Designed and built by Hyde homes in 2015, these attractive low-rise developments have been sensitively blended into their green surroundings; set back from the road by mature trees and perfectly positioned between two of the city’s prettiest parks. Constructed from locally sourced materials, this building has a ‘fabric first’ approach to sustainability, and its eco credentials are further enhanced by solar panels on the roof which contribute to the energy requirements of the communal areas. The exterior is a stunning mix of pale gault brick, black steel and glazing, and its modern architectural design is beautifully softened by the planting on its borders.
You approach on the Hove Park side, up a wide path towards a glazed door, where a secure video system allows entry. A second secure door takes you through to the communal ways which are sleek and beautifully maintained, and a lift takes you up to the second floor where your door is clearly numbered.
Once inside, it is immediately apparent that this is a stylish and well-designed apartment. The broad entrance hall has bounteous storage for coats, shoes and household items and it feels warm and welcoming.
First however, peacefully tucked away from the main living area looking out over the rear of the building are two generous double bedrooms. The principal room has a built-in wardrobe, and both enjoy soft carpet underfoot and tranquil views of the communal garden. This was designed by award-winning landscape gardener Nicholas Dexter who planted wild flowers in areas adding some welcome colour amongst the lush greenery, but also to attract an abundance of wildlife. The bedrooms are decorated in neutral tones, and triple glazing ensures both heat and sound insulation for a completely restful night’s sleep.
Easily accessible from the bedrooms, the bathroom has a modern bath suite with a shower over it. Large format ceramic tiles in natural stone tones line the floor and walls, so you can add a pop of colour with toiletries and towels.
Designed to maximise the natural daylight, the open plan living room and kitchen is predominantly glazed on the southerly wall with sliding doors leading out to the decked balcony. During the summer it becomes an extension of the room and a lovely place to sit in looking out over the period properties within the local landscape.
The Symphony kitchen forms an L shape along the rear wall, and not only does it not impose on the space; it is an attractive feature in the room with gleaming, handle-less units in cashmere and white, topped with hardwearing Silestone. Below this the appliances have been integrated, and these include a fridge and a freezer, a dishwasher, a washer/dryer, oven and an induction hob. It is a fantastically sociable space designed for both entertaining and family life, with ample space for formal dining and for comfortable sofas.
The parking area has a secure gated entry, and it is accessible via the lift from inside the building. Most of the apartments are owner-occupied, but with such excellent security, many people have second homes here; rest assured they can just ‘lock-up and leave’.