Peek inside this €2.1m Foxrock bungalow with a surprising interior
€2.1m bungalow will appeal to young families and downsizers
Cigar room, cinema room or playroom/homework room?
That's the tricky choice facing the purchaser of Claremont House, who will have to decide which of the three options best suits their needs. Architect Karol O'Mahony has commissioned the bespoke-meisters at Newcastle Design to come up with three alternatives, which are ready to go as soon as the new owners decide.
Claremont House is one of just three high-end properties in a small development on Claremont Road in Foxrock. Each stands on its own plot, behind electric gates. The first two properties came to the market last year and have been sold. Closer to the village, on Torquay Road, a slew of period properties has been languishing on the market for months, but this smart refurbishment - which feels like a new build - is unlikely to hang around for long.
The property will appeal to two distinct cohorts of potential buyer.
First and foremost, it's a big modern family home with 2,761 sq ft of living space that will work as well for families with young children as it will for those with teenagers and college students to accommodate.
Secondly, though, it's a low-maintenance bungalow, with all the accommodation on one level. As such, Claremont House is bound to be of interest to affluent downsizers who have spent years living in Foxrock and are reluctant to leave a neighbourhood where the amenities are so desirable.
Far from being a poky bungalow, Claremont House is bright and airy thanks to tall ceilings and extensive roof-lighting.
From the front door, there's a clear view down a central hall that leads to the open-plan kitchen/living/dining space at the back of the house. To the right of the front door is the formal sitting room - you can catch a glimpse of Howth in the distance - while to the left is the first of the four double bedrooms.
A Jack and Jill bathroom sits between this and a second bedroom and is fitted with a large free-standing bath as well as a shower. On the other side of the central hall, which is fitted with extensive storage units by Newcastle Design, is an en-suite bedroom, a fourth bedroom and a separate shower room. All the bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling wardrobes.
A glass door separates the busyness of family life in the open-plan area to the back of the house from this front section. The as-yet-undecided room is on the left, as is the Newcastle Design utility room, with its back-saving eye-level appliances. The kitchen/living/dining room is decently proportioned, with marble counter tops and a large island unit.
Claremont House also has an impressive A3 BER rating, and features all manner of smart technology including a demand-control ventilation system, gas-fired central heating, underfloor heating, solar power to assist with electricity supply and hot water heating, CCTV cameras and LED lighting throughout.
To the front is a gravelled area with parking for several cars, although there is a separate entrance to the rear where there is a swanky double garage, complete with charging point for an electric car. When that mass market Tesla comes to Ireland - it's due in the next year or so - the residents of Claremont House will be ready and waiting. This garage could potentially be used as a home office or studio, but currently does not have windows and this would require planning permission.
There may also be the possibility of adding a second storey to the house itself, to incorporate a master-bedroom suite; this too would require planning permission.
The garden is landscaped and terraced, and an artificial lawn has been laid so that the new owners will not have to argue over whose turn it is to cut the grass.
A large patio area accessed directly from the kitchen via sliding doors has been designed with relaxed entertaining in mind. Lit at night on a balmy autumn evening, it looks quite something. Foxrock Village is within walking distance with boutiques, Thomas's specialty food shop, The Scarlet Heifer butcher and a couple of cafes and restaurants, including Bistro One and The Gables.
With a pharmacy, petrol station and post office to call its own, Foxrock is a proper village - the only 'essential' amenity that it lacks is a pub, but Cabinteely - also within easy reach - has those.
Claremont Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18
Asking price: €2.1m
Agent: Hunters: (01) 289 7840