I live with my brother in a 4 bedroomed house in a quiet neighbourhood within walking distance of Swords village which has many cafes, pubs and a large shopping centre and cinema. My home has a large kitchen/living area with a log burning stove so its a cosy space to chill out after a day sight seeing.
Dublin city is about 25 minutes by express bus, the bus stops is a couple of minute walk from my home. Dublin airport is only a few minutes by car.
There are lovely costal towns near Swords about 10-15 minutes (Malahide, Skerries) away by car, bus with harbours and lovely places to eat and walk. There are a number of parks with large playgrounds, cafes and period homes to see.