The attractive terraces to the west of Dyke Road lie on the border between Brighton and Hove; equidistant from the city centre, the beach and the South Downs National Park. Being surrounded by peace and greenery while remaining incredibly well-connected to the city is the primary reason why so many people flock to live here from the capital. Ideal for families and professionals alike, this Edwardian house has so many winning qualities, offering flexibility and the potential for extension to add space and value in one of the city’s property hotspots.
With plenty of kerb appeal, the immaculate exterior is a fine example of what to expect inside. The architectural detailing has been picked out in white against the newly repointed red brick façade, and the front elevation is quintessentially Edwardian with a beamed gable in white and wide box bay sash windows. There is a police-grade secure bike store in the front garden which may be negotiable with the sale, but if this is not required, you can add planting to form a lovely backdrop from the living room.
Stepping inside, it is immediately apparent this is a stylish and well-maintained home having been designed by the architect owner. It was previously sold as two flats in need of modernisation, so the current owner spent a year renovating and reconfiguring the space back to its former glory. This required brand new wiring, heating, plumbing and all new fixtures and fittings alongside refurbishing the property’s many original features – so you can rest assured it will minimise maintenance costs for many more years to come.
Not only has every element of the house been carefully considered with both form and function in mind, but it also comes with drawings and planning permission for a stunning loft conversion, plus drawings with permitted development rights to build into the side return to create a sun filled, open plan kitchen and dining room leading out to the garden. These are available to view upon request.
The ground floor reception rooms have been retained in their cellular form as it offers greater flexibility depending on need. Often families with older children appreciate separate reception areas for independent socialising, or the dining room would be ideal as a comfortable home office or fourth bedroom depending on need. These rooms have patinated oak engineered wood floors and to the front, the sitting room is filled with natural light via a wide box bay sash window. This creates the perfect space for seating and with new timber framed double glazing, it is completely quiet. The deep red and black marble fireplace takes centre stage and can be opened with some professional investigation; adding warmth and atmosphere to wintery evenings. These rooms and the walls between them and the hallway could all be opened up to create one bright and sociable space if desired, as many similar homes have proven.
Continuing through to the rear of the house, the hallway opens up to a space for hanging coats and bags. Here, there is access to a utility room where the new combination boiler (10 year warranty) is cleverly concealed alongside a ground floor shower room and WC – so useful in any shared space.
The kitchen sits at the far end with natural light streaming in from the south and west via a glazed door and window looking out to the garden and across the private land to the rear. From top to bottom this room has been renovated with volcanic stone flooring and acoustic sound proofed ceiling. Designed with functionality in mind and to optimise the space, it feels contemporary and stylish with a Terrazzo style countertop paired with streamlined, handle-free white cabinetry offering a host of storage solutions alongside an integrated oven, induction hob and dishwasher – all brand new and within their 1-year warranty. The fridge freezer is recessed in the under-stair space nearby, and the washing machine is in the utility room adjoining. It is clear to see how incredible an extension into the side return would be, with skylights and a dining area ideal for entertaining, and bi-fold doors leading out to the garden…. all food for thought.
Outside, the current owner wanted to bring some of the coastal scenery inland by creating a private beach feature complete with firepit, deckchairs and of course – pebbles. There is an area of patio close to the house for dining alfresco and the south westerly aspect ensures the garden is bathed in sunlight throughout the day. Beyond the original wall, the grassy land above the reservoir ensures the garden is not overlooked and the view is open and airy. This is a unique feature for a Brighton home where gardens are often bijou and are generally backed onto by another terrace.
The first floor has the quintessential layout for this period, where there are two double bedrooms with garden views to the rear.
Bedroom three sits at the far end while bedroom two sits centrally to the house, and the generous master bedroom spans the front with a wide box bay to mirror the one below it, looking out over the attractive architecture and silver birch trees in the street. All three rooms have been sensitively decorated with their original features celebrated to perfection, and while two have soft wool carpet underfoot, bedroom three has engineered walnut floorboards. The rear bedroom is currently being used as a spacious home office, but it is a comfortably sized double room which has the potential to add a door and balcony from which to enjoy the lovely viewpoint to the rear.
To the front, the master bedroom has a beautiful marble fire surround with decorative Art Nouveau tiles and ample space for large pieces of bedroom furniture. It would be possible to fit an en suite in here if need be as there is a second window and plenty of space, but as it stands, these rooms share use of the family bathroom.
Minimalist and uncluttered with a monochrome palette, the bathroom has a modern take on a period style with white brick wall tiles, black basalt volcanic floor tiles and an Edwardian style towel rail. The bath suite is contemporary with a shower above it, and the plumbing has already been installed for the loft conversion en suite.
Should you choose to take advantage of the planning and drawings for the loft conversion, you will see it is possible to create a large master bedroom suite spanning the entire second floor with a dormer to ensure plenty of headroom. There would be French doors opening to a Juliet balcony from which you would be able to see across the treetops of the local landscape to the sea – reminding you just how perfectly positioned you are here between the countryside and the coast.