why you'll like it...
Grand Avenue is central within The Avenue Conservation Area which leads up from the sea; the Statue of Queen Victoria and the war memorial. This apartment forms the top floor of one of three, Grade II Listed Victorian villas in the northeasterly corner, which, distinct from their Regency neighbours are red brick with hung tiles and gabled roofs. They were built in 1900 by William Willet, a prolific builder of the time in Brighton, who ensured that all his houses were beautifully designed, and this was no exception. You approach the building to the far left of the villa, down a paved path, and up two flights of stairs to the landing where your door is directly ahead at the top. This is a solid wood panelled door in grey gloss, and it opens onto a broad hallway. The scale and depth of the flat is immediately apparent, as your eye is drawn ahead, down a wide walkway and through the kitchen to the far side of the flat. The floor has wide floorboards in walnut timber, which flow through the living spaces for continuity.
The bedrooms all have plush fawn carpet underfoot, and the walls are a range of Farrow and Ball’s natural tones. There is also a communal garden accessed via the east side of the building.There is an area to the left of the door which is currently used as an office space, and the spacious living room is on the right. The south wall is on trend with exposed brick, and a wide, multi-pane sash window frames the first of the direct sea views. The line follows the lawns and trees to Victoria as she looks out over the sea, and this view is ever changing with the seasons. The windows are dressed with plantation shutters, and there is another window to the west. The room is heated by a wood burning stove, but also by modern radiator in a tradition style in pewter. These are also found throughout the apartment.
Next door is the master bedroom. This is the same orientation as the living room, and is as glamorous. There is ample space for a queen size bed, and there are three built in wardrobes on the left with soft touch doors. A 6 foot projector screen descends from above to transform the space into a cinema room, and speakers are also subtly inlaid to the ceiling. This room has an en suite bathroom which has large porcelain tiles on the floors and wall in olive grey and the shallow scoop hand basin is inlaid to a matching vanity unit for toiletries. There is a double walk in shower with a glass door and a large monsoon shower head, and the walls in here are complementary in a iridescent grey mosaic.
Returning to the hall, and past a separate WC and a cupboard to house the washing machine, you come to the slick and contemporary kitchen. glossy buttermilk units are topped with Corian worktops, just a shade darker. The chrome Franke sink is inlaid, and the eight ring electric hob and oven are integrated. The dishwasher and fridge freezer are also integrated, and the splash backs are glass and in dove grey.On the east side of the flat there is another entrance to the property, and therefore a second entrance hall with hooks for coats, and a cupboard to house the apartments centrally managed entertainment and sound systems.
There are two further peaceful double bedrooms on this side, but taking centre stage is the main bathroom. Oozing decadence, this room is almost entirely tiled in white porcelain with grey, and spanning the entire east side of the room is a roomy Steamist steam room with shower, behind a wall of glass. This can be lit from below by coloured spot lights for a true sensory experience, and there are further spots which can be dimmed to create atmosphere. The bathtub is freestanding and is eggshell in colour and shape with organic curves. There are double hand basins echo this, and they also have a double vanity unit below.This is a truly remarkable apartment which cannot fail to impress.
bear in mind...
This apartment doesn't have any outside space of its own, but you are ‘literally’ a stone’s throw from the beautiful beaches and lawns on Hove Seafront which great for summer picnics, barbecues and sunbathing.
where it is...
Shops: Local 1 min walk, city centre 10 min walk
Train Station: Hove Station 7 min walk
Seafront or Park: Hove Lawns and the seafront are a 1 min walk
Primary: Brunswick Primary, Hove Primary School
Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College
This high end, and stunning penthouse apartment is situated in a popular area with lots of local shops and the beach on your doorstep. The city centre shopping districts and parks are also within easy reach, and this house also offers easy access to Hove Station which has direct and fast links to the airports and London.