why you'll like it...
This stunning house does not conform to the archetypal designs of other modern houses in the area. You approach up a neat brick driveway, flanked by mature trees, to where the house is revealed; a masterpiece of glass, cream render, copper and steel. It forms an L shape with the internal walls almost entirely glazed; each window framed in cedar; tinted for temperature control, and already inlaid with blinds. It is wonderfully private, and secured by a gate at the end of the drive, and a few steps lead down to the front door.
Once inside, the full splendour of the house becomes apparent. You are welcomed into the double height entrance hall, from which the bespoke ash staircase rises up to the first floor. This central opening divides the upper floor, although two bridges with stainless steel balustrades, and strengthened glass walls divide the space into distinct areas, without compromising the natural light.
The bedrooms are located on the lower floor with three doubles along a well-lit corridor to the left as you enter. They all have en suites with Lefroy Brooks fixtures and fittings, and the room to the far left has unique tiling in iridescent reds. The master bedroom suite is found to the right of the entrance, and is a sizable room with a full wall of glazing looking out to tropical planting and the Moroccan blue garden wall. The en suite is the ultimate in luxury with an Airbath to be enjoyed as a jacuzzi or a Turkish steam bath, and the contemporary sink unit is double width for dual grooming. There is a walk in dressing room with hanging space for two, and separate storage solutions for shoes, bags and folded items to boot!
As you rise to the first floor, the whole house seems to open up, and although visually it is one space, the separate areas have been clearly and cleverly defined using different floor levels, lighting, and a modernist fireplace and flue. The under floor heated, porcelain floor tiles, flow throughout for continuity, and the entertainment system is in place on the far wall. This side of the space is wonderfully comfortable with large sofas and double doors opening to the south facing balcony: perfect for dinner drinks during the warmer months.
As you walk back around, past the stairwell, you cross one of the mezzanine bridges to the dining area. This again has a full height window with doors leading out to a balcony; another summertime extension, and has ample space to seat at least twelve in comfort. A door to the rear of the room leads to a private office, and another to the upper decking of the garden where you’ll find a hot tub and outdoor office/gym.
A few steps take you from the dining space, past open shelving to the kitchen which is a statement piece; a curving open arm of chic black units, topped with Silestone surfaces in glistening ruby red, and on the rear wall, the ovens, espresso machine and plate warmer have been inlaid. It has the feel of a professional kitchen, with the sink seamlessly cut into the worktop, sleek lines, and top quality appliances – it would be showy in any other house, but in here it feels right at home. The utilities are neatly tucked away in their own adjoining room, and a short corridor and a staircase takes you down to the internal double garage which also has a wall of kitchen units for storage, and water for when tinkering with the cars or bikes.
This immaculate home is full of surprises at every turn, and has been beautifully styled with contemporary features as well as home comforts. Whilst it may not be practical for a family with very young children, it certainly has the space, and the nearby schools are exemplary – although one cannot help but see this as a grown up house, for sophisticated entertaining, in a vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
“This house really was a labour of love to build and I am really proud to have created such a unique home of exceptional quality. It is fantastic for entertaining, yet it is extremely private, and whilst you feel tucked away from the city; you can still walk to the beach or go shopping with ease.”
bear in mind...
The decking in the rear garden was replaced only a year ago with specialised hardwearing and easy to maintain timber, and the summer house is similarly new, and whilst this is currently used as a gym and a changing room for the hot tub, it is fully insulated and heated so it would work equally well as an extra home office.
where it is...
Shops: Local 5 min walk, city centre 10 min drive
Train Station: Hove Station 10 min walk
Seafront or Park: Hove Park 5 min walk, Seafront 20 min walk
Primary: West Hove Primary School
Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep