Scheme is one in a million
Luxury Foxrock detached homes ready to be sold before Christmas
Published 25/11/2016 | 02:30
Today is Black Friday, an American tradition adopted on these shores where consumers seek out the huge discounts offered by retailers to kick-start the Christmas shopping season. At Pembrin Wood in Foxrock, a discount on a grander scale is being applied on the remaining two properties in the scheme, to tempt well-to-do buyers keen on giving themselves a festive treat in one of Ireland’s leafiest suburbs.
Six detached four-bed homes were launched at Pembrin Wood in April, with prices set at €1.1m. Four have since been sold and the other two, No7 and No8 Pembrin Wood, now command a lower price-tag of €995,000 each, with the selling agent striving to strike a deal on the properties before Christmas.
Pembrin Wood, named after the 1971-built house of the same name that was demolished to make way for this infill development, is tucked away off Beechpark Road, beside Kill Lane. The homes, designed to have a modern twist on the Victorian red-brick country manor, are approached by a long avenue lined with mature trees and shrubbery. The development will also have two adjoining mature pocket parks when it is completely finished.
The scheme is being developed by Moran Park Homebuilders, which is headed up by Joe Moran, a veteran developer who has gradually returned to the property market after his Manor Park Homes collapsed with debts of €170m during the crash. In this foray back into the residential market, his children John and Adrienne Moran are leading the charge.
There are 10 houses in total at Pembrin Wood, with three retained for members of the family who originally owned the site. Seven were earmarked for the open market, including a three-bed bungalow extending over 1,550 sq ft. The latter was scheduled to be launched in September, but the release has been postponed until the property is finished in February.
The other six homes have been completed, including No7 and No8. They are finished in red brick, with cut natural granite in a brush-hammered finish to the windowsills, surrounds, string course and chimney cap. There are heather-coloured Rivendale slates on the roof, and the windows and
patio doors are in a cream alu-clad. An unusual feature of the exteriors is the relatively low pitch to the roofs, which gives them quite a distinctive look.
Each house has a gravel driveway with natural stone setts and specimen trees, shrubs and planting either side. To the rear is a south-facing garden.
There is 2,140 sq ft of living space throughout the two-storey homes. Inside, a double-width hallway leads to a study to the left and a living room to the right. The centrepiece of this room is a Turkish limestone Cameron fireplace with a black granite surround and hearth, and a Wanders
wood-burning inset stove. Double doors connect the living room to the family and TV lounge, which is just off a kitchen and dining room overlooking a patio. The fitted contemporary kitchen is from Kitchen Elegance and was made from solid tulipwood, with an aged oak carcass and natural granite worktops. It comes with a built-in larder and an integrated wine cooler.
Upstairs are four bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, and a family bathroom.
The bedrooms have been fitted with shaker-style wardrobes, while the bathrooms and en-suites have been fitted with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware and mood lighting.
The homes were designed to have an A3 building energy rating. There are PV panels on the south-facing part of the roofs to generate free electricity and there’s a condensing gas boiler and zone heating.
Pembrin Wood is near Foxrock Church, and the surrounding area is home to popular primary and secondary schools, including Loreto Foxrock and Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock.
Viewing of Pembrin Wood is by appointment.
Foxrock, Dublin 18
Asking price: €995,000
Agent: Felicity Fox (01) 633 4431