Built as a Vicarage in 1910, this bright six bedroom home is in an exclusive location on the west side of the leafy Queen’s Park within walking distance of the beach, the Lanes and Theatres. The popular area of Kemp Town close by hosts popular schools including the award winning Brighton College as well as the hospitals, Law Courts and innumerable shops and restaurants. Finished to an exacting standard, this generously proportioned property has been extended and improved to provide an elegant family home with rare off street parking and a spacious, landscaped garden.
Style: Edwardian detached house
Living rooms: 4
Area: 4080 sq ft 379 sq m
Outside: Spacious garden
Parking: Off street parking
Location: Queen’s Park
Why you’ll like it:
In a prestigious location by a large park with tennis courts, lake, a café and children’s playground, this beautiful home has easy access to all that this fashionable coastal city has to offer and is also well placed for those who need to commute as the station and A23/27 are within easy reach. Tucked away between the cultural heart of the city and the schools, cafes and hospitals of Kemp Town Village, this big white house- which is almost uniquely detached in this road- looks inviting with a front garden and hardstanding scented with lavender and the private side entrance still impresses with its stained glass and original bell. Inside does not disappoint with a wide lobby with ample room for coats, boots and bags which opens into a large welcoming hallway which has wood panelling and charming period features including a magnificent leaded window bearing the initials of the original owners, beneath which is a discreet guest cloakroom and access to the wine cellar.
The Reception and Formal Dining Room
Full of sunlight, these comfortable rooms exhibit the pared back elegance of the interior design throughout this home. The proportions are generous, the ceilings high and the subtle use of colour keeps the focus on the magnificent leaded windows at the front of the house which bring in restful views of the park. Each room has an open fireplace and the dining room, currently used as a quiet study, has plenty of storage already in place for you.
The Playroom and Kitchen/Diner
With designer paper, wood panelling and oak floor the playroom is both practical and stylish. Windows running almost the whole length of the south wall ensure it is another bright room to enjoy and at the far end the door opens into the fabulous kitchen/diner which can also be reached through the hall. Beautifully designed to balance stylish entertaining and family needs, the open snug and dining area runs along the whole of the back of the house, with a sky light so that you can dine beneath the stars and the west wall is all glass, sliding across to bring the outside in, whilst the kitchen is tucked safely away from the flow of people but still allows the cook to be sociable. The grey and white units are topped by smooth stone and as you would expect of a home of this quality all of the high spec appliances, including the gas hob, twin ovens, microwave and warming tray are integrated and there is even a drinks fridge beneath the central island which doubles as a breakfast bar.
Extending out beyond the width of this detached house, the garden is both broad and deep. The ground floor rear wall is made up of four sliding doors, which you can open in any configuration you choose to bring in the paved sun terrace at the same level as the kitchen, with lighting in situ for al fresco dining and a path to the side gate, ideal for bikes and boards. Wide steps lead up to the children’s level which has a lawn made private and shaded by mature trees and bamboo. With a wooden bespoke outdoor gym, which is flood lit at night.
The Master Suite
At the front of the house, and with windows in both the east and south walls, this spacious suite is light filled and has relaxing views across to the trees of the park. Wallpaper discreetly shimmers and there is a fireplace to your right. Behind you is a glamorous walk in closet and next to it, a big, bright wet room is large enough for both a claw foot bath and a separate shower with a dual head system.
The First Floor
The second double bedroom is also at the front of the house and is big and bright with a large bay window facing Queen’s Park. Heading towards the back of the house, the large family bathroom has a double ended bath as well as a shower and the bird theme of the magnificent leaded window making up much of the north wall of the house is continued on the window in here. Opposite, an airy bedroom looks over the garden as does the peaceful fourth bedroom, and cleverly tucked away is a surprisingly large utility room.
The Top Floor
Up past a line of windows and under a skylight, you arrive on a vaulted landing big enough for sofas and a t.v. and high enough for a sleeping platform. Two large and private bedrooms are on each side of this landing, both ready to move into with lots of windows, good storage and chic en suite shower rooms.
Bear in mind:
This beautifully refurbished home is, unusually for this location, detached and has off street parking.
“This is a very easy house to live in and the location is safe and friendly as well as convenient”
Where it is:
Shops: Local shops 2 minute walk, St James’ Street 8 minutes, The Lanes about 15
Train Station: Brighton mainline 10 minutes by bus, a 20 minute walk
Seafront or park: Park is opposite, Seafront about 5- 10 minute walk
Primary: Queen’s Park Primary, St Luke’s
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College, Brighton and Hove High, Roedean, Lancing
Queen’s Park is very popular, particularly with young professionals and families because of its proximity to the Hospital, seafront and popular schools including the award winning Brighton College. Centrally located, with the fashionable Lanes, Theatre and seafront within an easy walk, Brighton’s mainline station and the A23 are also within easy reach, making this home a viable prospect for those requiring fast and frequent access to the Airports or London.