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Fancy Foxrock?


A visit to the suburb does nothing to dispel that image. Foxrock is a beautiful, leafy place, where the sun always seems to shine.

The main roads are impeccably planned. The development of the area began in 1859 by William and John Bentley and Edward and Anthony Fox, who leased the lands of the Foxrock Estate from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and Richard Whatley, The Archbishop of Dublin.

In 1862, they placed an advertisement in the Irish Times describing their project as an exclusive garden suburb "with beautiful building sites for mansions and pretty villas".

In the same year the Dublin Builder described the new Foxrock development as "an area that could be attractive as a holiday resort for Dubliners seeking the fine air of a district midway between the mountains and the sea".

By the 1870s a number of properties had been built and the main roads had been laid out -- including Leopardstown Road, Torquay Road, Brighton Road and Westminster Road.

For €3.25m, you can become a resident of the latter. Grasmere, on Westminster Road, built in the Victorian era, has been completely refurbished recently and comes to the market in impeccable condition and with all mod cons.

It sits on c.0.40 acres which comprises a large, granite-walled lawn and a gravelled driveway to the front and a large double garage and patio area to the back. Entrance to the property is through electronic gates.

The patio area is a real suntrap. I viewed the house late March and it felt a couple of degrees warmer there than in the front garden.

As you walk through the front door you are hit with a wall of light, most of which emanates from a circular room just off to the left of the inner hall.

This unusual room would make a great study, reading room -- the vendors had been using it as a piano room.

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There are corniced ceilings and Travertine and marble floors throughout.

On the ground floor, there are three reception rooms, one off the right of the hall which currently functions as a more formal sitting room. Another reception off to the left of the hall makes a fabulous dining room.

The third reception room functions currently as a large family room. It has a double cased bay window with French Doors out to the garden.

The heart of the home is the kitchen/breakfast room which measures 6.75x6.1m (the whole house comprises 347sqm).

This kitchen has absolutely everything you could wish for -- illuminated granite work top areas and granite surround; an eye level double oven, built in microwave, an island, five ring gas hob and so on.

There is also a very generous pantry and a utility room and a guest cloakroom.

Upstairs is no less impressive. There is a large landing with a walk in wardrobe. Then there is the master bedroom (4.3x5.8m) which has its own walk-in wardrobe and a very large en suite. There are two bathrooms and three further bedrooms upstairs.

A similar size property, that sat on 0.88 of an acre -- Hillside, also on Westminster Road, sold for €6.6 million in May 2006.

Tel Knight Frank on 01 6643933 for more details

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