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Swanborough Drive BN2

Perched on one of Brighton’s famous hills; overlooking the racecourse and just one-mile from some of the cleanest and quietest beaches along the south coast, is this generous semi-detached house. Originally a Mid-Century build, it has been modernised in recent years to create a comfortable and stylish family home. With four double bedrooms and a stunning open plan reception room and kitchen, it has space for both family time and entertaining in style. The garden is exceptional; spread over three terraces with a lily pond, barbecue area and well-established borders, and with a westerly aspect, it receives plenty of sunshine right through the day. Having been beautifully renovated just four years ago, it has a contemporary finish throughout, and even below the attractive aesthetic, much of the wiring, heating and plumbing have been renewed. Filled with natural light from east to west, wide picture windows bring in breath-taking views across the treetops and roofs of the city to the sea, below a vast expanse of sky. The South Downs Way is also easily accessible with open land to the east; ideal for dog walking and cross-country cycling, and there are several local amenities – many of which can be found at Brighton Marina at the bottom of the hill. Parking is free, plus a shared driveway leads to a detached garage and workshop, and there remains potential to add a hardstanding to the front. For commuters, you can access the A27/A23 in minutes over the Falmer Road and there are several busses which stop nearby to take you throughout the city and beyond, making this the ideal home for families or professionals looking to live in a peaceful environment, close to the city, the coast and the countryside.

style:
Semi Detached
bedrooms:
4
floor area:
Kemp Town

outside:
1419 sq. ft
parking:
Off Street Parking
location:
Kemp Town


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Price
£450,000
ID
rps_loc-BVK200150
Type
House
Sold
No
Contract
Sale
Status
Available
Location
Kemp Town
Home area
Kemp Town
Beds
4

Why you'll like it...

The streets paving the way from Brighton Racecourse to the Marina have gained popularity in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. More and more families are moving away from the crowded city centre in order to gain more space, greener surroundings, free parking and clean air – all to be found here in abundance. This Mid-Century semi-detached house enjoys sea views from its hilly position and is just two-minutes on foot from the countryside. Inside, it has been modernised throughout and has the generous proportions of the era when family time and natural light were of utmost importance in house design. Set well back from the road behind a scented front garden and lawn, you enter through a useful porch, with space to hang coats and organise shoes, then through the original sunburst front door to a wide and welcoming entrance hall. The original parquet flooring flows from here into the living room to the left, while to the right there is a useful ground floor WC and cloakroom. Once inside, the scale and light within the house become apparent as natural light streams in from front to back where both the east and westerly walls are generously glazed. Wrapping around the entrance hall, the living room, dining area and kitchen form a large L-shape, but there are clearly defined areas for all. A gas fired, log-effect burner warms the living room beautifully during the cooler seasons and bespoke storage has been built along the south wall for entertainment systems, books and ornaments. Moving through the space, wood parquet makes way for floor-lit, gleaming floor tiles in the kitchen and dining areas. There is ample space to seat eight at the table while the kitchen is sociably open plan with white gloss, handle-free units to echo the floor. These have been paired with charcoal quartz worktops for a hardwearing and stylish finish, and within these, the sink and range gas cooker have been seamlessly cut-in. A tall fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher have also been integrated, while there is a very deep cupboard below the stairs which houses the Worcester gas boiler and tumble dryer. Double doors open to the decked terrace which doubles the entertaining space during summer. From here you get your first glimpse of the sea, reminding you just how close to the coast you are here, and the surroundings are green and lush ensuring you are barely overlooked. Steps lead down past the herb garden to the shingle barbecue and firepit area which is sheltered with colourful summer blooms on its borders, while the lower level has been laid to lawn. A lily pond complete with water feature and a bridge, leads to a peaceful seating area which catches the last of the afternoon sunshine, and there is a vegetable patch and greenhouse for the green fingered. Cleverly designed, the garden has scent and colour throughout the year, and there is an apple and a plum tree which provide fruit. Being elevated on the hill, the sun streams into the garden until it sets late in the evening during the height of summer, and the sunsets are breath-takingly beautiful. You can access the garage from the drive or from the garden where there is side access for bringing in muddy bikes, paws and buggies rather than traipsing them through the house. There is space for a car in the garage, but it is perfect for motorbikes and has been set up as a workshop too. It would also be possible to convert into a self-contained office with the addition of a window – or a gym or art studio perhaps – certainly food for thought. A turning staircase leads up to the first-floor landing passing another deep storage cupboard. Here there are three double bedrooms and the family bathroom. The master bedroom sits to the front of the house with a full wall of built in wardrobes offering storage solutions for two, including drawers and hanging space. While this room is currently used as a comfortable home office and work space, it is a fine size for a king size bed and a vanity area. Bedroom two is a similar size and shares the same incredible views as the dining room below, now with extensive sea views and swathes of green land above the rooftops within the valley. Bedroom four, while a smaller double, has plenty of built in storage to maximise the floor space further, and all have easy access to the chic family bathroom. Split-face slate tiles line the walls in the separate rainfall shower cubicle, then rise half-way up behind dual sinks and the contemporary freestanding bathtub. This is raised on a plinth with low level lighting, which can also be found in the alcoves, and the taps are wall mounted for comfortable bathing at either end. Two backlit mirrors complete this stylish space above complementary vanity units. Spanning the second floor is another very generous double bedroom with a built-in desk, shelving and wiring for surround sound. A modern electric fire adds additional heat during winter, and there are two vast areas of eaves storage. Velux windows on both sides look out to open skies, and have built-in blackout blinds for weekend lie-ins. Agent’s thoughts: This house is incredibly spacious with a fantastic garden and beautiful views. It offers excellent value for somewhere so close to the beach and with excellent access to the city centre, plus with the countryside on your doorstep, you get the best of both worlds. Owner’s secret: “It was the space in the house and the gorgeous garden which first attracted us when we moved here four years ago. We were in a small Victorian terrace before, so having these big open rooms was a real treat – particularly with teenagers. It has been a great house for entertaining too – especially in summer when the garden becomes an extension of the home, and for dog walks, you have Sheepcote Valley – leading directly onto the South Downs – literally at the end of the road. Kemp Town also has some lovely, unique independent shops and eateries, and Brighton Marina is great for entertaining children of all ages; both of which are less than a mile away, so while the house sits peacefully on the outskirts of the city – it is really well-connected. Our neighbours are wonderful, and there is a real sense of community in our street – it is only a change in personal circumstance which means we are moving out of the city, as otherwise we would happily stay.” Where it is: Shops: Local 1 min walk, city centre a 15 min drive/bus ride Train Station: Brighton 15-20 min bus ride/10 mins in cab Seafront or Park: Sheepcote Valley 1 min walk, Kemp Town Seafront 10 min walk Closest Schools: Primary: Woodingdean Primary (Good OFSTED), City Academy Whitehawk (Good OFSTED), Secondary: Longhill High School (Good OFSTED), Cardinal Newman RC (Good OFSTED) Sixth Form Colleges: MET college East Brighton Campus Private: Brighton College, Roedean, Montessori School

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Owner's secret...

“It was the space in the house and the gorgeous garden which first attracted us when we moved here four years ago. We were in a small Victorian terrace before, so having these big open rooms was a real treat – particularly with teenagers. It has been a great house for entertaining too – especially in summer when the garden becomes an extension of the home, and for dog walks, you have Sheepcote Valley – leading directly onto the South Downs – literally at the end of the road. Kemp Town also has some lovely, unique independent shops and eateries, and Brighton Marina is great for entertaining children of all ages; both of which are less than a mile away, so while the house sits peacefully on the outskirts of the city – it is really well-connected. Our neighbours are wonderful, and there is a real sense of community in our street – it is only a change in personal circumstance which means we are moving out of the city, as otherwise we would happily stay.”

Agent's thoughts...

Quietly situated, this generous family home is located in a popular residential area with both the beach and the countryside nearby! East Bright Golf Course and Brighton Marina with David Lloyd Health Club, Cineworld Cinema, Hollywood Bowl and Supermarket is less than 5 minutes by car, and both the relaxed café culture of Kemp Town Village and the vibrant City of Brighton and Hove are within easy reach. The A23/A27 are easily accessible for those needing fast links to the airports or London, or Brighton and Sussex Universities are a bike ride away with busses stopped at the end of the road taking you throughout the city in all directions, and beyond.

where it is...

Shops: Local 1 min walk, city centre a 15 min drive/bus ride Train Station: Brighton 15-20 min bus ride/10 mins in cab Seafront or Park: Sheepcote Valley 1 min walk, Kemp Town Seafront 10 min walk Closest Schools: Primary: Woodingdean Primary (Good OFSTED), City Academy Whitehawk (Good OFSTED), Secondary: Longhill High School (Good OFSTED), Cardinal Newman RC (Good OFSTED) Sixth Form Colleges: MET college East Brighton Campus Private: Brighton College, Roedean, Montessori School

The streets paving the way from Brighton Racecourse to the Marina have gained popularity in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. More and more families are moving away from the crowded city centre in order to gain more space, greener surroundings, free parking and clean air – all to be found here in abundance. This Mid-Century semi-detached house enjoys sea views from its hilly position and is just two-minutes on foot from the countryside. Inside, it has been modernised throughout and has the generous proportions of the era when family time and natural light were of utmost importance in house design. Set well back from the road behind a scented front garden and lawn, you enter through a useful porch, with space to hang coats and organise shoes, then through the original sunburst front door to a wide and welcoming entrance hall. The original parquet flooring flows from here into the living room to the left, while to the right there is a useful ground floor WC and cloakroom. Once inside, the scale and light within the house become apparent as natural light streams in from front to back where both the east and westerly walls are generously glazed. Wrapping around the entrance hall, the living room, dining area and kitchen form a large L-shape, but there are clearly defined areas for all. A gas fired, log-effect burner warms the living room beautifully during the cooler seasons and bespoke storage has been built along the south wall for entertainment systems, books and ornaments. Moving through the space, wood parquet makes way for floor-lit, gleaming floor tiles in the kitchen and dining areas. There is ample space to seat eight at the table while the kitchen is sociably open plan with white gloss, handle-free units to echo the floor. These have been paired with charcoal quartz worktops for a hardwearing and stylish finish, and within these, the sink and range gas cooker have been seamlessly cut-in. A tall fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher have also been integrated, while there is a very deep cupboard below the stairs which houses the Worcester gas boiler and tumble dryer. Double doors open to the decked terrace which doubles the entertaining space during summer. From here you get your first glimpse of the sea, reminding you just how close to the coast you are here, and the surroundings are green and lush ensuring you are barely overlooked. Steps lead down past the herb garden to the shingle barbecue and firepit area which is sheltered with colourful summer blooms on its borders, while the lower level has been laid to lawn. A lily pond complete with water feature and a bridge, leads to a peaceful seating area which catches the last of the afternoon sunshine, and there is a vegetable patch and greenhouse for the green fingered. Cleverly designed, the garden has scent and colour throughout the year, and there is an apple and a plum tree which provide fruit. Being elevated on the hill, the sun streams into the garden until it sets late in the evening during the height of summer, and the sunsets are breath-takingly beautiful. You can access the garage from the drive or from the garden where there is side access for bringing in muddy bikes, paws and buggies rather than traipsing them through the house. There is space for a car in the garage, but it is perfect for motorbikes and has been set up as a workshop too. It would also be possible to convert into a self-contained office with the addition of a window – or a gym or art studio perhaps – certainly food for thought. A turning staircase leads up to the first-floor landing passing another deep storage cupboard. Here there are three double bedrooms and the family bathroom. The master bedroom sits to the front of the house with a full wall of built in wardrobes offering storage solutions for two, including drawers and hanging space. While this room is currently used as a comfortable home office and work space, it is a fine size for a king size bed and a vanity area. Bedroom two is a similar size and shares the same incredible views as the dining room below, now with extensive sea views and swathes of green land above the rooftops within the valley. Bedroom four, while a smaller double, has plenty of built in storage to maximise the floor space further, and all have easy access to the chic family bathroom. Split-face slate tiles line the walls in the separate rainfall shower cubicle, then rise half-way up behind dual sinks and the contemporary freestanding bathtub. This is raised on a plinth with low level lighting, which can also be found in the alcoves, and the taps are wall mounted for comfortable bathing at either end. Two backlit mirrors complete this stylish space above complementary vanity units. Spanning the second floor is another very generous double bedroom with a built-in desk, shelving and wiring for surround sound. A modern electric fire adds additional heat during winter, and there are two vast areas of eaves storage. Velux windows on both sides look out to open skies, and have built-in blackout blinds for weekend lie-ins.

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