Houses for Sale Swords
Local Area Guide
Swords, on the northside of Dublin, is not your usual city suburb. It’s one of the largest urban areas in the country – with a bigger population than Drogheda, Dundalk, Kilkenny and many others of the main county towns in Ireland. And here’s the thing about Swords that those who live here already know: it has everything and more than several of those towns too!
Fabulous restaurants and bars, top shopping, plenty of creches, schools and play areas for kids, and affordable property even though its less than 30 minutes to Dublin’s city centre. Oh yeah, and there’s an ancient Norman castle here too!
So, if you’re looking to buy property in a young, dynamic neighbourhood, not far from Ireland’s capital city then Swords is definitely worth checking out.
Situated on the northside of Dublin city, less than 6.5 miles (10 km) from the city centre, Swords is the main town of the north Dublin region of Fingal and has a population of close to 45,000.
A number of small villages surround this large suburban area, including Cloghran, which is less than ½ a mile away and the affluent neighbourhood of Kinsealy, less than a 10-minute drive on the road towards Portmarnock.
The town is actually within reach of many of the northside’s favoured seasides suburbs including the aforementioned Portmarnock, Malahide and Donabate. And the fact that the M1 Dublin-Belfast motorway passes along the eastern edge of the town and is the main route to and from Dublin City, Drogheda, Dundalk, Newry and Belfast, means that the rest of the north-east of Ireland is also within quick and easy distance from the town.
Alongside the MI, the M50, Ireland’s busiest motorway, passes to the south of Swords, providing links with all other primary routes out of Dublin (N2, N3, N4, N7, N81 and M11), making Swords one of the most well-connected towns in the country.
In addition, Dublin Airport is literally up the road at just over 2.5 miles (4.4. km).
Though there is no direct train or tram service to Swords, the area is well serviced by bus. Over 20 buses run to and from the town. Dublin bus’s 33 and 41 routes all travel to Swords, as do the 102, and 142, Bus Eireann’s 101, and Swords Express routes 500, 500x, 501, 501x and 502.
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House Prices and Types
Swords was originally founded as by St Colmcille in 560 AD. It takes its name from a holy well, the water of which St. Colmcille was said to have blessed ('Sord' being the Irish for 'clear or pure').
Alongside this ancient well, there is Norman tower and a restored medieval castle that sits at the top of Main Street. However, these historic buildings and many other Tudor, Georgian and post-war red brick houses offer a complimentary contrast in architecture and design to the many contemporary homes that have been developed in recent decades.
The River Valley Estate, built in the early 1970s remains one of the largest estates in the area and there is a wide choice of three to four bedroomed semi and detached homes here. Other estates such as Boroimhe, Ridgemount and Holywell also offer three-bed semi-detached homes coming in at an average cost of between €330,000 and €450,000.
On the higher-end of the market, large family homes in the Highfield estate may run up a bill closer of €600,000.
First-time buyers may still be lucky at finding a one- to two bedroomed apartment limboing in under the €200,000 help-to-buy threshold. But, in truth, apartments and smaller-sized homes are still more likely to leave little change from a €250,000 budget.
Amenities in Swords
Swords has long been known for its great quality of life and in 2012 was even named Retail Excellence Ireland’s third best town in Ireland to live in. Much of this is because, as well as being surrounded by gorgeous countryside and having a charming village centre, there is an abundance of amenities in the area.
For dining out, locals can choose from Italian and Lebonese to Asian and Nepalese. There are also many cosy cafés to meet friends for coffee or enjoy a family lunch, as well as steakhouses and traditional watering holes serving quality pub food.
Several lively bars and nightclubs in and around Swords Village also means you never have to venture into the city centre to have a great night out.
As for grocery and retail shopping, the Pavilions Shopping Centre situated between on the other end of Main Street and close to the Swords by-pass road has just under 100 shops, restaurants and cafés, as well as 11 cinema screens and car parking space for over 2,000 cars. Needless to say it is a magnate to consumers and window shoppers from the whole Fingal area!
Great Place for Young People and Families
As a lively and ever-growing suburb, Swords is a great place to buy property for both families and young people starting out. The great buzz and bustle of the town is, of course, a main draw for singletons, especially if they work in Dublin city centre and want to enjoy a different environment at the weekend.
Families too will find a lot of benefits to living in Swords, not least the wealth of schools on offer in the area. There are nine primary schools, including a mixed multidenominational ‘Educate Together’ school, and an interdenominational Gaelscoil. Both are situated near the Meadowbank development, which boasts a vast selection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes.
Swords also lays claim to four post-primary schools, two of which are interdemoninational.
As for creches – parents can have their pick of close to 20 regulated childcare and after-school care facilities.
In addition to education, families can enjoy numerous parks, including Ward River Valley Park, which covers over 200 acres, and several playgrounds and indoor play areas in the town.
Swords Estuary, east of the village, is popular for walking and jogging, while the Black Bridges, just across from the estuary, is popular with cyclists of all ages.
This recently refurbished establishment mixes the traditional Irish pub with modern elements. Specialties include locally sourced steak and seafood, if that doesn’t get your mouth watering there’s a large menu of options. Also on offer are big screen televisions for sporting events, just in time for the World Cup, and an outdoor beer garden to sit in and soak up the sun.
Photo Credits: The Old Schoolhouse Bar & Restaurant
Serving up tradition, great flavours and funky Irish cuisine, Gourmet Food Parlour has a menu meant for sharing. Families can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch and tapas for dinner. The restaurant is known for sourcing local food, using simple ingredients and dining in a relaxed atmosphere!
Photo Credits: The Taste
Not just for tourists, Swords Castle is a historical war-era landmark situated on beautiful grounds. Recently renovated, the Castle features a Cathedral, magical rooms, apple trees, vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows and stunning Medieval architecture. Best of all, it’s free to tour! Perfect for a family day out.
Photo Credits: Sygic Travel
The Pavilions is the largest shopping centre in North County Dublin. It’s the perfect shopping destination including fashion, beauty, health, childrenswear, toys, sports, travel and food stores. Key name shops include Zara, Pandora, The Body Shop, Foot Locker and more. Living just down the road from it could be dangerous though, so set a budget before moving in!
Photo Credits: The Pavilions Shopping Centre
Movies @ Swords
The family will love watching all the latest blockbusters at this cinema! Also the perfect date night venue, Movies @ Swords features new releases at great prices. The cinema also hosts live movie events, specialty child programming and a Reel Parents program!