Renesca, Cross Avenue, Blackrock, South Dublin

Renesca is a newly-built c.11,800sq.ft mansion located on one of South Dublin’s most exclusive roads, Cross Avenue.

Renesca was built by a somewhat ‘low-key’, yet seemingly not risk-averse, developer, Myles Crofton. The land it sits upon has been taken from the once great ‘Chesterfield’ house, that sat on 9 acres of prime Blackrock land until Crofton acquired it in 2004. Crofton paid an unprecedented €47 million for the home – making it the second most expensive private home ever sold in Dublin at the time.

Chesterfield’s seller in 2004 was Mr Tom Roche, the renowned Dublin businessman. As the recession kicked in, it became evident that the large-scale housing development planned by Crofton for the remainder of the site behind Renesca and behind the original Chesterfield House would not proceed. The land has been left idle, with Chesterfield becoming an office for Avenue Homes, Crofton’s development company.

The two-and-a-half storey over basement property boasts six bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms), a family bathroom, a large kitchen/diner, a formal dining room, a TV room, a huge conservatory, a lounge, a study, a few W.C.’s and a basement that would be any avid entertainer’s dream. The basement has a large swimming pool, with showers, a pool bar and seating area. There is also a separate private cinema with another bar in which one can sample some of the fine wines in the large adjoining wine cellar. Outside, the house features a relatively sizeable garden (far larger than originally intended) and there is a triple garage at the end of the driveway. My only criticisms concerning the layout is the rather disappointing master bedroom, which falls short of expectations for a house with aspirations of being one of Dublin’s biggest and best, with one relatively small dressing room and one en-suite bathroom. For homes of this scale, very large dressing rooms are expected at the very least, while some homes go as far as including separate his and hers bathrooms and dressing rooms. Other than this minor deficiency, the home is perfect in terms of modern living ideals. Few homes in Dublin offer such large proportions and high level of comfort, with six large bedrooms, each accompanied by an ensuite bathroom, and with an array of unusual and desirable features such as the cinema, pool, wine cellar, etc.

Myles & Karen Crofton certainly have built a highly impressive home, even if it came at one of highest prices ever recorded in Dublin. Essentially, it is one of Dublin’s finest homes ever constructed during the Celtic Tiger boom. The home is located just across the street from another of the Celtic Tiger’s most excessive residences, The Willows, Cross Avenue, which is similar in size to Renesca, but lacks the generous garden that Renesca is fortunate enough to have retained.

Eventually, the rest of the Chesterfield site is bound to be redeveloped or sold by its receivers, KPMG, in order to recuperate some of the original purchase price.