Golfers' delight in Foxrock on the market for €1.1m
16 AVONMORE Leopardstown Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18 €1.1m
The field that was eventually developed into Avonmore - a development of 26 houses - and neighbouring Foxrock Manor in Dublin 18 had originally been owned by one-time president of the Foxrock Golf Club, George Gillespie.
It was part of his land at Glensilla and formed the boundary to the second fairway. George offered the field for sale to the club for £4,000 but they rejected the proposal as it was deemed "an unnecessary expense".
The land was later sold to developers but the scheme ran into difficulties and when the sites were sold off individually, Pat Craig and his wife Carmel snapped one up.
Pat, a retired insurance broker, knows all about the property market from the inside out. He has spent a lifetime acting as broker to the industry, including members of the Construction Industry Federation and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.
So when it came to commissioning an architect, Pat knew exactly who to call. The man of the moment was Padraig Murray of Costello, Murray & Beaumont who, in 1966, had designed Ireland's first shopping centre at Stillorgan - a spot opened with great fanfare by Dickie Rock. Murray drew up the plans for the two-storey four-bedroom house on a corner site and the couple and their three children moved in in the early 1970s.
Back then, No 16 backed onto open fields. "The land behind our house was owned by the McInerneys, the builders. Their cattle would wake us up in the morning, leaning over the fence," recalls Pat. Today, those fields are home to the Kelston development.
"We had a TV room with a flat roof, so we would sit up there with a G&T and watch the golf," says Pat. There are tales of golf balls found in a neighbour's swimming pool and in nearby gardens. "Eventually, the club planted all those trees as a screen," he says, and the course was lost to sight.
As the family grew, they extended to the rear of the house which now has a good-sized kitchen/dining area with picture windows overlooking the sheltered back garden. There's a large drawing room/dining room for more formal entertaining, a utility room off the hall that could be reconfigured into a guest WC and, off the dining room, there is a study, WC and large storage area.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, two with en suites, and a family bathroom with a double shower. The front garden is beautifully planted and has room for two or more cars to park. In all, there is everything that a growing family could need, including good local schools, easy access to the N11, M50 and the city centre, and a short stroll to Foxrock village.
The Craigs' children have flown the coop now and Pat and Carmel - childhood sweethearts - are ready to embark on the next stage of their life together. However, they are reluctant to leave Avonmore and all it has to offer. Instead, they have taken a slice off the garden to build a smaller house suited to their current needs. "A deluxe shed with a verandah," laughs Pat of the slickly designed build. It's a clever move in a market where properties for first-time buyers and downsizers are hard to find.
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