Walkinstown is a purpose-built suburb with a strong stock of starter homes and apartments in Dublin 12. That makes it popular with first-time buyers, who can avail of established, well cared for homes in an area replete with social, cultural and sporting clubs and amenities.
Cherryfield and Beechfield Roads are popular, as are the so-called “Musical” Terraces, a series of neat terraced homes on streets named after famous singers and musicians.
Much of the housing in the area is 3 three-bed terraced homes, many extended, which day back to the housing boom that began in the ’30s through to the 70s, but there is also a selection of larger homes, notably the very popular Bungalows dotted around the area.
A major infrastructure and amenities investment programme led to the construction of the Public Library, the large Our Lady of Assumption Church and several schools.
Shopping in Walkinstown
As well as the larger shopping centres in Crumlin and a range of Supermarkets including Supervalu, Dunnes, Lidl and Aldi, there are several shopping areas, centred around the Walkinstown Roundabout, the junctions of the Long Mile, Walkinstown and Drimnagh Roads and along Walkinstown Avenue
Pubs and Restaurants in Walkinstown
Pubs and restaurants tend to be clustered close to the Shops, and Walkinstown Boast 6 1/2 Pubs ( the Sub has entrances in Walkinstown and Crumlin), with the Halfway House, Black Forge and The Cherrytree being popular.
In terms of Restaurants and takeaways Walkinstown is very well served, will most tastes catered for, and Several of the pubs are well regarded, especially the Kestrel, Halfway House and the nearby Laurels. The Green Kitchen on Walkinstown Green deserves a mention, as does the unique Fools and Horses, serving coffee from a Horse Box!
Sports and social.
GAA and Football have always been well served in the area, with St James Gaels, Walkingstown United, being the largest local teams Walkingstown Park has a selection of pitches plus kids play area.
Tymon Park offers a range of recreational activities, with Park Runs, walks along the river Poddle and nearly 30 pitches.
There is a selection of schools in there, including Educate Together Riverview, Drimnagh Castle Boys, Holy Spirit mixed school and Assumption, whilst St Pauls Girls and Greenhills College provide Secondary education.
Walkinstown Roundabout is one of the busiest in the city because it connects major local transport arteries, giving easy access to the City and wider West Dublin areas.
Multiple bus routes service the area, and the Red Luas line is within walking distance of North Walkinstown.
As Walkinstown was originally planned to provide starter homes, it has a broader mix of property types than other Dublin 12 townlands. 15% of properties are apartments, and most of the houses are well proportioned 3-bed terraced homes, often extended, but mostly enjoying private gardens.
Many are built around public greens, which adds to the family and community feel.
Like many purpose-built areas, families tended to move in around the same time, and be of similar age, so much of the community feel comes from families growing up in the area.
But whilst 70% of the population are families, the area is popular with first-time buyers, hence 30% of the population is single.