why you'll like it...
Why you’ll like it:
Not only is Preston Park Conservation Area a beautiful part of the city to inhabit, but there is a palpable sense of community here which has attracted families and professionals for many years now. Southdown Avenue has a community spirit of its own; where neighbours know each other, look out for each other and socialise together –even hosting street parties during the summer. This house sits in the middle of a short terrace, and it is raised up from the street behind a neat and private front garden. Its façade is fresh in cream with its architectural features picked out in white, and pretty fuchsias climb the trellis by the door.
As you enter, you are immediately aware that the current owners have a clearly refined eye for colour and interior design, and the scale of the house becomes apparent. While it is beautifully dressed in stylish furnishings, it is also clear that the very bones of the house have been expertly maintained. Sanded floorboards, varnished in honeyed tones, run along the hall and into the reception rooms on this floor, and high above your head, the original finials and cornicing remain.
Once two rooms, the living and dining room has been opened to create one social space which has clearly defined areas for formal dining and relaxation. Block colour has been used to highlight certain walls, and the westerly wall feels almost entirely glazed with a wide bay window, to fill the room with light. To the rear, traditional style book shelves have been built-in, and French doors open to the side return extension which becomes a fantastic dining space during summer. As the weather cools, however, the grand marble fire place in the living room is open, and warms the space perfectly while creating a homely atmosphere, and for when time is of the essence, there are unique, wide-cylinder vertical wall radiators.
Accessible from the hall and from the side return; the kitchen is another sociable space with a curved Corian breakfast bar so friends and family can sit and chat to you as you cook. This is a continuation of the worktops which have been paired with darker units with space saving and roller door features. The range, seven-ring gas cooker will stay, but the other appliances are negotiable, so space could be left for an American fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and a dishwasher. For parties – which always end up in the kitchen, there are built-in coloured lights which can be set to a timer, and there’s plenty of floor space for dancing too!
Outside, the garden has recently been landscaped to create a grey-stone and wood sleeper dining area and an area of lawn, plus a huge shed has been built at the far end to house bikes, surf boards, garden furniture and tools. If desired, this could be replaced with a more habitable garden structure or outside office, which would not compromise on space at all. It is also perfectly private out here for a residential area due to mature trees on its borders which include a tall olive and a bay tree.
Returning to the house, the stairs to the first floor have retained the original volute handrail, and have a striped stair runner to lead the way up. Here, there are three double bedrooms; two peacefully positioned looking out over the gardens and the rear, and the master spanning the front of the house. This has gorgeous lacquered floorboards plus a fireplace and bay window to mirror those below it. A glamorous en suite shower room has also been cleverly tucked away in one corner, so the remaining bedrooms can share use of the main bathroom which has been perfectly positioned between them. Ice-blue glass tiles line the walls around the bath which has a shower over it, and the stained glass windows (which can be found in the side return and the front door transom window too) add a sweet pop of colour to the space.
Upstairs is bedroom four, where you can hide away from the hubbub of family life. There are generous Velux windows from which you can see the sea, or when lying below them on your bed, you can star gaze as you drift off to sleep.
“Put simply, this is a wonderfully happy family home, and we have loved living here. We moved away for a few years, but kept the house, and it was a joy to come home to. This is the perfect area for families as there is a real sense of community, and we all know each other well. Having Fiveways on your doorstep is so convenient – and Ravens Bakery, Fiveways Greengrocer and Barfields Butchers are legendary! We are upsizing, but we will not be moving far.”
bear in mind...
Bear in mind:
There are many areas for storage in the house with two under stair storage cupboards, eaves storage and the bedrooms all have built-in clothes storage.
where it is...
Where it is:
Shops: Local 4 min walk, North Laine Shopping District 15 min walk
Train Station: Brighton Station 15 minute walk, London Road 6 min walk
Seafront or Park: Blakers Park 1min walk, Seafront 20 min walk
Primary: Downs Junior and Infants Schools
Secondary: Varndean High and Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC
Sixth Form Colleges: Varndean 6th Form, BHASVIC, Newman 6th Form
Private: Brighton and Hove High, Brighton College, Monessori
This stunning home is beautifully situated in a prestigious area with lots of local shops and green spaces on your doorstep. The city centre shopping districts and beach are also within easy reach, and this home also offers easy access to both Brighton and London Road Stations and the A23/A27 which have direct and fast access to the universities, the airports and London.