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Hunters wood Ballycullen or Dodderbrook

  • 24-11-2022 9:59pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2

    Hey everyone! I was hoping for a little residents insight about these two estates, Hunterswood and Dodderbrook. We're interested in buying a house in either area, but we've read about terrible traffic, lack of community, fire/building regulations problems, lack of amenities. How do you guys find the place? How are the schools? Is it safe? We're a young family and we really love the idea of being close to the mountains and a bit away from town, but hopefully it's a nice area to live in?

    Thanks a million to whoever will share their experience.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 23,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭godtabh

    what fire/building regulations problems have you heard off?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,948 ✭✭✭witchgirl26

    I live in the area & here are my thoughts on it:

    Traffic - it can be bad in the morning & evening but I think you'll find that in most places these days. It's more about planning around it if you can. I don't know anywhere that isn't suffering.

    Lack of community - I have to say that our local residents committee do make the effort to arrange things during the summer & at Halloween etc. It's up to you how much you join in. Also I've yet to encounter a neighbour who isn't friendly enough.

    Fire/building regulation problems - only one I heard of was in relation to the apartment balconies in Hunterswood but that was a nationwide thing that affected all apartments with balconies built that way. As far as I know it's been remediated on all of them now.

    Lack of amenities - there's a Lidl close by & a new Tesco too in terms of supermarkets. A couple of Spar shops (Oldcourt & Woodstown) along with a chemist in Woodstown. There's the shops opposite the Old Mill too & a new Costa just opened there so there is a bit around. Plus The Square is only 15 mins away in a car. There's playgrounds & a good park too so yeah it's grand.

    Schools - we're only starting that journey but there's quite a few primary schools close by & honestly, I've not heard a bad word about any of them. The Educate Together & the Gaelscoil are only recently built so are probably the most modern in that sense but all seem really good. Secondary schools are a bit more of a problem (lack of really) but there's a new one just opened behind Ballycullen Green & a new Gaelscoil one down by Knocklyon shops which should be open soon.

    Safety - look there's the same problems everywhere. We went through a spate of car doors being tried (& things taken if open) & sheds being broken into but it wasn't too bad comparatively. I've lived there 5 years & don't feel unsafe.

    It's a nice enough area to live in, you do need to get into a car to go to a lot of places but I think that's a lot of modern living near the city now so we just go with it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1 marat_s

    Hey witchgirl26, thanks for the detailed response! We're also considering to buy in the new development Ballycullen Gate, what do you think about this estate?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,948 ✭✭✭witchgirl26

    It's the same developer as Ballycullen Green & Dodderbrook so very similar to those. Looks to be nice enough but hard to tell as a lot of the works are happening away from the road. All the amenities etc for the area would be the same.

    Just to say - if it's saying there's a creche in the estate don't hold your breath. The one in Dodderbrook Phase 1 was promised 5 years ago & nothing yet. The creche in Phase 2 of Dodderbrook I believe is due to open sometime next year (at least they have someone who's taken the building) but it wouldn't be something I'd be counting on.