Luxury Foxrock home with bay windows and an open fireplace on the market for €1.8m
Substantial Oak House is designed to impress
Back when they were brand new in 2006 the houses in the gated Grove Wood development adjacent to Oak House at Hainault Road in Dublin's Foxrock, were bought for between €4m and €4.5m. That was at the very peak of the boom, and although the market has partially recovered, those dizzy price heights may never be reached again.
The six detached houses in Grove Wood are located in a cul-de-sac on Hainault Road, one of the leafiest in Old Foxrock. Grove House itself was developed into apartments, owner-occupied for the most part by downsizers, and there are three further detached houses in the development that are accessed directly from Hainault Road. Oak House is one of these and the closest to Westminster Road, located behind a substantial sliding electric gate.
The house stands on its own private site with a wraparound garden featuring mature trees, lawn and patio areas; the desirable orientation is sunny and south-westerly. To the front there is a large cobble lock driveway, and off-street parking for up to eight cars.
With 4,700 sq ft of living space, Oak House is a substantial family home, with a generous internal layout set out over three floors. The rooms are big and the house was finished to a luxurious standard that includes underfloor heating, a 'Beam' central vacuum system, surround sound, climate control and a marble floor in the utility room. Astonishingly there is even a marble floor in the double garage which has light and heat and can be accessed from inside the house as well as from the front and rear.
Designed to impress, everything about Oak House is larger than life. The double front door opens into an entrance hall in which the ceiling height is a whopping 20ft at its peak, and the floor is covered in luxurious Crème de Marfil marble tile.
To the right of the hall is the drawing room, which features a dramatic contemporary black chandelier, solid walnut flooring and a solid-fuel open fireplace with sandstone surround and marble hearth. To the left is the bay-windowed living room, also floored in walnut and with another feature fireplace in sandstone and marble.
Sliding double doors lead to the adjoining dining room, allowing an easy flow from one room to the other for entertaining. The dining room also has direct access to the kitchen, as well as to the double-chandeliered sunroom/dining area that wraps around the back of the house, overlooking and opening out onto the back garden.
The kitchen is practical - designed for those who like to cook, bake and entertain on a grand scale - yet as lavish as the rest of the property, with all the bells and whistles that one might expect to find in a house of this ilk. It features a de rigueur island and raised breakfast bar made from tempered glass, marble countertops, Kohler mixer taps with additional pull out tap, two sinks (one with food disposal unit), a Neff integrated dishwasher, and a large American-style Amana fridge freezer.
Upstairs, on the first floor, there are four large double bedrooms (three en-suite). The fourth is positioned adjacent to the family bathroom, the design said to be inspired by a Roman bathhouse, and featuring Villeroy and Boch sanitary ware and a Jacuzzi with shower attachment and adjustable settings. The walls and floor are finished in marble. Each of the bedrooms has fitted storage and one has its own walk-in wardrobe with recessed lighting.
The second floor is effectively a master suite. The large bedroom overlooking the street has twin skylights and is papered in wallpaper with a butterfly design, and the en-suite marble-floored bathroom and walk-in wardrobe are hotel standard. A sixth bedroom on this level has been used by the current owners as a home office.
The suburb of Foxrock was developed by William and John Bentley and Edward and Anthony Fox, who, in 1859, leased the lands of the Foxrock Estate from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and Richard Whately, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, with the aim of creating an affluent garden suburb. The scheme initially went bankrupt and Foxrock became one of Ireland's first ghost estates for a time.
These days, Foxrock is one of South County Dublin's most desirable villages - close enough to the city centre for stress-free commuting, yet with enough in the way of proper shops (Foxrock has a butcher's, greengrocers, pharmacy and post office), cafes and restaurants, plus its very own golf course, to mean that residents don't have to get in the car at weekends if they don't want to. Add to that the proximity of schools and public transport links, and it's easy to understand the enduring appeal of Foxrock.
1 Hainault Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18
Asking price: €1.8m
Agent: Janet Carroll (087) 400 2020