why you'll like it...
Perfectly positioned between Hove Park and Dyke Road Avenue, the Tongdean and Withdean Estate is agreeably the most prestigious area in the city. Characterised by substantial family homes, set within leafy environs and with the South Downs and coast both easily accessible, it is not hard to understand why.
Raised up from the street, behind lush planting and a sizable drive, this detached family home has an air of grandeur and plenty of curb appeal. The architects of the 1950s certainly knew a thing or two about space and light, and this family home maximises both with large picture windows and generous room proportions. Recently renovated throughout, it is immediately apparent that the current owners have a refined eye for modern interiors, and it is clear only the finest quality materials and workmanship have been used in its creation. You enter into a sizable entrance hall where porcelain floor tiles lead into the kitchen on the right, and to the left, stairs with glass balustrades take you to the first floor.
The open plan kitchen and reception rooms:
While there are clearly defined areas for cooking, formal dining and relaxing; this room is essentially one bright and open space making it ultimately sociable. The kitchen area is slightly recessed with a side access door, and has been fitted with streamline white gloss units. These have been paired with dark granite work tops, and into these the fivering, Capel induction hob with gas wok burner has been seamlessly cut-in. Below this is a range style electric oven, and the fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher plus the all-important wine chiller have also been integrated. The granite worktop extends into the living space forming a heated breakfast bar, where guests or family can sit and chat to you as you prepare a meal, and is ideal for informal dining occasions. Generous windows on both sides frame the most exquisite treetop views which are a delight throughout the year as they change with the seasons, and form a lovely backdrop to wherever you are in the room.
The gleaming porcelain floor tiles, which are heated from below, makes way for Woodpecker Olsen Oak which runs right through the dining and seating areas. Central to both stands the wood burning stove which heats the entire space beautifully during the cooler seasons, yet when the sun comes out, a wall of bi-folding doors links the room with the garden where you can dine alfresco on the Indian sandstone patio.
Expertly landscaped, the garden has undergone a complete transformation in recent months to create three large terraces divided by curved, white rendered walls and reclaimed sleeper steps. There is a decked area for seating and sunbathing, lawns for children to play, and with well-established borders it is completely private. It is a real treat for the senses out here with birdsong in the trees, the scent of freshly cut grass, and from the top terrace you gain views right down to the sea below vast and ever-changing skies.
For those working from home, a modern home office has been built at the rear of the garden with full height windows on its westerly wall, and being fully insulated, heated and with an electrical supply, it can be used all year round. It also has its own WC, and being a fine size it would also be great as a workshop or studio too.
For those hot, balmy evenings during the height of summer; an Eastern-inspired water feature at the top of the garden may also be used as a shallow plunge pool, and with atmospheric outdoor lighting you can stay there long after the sun goes down.
The lower first floor and master bedroom:
Deep pile, mid-grey carpet leads the way to the first floor half-landing which stretches the depth of the house. On this level there you find the master bedroom suite, one generous double and a large single which would work well as a home office or guest bedroom as it has a chic, en suite wet room next door. Facing west, the double bedroom enjoys the same leafy vista as the kitchen, and being raised up from the road this creates a restful outlook across the treetops of the valley. The sunsets are a dream from here as they cast a beautifully warm light during the afternoon and early evening, and while this is currently set up as a child’s bedroom, it would happily house a king size bed and several pieces of bedroom furniture.
At the opposite end of the corridor you come to the master bedroom which has been tastefully decorated with a glimmering feature wall and walnut lacquer built in wardrobes. The en suite bathroom has a luxurious feel with a whirlpool bath and a ceiling mounted, rainfall shower head, plus the walls have been fully tiled in urban concretegrey and there is a heated rail for your towels.
Upper floor bedrooms and bathroom:
A short flight of stairs takes you up to the upper level which stretches out over the main living area. Up here there are two further double bedrooms; each of which have been decorated with both comfort and style in mind. They look out over the pretty garden so they too feel wonderfully private, and with an easterly orientation they enjoy the morning light streaming in. They share use of another family size bathroom with latte tiles around the contemporary bath suite which has been thoughtfully placed below the Velux window so you can star gaze or watch the clouds drift by as you while away the hours after a long day.
“It was the views, the light and the exceptional space which made us fall in love with this house when we bought it, and these have only improved since the renovation. It has been a really easy home to raise the children in as there is so much space so as to not feel overcrowded, and we have had several amazing parties here too- especially in the garden as it is so private out there! We are looking for our next project, but we will miss it here.”
bear in mind...
where it is...
Shops: Local 5 min walk, city centre 10-15 min bus ride
Train Station: Hove Station 20 min walk
Seafront or Park: Hove Park 8 min walk, seafront 10 min drive
Primary: The Bilingual School, Westdean Primary School
Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College