Area or House?

A really good survey might reduce the risk of damp, anyway; if the surveyor found a problem you could just pull out, or at least would have a better idea how much it might cost down the line. I can’t remember the name, but people have mentioned some specialist damp company here before.

Are you comparing like-with-like in this situation? Say if you’re looking at a house for €1m in Clonskeagh that needs nothing and then a period house needing work in D4 that is, say, 2,000sqft, also asking €1m then they are actually in two different price brackets. Even if its technically ‘habitable’ and you can delay doing the work, you could be looking at a €300k bill for a full refurb down the road of a standard non-basement 2,000sqft house if everything has to be done. So really you’d be comparing a €1m Clonskeagh house with a €1.3m D4 house.

Haven’t lived in either area but would know clonskeagh pretty well but as others have said its a personal thing. Great if kids can walk to school activities etc but as they get older it often involves some travel anyway, away games etc. I know people who live in areas which are more convenient than where we live and surprised at the amount of ferrying around of the kids required.

I wouldn’t underestimate the hassle of a doer upper especially if two working in demanding jobs. I live in a modern house and needed to get a few relatively small things sorted and its major hassle

New houses usually less compelling from investment perspective but unless you plan to move again or sell should not be an issue. But hard to get an old house as cosy as a modern one.

Make a list in a spreadsheet as other suggested and its what we did too, it should help narrow it down.

Smaller mortgage is good too

area or house? both. you may not find the ideal or the perfect but both should be right for you. find the balance.

clonskeagh doesn’t exist, it’s just a townland without a village. but fine houses and some good infrastructure going for it. i would prefer donnybrook, it is a lovely area with good shops, bars etc. very very busy though.

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You clearly want a house that does not need work and, if you have narrowed your choice down to d4 or clonskeagh, you clearly like both areas, even if you prefer one over the other. If you can afford what you describe as a ‘great house’ with a garden and no work to do, I would have thought it was a no brainer to go with that house. Particularly if a d4 house would require significant further investment over time to make it enjoyably liveable in

Location, location, location is less relevant when both areas are high end

This isn’t really a question anyone else can answer for you because it’s such a personal thing. And it’s always a bit of both too. For me personally, I would go for Donnybrook. When the kids get older in a few years, they’ll be close to good public transport and the city centre is walking distance away. Check out the schools if that’s important for you. We looked at some houses in Clonskeagh and while it is nice and green in parts, I thought it felt a bit deadsville personally and I was imagining lonely housewives furtively drinking wine mid-morning behind every door.

However, I suspect we have different tastes as I would 100% pick Dublin 6 over Dublin 4 any day of the week for vibrancy and community feel, pretty leafy roads, schools, proximity to city centre etc. etc. Parts of D4 are also pretty dead at the weekend anyway (I’m looking at you, Ballsbridge) and the village of Donnybrook is ruined a little by the dual-carriageway. Sandymount is nicer but a bit sleepy.

ETA all this with the proviso that the survey doesn’t throw up any serious problems with the older house. I suspect you’re not that inclined towards a fixer-upper though so maybe it would be unwise to go down that route. You have to have either deep pockets or be prepared to prioritise some issues and live with the rest of its quirks, which you’ll find in any historic house. I think anyone thinking of buying a period house should really, really love period houses. You’ll never make it into a modern house unless you’re loaded and can afford to basically demolish it and build your modern house inside the shell.

The problem with choosing a location based on its future appeal to young adult children is that you’ll never get rid of them.

I agree, we still have a 25 year old living with us. His line ‘sure why would I leave’, we are close to the city and living in a lovely neighbourhood with good transport links… in saying that, I’m glad he’s still with us, where we can keep an eye on him!

I personally think it’s all about location. You can have ‘the great house’ but spend little time there because you are spending hours in daily traffic and be miles away from the closest shop/ restaurant etc.

Again, write your list. What is most important to you. That is what will ultimately be your decision and think about now and the next 5/10 years. Who knows how you’ll feel after that.

I think you can do anything to a house except move it so for me location would be everything. I know someone who moved from an amazing house because they had to get into the car to do absolutely everything. They were not out in the sticks but there were no shops where you could reasonably walk to.

Hi all, thanks very much to all who took the time to reply! Have a lot to think about!