Hotspots: from Canal Basin to techie haven
This formerly down-at-heel part of Dublin 4 has been transformed into what has been dubbed the Tech Quarter, or Googletown. So what is it like to live there, who are the neighbours and what’s for sale (clue: family three-beds are rare)
Where can you go out in the neighbourhood?
You’re spoilt for restaurant and pub choices. There are tasty sandwiches at Il Valentino, fine wine and food at Ely, people-watching at the rooftop bar of the Marker Hotel.
On the South Lotts Road intersection with Bath Avenue there is a second hip hub where Paulie’s Pizza, Junior’s Deli and Cafe, The Chop House and Farmer Browns all offer appetising menus. The Ferryman on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Slattery’s and the Bath offer authentic Irish pub experiences.
The opening of Grand Canal Dock Dart station in 2001 helped access to the area. So did the 2009 opening of the Samuel Beckett Bridge facilitating cross-town traffic. Parking is an issue, says Owen Reilly. He estimates that 70 per cent of residents have no cars.
Expansion of Dublin Bikes will include new, unspecified, locations in the area, including possibly Barrow Street. There is a proposal to pedestrianise part of Barrow Street. The area is served by the 1, 2, 3, 50, 56a, 77 and 77a buses.
The area needs more schools, says Staunton. The father- of-two recently moved, with his wife and kids, out of the two-bedroom apartment he bought in the Gasworks in 2006 because they had outgrown it. They’re now in Sandymount where he hopes his kids will go to school. The two nearest schools are St Patrick’s and Naomh Pádraig Boys primary school, both on Cambridge Road in Ringsend.
Mother-of-two Jessica Ryan has spent the last two years spearheading an Educate Together school campaign (dublin4educatetogether.ie).
“There will be a school in our area for 2014 and I’m confident it will be an Educate Together school,” she says.
St Brigid’s Primary School and St Mary’s Boys National School are nearby on Haddington Road. Two more options are Baggot-Street-based Catherine McCauley NS and Scoil Caitríona Na mbráithre.
Loreto on the Green and Catholic University School are fee-paying options. St Matthews Church of Ireland, co-ed primary school is on Cranfield Place in Sandymount.
The nearest public secondary school is Ringsend Technical Institute on Cambridge Road. Thirty-one per cent of the students went on to third level, according to the 2012 Irish Times School League Tables. Fee-paying options include Teresian College for girls, and St Michaels for boys, in Donnybrook. Muckross Park College for girls and Marian College for boys are non-fee paying options.
Where to buy?
Anywhere within a 3km radius of the Google building, says Simon Madigan of Young’s estate agents. “Professional couples are looking at the two-up, two-down redbricks on Gordon and Doris Streets and on South Lotts Road, where the houses are bigger and have off-street parking, a luxury in this area.”
There is a lack of three-bedroom apartments and houses, Reilly says. Investors should note the IT crowd want state- of-the-art accommodation and are happy to pay above-average rental rates for it, says Madigan. “They will pay as much as €1,700 for a two-bedroom apartment.”
THREE TO BUY
98 Hanover Dock
A two-bedroom duplex asking €400,000 through agents Owen Reilly. The main bedroom is en suite and the 110sq m (1,184sq ft) property has a west-facing roof garden that comes complete with Jacuzzi.
46 Doris Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4
A 54sq m (581sq ft) two-bedroom terraced house in need of complete modernisation. It has a small yard to the rear and is asking €200,000 through Youngs estate agents
11 Block A, Gallery Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
A bright two-bedroom apartment on the third floor measuring about 70sq m (753sq ft) and seeking €299,000 through agents Hooke and MacDonald. Management fees of €2,108.69 a year.