'We see the horses racing past without leaving the house' - Foxrock home backs onto Leopardstown racecourse
1 The Hedgerows, Foxrock Village, Dublin 18 €685,000
At the end of the garden of No 1 The Hedgerows is a granite wall that once formed the platform of Foxrock Station. The Harcourt Street line, which opened in 1854, used to run all the way from the city centre out to Bray, but the last train departed on New Year's Eve in 1958.
A little to the left of what remains of the platform is the restored station house, painted a tasteful mint green. You can see it if you stand on your tiptoes in the communal garden that runs behind this neat development located on the doorstep of Foxrock Village.
No 1 is the first house in the development and there are benefits that come with this position, foremost amongst them being the extra light that comes into the house from the windows on its side wall. The Hedgerows was developed back in the mid-90s, and the houses are upside down, in that the bedrooms are on the ground floor and the living space upstairs, positioned thus to take advantage of views of the Dublin Mountains and Leopardstown racecourse, onto which the development backs.
"We can actually see the horses racing past without leaving the house," say the current owners, who bought No 1 three years ago, for a price recorded in the Residential Property Price Register as €550,000.
They set about a complete renovation that included new bathrooms and kitchen, and re-landscaping the back garden. They also redecorated from top to bottom.
The house is in immaculate condition, from the two large doubles - one en suite - and family bathroom on the ground floor, to the smart open-plan kitchen/ living/ dining space upstairs that's clearly designed with entertaining in mind. Off the kitchen, there's a handy utility cupboard that houses a washer/dryer and there is good storage throughout.
The converted attic space makes an ideal home office.
This is a house that will appeal equally to investors and down-sizers, as well, perhaps, to well-heeled first-time buyers. The current owners are on the move because they have a gra to be closer to the sea and are on the hunt for a house on the coast.
Famously, Foxrock is the only village in Ireland not to have a pub to call its own, but the McCabe family who own the popular Gables restaurant, have installed taps in recent years, so it's now possible for residents of The Hedgerows to have a pint within a minute's walk of their front door. The Gables, of course, is a wine bar and cafe as well as a restaurant and on a sunny summer's morning, the outdoor tables are all occupied by locals who look as if they may be congratulating one another on their good fortune to live in such a place at such a time, within a stone's throw of the driving range and racecourse, and so close to the N11 and M50, with the Luas just a 10-minute walk away.
As well as The Gables, Foxrock has another fine restaurant in Bistro One, and is a proper village in the sense that it has a good food shop (Thomas's) and a butcher (The Scarlet Heifer), and also a pharmacy, petrol station, post office and hairdresser, as well as some less-essential (but very welcome all the same) amenities such as boutiques and beauty parlours. For families, there is a choice of schools in the immediate area with others accessible via public transport.
Residents of The Hedgerows pay an annual service charge of €1,300, which takes care of bin charges and the landscaping and maintenance of the communal gardens, which are clearly very well looked after. When the weather is good, say the vendors, they and their neighbours often picnic out on the grass and the children who live here have a wonderful, safe place in which to play.
Agent: Hunters (01) 2897840
Viewing: By appointment
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