I was recently asked by a friend of mine if Celbridge would be a good option for him. He is a first-time buyer who can work from home most of the time but needs to travel to Dublin several times per month.
We made a short video showing how a Home Hunter Report can help him to decide if Celbridge and a 3-bed end of terrace are right for him! You can watch that here.
This got us thinking about Celbridge as a commuter town in general. Is it suitable for people commuting to Dublin? Does it have good transport links? What is it like to live and socialise in? Is it good for families? These are all important questions for you to ask when you are considering a new area and property.
Transport Option to Dublin
The M4, over the M50 and past Chapelizod and Pheonix Park is the most directed route into the city. But depending on where in Dublin you are going, driving down past Newcastle and onto the N7 could be a better option.
During rush hour, these routes suffer from very heavy traffic and so you can expect a lot of bumper-to-bumper slow progress. Thankfully, if this is not for you, there are several other transport options.
The Hazlehatch and Celbridge Train Station is about a 20-minute easy walk from Celbridge Town. Commuter trains from here will get you into Heuston in under 25 minutes. From there, you have the Luas Red Line and multiple buses to get you to your destination. You've also got a big Dublin Bike station at Heuston if you fancy biking it!
The Leixlip Train Station is around 5k from Celbridge and so you'd likely need to drive to it and park up to get the train. However, it is on a different trainline from the Hazlehatch station and will get you into Connolly in 30-35 minutes.
There are numerous Dublin Bus and Go Ahead Busses which will get you into Dublin City. These include the 120, 120a, 120b, C4, C6, X27 & X28.
Depending on which route and the time of day you leave, it can take anywhere from 35-75 minutes to get into Dublin.
If you are a cycling nut, there is a very nice cycling route from Celbridge right into the city which takes you along the Grand Canal. 90% of this route is on dedicated cycle or canal paths and away from traffic. This would take an average cyclist just over an hour.
Broadband Speeds and Mobile Coverage
Using a property in Springfield Drive, in Celbridge Town, we can see that there are plenty of ISPs offering internet packages up to 1gb speed. This is more than adequate to work from home, streaming movies, and for online gaming.
For some mobile networks, coverage around the area appears to be patchy. However, at least one network has strong 4g coverage. So if you rely on good phone coverage for either working or for staying in touch with family, you will have some good options.
If you have kids or are thinking about starting a family, then you'll have plenty of choice in schools in and around Celbridge.
There are 5 primary schools within 1.1km of the town and several secondary schools which are just a short drive away.
Local Bars, Restaurants, and Amenities!
Over the last decade, Celbridge has grown into a vibrant little town. Along with the long-established pubs, there is a wave of new restaurants and bars which are all very highly rated.
There is a huge list of amenities close within walking distance and within a short drive from Celbridge. These include Castletown Estate, the Grand Canal Walking Trail, Temple Mills House, Lyons Estate, and lots more!
Close by there are several sports clubs including Celbridge GAA, Celbridge & District Tennis Club, several golf courses including the K Club which is 10-minute drive, and lots of other smaller clubs and societies.
So if you and your family want to get involved with clubs and activities which are nearby, there is no shortage of options!
If you want to see the original Home Hunter Report which we used in the video, you can find it here --> Home Hunter Report Sample
To get your own Home Hunter Report, just go to HomeHunterReport.ie and enter in the Eirocde of the property you want to research. We'll give you over 25 pages of information on the property and the surrounding area.