I was initially looking at a new development down the road in Kncoklyon, Firehouse, and Sandyford. We missed out on one due to rising costs between the phases. After arguing with the bank, We ended up finding out that we only needed 10% of the deposit, but we saved for 20%, which allowed us to buy in SW, it was more expensive than what we planned, but it was a bit closer to the school.
The process of buying was such a horrible experience. Countless weekends of viewing places, getting into bidding wars, missing out on places, etc. it was depressing.
I’d say to anyone thinking of buying here, go view the area several times yourself, talk to people who live around the area and find out what it’s really like. Get your finances in place now. If you like what you see, get in early and purchase in the first phase. You’ll save yourself some time, stress and money. Your spending between 400k-600k, so getting something new is a big advantage to buying something that’s years old, plus your avoiding any bidding wars.
Boards can be a fantastic source for information, but take the negative comments on here with a pinch of salt, I was pulling my hair reading some of the comments from areas I was looking at. Every area will be overpriced, dodgy and have a poor build quality, these are things I read about SW after I bought. Do your own research, the more the better, and take the negatively with a pinch of salt.