Jan & Mark save time & money in Blackrock, 2020
Jan, who is from Dundalk, and Mark, originally from the UK, had been living in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 in a 950 sq ft 3 bed semi detached house with 1 bathroom. They both worked in Dublin city and had a 1 hour commute each way to work every day.
Although they had planned to stay in Dublin for a few more years, lack of space was becoming a problem, as the family began to grow, and childcare costs were very high. Jan’s work was quite flexible in terms of location, and Mark’s job required him to be at the office at the IFSC Monday to Friday.
Jan explained that trading up in Dublin wasn’t an option, especially as she had been on maternity leave the previous year, so her parents suggested they look closer to home.
They quickly found a 1400 sq ft house with garage in Blackrock, Co Louth which , at €245,000, actually cost less than the value of their house in Rathfarnham. They made an offer on the property, subject to sale of their home, and their offer was accepted. Their house in Rathfarnham sold quite quickly and they made the move in 2020.
Mark, talking about the change in their routine, explained: “Initially I was taking the Matthews Coach to work – it’s comfortable and clean. The commute is actually easier than ging from Rathfarnham to the IFSC and way more relaxing. I do some work on the way so I don’t have to think about it at home in the evenings. Now that we’re working from home though, there’s great broadband and we have converted the 4th bedroom into a home office which myself and Jan share.”
Discussing schools and childcare, Jan explained that they have enrolled both children in the local national school, and everyone is part of a local sports club – Jan runs with North East Runners and Mark plays football with Rock Celtic in the village. “The children have a great little bunch of pals and activities within walking distance, and everything – shops, restaurants, and so on – is a short walk away. It’s been a great decision to move, especially now that we’re all spending all our time at home with Covid. Our mortgage repayments are lower, we’re able to spend more time together as a family and our quality of life is better in every way.”