Su­per-sized Foxrock home on over an acre

Foxrock House has room on its 1.34-acre grounds for a scheme of houses

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - FRANCES O’ROURKE 3.5 mil­lion

De­scrip­tion: Large con­tem­po­rary house on 1.34 acres with devel­op­ment po­ten­tial Agent: Vin­cent Fin­negan Foxrock House, a very large prop­erty on 1.34 acres built in 2003 in the grounds of a Vic­to­rian house just off the N11 in Foxrock is a con­tem­po­rary house with some pe­riod fea­tures that could be bought as a sin­gle fam­ily home.

But the prop­erty also has devel­op­ment po­ten­tial, given its size, and might ac­com­mo­date a scheme of houses and/or apart­ments, sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion.

Mary Con­si­dine and her hus­band Paddy reared eight chil­dren in Cor­nelscourt House, the pe­riod house next door, where they lived since 1961; after her hus­band’s death, Mary built Foxrock House, de­signed by her ar­chi­tect daugh­ter Jane, on half of Cor­nelscourt’s very large gar­den. Hid­den away at the end of a long drive­way, Foxrock House is one of sev­eral on a sliver of the Old Bray Road at its junction with the N11, just past the large AIB bank build­ing and the Magic Car­pet pub.

Foxrock House ex­tends to 400sq m (4,305sq ft) and is for sale through Vin­cent Fin­negan for ¤3.5 mil­lion. It has four bed­rooms, a large ten­nis court, huge lawn and a long con­ser­va­tory/green­house.

Cor­nelscourt House next door, a pro­tected struc­ture, is now the home of a mem­ber of the Durkan build­ing fam­ily; in 2006, a com­pany with Durkan fam­ily mem­bers as its direc­tors planned to build four large houses on the site next to the house, but lost on ap­peal to An Bord Pleanála. Per­mis­sion has re­cently been sought for the build­ing of a five-bed­room de­tached house on the site.

Over a decade on, with de­mand for houses far out­strip­ping sup­ply, it’s pos­si­ble that plan­ners would give some­one buy­ing Foxrock House per­mis­sion for build­ing on land not im­me­di­ately ad­ja­cent to the pro- tected struc­ture. Agent Stu­art Walker sug­gests ac­cess could be from Mart Lane, onto which Foxrock House’s gar­den backs, and could in­volve buy­ing one of the houses there to cre­ate ac­cess. It is pos­si­ble the house could be re­con­fig­ured as sev­eral large apart­ments of around 100sq m (1,076sq ft) each.

The house, a bright build­ing with a flex­i­ble lay­out, has been a cen­tre for Mary Con­si­dine’s large fam­ily – she has 19 grand­chil­dren – and the lo­ca­tion for wed­dings and par­ties. Artis­tic flair runs in the fam­ily: the late Paddy Con­si­dine was an il­lus­tra­tor who founded ad­ver­tis­ing agency Ad­sell.

Three of his daugh­ters, Anne, Cather­ine and Mary Frances, are artists, whose works line the wall of the new house; an­other daugh­ter is Sheila Con­si­dine, a med­i­cal doc­tor turned dress de­signer.

Foxrock House has an ex­te­rior of pale Bel­gian brick, with lots of Iroko wood-framed dou­ble-glazed win­dows. Inside, a large, square split-level hall is floored in lime­stone tiles and, up a few steps, with Sapele, a dark ma­hogany wood used through­out the house in floors and doors.

Jane in­cor­po­rated touches to re­flect the style of the Vic­to­rian house the fam­ily had lived in: there is de­tailed cor­nic­ing and a few new cen­tre roses in sev­eral rooms, and even a bell in a mod­ern mar­ble fire­place in the liv­in­groom which con­nects to a panel in the kitchen. She also de­signed the house with pub­lic and pri­vate spa­ces, mak­ing it suit­able for own­ers who like to en­ter­tain.

Di­rectly ahead of the en­trance hall are the liv­in­groom and two more in­ter­con­nect­ing re­cep­tion rooms. Slid­ing glazed doors open onto a ter­race be­side the lawn.

On the left of the front hall, doors open into a wide fam­ily room-cum-din­ing space and then into a large, bright kitchen with an Aga, floored with black lime­stone. Off it is a back kitchen with ovens and a hob and pull-out stor­age units, a small laun­dry room and a shower-room.

Up­stairs, the main bed­room suite in­cludes a liv­in­groom, the bed­room over­look­ing the lawn

‘‘ The 400sq m house was built on the grounds of Cor­nelscourt House

through tall cor­ner win­dows, as well as a dress­in­groom and an en­suite bath­room. One of the three other dou­ble bed­rooms has a dress­in­groom and en­suite bath­room. In the hall, slid­ing wooden doors open onto a Juli­ette bal­cony over­look­ing the long, slop­ing back lawn.

Steep lad­der-style stairs con­cealed in a cup­board on the main land­ing lead up to a 11sq m (118sq ft) floored attic.

Doors from the kitchen open into a long, nar­row con­ser­va­tory with a bri c k f l oor, and through more doors into the green­house, where vines and to- ma­toes grow. There’s an Om­ni­court ar­ti­fi­cial grass ten­nis court on one side of the house and the long lawn.

A de­tached garage be­side the drive­way – be­neath tall Se­quoia trees in the grounds of Cor­nelscourt House – of­fers po­ten­tial for con­ver­sion.

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