Houses for Sale in Dundalk
Local Area Guide
With its easy access to both Belfast and Dublin, its lookout over the Irish Sea, and its low cost of living, Dundalk is a great place to buy property in Ireland. The second largest town on the island (neighbouring Drogheda being the first), it’s a lively place that offers the best of modern, urban living without losing the laid-back feel of a country lifestyle.
Dundalk is a fabulous find for first-time buyers but there is also a wide choice of properties for second-home buyers wanting to upsize or, in the case of retirees, downsize too.
Situated on the Castletown River, which flows into Dundalk Bay, this vibrant town is about an hour’s drive to Belfast and Dublin. This makes it an ideal commuter town for both cities, and an attractive place to live for those who want easy access to the big smoke without any of the high costs of living there!
The MI connects Dundalk to Belfast and Dublin, though many locals prefer to catch the express train or local commuter train, which will take the same amount of time getting you into either city centre. The town is equally well-served by Bus Eireann with buses regularly travelling from there across the country. A series of national secondary roads alongside the NI and MI motorway make travelling to and from Dundalk an easy and relatively speedy experience.
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Dundalk’s Rich Past and Present
Dundalk has a long history, which the presence of the Proleek Dolmen tells us goes back to the Neolithic Age. Norman castles and other medieval monuments dot a landscape which boasts beautiful rolling hills and green and lush forestlands, all of which look down on the shallow Dundalk Bay with its extensive saltmarshes and rare flora and fauna.
The town is also deeply tied to Irish mythology. Many feats of Ireland’s famed mythical warrior Cú Chulainn started out here, including the classic tale, The Cattle Raid of Cooley.
However, though it’s proud of its spirited past and links to mythology, it is a modern and dynamic town too. It has long been a base for multinational companies such as eBay, Paypal, National Pen, Coca-Cola, and International Fund Services.
And the fact that Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), the most important tertiary education provider in the northeast of the country is also here, adds to the town’s youthful and energetic atmosphere.
The lovely town square and radiating streets have a top choice of great eateries (just check out our must-visit local gems below) and a healthy nightlife with several clubs to keep you rocking during the week as well as at the weekend.
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A Family-Friendly Town
The town is also known as a family-friendly centre. It has a very open community and several activities to keep kids of all ages entertained. Outdoor pursuits include land activities such as hiking and horse-riding to watersports like rafting and kayaking.
The Air Bound Trampoline Park on Coes Road has proven a huge hit with children since it opened in 2015, while sports clubs such as the Dundalk Lawn Tennis & Badminton, Dundalk GAA, Dundalk Golf Club, O’Hanlon Park Boxing Club, or Glenmuir United Football Club, means there’s no excuse for all family members not to be engaged and active.
There are plenty of high-quality schools in the area too, with notable school achievements including STEM Awards, SciFest, National DELTA Awards, and Student Enterprise Awards.
Parents have a choice of 17 primary schools including the Irish-speaking Gaelscoil Dhun Dealgan, and nine post-primary schools, again including one Gaelscoil for Irish-speaking families
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Property Prices in Dundalk
The average asking price of a house in Dundalk is just under €210,000, though prices can vary depending on where and what you want.
Most estates on the Dublin side of town, including Marlmount and Belfry, have a higher price tag due to their easy access for commuters to the capital. While those looking for a sea view may find themselves paying a little more to live by Gyles Quay and its stunning expansive strand or around the lovely seaside village of Blackrock on the southeast of Dundalk.
But there are bargains to be had too. First-time buyers can rest assured that they’ll have a choice of properties to pick from whether they’re looking in some of the older areas in the town centre or further inland around the picturesque villages of Knockbridge and neighbouring Loughantarve, which are still only a 10-minute drive to the town centre.
Must-Visit Local Gems:
The Rooftop Restaurant is located on the 13th floor offers breathtaking views of the Cooley Peninsula and Irish sea.
Enjoy relaxed dining combined with the best quality meats and seafood cooked right before your eyes.
On arrival, why not meet in fourteen below bar for drinks and cocktails, in stylish and contemporary surroundings.
Housed in a stunning Georgian Townhouse in the heart of Dundalk town centre. This family run restaurant champions locally sourced, seasonal products created to the highest of standards.
Since opening just 12 months ago The Townhouse has become a trailblazer in the growing food scene of the northeast.
Kennedy's Bar, Carrick Road - Situated opposite Clarke's Railway Station in the heart of Dundalk.
Whether you are looking for a cosy pub or a drink with friends, a good meal with varied menu & comfortable surroundings or a Beer Garden, Kennedy's Bar can offer it all.