Marine Gate, Marine Drive

  • £675,000
  • Flat / Apartment
  • Property Type
  • 2
  • Living Rooms
  • 4
  • Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Bathrooms
  • 1593
  • sq.ft
  • Double Garage
  • Parking

A fantasy blend of spectacular sea views, glittering city scape and beautiful Art Deco building surrounded by manicured grounds, built in 1939 for luxury living on the Sussex coast this landmark building has roared into the 21st century with energy efficient windows and statement entrances around a formal central garden. Secured by an entry system, CCTV and a concierge, Marine Gate’s friendly community stocks a private swap library, holds monthly coffee mornings and seasonal celebrations as well as hosting various clubs, and if you are looking for a lock up and leave, there is also a safe luggage drop and security patrol upon request.

With lift access, inside the apartment a hushed inner lobby with a deep mirrored cupboard for coats introduces you to the skilled interior design which subtly balances practical living with the glamour of its prime waterfront location: Double glass doors reveal an inviting room where a picture window frames open water and designer paper conceals a secret door to the utility area – so beach towels can go straight to the machine.

Together forming a magnificent sun filled space, a progression of beautiful receptions span the south face of the prime west wing and lined with windows, all invite company to embrace magnificent views over the Marina to the glory of open water. Designed for night or day, lit arches lead the way from room to room, where lit bookcases also add ambience in the evenings. The elegant dining room allows guests to relax in complete seclusion when seated and at the heart of the entertaining space, the artistic owners have raised a platform in front of the bay so guests can fully appreciate the astounding views of the water by day and a fascinating cityscape as it wakes at night. There is a quiet, comfortable seating area tucked away from the heat whilst the sun baked balcony is ideal for tapas in a holiday setting.

At the eastern end of the apartment, a romantic music room has a bank of windows watching over yachts coming into safe harbour as well as coastal views sweeping to the white cliffs at Telsecombe through the covered veranda, which is so bright it is used as an artist’s studio.

This streamlined kitchen is good to go. High spec integrated appliances include a Neff touch induction hob beneath an Elica hood, a grill/combi and separate fan oven with a warming tray at eye level as well as a dishwasher. With white reflective units topped by glittering working surfaces which glitter beneath a choice of lighting levels it is a look which won’t date, and there is a ‘back’ door which opens to an area where both rubbish and recycling are collected every day.

Tucked away around the corner, a spacious utility area has extra storage, plumbing for two machines and space for both a full size fridge and freezer.

Formerly the maids domain and hidden behind a secret door from the music room, a spacious lobby has a contemporary shower room with a statement porthole window picked out in mosaic. Next door, guests will love the peaceful double room which has fitted wardrobes, and it is worth noting that with folding doors between the music room and the other receptions, you could create a magnificent principal/guest bedroom wing with an en suite shower room, dressing room and veranda or comfortable children’s rooms in this area.

Currently a bedroom, luxury bathroom and home office all completely private beyond an inner lobby, it was originally designed as two bedrooms for the owners with a central luxury bathroom so they do not share a wall. The first of these is a restful refuge, used as a home office with all the storage you could dream of and open views over the city which sweep to the sea.

A serene sanctuary with a vista which stretches across historic Kemptown to the Monaco style entrance to the Marina and open sea, the large principal bedroom is not overlooked, and with soothing colour choice and a wall of built in closets including a shelving unit for lotions and potions, you won’t need to change a thing.

Agent's Thoughts

“With improvements underway on the Black Rock seafront and under discussion for a plot nearby, now is the time to buy this spacious luxury home which spans from east to west with a choice of open or enclosed balcony and a rare double garage.”
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Owner's Secret

“With glorious sea views from almost every room, the apartment is light and relaxing to return to, all the rooms are large and one level living is very easy. Having the sun all day makes it warm and welcoming in the evenings too, when we enjoy watching the city light up. The path to the waterfront restaurants of the Marina is opposite for lunch in the sun or a cab/bus will take you to the historic Lanes and theatres of the city in just a few minutes. There is a friendly community of mixed ages here, and there are a variety of events from coffee mornings and talks to carol singing in the lobby below us at Christmas. The block itself is very well run with a concierge who will take in parcels and let the maintenance man in if you are out. There are two lifts, so if one is being maintained you don’t have to use the stairs, the rubbish and recycling are collected every day, and we have appreciated the security patrol so you can relax knowing if anything goes wrong – like a leak for example-it will be dealt with whilst you’re away.”

Where It Is

Brighton & Hove is known for its beaches, arts festivals and international shopping – but also for its unique history, picturesque cultural centre and warm, inclusive community. Surrounded by the South Downs National Park we attract professionals and families seeking fresh air, good schools and a vibrant lifestyle. Tucked away from tourists but close to the beach, schools, park and golf course, there are plenty of local shops, bars and cafés serving your every need including Marmalade Café & Deli, Busby & Wilds Restaurant and Daddy Long Legs Bistro Bar. Kemptown Village also has plenty of amenities including a farmers market, and the waterfront restaurants, health club and cinemas of the Marina are just a short walk if you don’t want to drive. There is a regular bus service close by that runs past the hospital and Brighton College to the station, or along the coast. For those who need to commute by car, access to the A23/A27 is swift.

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