why you'll like it...
Balancing easy access to the great outdoors- the beach, parks and South Downs National Park – with being within walking distance of the hundreds of independent boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants for which this coastal city is famous, this grand Victorian house is on a peaceful street in an excellent school catchment area. One of only four Villas in this architectural style, with square bays and carved gables there’s also a rare to find side door, ideal for the family and pets to come in by as it leads to a lobby with a cloak room, big closet for coats and kits, and access to the kitchen for supermarket deliveries.
The main entrance impresses with a stone paved path leading to a porch sheltering both guests and the original hand painted glass panels depicting the cheerful Chaffinch, loved by the Victorians for their joyful songs, and inside, a tiled lobby opens to a hallway with delicate period features and decorated in the soothing, restrained tones of Farrow and Ball.
Sunshine greets you as you step into an elegant living room of glorious proportions with wool carpet underfoot and an original, acorn frieze high above your head. The subtle decoration adds to the restful feel of the space and there are traditional, hand crafted shelves and cupboards with ambient lighting above them on each side of the handsome period fireplace, which has art neauveau tiles. A light and inviting space in which to relax with the family or to entertain friends, in winter months the room transforms into a warm, welcoming haven when you light the open fire and dim the lights. Ahead, the broad bay window looks across the well- kept terrace opposite and with fully refurbished timber frames, you won’t need big heavy curtains.
the kitchen/diner and utility room
Beautifully designed, this room seamlessly fuses period character with contemporary, open plan living at its most sophisticated. With a gleaming oak floor and an original frieze overhead, the stylish kitchen/ dining room has a west wall which is almost all glass bringing in the afternoon and evening sun. Well thought through, the dining area is by the Victorian fireplace, which brings warmth to the room as well as character with its gentle countryside scenes depicted on the tiles. The space is also party perfect, however, as the broad west bay has central, almost floor to ceiling doors which open to the scents and sounds of the unusually large garden, which becomes another room of the house during summer. The fabulous, white Leicht kitchen is tucked away from the main flow in and out of the garden behind a magnificent central island topped by a slab of rough- hewn Quartz, which has a timeless feel as well as being pretty much indestructible. No expense has been spared, with a Miele touch induction hob and Elica extractor sociably integrated into the island whilst the Miele fan, combi ovens and warming tray are sensibly nearby at eye level, and there’s a wine fridge, too. The dishwasher, fridge and freezer are all high spec Siemens and the attention to detail extends even to the reflective, grey glass splash back and the lighting, on two levels, which can be dimmed to suit your mood.
A light touch has put skylights in the vaulted utility room which has charcoal Leicht units providing extra storage and marbled, quartz working surfaces. Aqua, metallic tiles are a gentle reminder that although quiet, you’re in the centre of a vibrant coastal resort, and there’s also access to the garden.
the sun terrace and garden
Spacious and stylish, the sun terrace which is solid oak, has plenty of space for al fresco dining, and the impressive stone Bushbeck Bbq transforms into a fire. Led lights are inset into the oak decking and the raised beds, with statement planting around the lawn are lit a soft blue for atmospheric, summer evenings.
the luxury bathroom
You can bathe in glory in a contemporary interpretation of a luxurious Victorian bathroom in a spacious room lined in Italian porcelain. Large enough for a magnificent Victoria and Albert, Napoli freestanding, elliptical bath with a shower attachment, there’s also a glamorous wet room style shower with a rainfall head and power jets.
the master bedroom
With restful, garden views, the light and airy master bedroom is tastefully decorated and ready to move into. The ceiling frieze around the high ceiling has been carefully sourced, there are romantic flower tiles within the marble fireplace and one of the two fitted wardrobes incorporates doors found in a French Chateaux.
two more first floor bedrooms
At the front of the house on the first floor, the family bedrooms are both light and airy, and each has a period fireplace and its own character with the room to the left is having Pips Studio paper between built in cupboards with down lights.
the guest suite or fourth/fifth bedrooms
Peaceful and private on the top floor, the immaculate bedroom at the back has velux windows and a chic en suite shower room. Across the landing, the fifth bedroom is currently used as a guest sitting room and private study (you can’t hear the children when you close the door!) and lined with velux and touch open streamlined cupboards, there is also boarded eaves storage cupboards in both rooms, it’s a strong finish to an exceptional home.
“We have enjoyed the expansive proportions and characterful period features and as the work has recently been done, it should be easy for you to maintain so you’ll have more time to explore this great location”
bear in mind...
This big house offers a rare combination of timeless elegance and a sociable modern lifestyle and has a large garden, and although there’s plenty of local permit parking, there is the possibility of purchasing an off street parking place just around the corner, subject to separate negotiation.
where it is...
Shops: Local 2 minutes, 7 Dials and North and South Laine about 10-15 minute walk
Train Station: Brighton mainline 10-15 minute walk
Seafront or Park: Dyke Road Park 8 minutes, and Preston Park is very close, seafront is about a 20 minute walk, 10 by car
Primary: Stanford Junior
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer
Private: Windlesham, Lancing Prep, Brighton College, Brighton and Hove High, Roedean
Brighton is a cosmopolitan coastal resort famous for its history and flamboyant Royal Pavilion as well as its beaches, Pier and glamorous Marina. Known for its festivals celebrating the arts and relaxed, café culture there are countless shops, restaurants and bars to explore along the seafront, in the characterful North Laine or in the fashionable central shopping districts and all are easy to reach from this glamorous home. This beautiful Victorian terrace is quietly located in a popular area well served for shops and parks, and is just a stroll from the fashionable 7 Dials and a good primary school. It is also close to several bus routes which go to the city centre, coast and the Downs and Brighton station, with its fast links to Gatwick and London is a short walk. For those who need to commute by car, the A23 and A27 are both readily accessible and permit zone Q has no waiting list.