Donnybrook is a small district located on the South side of Dublin city and bordered by Sandymount, Ballsbridge, Ranelagh and Clonskeagh. It is probably as famous for being the home of RTE as anything else! However, Donnybrook is a much sought-after location as it is an established residential neighbourhood that, while on the capital’s doorstep, retains the charm of a village.
The area hosts a wide variety of eateries for brunch, lunch and dinner or a casual coffee or drink, in addition to a range of shops from clothing boutiques to groceries and artisan bakeries. These are some of our favourites.
Morning coffee after a walk in Herbert Park in Happy Out, The Natural Bakery or Lolly and Cook’s
For lunch, whether business or pleasure Roly’s Bistro or Avoca Fodder Restaurant in nearby Ballsbridge won’t disappoint.
Between Donnybrook and Ballsbridge, there’s a different choice of cuisine every night of the week on offer with Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar and Grill, Arthur Mayne’s Bar and Restaurant, The Lobster Pot, Kites Chinese Restaurant, Bann Thai Restaurant, Mos Pizza, or traditional chippers, The Embassy Grill.
On the shopping front, Donnybrook is home to Tesco Express and Donnybrook Fair along with a selection of outlets including Marian Gale Ladies wear, Julianne Kelly Interiors, Lloyds Pharmacy, Expert Hardware, Blooming Amazing Florists as well as a dry cleaner.
Terroirs Ltd and O’Brien’s Fine Wines will happily recommend something for every palette and have a wonderful range of gifts.
Sports & Recreation
There is easy access to a wide range of sporting facilities with Herbert Park located between Donnybrook and Ballsbridge. A beautiful place for a stroll but also offering Tennis, Yoga and Bowls Clubs as well as a children’s playground. Belmont Football Club is also in the park with Merrion Cricket Club located a short stroll away on Anglesea Road.
The Energia Stadium in Donnybrook is the home of rugby union in Leinster and the home ground for Bective Rangers and Old Wesley. Elm Park Golf Club is also close by. For those who prefer the gym, there is a choice with RAW Gym in the heart of the village, along with David Lloyd Donnybrook and the Intercontinental Hotel Spa and Fitness.
Childcare & Education
Donnybrook is home to Muckross Park College and St. Michaels College is a short walk away from the centre of things on Nutley Avenue. St. Mary’s primary school is located on Belmont Avenue and there is a choice of creches and Montessori schools in the locality.
What is happening with the property market in the Donnybrook area in 2023?
There is always a strong demand for property in this area. Being so close to the city centre but also extremely well served by public transport, Donnybrook is a prime location. There is a wide variety of property in the area to suit many different tastes. These include new builds, period residences and various style of apartments.
Period properties can sell anywhere between €1,500,000 and €3,000,000, with the larger properties on Eglington Road and Morehampton Road achieving prices at the upper end of this range. More modern, newer built three- or four-bedroom homes can expect in the region of €1,000,000 and €1,400,000. Apartments tend to start at €500,000 for a two-bedroom, but prices very much depend on the development.
Given the location, it is a very desirable area for both families and professionals with an enviable lifestyle on offer.
On average the length of time it is taking to agree a sale is 4-6 weeks.
Our featured property in this area currently is the stunning Hampton Lodge, situated at 4a Herbert Road right in the heart of Donnybrook.