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Tongdean Avenue

Residing in Tongdean: the city’s most prestigious area, this substantial, detached family home sits overlooking the city with panoramic views along the coast from its south facing bedrooms and sun terraces. Spread over four generous floors, it has four reception rooms, five double bedrooms and three bathrooms, so there is space for both family time and sophisticated entertaining, and the proportions impress from the moment you enter. Originally a 1930s property, it has been renovated over time to include some striking, Mid-Century features, and while the current owners have extended and modernised throughout, there is plenty of scope for further renovation if desired. Surrounded by greenery, the rear garden is a haven for wildlife and feels wonderfully private, yet with a south-westerly orientation, it receives plenty of sunshine, and there is parking to the front for up to four cars. Transport links are excellent with Preston Park Station within walking distance and the A23 just a few minutes by car, and the local schools are exemplary, so this home offers a luxury lifestyle; perfectly positioned between the coast, the city and the countryside.

style:
Detached
bedrooms:
5
bathrooms:
3
living rooms:
4

parking:
Resident Parking
location:
Hove Park


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Price
£1,750,000
ID
rps_loc-BVH190257
Type
House
Sold
No
Contract
Sale
Status
Available
Location
Hove Park
Rooms
4
Beds
5
Baths
3

Why you'll like it...

Style: detached 1930s house Bedrooms: 5 double; 2 en suite Bathrooms: 3 Living rooms: 4 exceptional Area: 3504 sq.ft Outside: south-west facing garden and sun terraces Location: Tongdean/Withdean Estate Parking: hardstanding for 2-4 cars. Why you’ll like it: Tongdean Avenue is characterised by substantial, luxury homes sitting on generous plots, overlooking the city from their hillside position close to the South Downs National Park. This property is no exception as it sits well back from the road behind two neat brick driveways, divided by wide slate-tiled steps to the door. Archetypal for the period, the house has an Arts and Crafts design with traditional style gables and decorative brickwork, but this look has been brought into the 21st Century with white render and new windows which have been picked out in charcoal for a contemporary finish. It has an air of grandeur on the approach which only improves upon entry. Entrance hall: The view stepping from the porch and into the entrance hall was what first attracted the current owners here. Not only is the sheer scale and natural light within the building impressive, but from the front door you have a line of sight through the house to the incredible windows on the southern side which frame exceptional views of the garden. This view is possible due to multi-pane glazed, Mid-Century sliding doors between the entrance hall and the living room which in turn allow the light in. These have exposed wood frames which complement the warm wooden flooring, and this tone is echoed in the bespoke, open staircase which is again of Mid-Century design and is the stand-out feature of this space as it curves up to the first floor. Sitting room and living room: Wooden floors from the hall make way for soft cream carpet as you enter the main reception room. This is a generous room for relaxing with the family or friends after dinner and while it is homely, it is also a summer room with a wall of sliding doors to link the space with the sun terrace. During the warmer seasons you can spill outside for dining alfresco, and the light is incredible as it fills the room – whatever the time of year. To the left, wide steps take you down to the family snug which is slightly sunken from both the sitting room and the dining room giving it a higher ceiling to allow for the oversized window on the southern wall. This is an outstanding and unique feature within the house as it is rare to see individual windows on such a scale, but it frames the exquisite leafy vista perfectly. It is a real sanctuary down here, where the whole family can cosy up to watch a movie or simply relax looking out to the wildlife in the trees. Games room/Reception 3: Returning to the sitting room, steps lead to the lower ground level where there is a third reception room which is currently used as a games room. For families with older children this is ideal as they have their own space for entertaining – nicely tucked away from the main body of the house. It is a versatile space, however, with garden access, so it could have a plethora of uses – a gym, workshop, music studio or home office. Dining room and kitchen: A second set of sliding doors from the hallway provide access to the open plan kitchen and dining room which sit on the eastern side of the house with a balustrade looking over the family snug area, so they also gain the wonderful views and light from the oversized window on the southerly wall. There are clearly zoned areas for formal dining and less formal dining around the central island which has a breakfast bar and is topped with glistening Caesarstone. Brilliantly designed with the keen cook and professional host in mind, there is a two-ring hob integrated within the island for warming food during parties. A larger hob, extractor, dishwasher and under counter fridge have also been integrated, along with several larder storage solutions and drawers within the white gloss units, and space has been left for an American fridge freezer. Utility room, office, WC: Converted from the original garage, these rooms sit to the front of the house and are accessible from the hall. The office is perfectly tranquil for working from home, and the utilities are nicely tucked away from the rest of the house. Gardens: Stepping down from the slate-tiled dining terrace, you enter the garden, and it’s only once you are in it that you can appreciate its size. It is a magical space surrounded by trees, so you feel like you are in a woodland clearing with scented and floral borders. The lawn is expansive – ideal for children to play, or for play equipment, and while it is south facing, the trees offer a lovely dappled shade during summer. There are fruit trees and evergreens to add shape and colour throughout the year, and while the garden is a haven as it is, the scope for landscaping is huge. Next door have built a huge outdoor office and a swimming pool without compromising on space at all, so depending on need, the possibilities out here are endless. First floor bedrooms and bathrooms: Returning to the glamorous entrance hall, the open staircase wends its way up to a sizable first floor landing from which four double bedrooms and the family bathroom reside. Two rooms look out over the peaceful street which is another leafy aspect and perfectly private. They are double rooms with plenty of built-in storage, and they have easy access to the family bathroom. This has a traditional style bath with a shower over it and a vanity unit below the basin, but what’s really remarkable are the retro wall tiles in red which have been beautifully maintained. This look is certainly making a come-back in the world of interiors, and would look incredible combined with a modernised suite. Bedroom two and the master bedroom sit side by side with the same glorious aspect as the living rooms below them, and both have ample clothes storage and a wall of glazing to bring in the sensational views which have only improved with the elevation up the house. They now take in the city below a vast expanse of sky, and while the trees of the garden rise up centrally, to the east and the west you can see the sea. The master has a luxury en suite behind mirrored sliding doors which includes a jacuzzi bath, Hollywood lighting and plenty of storage for your toiletries in the marble topped vanity unit below twin basins. Second floor bedroom suite: A further flight of stairs takes you to the loft bedroom suite which has an incredible perspective of the city from its balcony. Another floor up and you feel on top of the world now with Truleigh Hill and the South Downs National Park coming into view. From here, the sunrises and sunsets are truly spectacular, and you can escape from the daily stresses and hubbub of family life. The bedroom is homely and is another double with built-in storage to maximise the floor space, and the en suite is classic in navy and white with a tall shower cubicle. Agent’s thoughts: This is an incredible home with so many unique qualities it cannot fail to impress. It is an immediately welcoming home with a wonderful feel to it – which is the reason why previous owners have stayed here for many years. The space, light and views are outstanding, as is the scope to renovate further, so this house will attract the attentions of many. Owner’s secret: “This has been a wonderful home for us for 38 years; where we have raised our children here and regularly entertained family and friends. We have appreciated the space in the house so we never feel on top of one another and the garden is simply magical. While removing the trees would allow for panoramic sea views, we have always preferred the privacy they provide, and the views from the upper floors are still incredible. This is a happy house which has been filled with laughter over the years, so it will be a wrench to leave, but we no longer need the space and are moving out of the city to be closer to our family.” Where it is: Shops: Local 5 min walk, city centre 10 min drive Train Station: Brighton Station 10 min drive, Preston Park 10 min walk Seafront or Park: South Downs 5 min drive, Seafront 10 min drive Closest Schools: Primary: Westdene Primary School, Stanford Infants and Junior Schools Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman RC Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep.

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Owner's secret...

“This has been a wonderful home for us for 38 years; where we have raised our children here and regularly entertained family and friends. We have appreciated the space in the house so we never feel on top of one another and the garden is simply magical. While removing the trees would allow for panoramic sea views, we have always preferred the privacy they provide, and the views from the upper floors are still incredible. This is a happy house which has been filled with laughter over the years, so it will be a wrench to leave, but we no longer need the space and are moving out of the city to be closer to our family.”

Agent's thoughts...

This stunning home is beautifully situated in a prestigious area with lots of local green spaces, and the South Downs on your doorstep. The city centre shopping districts and beach are also within easy reach, and this home also offers easy access to the A23 which has direct and fast access to the airports and London.

where it is...



Shops: Local 5 min walk, city centre 10 min drive Train Station: Brighton Station 10 min drive, Preston Park 10 min walk Seafront or Park: South Downs 5 min drive, Seafront 10 min drive Closest Schools: Primary: Westdene Primary School, Stanford Infants and Junior Schools Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman RC Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep.

Tongdean Avenue is characterised by substantial, luxury homes sitting on generous plots, overlooking the city from their hillside position close to the South Downs National Park. This property is no exception as it sits well back from the road behind two neat brick driveways, divided by wide slate-tiled steps to the door. Archetypal for the period, the house has an Arts and Crafts design with traditional style gables and decorative brickwork, but this look has been brought into the 21st Century with white render and new windows which have been picked out in charcoal for a contemporary finish. It has an air of grandeur on the approach which only improves upon entry. Entrance hall: The view stepping from the porch and into the entrance hall was what first attracted the current owners here. Not only is the sheer scale and natural light within the building impressive, but from the front door you have a line of sight through the house to the incredible windows on the southern side which frame exceptional views of the garden. This view is possible due to multi-pane glazed, Mid-Century sliding doors between the entrance hall and the living room which in turn allow the light in. These have exposed wood frames which complement the warm wooden flooring, and this tone is echoed in the bespoke, open staircase which is again of Mid-Century design and is the stand-out feature of this space as it curves up to the first floor. Sitting room and living room: Wooden floors from the hall make way for soft cream carpet as you enter the main reception room. This is a generous room for relaxing with the family or friends after dinner and while it is homely, it is also a summer room with a wall of sliding doors to link the space with the sun terrace. During the warmer seasons you can spill outside for dining alfresco, and the light is incredible as it fills the room - whatever the time of year. To the left, wide steps take you down to the family snug which is slightly sunken from both the sitting room and the dining room giving it a higher ceiling to allow for the oversized window on the southern wall. This is an outstanding and unique feature within the house as it is rare to see individual windows on such a scale, but it frames the exquisite leafy vista perfectly. It is a real sanctuary down here, where the whole family can cosy up to watch a movie or simply relax looking out to the wildlife in the trees. Games room/Reception 3: Returning to the sitting room, steps lead to the lower ground level where there is a third reception room which is currently used as a games room. For families with older children this is ideal as they have their own space for entertaining - nicely tucked away from the main body of the house. It is a versatile space, however, with garden access, so it could have a plethora of uses - a gym, workshop, music studio or home office. Dining room and kitchen: A second set of sliding doors from the hallway provide access to the open plan kitchen and dining room which sit on the eastern side of the house with a balustrade looking over the family snug area, so they also gain the wonderful views and light from the oversized window on the southerly wall. There are clearly zoned areas for formal dining and less formal dining around the central island which has a breakfast bar and is topped with glistening Caesarstone. Brilliantly designed with the keen cook and professional host in mind, there is a two-ring hob integrated within the island for warming food during parties. A larger hob, extractor, dishwasher and under counter fridge have also been integrated, along with several larder storage solutions and drawers within the white gloss units, and space has been left for an American fridge freezer. Utility room, office, WC: Converted from the original garage, these rooms sit to the front of the house and are accessible from the hall. The office is perfectly tranquil for working from home, and the utilities are nicely tucked away from the rest of the house. Gardens: Stepping down from the slate-tiled dining terrace, you enter the garden, and it’s only once you are in it that you can appreciate its size. It is a magical space surrounded by trees, so you feel like you are in a woodland clearing with scented and floral borders. The lawn is expansive - ideal for children to play, or for play equipment, and while it is south facing, the trees offer a lovely dappled shade during summer. There are fruit trees and evergreens to add shape and colour throughout the year, and while the garden is a haven as it is, the scope for landscaping is huge. Next door have built a huge outdoor office and a swimming pool without compromising on space at all, so depending on need, the possibilities out here are endless. First floor bedrooms and bathrooms: Returning to the glamorous entrance hall, the open staircase wends its way up to a sizable first floor landing from which four double bedrooms and the family bathroom reside. Two rooms look out over the peaceful street which is another leafy aspect and perfectly private. They are double rooms with plenty of built-in storage, and they have easy access to the family bathroom. This has a traditional style bath with a shower over it and a vanity unit below the basin, but what’s really remarkable are the retro wall tiles in red which have been beautifully maintained. This look is certainly making a come-back in the world of interiors, and would look incredible combined with a modernised suite. Bedroom two and the master bedroom sit side by side with the same glorious aspect as the living rooms below them, and both have ample clothes storage and a wall of glazing to bring in the sensational views which have only improved with the elevation up the house. They now take in the city below a vast expanse of sky, and while the trees of the garden rise up centrally, to the east and the west you can see the sea. The master has a luxury en suite behind mirrored sliding doors which includes a jacuzzi bath, Hollywood lighting and plenty of storage for your toiletries in the marble topped vanity unit below twin basins. Second floor bedroom suite: A further flight of stairs takes you to the loft bedroom suite which has an incredible perspective of the city from its balcony. Another floor up and you feel on top of the world now with Truleigh Hill and the South Downs National Park coming into view. From here, the sunrises and sunsets are truly spectacular, and you can escape from the daily stresses and hubbub of family life. The bedroom is homely and is another double with built-in storage to maximise the floor space, and the en suite is classic in navy and white with a tall shower cubicle.

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