Seven-house development in upmarket location reflected in selling price
Pembrin Wood, Foxrock, Dublin 18 Asking price: €1.1m Agent: Felicity Fox (01) 633 4431
A long sweeping driveway flanked by a variety of mature trees and shrubbery leads to Pembrin Wood, a modern twist on the Victorian red-brick country manor that is tucked away off Beech Park Road in Foxrock.
Pembrin Wood, a new enclave in one of the country's most salubrious neighbourhoods, is made up of seven detached family homes. The development's upmarket location is reflected in the price, with selling agent Felicity Fox quoting €1.1m for six of the seven properties.
These six are four-bed, two-storey homes with accommodation spread out over 2,130 sq ft. The seventh property will be a three-bed bungalow extending over 1,550 sq ft, but it won't be launched until September and a price for that unit has not yet been set.
Pembrin Wood is being developed by Moran Park Homebuilders, led by John and Adrienne Moran and their father Joe, the veteran developer who has gradually returned to the property market after his Manor Park Homes collapsed with debts of €170m during the crash. Moran was also one of the highest-profile businessmen of the 1980s and 1990s, running the stock-market listed IWP and going on to chair financial services group IFG.
At the Moran family's latest foray into the residential market, the red-brick exteriors are complemented by cut natural granite with a brush-hammered finish to the windowsills, surrounds, string course and chimney cap, as well as by heather-coloured Rivendale slates on the roof. The windows and patio doors are in a cream alu-clad.
Each of McGrane & Partners-designed homes are approached by gravel driveways with natural stone setts. There are specimen trees, shrubs and planting both sides of the driveway and, to the rear, is a south-facing garden. The green theme continues throughout the new development, which benefits from two adjoining mature pocket parks.
The prestige hardwood front door to the four-bed properties opens into a double-width hallway. There's a study to the left and a large, light-filled 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. There are double doors connecting the living room to the family and TV lounge, which is just off a kitchen and dining room overlooking the rear patio area.
The kitchen has a long island unit and a dining area large enough to accommodate a table for at least six diners. The Kitchen Elegance fitted contemporary kitchen has been crafted from solid tulipwood, with an aged oak carcass and natural granite worktops.
It comes with a built-in larder, integrated wine cooler, refrigerator, freezer and microwave oven, as well as a range oven with gas burners. The kitchen's switches and sockets are flat plate brushed steel.
The ground floor boasts nine-foot high ceilings with traditional coving, with a bespoke hardwood handrail on the stairs leading up to the first floor. Here, there are four bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, and a family bathroom.
The bedrooms have been fitted with elegant shaker-style wardrobes with an aged oak carcass and a soft-close mechanism.
The bathrooms and en-suites are tiled, furnished with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware, and fitted with mood lighting. The rest of the four-beds have LED low-energy lighting, double-height skirting boards, and hand-crafted Eindhoven doors.
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 many leading primary and secondary schools, including Loreto Foxrock and Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock.
There are regular bus routes on a quality bus corridor to the centre of Dublin, while the Dart and Luas stops are within easy reach.
Viewing of Pembrin Wood is by prior appointment.