Houses for Sale Leixlip
Local Area Guide
Leixlip is a village in north-east County Kildare but it’s proximity to Dublin makes it a great location for regularly commuting property buyers.
Though, as with most areas on the commuter belt, there was a flurry of construction during the boom times, this attractive village has managed to retain its community-centred charm.
The River Liffey’s Royal Canal runs through Leixlip village too and surrounded as it is by stunning countryside, there’s much to endear the area to house-hunters looking to relocate from the city.
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Situated on Kildare’s border with County Dublin, Leixlip is less than 7km from Celbridge to the south-west and only 3 km from Lucan in the south-west suburbs of Dublin.
The N4/M4 motorway offers easy access to the M50, and drivers will be in the city centre in 30 minutes.
Commuters who prefer to leave the car at home can avail of multiple daily trains from Louisa Bridge and Confey stations. Dublin Bus also provides a regular service to and from the capital city with the 66 route taking in the university town of Maynooth too.
Hopeful homebuyers will be happy to hear that Dublin Airport is only 20 minutes away via the M50 motorway and there’s an Airport Hopper that can get you there in equal time.
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Leixlip’s Fascinating History
Dating back to the days of the Vikings when the Scandinavian warriors would row their longboats up to this Dublin outpost, Leixlip has a fascinating history.
The Norman-built stronghold, Leixlip Castle, erected where the River Liffey and Rye Water meet, is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited buildings in Ireland and has the impressive distinction of withstanding a four-day siege by Scottish rebel, Robert the Bruce’s younger brother Edward in 1316.
Some of the celebrity names who’ve lived or spent time in the castle include England’s King John and Desmond Guinness of the famed brewery family and the co-founder of the Irish Georgian Society.
St. Mary’s Church in the heart of the riverside village also dates back to the 12th century and has been a site of continual Christian worship for over 800 years.
A further area of interest to local history buffs is the ancient Leixlip Spa. Dated to the 1700s it’s located near the footpath alongside the Royal Canal and close to the Salmon Leap, a 5-metre waterfall on the Liffey just upstream from the village.
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Areas and Property Types
Leixlip property’s architecture also attests to its wonderful history. Homes retain old-world elements, and one can expect to find styles of Victorian, Red Brick, bungalows and farmhouse, as well as modern, and contemporary.
Due to its excellent location close to Dublin city, house prices are often on the higher end of the scale. But, generally-speaking, you’ll still be shelling out a heck of a lot less than if you’d bought a similar property smack-bang in Dublin city.
A 3-to-4-bedroom detached home in well-established neighbourhoods such as Newtown Park will set you back upwards of €350,000 while the 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed new builds in stylish estates such as Barnhall Meadows cost in the region of €410,000.
Amenities in the Area
Leixlip’s Village Centre is equipped with retail shopping, grocers, speciality stores, and local amenities. Supermarkets include Lidl, Aldi and SuperValu, while Liffey Valley shopping centre is also within easy access.
Supermarkets include Lidl, Aldi and SuperValu, while Liffey Valley shopping centre in Clondalkin is only a short drive away.
Potential homebuyers who like the great outdoors will be in heaven here with lots of country walks and scenic areas in which to run and cycle. There are multiple sports facilities in the area too, from tennis and golf to athletics, soccer and GAA.
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Families with young children will have a choice of three primary schools, Scoil Mhuire, San Carlo Junior School and Leixlip Educate Together along with several creches and preschools for younger family members.
Schools for older students include Confey College, Leixlip Community School, and Coláiste Chiaráin. While for college-goers, Maynooth University is a 15-minute drive away, and UCD, TCD, and DCU are accessible via public transport links.
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