Built and completed in the 1850s to echo the Nash developments in London, these Regal homes were putting Brighton firmly on the map as one of the most desirable places to live outside the capital. Almost two centuries later, they continue to attract people to the city, now containing generous apartments surrounding beautifully manicured gardens close to the sea and promenade.
This apartment sits to the rear of a Grade II listed house on the westerly curve of the crescent. Stepping into the house via a grand portico entrance, the scale of the building becomes apparent. The ceilings soar within the entrance hall, abundant with period features rising up to the first-floor landing where you enter this apartment.
From the moment you enter, the unique layout and character of this apartment are clear. The living room opens out before you with tall French doors leading out to the sizable roof terrace which more than doubles the living space during the warmer seasons. The ceiling rises up double height to the mezzanine kitchen which adds to the feeling of space within, and there are clearly defined areas for dining, working and relaxation. The décor is fresh and smart with off-white walls and fawn carpets to suit all styles of furnishing, and there are built-in cupboards to ensure the flat remains clutter free.
Outside, the views are urban yet historic with the city’s roof lines, chimney stacks and church spiers sitting below big, open skies. Facing west with an open aspect to the south, this area receives the sunshine right through the day until it sets, so it is a real suntrap and a lovely place to retire to after a long day on the beach.
Returning inside, a spiral staircase leads up to the kitchen which looks down over the reception area allowing the chef to remain sociable when entertaining guests. It has been really well-designed in here to include space saving storage and shelving within alcoves and an integrated fridge, oven and hob.
A second wooden spiral staircase with iron balustrades then rises up to the top floor where there is another entrance should you need it (useful for moving furniture in and out), and a utility area with space and plumbing for the washing machine. The central heating boiler is in the bedroom cupboard. The double bedroom and bathroom are on this level, so the views from the rear only improve the further up the house you go. There is even a fire-escape balcony which offers another space to sit out as the sun goes down. This is a fine size double with a wall of built-in wardrobes which have space for chests of drawers too, and the shower room is easily accessible. This has been modernised in more recent years with a spacious rainfall corner shower and brick tiling behind the basin and contemporary vanity unit.