Thicket of things in Foxrock
The Thicket is a cul-de-sac off Hainault Road in Foxrock, Dublin 18, and its residents are in august company. The garden of 9 The Thicket backs onto the extensive grounds of Lis-na-Carrig, one of Foxrock's most illustrious trophy homes, and a couple of hundred metres away is Cooldrinagh, where Samuel Beckett was born.
Number 9 is known as Tenchleigh, and itself is a useful example of how property values in this exclusive suburb have endured - and recovered. In 2004 Tenchleigh was reported as having sold for a sum in the region of €1.185m. It's now back on the market, post-crash, for €1.25m.
From the outside it's a fairly unpretentious bungalow, but Tenchleigh wears its Foxrock pedigree on its sleeve indoors. It's been recently renovated and refurbished and it has some high-class features such as big, airy rooms and expensive finishes.
Take the master bedroom, for instance: it measures 253 sq ft, running front to back of the first floor, and off it is an en-suite bathroom and a store room.
There are two other bedrooms on this level, as well as a family shower room, and there's a fourth and an optional fifth bedroom downstairs.
To the left of the bright entrance hall is the main reception room - an L-shaped open-plan living and dining room (the two communicating through an archway) with arched corner windows and a fireplace.
The kitchen is straight ahead and has cream cabinets with granite countertops and integrated appliances.
Further down the hall is the second reception room - a dual-aspect sitting room with views front and back, and off this is an extra reception or bedroom. The square footage comes to 2,600 sq ft in all.
Tenchleigh is for sale for €1.25m with McMorrow Properties (01) 289 8221.