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First-time buyer: best choice among Maynooth, Balgriffin, Greystone

  • 08-12-2021 11:18am
    Registered Users Posts: 16 prithwish

    Hi, Planning to buy our first home.

    Which one should I consider: Maynooth, Balgriffin, Greystone (as per my budget)

    Can you please provide suggestions based on a few factor: commute to Dublin 4, amenities, safety and crime, schools (secondary schools with support to special child), amusement




  • Registered Users Posts: 12,664 ✭✭✭✭ Mad_maxx

    I don't get it ?

    Greystones is much more expensive than the other two and none of them are close to each other

    Very random short list ?

    Maynooth is a fine location BTW, Greystones better though and prices reflect that

    Both Greystone and Maynooth have train service to Dublin, Maynooth is a college town ,its similar in size to greystones but no beach unlike greystones

    Balgriffin is the only one in Dublin itself but probably cheapest to buy of the three?

  • Registered Users Posts: 16 prithwish

    Hi M&M, The list is not random. All are chosen based on about one hour travel time to Ballsbridge. Based on budget, in Maynooth and Balgriffin I found houses while in Greystone it is an apartment. I can not buy in Ballsbridge anyway.

    But I have no idea about all the three places mentioned above. That's why I asked in the forum about the pros and cons of each area.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,024 ✭✭✭ Caranica

    You will learn about those places by visiting them at different times of the day and night. Talk to people around there. Try to find a short term rental and live there for a few weeks and learn about the pluses and minuses.

    It is a bizarre short list if an hour commute to Ballsbridge is your key determinant. It seems you have a decent budget.

  • Registered Users Posts: 601 ✭✭✭ you2008

    sea level

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,711 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011

    They're not a very consistent group. Greystones and Maynooth would be more expensive, posh or trying to be posh towns; Balgriffin is cheaper suburbia.

    In Greystones, are you looking at actual Greystones or out in Charlesland (and hence a huge distance from the train station)? Greystones is vastly dearer than the other two

    Maynooth has more, albeit slower trains and vastly more buses in to Dublin than Greystones does. It hasn't got the seaside or the high end food shops of Greystones but it does have full scale supermarkets.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 16 prithwish

    Hi, Thanks for your reply. Actually, I am looking at Blacklion Manor in Greystone. Is this a decent estate? I don't have any idea. Regards, Prithwish

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,173 ✭✭✭ Marius34

    Based on your areas, it seems that you are looking for new builds?

    If so, I think in Balgriffin/Clongriffin area all houses are sold.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,142 ✭✭✭ Flinty997

    An hour is too long for me and I would rule out anything that isn't on the same train line with no changes.

    If budget or size of property are not factors I'd go for the more upmarket location. Being near the sea and closer access to the SE has other benefits outside of work.