Saw this in this morning's Metro Herald.
Link to the full article here (page 25):http://e-edition.metroherald.ie/2010/03/11/
Thousands of people live in Dublin’s commuter belt, which over the past decade has extended well beyond the M50, lassoing
counties such as Cavan, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Meath,Wicklow, Westmeath and Wexford. As property prices spiralled out of control in the capital, buyers were forced further afield in search of more spacious, reasonably priced homes.
What is left after the downturn is an inexhaustible list of counties – and isolated estates in Co Dublin – from which exhausted drivers travel to the capital for work before facing the same bleary-eyed journey home. Or is that just what smug city folk like to think? The truth is that unlike residents of Dublin city, those living in the commuter belt have the physical and psychological space to enjoy their time off, simply by escaping the chaos of the capital every evening. And with improving public transport links, commuter-belt dwellers are no longer pitied as the city slickers’ poor relations.
Anna Durkan of estate agents Durkan Residential says there are great deals on houses in areas outside the capital, such as the Luasbound Citywest. ‘First-time buyers who may have bought smaller places in the city are now moving out to the commuter belt and buying four-bedroom houses,’ she says. ‘The thing is, the transport links are improving all the time, which can only boost prices later on. It depends on what the buyer wants, but there is great access to sports clubs, like Gaelic and rugby, in these areas.’
Better public transport is a godsend for anyone who has already bought, or, is planning to buy outside Dublin. Gorey resident Jonathan Luff spent almost two years travelling to Dublin for work and experienced first-hand the improvements to the train service to Pearse Station which now operates six times a day. ‘At first, I had to start my train journey by taking a 15-minute drive to Arklow Station as it wasn’t until well into the first year that they included Gorey on the Dublin run,’ he explains. ‘The journey itself took around two hours and I’d spend this time chatting with other commuters, reading or relaxing; which was all very rewarding.’
Closer to the city, first-time buyer Eilis Slattery has been living in Adamstown, 16km west of Dublin, for more than a year. The best of both worlds, the development is the perfect distance from the noise of the city while having excellent public transport into the capital. It also has three schools, some of which hold night classes, and there is a local grocery shop and a bar, while the area’s new coffee shop is expected to open any day now.