Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Matsugawa » 20 Jan 2020, 20:04

albert wrote:
20 Jan 2020, 18:37
I bought my place from overseas & the writings on this forum almost put me off buying.

When I finally got here I was so surprised at how nice it actually is. I'd heard of Newbridge, but had no idea just how nice it is... such a nice thing to have on your doorstep.

Less of the negativity please.
Same here - though it was the old donabate portrane.com forum. I had to read about some lunatics claiming they had to regularly protect their house against “youths” with a baseball bat. Had a real bad feeling moving here 15 years ago because of what some anonymous alarmist wrote on a forum...it’s daft.

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Mr. Stupid » 21 Jan 2020, 07:33

Dona-day: Professionals going to and from work. People bring their kids to and from school. People on their way to sports. All looks good. Most of the scumbags in bed or out numbered.

Dona-night: Not many places to go. Teenagers at a lose end. More scumbags walking around.

Mala-white: More facilities and 250K for same type of house

Fake Mala-white: Over an hour's walk from village, closer to Swords-and-some-guns, houses 100K extra

Swords-and-some-guns: Way more shops, similar house prices but even more urban sprawl

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Vlad the Impaler » 21 Jan 2020, 09:27

Is it just me, or would anyone else like to see this post removed.

It gives a really bad impression of the village and is not balanced. It's the kind of thing I'd type halfway through my second bottle of red wine on a Friday night.

Commentary is important, but I don't think this is helpful. Secondly, posts like this probably knock about 5% off your house value for prospective buyers.

People do research you know!

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Beenthere » 21 Jan 2020, 09:44

Totally agree - post should be removed.

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by gruffalo » 21 Jan 2020, 10:00

Vlad the Impaler wrote:
21 Jan 2020, 09:27
Is it just me, or would anyone else like to see this post removed.

It gives a really bad impression of the village and is not balanced. It's the kind of thing I'd type halfway through my second bottle of red wine on a Friday night.

Commentary is important, but I don't think this is helpful. Secondly, posts like this probably knock about 5% off your house value for prospective buyers.

People do research you know!
I do not even live there yet and I would like to see it removed

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Fwp77 » 21 Jan 2020, 10:28

I think it is important to discuss. I bought to live here a few months again and lots of good but some bad.

I have seen major issues with antisocial behaviour in the village and sometimes this trickles into the estates. We need to highlight the issue with the politicians who are calling to the door.

It is a real pity we don’t have a Garda station in the village.

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by RW85 » 21 Jan 2020, 10:29

Thanks to everyone who responded to my post. (Just incase this is removed). Looking forward to moving to Donabate, it seems no different to any other area and will hopefully be a nice place to live!

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Quello Serio » 21 Jan 2020, 10:51

RW85 wrote:
20 Jan 2020, 09:47
As a potential buyer in Donabate, looking to close on sale in the coming weeks, should I really be worried about these threads that keep popping up regarding the goings on in Donabate?
You shouldn't worry. I moved here about 20 years ago, I think I have a reasonable and fair opinion of the place. If you want to PM me, I'd be happy to meet and share info with you. Spoiler: it'll be mostly positive.

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Ciaran » 21 Jan 2020, 11:52

Fwp77 wrote:
21 Jan 2020, 10:28
I think it is important to discuss. I bought to live here a few months again and lots of good but some bad.

I have seen major issues with antisocial behaviour in the village and sometimes this trickles into the estates. We need to highlight the issue with the politicians who are calling to the door.

It is a real pity we don’t have a Garda station in the village.
Yes, these are definitely issues worth discussing, but in a constructive way. Clearly the OP has had some bad experiences, but venting on a community forum like this doesn't really help matters.

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Ken » 21 Jan 2020, 11:58

We're reluctant to delete posts from the forum. I've been following the thread and overall it comes across as a balanced discussion that reflects positively on Donabate.
Regards,

Ken.

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Jabba » 21 Jan 2020, 13:25

All I can add is that we bought a house in Donabate in 1999 as a couple and have since got married and raised a family.

Absolutely no regrets about doing this in Donabate and wouldn't change a thing if I had the opportunity to go back in time
From the local amenities (beach Newbridge house etc) to primary schools and sports clubs - all first class !
Oldest started in DCC and jury out on that at the moment from my point of view but daughter loves it.

The clue is in the name - its called Donabate and not Utopia - of course there have been isolated incidents over the years that haven't been pleasant and the odd person you wished lived somewhere else - but I think that applies anywhere you chose to live !! The vast majority of people I have encountered in Donabate have been great - but there are some people who I have had a negative experience with - but that just mirrors life in general - wherever you live/work/socialise etc.

The only thing I can't comment on is the train service as I don't use it as don't work in the city centre, But by way of context I have lots of family and friends who live along the DART line and have the same complaints at morning rush hour!

Living in Donabate has been a positive experience for me and most importantly my family

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Vlad the Impaler » 21 Jan 2020, 13:49

I've lived in the other Domhnach - Donnybrook - when I was a student and even there you had to put up with anti-social behaviour from time to time.

A lot more break-ins from travelling crime thugs for example.

I would just ask that people think twice about the big negative headline on these pages, even though it's understandable to get peeved off from time to time.

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by donnelbg » 21 Jan 2020, 15:05

Definitely don’t remove the post. The original post is strongly worded and I don’t agree with all of it but it has some important points.

I moved to Donabate 5 years ago and absolutely love the place, it’s amazing.

However, people living here NEED to get involved with local planning and helping guide/manage the future of Donabate. I don’t trust the council in the slightest and they’ll do whatever suits them unless people get involved. Go to the meeting this evening and let your voice be heard. At least show a presence. That goes for all meetings about the future of Donabate. Talk to your councillors, email them, attent meetings and support those who give up their time and energy to look after the place for all of us.

Donabate is a town in its infancy and need strong push from the many that live here to ensure it develops well. Let Fingal and developers know at every step Of the way that we care and we will have a say.

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Re: Regret Buying Home in DONABATE?

Post by Sunny G » 13 Feb 2020, 05:14

Hey all not 30 40 50's like most on here.

Let me make this clear, Donabte has always had dealers difference is they maintained the dicrete nature.
It isnt gangland tho. The people causing trouble are your kids stop kidding yourselves saying oh these "Anti Social youths" arrive on the trains cause trouble and leave. NO IT IS YOUR KIDS.

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