most, rail is a more difficult trek than you’d expect given Naas’ closeness to Dublin, with a lack of direct routes. If you’re close to Sallins, however, rail is ideal as the train into Dublin takes about 30 minutes and runs at regular intervals all day.
A busy market town, Naas is jam-packed with restaurants, pubs, clubs, and more. While the commute to Dublin from Naas might cause some buyers to be wary, Naas comes with enough perks to make the extra 20 minutes in the car that bit more palatable.
As well as all the restaurants, there’s history aplenty too with gorgeous architecture (if you’re into that sort of thing) to be found in the Naas Town Hall, King John’s Castle, and the Naas Courthouse.
The Town Hall is a particular sight with its two-faced clock and elaborate curved mouldings. It’s sights like these that’ll make the commute easier!
And for days off, there’s also the Grand Canal and its waterways where you can take a leisurely walk, cycle, canoe, or barge tour.
Lest we forget, no article about Kildare or its towns is complete without a mention of its equestrian history in Punchestown, the Naas racecourse, and The Curragh.
By all accounts, Naas is ideal for commuters who want a country-side feel without the rush of Dublin city centre.
At the time of writing*, Daft.ie listed 115 houses for sale in Naas – almost twice as many as Kilcullen, the town with the second highest number of available properties. Comparatively, Celbridge listed 50 while Kildare town had 36.
As is par for the course with bustling commuter towns, house prices vary widely in even short kilometre stretches. Three-bed semi-detached houses are common, and usually offer the best value. A three-bed on the Blessington Road is currently on the market for €225,000 and the Property Price Register echoes similar pricing, putting the average house sold in Naas at around €250,000.
According to the Property Price Register, over 230 houses have sold in Naas since the start of 2017. On the lower end of the scale, a second-hand home in Robertstown went for €120,000 while the most expensive property sold since the turn of the new year went for €745,000 in June (for the Old Gasworks).
If you’d like a new house, they should become more abundant too, as An Bord Pleanala gave the go-ahead for a plan to build over 280 houses at Craddockstown, Naas. The houses are to be built on 25.6 acres of land with easy access from the Blessington Road. Building on the properties began in March.
With new builds on the horizon and plenty of houses available second-hand, Naas is a real option for commuters who want city living with a small-town feel. Indeed, you could say that Naas is a thoroughbred town for commuters (!)
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*Prices refer to August 2017.
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