The family owners of 60 Foxwood have been in occupation since the O’Brien and O’Flynn development was built up in Rochestown’s Garryduff back around 2000, but they haven’t sat on their hands since moving in.
60 Foxwood, Rochestown, Cork €355,000
Size: 165 sq m (1,784 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3 plus attic
They have been joined by twin boys, aged 14, and a younger daughter, and as the family grew, so too did their home, bought as a standard three-bed semi, in at the quiet, back end of Foxwood beyond the new national school, handily set by a large green (Foxwood has very large open areas, adding to its popularity for families).
About eight years ago, they added on a large, single storey bright kitchen/family living extension, and it’s still the heart of the home, complete with wood-burning stove, while they also converted the attic to a multi-purpose room.
Then, last year, they relandscaped and paved the rear, south-facing garden with sandstone, and it has raised beds and a storage shed, neat as a pin.
And, now, work all done, and not out of energy yet, they want to home hunt once more and move on.
No 60 Foxwood came to market in recent days with estate agent Jeremy Murphy, and he (and his staff are “weak for the extension”, they say) reckons it’s going to have a very wide appeal, given all the work done.
Mr Murphy calculates the floor area is now at a considerable 1,780 sq ft (including attic) thanks in the main to the rear add-on, which is nearly 30’ deep, by 19’ wide.
Timber-framed and timber clad externally for a warm look and feel, it has pitched ceilings with a super-sturdy ridge beam going right out to the exterior for a sort of hefty, ski-cabin look, and the kitchen has a central island, with a white ceramic sink by a circular support column; built-in units are white, contrasting with a dark timber floor, in wide boards.
Cleverly, when pushing all this extra space out the back the owners kept a portion of the original kitchen just off the hall and compartmentalised it, behind a screening door, for use as a large cloakroom, now fully shelved and ideal for storing the day-to-day stuff of busy family lives, from hats and coats to shoes, boots and sport gear galore: it’s quite boon.
The front reception room at No 60 has a bay window, is carpeted, has an insert gas fire and also carpeted is the stairs to the first and second floor levels.
First floor up is home to three bedrooms, including a master bedroom with sliding mirrored wardrobes and en suite with shower, and the main family bathroom has a compact bath and shower: seeing as tiling is often a finish that can date an interior, home-hunter might spot the fact bathroms at No 60 have been redone quite recenlty, including in the attic level shower room.
There’s permanent stairs access to this adaptable top floor room, under typical sloping celings, which won’t meet building regs standards for proper or official bedroom description, but family won’t be stuck to find a use for it.
It has a Velux overlooking the back garden and extension, and given it’s south-facing, it’s bit of a hot spot indeed.
Agent Jeremy Murphy rightly describes No 60 Foxwood as “deceptively spacious,” and there’s an attractively screened off side passage faced in timber, with secure door for back garden access and this gives added security for children, and pets, as well as being handy for dryig clothes, bin storage etc and can also be access off the side utility room.
VERDICT: Fully done.
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