Opening to the sunshine and stunning views this fabulous five bedroom home offers an exceptionally luxurious lifestyle even including your very own cinema. With a large garden, private roof terrace, state of the art technology and integrated double garage this beautiful family home was built by the innovative partnership of Baobab Developments, award winning architect John Pardey and renowned landscaper Nick Dexter and is on the 2017 shortlist for a prestigious RIBA award. Quietly located in the exclusive area of Withdean just ten minutes from the centre of the coastal city of Brighton and Hove, this bright house spanning 4680ft2 is within walking distance of a good primary school and the Withdean Woods nature reserve. Withdean Stadium is also close by which has a range of leisure facilities including tennis, a gym, athletic track, café and restaurant. The beaches, Marina and fashionable shops, theatres and bars of Brighton and Hove are easy to reach and professional life is also made smooth with swift access to the city, to the station serving Gatwick and London and the A23/A27 are also readily accessible.
Style: Detached house NHBC warranty
Bedrooms: 5 Living rooms: 3 Outside: Roof terrace, landscaped gardens Parking: Double garage Location: Withdene
The theme of connectivity continues inside where the iridescent Danish brick comes into the hallway and ahead, sculptural oak louvres partly conceal an oak staircase echoing the cedar warming the outside, and the theme flows on in the floor to ceiling glass walls which bring both the garden and far reaching views over the valley straight into the house. Designed as both a luxurious and a practical family home, to the right, a discreet cloakroom is lined with Spanish tiles and there is a large cupboard for coats, boots and bags by the internal access to the garage and to the “engine room” of this house which is fitted with a control 4 system allowing you to operate the gates, cctv, underfloor heating in all rooms, Lutron lighting, sound system and media room remotely.
THE FAMILY ROOM
The ceiling soars a restful eleven feet above your head and with a tall wall of glass looking over the garden this bright, open space feels very relaxed and airy. The energy efficient Velfac window opens for the summer breeze but in winter, with the windows closed, the wood burner lit, and the l.e.d lights above and inset into the oak floor dimmed, this area transforms into warm and cosy haven.
THE GUEST ROOM
A generous size, the lofty dimensions continue in this peaceful room which has views over the landscaped grounds and has a glamorous en suite shower room with a walk in dual headed shower, chic storage beneath the hand basin and a heated rail for towels – and don’t forget the underfloor heating that runs throughout this comfortable home.
THE MASTER SUITE
Privately situated at the end of the elegant hallway, the master bedroom is all that you could wish for as it is spacious, quiet, light and airy and has a boutique console as well as an enormous walk in closet and luxury en suite, lined in marble with a large dual head system shower, slim line hand basin broad enough to share and stylish heated rail for towels from Zehnder.
THE OPEN PLAN
LIVING ROOM & TERRACE
Prepare for the wow factor as you mount the steel framed, floating staircase and emerge into the crowning glory of this spectacular home. Sunshine and stunning views stream through walls and windows of glass into this magnificent room which spans a remarkable 49’4” x 18’6” and is sociably zoned allowing for seamless entertaining. The far wall slides open to a fabulous roof terrace, large enough for al fresco dining and from which you can fully enjoy the far reaching views which change with the seasons. The decking is made from the hardest of hard woods; Brazilian Epi (the designer keeps a firm eye on the issue of ease of maintenance) and this private terrace is unique to this house, which is one of just three homes in a development which balances a harmonic whole with touches of individuality making each one special.
THE OPEN PLAN
KITCHEN & DINING
Inside, a Morso wood burning stove adds character as well as warmth to the seating area and the stylish Pronorm kitchen is tucked away beyond the dining area so that although sociable, it is safely away from the main flow of people moving between the terrace and the room during parties. Skilfully organised with a central island for the preparation of food and a touch induction hob facing the main living space, there are plenty of units in two tones which are topped by hardy but beautiful Carrara Quartz. The “clearing” area is discreetly organised along one run with twin Blanco sinks, a Quooker boiling water tap and integrated dishwasher. All of the appliances are high spec including the Miele ovens, one of which is a combination steam oven with a warming tray beneath it and there is both a tall fridge and a tall freezer to each side.
As you would expect of a home of this quality, a utility area is hidden away which leads to a guest cloakroom and at the far end of the room a playroom limits the ingress of toys into the living room, and as the children grow up, this could also be a peaceful study.
THE GARDEN ROOMS & CINEMA
The lower floor is designed to open to the terrace which wraps around it so the cinema room is tucked away at the foot of the stairs. It has in- ceiling speakers and is fully equipped, so like the rest of this lovely house is completely ready for you. As this level is all about unwinding, the two quiet bedrooms each have relaxing leafy views, fitted wardrobes already in place for you and one has a chic en suite shower room. Next door the luxury family bathroom has a fabulous whirlpool bath with a shower attachment and at the far end of the hallway, the peaceful fifth bedroom has a corner of glass opening to the terrace for morning coffee, generous wardrobes and a spacious shower room decorated in calming colours.
Designed by Nick Dexter who has exhibited and won medals at The Chelsea Flower Show, the garden wraps around two sides of the building and is on several, generous levels providing connected but discrete areas for dining, sunbathing and playing and all of the roofs are thoughtfully designed as green roofs which support the indigenous wildlife.
Brighton is a cosmopolitan coastal resort famous for its history and flamboyant Royal Pavilion as well as its beaches, Pier and glamorous Marina. Known for its festivals celebrating the arts and relaxed, café culture there are countless shops, restaurants and bars to explore along the seafront, in the Georgian Lanes or in the fashionable central shopping districts and all are easy to reach from this quiet, leafy area. Local schools, parks, shops and cafes are nearby as is Preston Park Station with its fast and frequent service to Gatwick and London and for those who need to commute by car, the A23 and A27 are both readily accessible.