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Preston Road semi-detached Victorian villa

Investment and development opportunities such as this do not come along every day in this city. Brimming with potential and abundant with original period detail, this incredible Victorian villa was once a wonderful family home, yet now it is ripe for renovation. It is sadly the last home on this stretch of Preston Road to remain as one dwelling, so it would be incredible to see the new occupants breathe new life into this majestic home, as it has space and character in abundance. Spread over four floors of generously proportioned rooms, it offers versatile living accommodation, and the gardens to both the front and the rear are simply magical. There are five double bedrooms, four of which have en suite bathrooms and the sizable reception rooms on the ground floor would be ideal for both family time and sophisticated entertaining with some reconfiguration. To the front of this grand residence, the drive circles around tropical planting, with space for several cars, and to the rear an exquisite veranda spans the house facing west, so you can sit looking out over the garden and the sylvan landscape in the last of the evening sunshine. Of course, the opportunity is also there to convert it into separate apartments, and the lower ground floor is also a self-contained three-bedroom flat which could provide an extra income or be of use as guest accommodation. To the rear of the garden, the coach house is also ideal for conversion, or land is available for a separate dwelling with its own access to Preston Road. Its proximity to several popular schools, parks, the A23 and Preston Park Station, mean this house would be desirable to many, in particular those who need to commute, and for anyone looking to live amongst a vibrant and family-friendly community.

style:
Semi Detached
bedrooms:
7
bathrooms:
5
living rooms:
3
floor area:
2-3 spacious living rooms

outside:
4697 sq.ft including outbuilding
parking:
Off Street Parking
location:
Preston Park


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Price
£1,750,000
ID
rps_loc-BVP190282
Type
House
Sold
No
Contract
Sale
Status
Available
Location
Preston Park
Home area
2-3 spacious living rooms
Rooms
3
Beds
7
Baths
5

Why you'll like it...

Style: Semi-detached Victorian villa Bedrooms: 5 doubles; 4 en suite, plus 3 on LGF Living Rooms: 2-3 spacious Area: 4697 sq.ft including outbuilding Outside: Exceptional west facing rear garden and mature planting to the front Location: Preston Park Conservation Area Parking: Circular drive with space for several cars Why you’ll like it Set well back from the road behind boundary walls and a gated drive, this semi-detached Victorian villa is both beautiful and imposing. The driveway encircles lush planting, and tall mature trees add to the peace and privacy. Built in 1868 for the fashionable and wealthy, who were flocking to live in Brighton at the time, it was always intended to balance home comforts with a luxurious lifestyle. The exquisite architectural detailing and ornate period features inside were certainly set to impress, and while they are now in need of restoration, they remain just as interesting. You approach up a long sweeping driveway where the house stands proud in creamy lemon, with its features picked out in white. These include decorative quoin stones and bargeboards, tall sash windows and pretty mouldings below the roofline. Quintessentially Victorian, classic tiled steps lead up to the front door, flanked by vase topped pilasters. Once inside, the sheer scale of this house becomes apparent as the ceilings soar within the entrance hall, with the original cornicing wending its way round. You can really imagine how grand it must have felt living here, and the potential to create that sense of grandeur once more is clearly evident. The reception rooms and kitchen: The first reception to the right would have been the formal dining room or a second sitting room perhaps; looking out over the front garden to the east. As with every room on this floor, the ceilings are wonderfully high, and taking centre stage is a grand marble fireplace with an open fire which would be wonderfully atmospheric when lit – this would need professional investigation of course. You can access the sitting room via a door across the hall from here, or through the kitchen which is conveniently next door. Together these rooms span the rear of the house, so they could be opened to make one exceptional space with an open plan kitchen and two sets of doors leading out to the veranda. They are perfectly functional as they are, however, with working appliances and granite work surfaces in the kitchen, and the living room shares the grand proportions of the dining room opposite. It also has an open fire with a marble surround, and during the warmer months, you can spill outside, or leave the full-height French windows open to let the cool breeze in. First floor bedrooms and bathrooms: Climbing the carpeted stairs, the original mahogany banister curves organically up to the first-floor landing. From here there are two generous double bedrooms; each with period fireplaces and stripped wooden floors. One faces east with open views up tree-lined Harrington Road, and the second sits to the rear with verdant garden views. They both have en suite bathrooms with Jack and Jill access from the landing, and they have wide shower cubicles, plenty of built in storage, and one has a striking claw foot bath giving it a traditional feel. There is plenty which could be done to modernise and add value in these rooms – particularly the bathrooms which feel dated, but due to their size you could add new bathtubs, wet rooms and dressing areas without compromising on space. Second floor rooms: Uniquely, this house has two staircases from the first-floor landing to the second-floor rooms. One leads to a tranquil home office which is perfectly tucked away and has a bespoke built in work space and bookshelves. The views are even more inspiring the higher up the house you go, and should you wish to use this room as a bedroom, there is ample space for a double bed in here. The second staircase takes you to bedrooms three and four which have been built into the loft space, yet in a house of such scale, the headroom is not compromised in the slightest. Both have wooden floors and en suite shower rooms which again, would be easy to modernise, adding value. The lower ground floor apartment: With its own street access, and encompassing the entire ground floor of the house, this flat is completely self-contained, although the staircase remains in place should you wish to link it back to the main house. The flat has a separate central heating system, and while the house has a combination boiler, it has also solar panels which are incredibly efficient during the warmer seasons when they are entirely responsible for heating the water in the property. The rooms are graciously proportioned although all are in need of redecoration, and it would certainly be possible to reconfigure the space. There is already a separate kitchen and bathroom on this level, so it would be possible to renovate and create a letting property or for use as a gym or work studio perhaps. The garden and coach house: While it is believed that the veranda is a later addition, it remains in keeping with the property with decorative floor tiles and ornate ironwork below its canopied roof. It runs the length of the building and is the perfect spot to catch the last of the sun before it dips below the western ridge of Preston Valley. From here you can cast a gaze over your land – which is what you can call a plot of this size; over the extensive lawns, edged with mature borders and raised planters abundant with fruits and vegetables. A weeping birch, hibiscus and ginkgo biloba plants add colour and shape, and the original flint walls climbing with clematis add history and character. The lawns are amply sized for children’s ball games and play equipment too, and these could easily be hidden from view at the rear of the garden if need be, where you’ll also find a pond and access to the old stable and coach house. Peacefully positioned at the rear of the garden, this building could have a plethora of uses. It is currently set up as a workshop and store room, but it has been a teenage den in previous years, and with electricity, plus three rooms over two storeys, it could be transformed into a super holiday let. The possibilities are plenty, and with side access from the front of the house, it was once an idea to develop the land further, but this would always be subject to strict planning consents of course – certainly food for thought! Agent’s thoughts: The sheer size of the plot and the property is breath taking, and the potential to create either a luxury family home or several luxury apartments is not to be missed. The lower ground floor flat has a separate central heating system, and while the house has a combination boiler, it also has solar panels which are incredibly efficient during the warmer seasons when they are entirely responsible for heating the water in the property. Owner’s secret “This is an incredible space which is crying out for someone with an eye for interiors and a passion for period properties to revive and restore this house back to its original grandeur. It would be wonderful for it to remain one dwelling as it is ideal for a family, and the London commute is a breeze with Preston Park Station just around the corner.” Where it is Shops: Local 1 min walk, North Laine 10 min bus ride Station: Preston Park 1 min walk, Brighton Station 4 min by train Seafront or Park: Preston Park 4 min walk, seafront 15 min bus ride Closest Schools: Primary: Westdene Primary, Balfour Primary Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC Private: Brighton College; Windlesham Prep.

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Owner's secret...

“This is an incredible space which is crying out for someone with an eye for interiors and a passion for period properties to revive and restore this house back to its original grandeur. It would be wonderful for it to remain one dwelling as it is ideal for a family, and the London commute is a breeze with Preston Park Station just around the corner.”

Agent's thoughts...

This is a vast and impressive family home in a popular location which is well served for shops, parks and schools. There are plenty of local green spaces, and great transport links, but you are also only a short walk from everything this vibrant coastal city has to offer. The A23 and stations are also within easy reach, for those requiring fast links to Gatwick or London on a daily or weekly basis.

where it is...



Shops: Local 1 min walk, North Laine 10 min bus ride Station: Preston Park 1 min walk, Brighton Station 4 min by train Seafront or Park: Preston Park 4 min walk, seafront 15 min bus ride Closest Schools: Primary: Westdene Primary, Balfour Primary Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC Private: Brighton College; Windlesham Prep.

Set well back from the road behind boundary walls and a gated drive, this semi-detached Victorian villa is both beautiful and imposing. The driveway encircles lush planting, and tall mature trees add to the peace and privacy. Built in 1868 for the fashionable and wealthy, who were flocking to live in Brighton at the time, it was always intended to balance home comforts with a luxurious lifestyle. The exquisite architectural detailing and ornate period features inside were certainly set to impress, and while they are now in need of restoration, they remain just as interesting. You approach up a long sweeping driveway where the house stands proud in creamy lemon, with its features picked out in white. These include decorative quoin stones and bargeboards, tall sash windows and pretty mouldings below the roofline. Quintessentially Victorian, classic tiled steps lead up to the front door, flanked by vase topped pilasters. Once inside, the sheer scale of this house becomes apparent as the ceilings soar within the entrance hall, with the original cornicing wending its way round. You can really imagine how grand it must have felt living here, and the potential to create that sense of grandeur once more is clearly evident. The reception rooms and kitchen: The first reception to the right would have been the formal dining room or a second sitting room perhaps; looking out over the front garden to the east. As with every room on this floor, the ceilings are wonderfully high, and taking centre stage is a grand marble fireplace with an open fire which would be wonderfully atmospheric when lit – this would need professional investigation of course. You can access the sitting room via a door across the hall from here, or through the kitchen which is conveniently next door. Together these rooms span the rear of the house, so they could be opened to make one exceptional space with an open plan kitchen and two sets of doors leading out to the veranda. They are perfectly functional as they are, however, with working appliances and granite work surfaces in the kitchen, and the living room shares the grand proportions of the dining room opposite. It also has an open fire with a marble surround, and during the warmer months, you can spill outside, or leave the full-height French windows open to let the cool breeze in. First floor bedrooms and bathrooms: Climbing the carpeted stairs, the original mahogany banister curves organically up to the first-floor landing. From here there are two generous double bedrooms; each with period fireplaces and stripped wooden floors. One faces east with open views up tree-lined Harrington Road, and the second sits to the rear with verdant garden views. They both have en suite bathrooms with Jack and Jill access from the landing, and they have wide shower cubicles, plenty of built in storage, and one has a striking claw foot bath giving it a traditional feel. There is plenty which could be done to modernise and add value in these rooms – particularly the bathrooms which feel dated, but due to their size you could add new bathtubs, wet rooms and dressing areas without compromising on space. Second floor rooms: Uniquely, this house has two staircases from the first-floor landing to the second-floor rooms. One leads to a tranquil home office which is perfectly tucked away and has a bespoke built in work space and bookshelves. The views are even more inspiring the higher up the house you go, and should you wish to use this room as a bedroom, there is ample space for a double bed in here. The second staircase takes you to bedrooms three and four which have been built into the loft space, yet in a house of such scale, the headroom is not compromised in the slightest. Both have wooden floors and en suite shower rooms which again, would be easy to modernise, adding value. The lower ground floor apartment: With its own street access, and encompassing the entire ground floor of the house, this flat is completely self-contained, although the staircase remains in place should you wish to link it back to the main house. The flat has a separate central heating system, and while the house has a combination boiler, it has also solar panels which are incredibly efficient during the warmer seasons when they are entirely responsible for heating the water in the property. The rooms are graciously proportioned although all are in need of redecoration, and it would certainly be possible to reconfigure the space. There is already a separate kitchen and bathroom on this level, so it would be possible to renovate and create a letting property or for use as a gym or work studio perhaps. The garden and coach house: While it is believed that the veranda is a later addition, it remains in keeping with the property with decorative floor tiles and ornate ironwork below its canopied roof. It runs the length of the building and is the perfect spot to catch the last of the sun before it dips below the western ridge of Preston Valley. From here you can cast a gaze over your land - which is what you can call a plot of this size; over the extensive lawns, edged with mature borders and raised planters abundant with fruits and vegetables. A weeping birch, hibiscus and ginkgo biloba plants add colour and shape, and the original flint walls climbing with clematis add history and character. The lawns are amply sized for children’s ball games and play equipment too, and these could easily be hidden from view at the rear of the garden if need be, where you’ll also find a pond and access to the old stable and coach house. Peacefully positioned at the rear of the garden, this building could have a plethora of uses. It is currently set up as a workshop and store room, but it has been a teenage den in previous years, and with electricity, plus three rooms over two storeys, it could be transformed into a super holiday let. The possibilities are plenty, and with side access from the front of the house, it was once an idea to develop the land further, but this would always be subject to strict planning consents of course - certainly food for thought!

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