why you'll like it...
On a quiet, well preserved period street this beautiful house is painted in Farrow and Ball’s “Calluna”. The hand crafted front door is a replica of a carefully sourced original and all the windows are brand new having been replaced, so this home will be draught free. The entrance itself sets the bar high, with polished concrete steps and a coded lock -so it doesn’t matter if you forget your keys – and the light to guide you home is imported from Italy. Inside, there’s a lobby for coats and bags and the Douglas Fir floor, which conceals underfloor heating, continues into the fabulous family kitchen/diner to your right.
the kitchen/dining room, roof terrace and utility
With a classic deep bay at the front and a contemporary wall of glass at the back, this bright and inviting room has an intriguing twist and with an east/west orientation you know it will be light all day. You can enjoy the sea view curled up on the window seat and airy in the summer, with ample room for relaxing together or entertaining friends, in winter the room transforms into a warm and welcoming haven when you light the ethanol Vauni fire and dim the lights. You can dine in style looking over the roof terrace, with a mural by local artists Art+Believe and which in turn isn’t overlooked, so as well as feeling relaxing, in a city which attracts a host of celebrities, this space is unusually private, too.
Tucked away behind a glamorous central island clad in Statuario Bianco marble, the storage units are either flush birchwood or sprayed ply which open and recess at a touch. All the appliances are integrated and high spec and include two small gas rings, a large wok ring, a teppanyaki and downdraft extraction, all from Gaggenau as are the conventional and steam ovens. Both the dishwasher and full height fridge are also integrated and there’s a useful Quooker boiling water tap. Past storage which includes a deep larder to keep the space uncluttered, a smart guest cloakroom, and a Control4 console which allows you to control heat, light, t.v., music, cctv, door entry and even the electric blinds from anywhere in the world, you’ll find the door to the sunny roof terrace within a double height wall of glass, and outside is ideal for sunbathing or al fresco dining.
As you would expect of a house of this quality, there’s a separate, fully fitted utility tucked away on the first floor landing.
the first floor reception
A full height glass pivot door maximises the glory of the beautifully proportioned reception. Two tall windows bring in views across the listed homes opposite and frame magnificent oblique views of the English Channel, which you can enjoy to the full with your guests from the delicately wrought iron balcony which stretches along the front of the building. Inside, there’s plenty of floor space to play with and the high ceiling is bordered by Italianate coving. Cast iron radiators acknowledge the age of the building whilst matt Chevron oak flooring and hand crafted joinery incorporating a deco flame fireplace give the space a sophisticated, contemporary tweak.
the first floor double bedroom and family bathroom
Used as a second, quiet study this bright and cheerful room looks over the roof terrace and, like most rooms, except for the children’s bedrooms, has hidden audio feeds able to distribute four outputs channelled to speakers in the ceiling. Up on the half landing, the family bathroom has a continental feel, all in white with a shower above the bath, whilst safety and cosiness drives the provision of a non slip floor and a heated rail for your little loved one’s towels.
the second floor bedrooms
Nice and peaceful, the light bedroom at the back has a high ceiling, pale floor, designer paper and a fireplace, and with views over lower rooftops, it’s surprisingly private for this historic, central location. Spanning the whole width of the property, the fourth bedroom of the main house has super sea views through the broad bay and sash window which are reflected in the fabulous bank of mirrored wardrobes which line the right hand wall.
the master bedroom suite and bathroom
Designed to relax and to pamper, you’ll feel on top of the world in this romantic master suite which spans the property from front to back, with generous head height as the butterfly roof is exposed, restful decoration and ambient lighting. There are irresistible views leading down to the sea to help the stresses of the day to fall away, and discreet wardrobe space includes a dressing table tucked away by the sash window for natural light and a central, walk in dressing area which leads to a magnificent en suite. Lined in Porcelanosa tiling, the walk in shower has a rainfall drench head, the Alape hand basin with his and her taps rests on streamlined storage and there’s a discreet shower point as well as a heated rail for several towels.
the lower floor guest room, courtyard and one bedroom apartment
Down a sculptural birch staircase by a local Sussex Heritage award winning joinery, where the hand rail doubles as lighting, the spacious playroom/guest bedroom is currently used as a comfortable study with French doors to the central courtyard and a chic ensuite shower room.
Reached either through the study or from a private entrance to the street, the stylish one bedroom apartment has a contemporary kitchen, glamorous shower room, and a generous sized double bedroom.
“The house is bright and welcoming, and the location couldn’t be better with everything you need on the doorstep -we walk the children to school then stroll through the Village which has a bank, a post office, dentist and a pharmacy as well as independent specialist shops and cafes. The beach is at the bottom of this friendly street, Queen’s Park is a short walk and the cultural heart and the centre of the city are easy to reach.”
bear in mind...
bear in mind
A high specification refurbishment, the lighting, designed by Hampshire Light, has state of the art Palladiom keypads and is controlled by Lutron whilst the entertainment and automated blind system’s controlled by Control4. A full list of works undertaken during this four-year project, built as the family home for the director of Baobab Designs can be obtained from the office.
where it is...
Shops: Local 2 minutes, The Lanes 15-20 to walk
Train Station: Brighton mainline 15 minutes by bus
Seafront or Park: The seafront is 1 minute and the park is about a 5 minute walk
Primary: St Luke’s, Queen’s Park
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College, Brighton Steiner, Brighton and Hove High
This uniquely stylish home is in a sought after area of this cosmopolitan coastal resort just by the beach and with the bohemian café culture and independent, specialist shops of Kemp Town around the corner. The hospital, law courts and Amex are nearby and good schools, the theatres and Lanes of central Brighton are all within walking distance, as is the Marina with its health club, cinemas, casino and restaurants. For those who love the outdoors, a yacht club, golf course and the Downs are on your doorstep. Buses into the city, along the coast and to the universities are nearby and the proximity to Brighton train station with its fast link to Gatwick and London makes commuting possible. For those who need a car, H zone has no waiting list for permits and both the A23/27 are easy to reach.