Room for all the family in expanded Foxrock five bed for €1.645m

This house went from flat-roofed bungalow to five-bed two-storey home in two upgrades

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Address: Glendhu, Kilteragh Drive, Foxrock, D18
Price: €1,645,000
Agent: SherryFitzGerald
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Glendhu, situated on the corner of Kilteragh Drive and Hainault Park, began life as a relatively modest, flat-roofed modernist bungalow, built on a corner site in the 1970s.

Its current owners bought the three-bed property about three decades ago and have undertaken not one but two refurbishments in that time.

Using John Smyth of OMS Architects, formerly O’Muire Smyth, they added a second floor in 1995 creating a gorgeous galleried landing, accessed via an Arts and Crafts-inspired oak staircase, from the large and well-balanced hall. This gave the family three double bedrooms and a family bathroom upstairs, an entire floor for the children to colonise.

Not surprisingly, given the fact that the property stretches to 304sq m/3,270sq ft those children boomeranged back as adults. But with all now sorted in their own homes, their parents are trading down to a house in Sandycove with sea views.


Glendhu has everything a family home can deliver. Off the hall to the left is a bright den, where the kids and their friends can congregate, with a larger lounge cum dining room to the right. This room gets the afternoon sun and has an open fire, around which are set big squishy sofas and armchairs.

In the lovely square-shaped sitting room, with glazing on three sides a Jetmaster natural convection open fire – a precursor to modern glass-fronted insert fires – amps up the efficiency of the open fire and brings an on-trend mid-century sensibility.

About nine years ago the vendors renovated the main bedroom, situated downstairs in the east wing of the house, where there is also a guest bedroom with internal en suite and a walk-in hot press.

The main bedroom is a beautifully appointed, dual-aspect room with views across the gardens. An undulating wall divides it from its sizeable shower en suite. There is also a naturally lit dressing room.

The kitchen, which is situated where the garage once was, runs the depth of the front part of the house. The dual-aspect room features bespoke units by Peadar Ball, integrated Fisher & Paykel appliances and sliding glass doors out to a south-east-facing deck that enjoys morning sun.

The grounds are gorgeous and currently maintained by a gardener who comes weekly to keep them looking spruce.

The vendors here have enlisted the services of Duncan Fox Property Consultants, an agency that acts as a go-between in property transactions, from helping the vendor to appoint an estate agent, to managing viewings and working with the selling agent to oversee the process to its conclusion. The C1 Ber-rated property is seeking €1.645m through agent SherryFitzGerald.

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher is a contributor to The Irish Times specialising in property and interiors