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Living on a busy road with kids

  • 23-11-2022 4:08pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3 jmcd84

    Hi there,

    Just wondering does anyone have any experience of living on a busy but not a main road in Dublin?

    Looking at a house on Marian Rd in Rathfarnham (towards Rosemount shops) which we love but a bus passes on the road right outside the driveway and with 2 young kids under 4 it is a concern. I know it's not a crazy busy road but just a worry due to the buses passing on both sides of the road.

    Any opinions or local knowledge very welcome 🙂



  • Registered Users Posts: 19,640 ✭✭✭✭zell12

    Why concern about a bus in particular rather than a van, car, hearse?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3 jmcd84

    Well, yes, all traffic a concern to be honest. I suppose a double decker is just a good catch all example 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,100 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    Is the property fenced? Does it have a back yard?

    Are you in the habit of sending your kids to play in the traffic?

    Are there parks and playgrounds nearby?

    TBH, I'd be more worried about noctural ASB from pubs than about traffic.

  • Registered Users Posts: 142 ✭✭Nighttime22

    Kids are gonna be kids and it only takes one silly incident i wouldn't buy a house near a busy main road, just to decrease the chance of anything happening and more comfort in general.

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  • It looks like a pretty typical road to me.

    I think you're overthinking it. I'm sure plenty of families have been raised there without incident.

    If you're worried, put in a gate and don't let the kids play out the front while they are small.

    A quick google doesn't bring up any reports of accidents on the road.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,636 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    A straight stretch like that attracts speeding.. .. far far better to seem overly concerned than nonchalant complacency.. and no such thing as "overthinking" where safety of children is concerned... And where the choice of a permanent home is concerned..

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,786 ✭✭✭DownByTheGarden

    Definitely overthinking it. There are hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland living on busier roads. Millions of people have grown up on busier roads. All of them wouldnt even notice now.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 46,950 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    i live on a much busier road than that, less than 200m from a pub, and anti-social behaviour is not really an issue. though the road being busy might be what keeps it down, to be fair.

  • Registered Users Posts: 177 ✭✭FazyLucker

    Yeah, overthinking this one big time OP.

    Live on a major artery in to the city myself. Kids know not to open the gate until I am right behind them and I go out first. They learn quickly.

    But I'd expect them to learn to respect the road outside the house regardless of the business of the road. You could live in a cul de sac and a maniac speeding off to work in the morning.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,753 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard

    The nearest pub to there is the Orchard, which wouldn't exactly be known for its anti-social clientele. It's also not even particularly near to that stretch of the road.

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,608 Mod ✭✭✭✭Tabnabs

    I'd be more worried about the noise of traffic passing and the ability to easily drive in and out of your driveway. Living on a busy road is no great difficulty with kids, quiet cul de sacs and playing football on the road is a thing of the past with so many cars about. But living with the noise, dust, fumes and traffic is a pain and I wouldn't do it if I had my time over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,636 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    Been there and agree totally. Thankfully well away from that now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,684 ✭✭✭Furze99

    Bus outside the door? Could be very handy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3 jmcd84

    Thanks for all of the helpful comments, reinforced a lot of the concerns we had. We've decided not to persue the house further. Appreciate the replies 🤝

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,636 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    I hope that you soon find the true, safe home that you seek..