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 Post subject: Commuter Belt: The Benefits of Suburban Life - Metro Herald
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:04 pm 
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Saw this in this morning's Metro Herald.

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http://e-edition.metroherald.ie/2010/03/11/

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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.’


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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Commuter Belt: The Benefits of Suburban Life - Metro Herald
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:22 pm 
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Whats the bets that coffee shop will never open.

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 Post subject: Re: Commuter Belt: The Benefits of Suburban Life - Metro Herald
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:01 pm 
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Who wants to bet me a fiver that article was written by the IAVI?


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 Post subject: Re: Commuter Belt: The Benefits of Suburban Life - Metro Herald
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If you do have a long commute then you might as well convince yourself of the merits of it, especially if there is no option to get out of it.

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Where's the bit about parents not seeing their kids from 7-7?

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Where's the bit about parents not seeing their kids from 7-7?

Under the benefits section...

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rebelbuttmunch wrote:
Where's the bit about parents not seeing their kids from 7-7?

Under the benefits section...


Heh, that actually gave me a chuckle, because I've just been shouting "get back into to bed" at the kids. :)

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Heh, that actually gave me a chuckle, because I've just been shouting "get back into to bed" at the kids. :)


Get off the internet and look after your kids!

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 Post subject: Re: Commuter Belt: The Benefits of Suburban Life - Metro Herald
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 Post subject: Re: Commuter Belt: The Benefits of Suburban Life - Metro Herald
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‘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.’

sounds great, rather have a chat down the local with a few friends than some headcase on a train. if i have to get a train i will do my picross, not make new friends..

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the development is the perfect distance from the noise of the city

im about 6k out and i still cant hear it, i dont think can hear it in fairview park if i am down that way. this article is pure fluff

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the area’s new coffee shop is expected to open any day now.
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 Post subject: Re: Commuter Belt: The Benefits of Suburban Life - Metro Herald
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I have to say I have had two experiences of this..

The first was when we moved from Cork in 2002, we lived in a small village outside of Naas, lovely house, lovely neighbours, but I hated it...commuting as far as Lucan for me was a pain in the tits, up in the dark, going home in the dark.

We now live in Maynooth and when I was commuting in 2007 I loved it, I'd walk to the train, in Pearse in 40 mins, Dart to Sydney Parade, no matter what the weather I loved it.

As a friend said to me... give it a year or two and see if you are still loving it, lamently I couldnt.

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 Post subject: Re: Commuter Belt: The Benefits of Suburban Life - Metro Herald
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:48 am 
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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.


What chaos? I live a 30 minute walk from O'Connell Street in a house with a garden which I'm looking to put garden furniture into so I can have breakfast outside in the summer - never quite got around to it last summer because I only moved in there mid June. I live 15 minutes from work. I live 15 minutes from the beach I spend most of the summer on. I live 15 minutes from the climbing wall where I usually climb 2-4 times a week during the winter. I live 10 minutes from DCU. I have a decent public transport system into town if I don't want to drive.

Against that I rent, but I made the quality of life call about 5 years ago when teh choice was Dublin or Slane and I don't regret it. I'd go crazy if I had to spend any longer commuting to work than I already do because there are so many other things I have to be doing.


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This really is a terrible article, if you want to live in a country town live in north county dublin. Simples.

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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.


What chaos? I live a 30 minute walk from O'Connell Street in a house with a garden which I'm looking to put garden furniture into so I can have breakfast outside in the summer - never quite got around to it last summer because I only moved in there mid June. I live 15 minutes from work. I live 15 minutes from the beach I spend most of the summer on. I live 15 minutes from the climbing wall where I usually climb 2-4 times a week during the winter. I live 10 minutes from DCU. I have a decent public transport system into town if I don't want to drive.

Against that I rent, but I made the quality of life call about 5 years ago when teh choice was Dublin or Slane and I don't regret it. I'd go crazy if I had to spend any longer commuting to work than I already do because there are so many other things I have to be doing.


Sounds nice!
I got myself an allotment to quell my urge for the countryside.

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Saw this in this morning's Metro Herald.

Link to the full article here (page 25):
http://e-edition.metroherald.ie/2010/03/11/

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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.


Eh, what chaos? :?:

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