Its mix of two and three-bed homes have attracted first-time buyers for years, creating a vibrant community and family centred area and the range so sports and leisure facilities continue to be a major draw for young families.
Ballyfermot dates back to Norman times when it’s strategic position overlooking the city and river led to the building of a Mott and Bailey castle in the 12th century. This was later rebuilt as the long since disappeared Ballyfermot castle (now the site of a pub).
In parallel to its political roots, there is a close connection to early Celtic Christianity in the area, and a Monastery was believed to be on the site in the 13th century.
As land was parcelled off in the 12th century which led to the creation of several manors, ultimately leading to extensive dairy and stud farms across the area, until the lands were purchased in the 1930s by Dublin Corporation who were responsible for the vast majority of the housebuilding in the area, so most homes date back to this period.
Ballyfermot is centred on the junction of Ballyfermot and Kylemore roads, and many shops and leisure facilities are clustered around this area, close to the Leisure centre and the Lawns Park. Most major supermarkets are present in Ballyfermot and most estates have their own local shops and facilities.
Ballyfermot’s pubs and restaurants are also centrally located
As you’d expect from an area popular with young families, Ballyfermot caters for all levels of education including Mary Queen of Angels, St Louises’s, St Ultans Junior Schools as well as the Dominican Campus which has several Primary schools.
Kylemore College, St. John’s De La Salle, Caritas and the Dominican Convent provide Secondary education, whilst third level courses are offered at the Ballyfermot College of Further education.
For younger children, there is a range of creches, with national and local providers, such as Familibase, Giraffe and Babes in the Woods as well as a number of playgroups and community facilities.
Parks and amenities around Ballyfermot
Ballyfermot is a very green area, dotted with parks large and small. From the Lawns, MarkieviczPark, East Timor park and the fantastically named California Hills Park overlooking the Strawberry beds and Liffey, which is named after kids grew up playing Cowboys and Indians!
Most parks offer Kids play areas plus open-air exercise equipment, park runs, boot camps and other facilities.
The Grand Canal runs to the south of the area and is set as side as a recreational walkway, running from the city to Shannon Harbour, a 117km long-distance trail, including an 8.5km Greenway that runs to Lucan if you don’t fancy the whole thing!
The area has a strong sporting heritage and a vast range of sporting clubs and facilities. Ballyfermot De La Salle is the main GAA club, although Liffey Gaels is on the border to the North. Cherry Orchard and Ballyfermot FC’s provide football teams for all age, Whilst St Matthews Boxing club has a strong history.
Most sports are catered for from horse riding at the Cherry Orchard Equine Centre to Pigeon racing, Rugby, Snooker, Handball and GoKartng.
Ballyfermot is well served for transport links to and from the city centre, with the Luas running to the south and Irish rail commuter services stopping at Cherry Orchard Station to the West. Dublin bus runs a number of services across the area, and the M50 is within easy reach along either the N4 or N7.
Most communities in Ballyfermot date back to the housing boom that followed the Dublin Council’s purchase of the land in the ’30s, so most homes are established two and three-bed semi or terraced houses, many of which were extended over the years both privately and by the Council.
The area has seen prices growing over the last few years as people have seen the value that the area offers, and this is expected to continue as surrounding areas like Crumlin and Drimnagh become more expensive.
Dublin Council is continuing to expand the range of housing options and has planned development in Ballyfermot.
Overall, Ballyfermot offers a great combination of affordable, established homes, excellent sporting and leisure facilities and expectation of continued private and public investment, making it a perfect area for new families and First-time buyers alike.