why you'll like it...
* guide price £1,750,000 – £1,850,000 *
Quiet, friendly and decorous, Queen’s Park is one of Brighton’s finest addresses and this beautiful Villa, one of a pair, was built in the late 1800’s on the cusp of the Arts and Crafts movement evidenced in the delicate filigree of the porch and intricate railings as you approach the house. The front garden’s scented by shrubs and quince, and the impressive entrance opens to a front door with jewel like stain glass panels.
Inside, generous proportions reign supreme in a broad hall fusing period beauty with a subtle practicality – so there’s a cupboard for coats and bags as well as a guest cloakroom, very useful when entertaining or gardening.
the drawing room
Sunlight streams through the deep west facing bay window which overlooks the well-kept, verdant acres of Queen’s Park. A leaded window brings in sparkling colour and refined of proportion and decoration, this room is ideal for parties as well as for the family to gather. Generations of custodians have ensured that the intricate frieze and elegant fireplace remain, the carved figurines glowing in the flames of the evening fire.
the kitchen/diner and dining conservatory
Next door, the kitchen diner has plenty of space for a table for busy breakfasts, homework or informal suppers. Hand-made, traditional cabinets on each side of an original fireplace provide attractive storage and care has been taken not to interfere with the elegant cornice running around the room. Opposite, bespoke units conceal sophisticated storage and have family friendly working surfaces. There is a glamorous Fisher & Paykel multi fuel range and steel cooker hood which will both stay and there is also a Fisher & Paykel drawer dishwasher. Two levels of lighting offer options and the room connects to a private, vaulted dining room which can sit twelve with ease.
With an ageless character of its own, the spacious conservatory, currently utilised as a dining room, has flagstones underfoot, stars overhead and exposed brick work. A broad door leads to the garden, making al fresco entertaining seamless.
the playroom/utility and sunroom
Lined with windows so you can keep a discreet eye on the children whilst you and your guests finish lunch, the bright and cheerful playroom transforms when the sun goes down into a warm, cosy haven when you light the Arcenne wood burner and snuggle up together. With ample floor space and stylish décor this room’s exceptionally inviting, and there’s plumbing for utility machines too.
Opening to the garden, the sun room has walls of glass, a gleaming wood floor and you can relax or entertain in sunny style.
You’re in your own private paradise surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens; fully walled and not overlooked like properties on the West side of the park, ensuring you are secluded and secure. Unusually spacious, in fact the second largest garden of all the homes around the park at just over 0.22 acres, it’s easy to forget that you’re just a few minutes from the city centre and due to it’s impressive size you get the sun all day. A paved terrace by the house makes entertaining easy and the grounds are expertly sculpted to provide different areas to explore. Large enough for play, the lawn’s made private by mature trees including walnut, fig, apple and plum and at the far end of the grounds, which do not back onto houses, the fruit and vegetable gardens accommodate two sheds and a green house. There is also a link to the side passage to the street with separate gate at the front, raising interesting questions about a home office or arts studio, for example. There is also the interesting and rare prospect to put in a full-sized swimming pool.
the master bedroom and nursery/study
Romantic and relaxing, the master bedroom gazes across the park, so it’s not overlooked. With restful proportions, panelled ceiling and handsome fireplace it’s a delightful haven to return to and it’s ready to move into with fitted wardrobes. Next door, with its own lovely views across the park which change with the seasons, this second double bedroom, currently used as a study, would be an ideal nursery and opens to a fabulous balcony with views which sweep down to the sea.
two more first floor bedrooms and two bathrooms
The magnificent example of a period turned staircase culminates in a broad landing with a high ceiling, practical cupboard and access to the enormous attic. Two more quiet, very spacious bedrooms at the rear of the house look over the garden and each are ready for your move. Between the two, a spa like shower room has Hansgrohe and Merlyn fittings and you’ll bathe in glory in the designer bathroom next door which is large enough for both a glamorous, elliptical baignoir and separate walk in shower with both a variojet and rainfall head.
"The location is ideal as it is central but quiet. It has been a very happy family home big enough for friends and family and an easy base for activities as well as entertaining. We have loved the luxury of generous space inside and outside, and the Park is friendly, full of local families, joggers and dog walkers."
bear in mind...
In a good school catchment area, these magnificent homes by the park do not appear on the market very often. Planning Permission and Building Regulations approval has been obtained to build a master suite within the substantial loft space, including a garden facing Juliette balcony with French doors, an en-suite and walk-in wardrobe. Permissions are also in place to open up the playroom and connect it to an expansion of the dining conservatory, with bi-fold doors opening on to the garden patio. This substantial space is envisaged as a luxurious kitchen/family room, with the existing kitchen becoming a connected dining room. Architect plans are available to view.
where it is...
Shops: St James’ Street 3 minutes by car, The Lanes about 15 to walk
Station: Brighton mainline 10-15 minutes by bus, about 25 to walk
Seafront or Park: Seafront under 5 minutes drive – same permit area, Queen’s Park opposite
Primary: St Luke’s, Queen’s Park
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College
Queen's Park Conservation Area is a sought after area of the city and the leafy acreage of the park, which has tennis courts, a pond, a playground and open spaces is literally a few steps away. On the edge of Kemp Town which is bordered by beaches, there's a relaxed atmosphere and the nearby independent cafés, restaurants and shops include a butcher, deli, and grocers as well as a chemist and post office. The cultural heart of the city is within walking distance, and the bustling central business and shopping districts- and harbourside amenities of the Marina - are all easy to reach. Within walking distance of good schools, you'll also have access to some of the best private schools in the country including award winning Brighton College. Ideal for professionals, you're close to the law courts, colleges, hospital and Amex and for those who need to travel, the mainline station with its fast links to Gatwick and London is about 15 minutes by bus and access to the M23 is fairly swift. Something to bear in mind is there is also an ongoing application for off street parking, although there's plenty of permit parking and C zone has no waiting list.