why you'll like it...
Light filled and family orientated, this magnificent villa is a home for life. Approached through mature gardens with marble topped steps glowing in the sunshine, a traditional path leads to an entrance designed to impress.
the drawing room
Sunlight streams through this elegant room which is all you could dream of. To the east, a floor to ceiling bow window sweeps open to a verandah with a canopy and views along the beautiful, tree lined street whilst a second, large window adds to the special quality of the light. Ideal for stylish entertaining, an original frieze runs around the room high above your head and a majestic marble fireplace transforms the space into a warm, welcoming haven to return to.
the dining room
Quiet and refined, you’ll enjoy dining together or with friends in this spacious room with a sense of history and delicious, curved window which reaches right up to the lofty ceiling.
the kitchen diner and cloakroom
Bright and cheerful, the kitchen’s large enough for an informal table and chairs for breakfasts and homework as you cook the incentive to finish. Although we all want the kitchen of our dreams, it’s nice to know that time is on your side as this has a stylish, retro feel with aubergine units, practical work surfaces and plumbing in place for a machine.
Discreetly tucked away at the end of the passageway is a chic guest cloakroom – useful in a busy home.
the master bedroom, second bedroom and bathroom – first floor
Private and peaceful on the first floor, the spacious master bedroom is a restful oasis in which to relax and refresh. A generous size, it’s ready to move into with calm décor and heavenly oblique views of the striking façade of St Michael’s Church. Across the hall, two stately windows overlook Montpelier Villas and light the second bedroom which was remodelled in the 1930’s. With its wood panelled walls and baronial fireplace – which is open- it’s no wonder that the current owners now use it as a comfortable study.
Through an archway with period pilasters, the luxury bathroom has been expertly planned for privacy and it’s large enough for both a bath and glamorous shower with a very 21st century dual head system.
the guest room – top floor
Hidden away at the top of the original ‘back stairs’ this tranquil room is light and airy. With plenty of space and fitted wardrobes it is not directly overlooked, making it unusually private for this central location, and the presence of a hand basin raises interesting questions about a shower room as there’s a deep walk in store room just next door.
the lower floor
Built in an age reliant on natural light, the lower ground floor has plenty of it. With its own entrance through the garden, these large rooms could easily become a magnificent self- contained apartment with rare, pull up shutters to the east facing bay in the living room and plumbing already in place for an en suite in the bedroom. You may, however wish to amalgamate this level with the main house, as many neighbouring properties have, and, subject to the usual consents, there’s space both in the hallway here and upstairs to form a new staircase.
“The dual aspect of the house means it’s always full of light and although we’re central, it is surprisingly quiet. The room sizes are grand, yet also comfortable when it’s just us, and the layout and location has suited us as a young married couple, as parents and also now we’re older.”
bear in mind...
where it is...
Shops: Waitrose and Western Road about 5 minutes stroll
Train Station: Brighton mainline about a 10 minute walk
Seafront or park: Seafront 10 ish minutes to walk
Primary: St Mary Magdalen’s Primary, St Paul’s C of E
Secondary: Cardinal Newman, Hove Park Upper, BHASVIC
Private: Brighton and Hove High, Brighton College, Brighton Steiner School, Roedean