**Guide Price - £1,000,000-£1,200,000**
Full of sunshine and sea views this magnificent three bedroom maisonette opens to a south facing balcony and a belvedere from which to enjoy them. Grade I listed, this elegant seafront home has retained precious period features including your own Regency staircase, which ascends from the ground floor to the third, although there’s also a private lift carefully tucked away. The romantic master suite also looks over the English Channel and has a luxury shower room and a fabulous sauna. Outside, you’ll have access to 6 hectares of exclusive garden enclosures which have a tunnel to the beach, and this unique home is close to fashionable local shops, cafes and restaurants which lead to Kemp Town Village where you will find everything you need. The cosmopolitan Marina with its health club, cinemas, and restaurants is within walking distance and the historical Lanes and theatres are a five minute cab ride. It’s also close to bus routes to the centre of the city and the station, making life easy for home seekers or weekenders, and as it’s also within easy reach of the hospital, law courts, Amex, Queen’s Park and popular schools, including Brighton College, this historic home, built between 1824 and 1855, will also appeal to investors.
Style: Maisonette in Grade I Regency seafront terrace
Bedrooms: 3 double
Living rooms: 3 spacious
Area: 249 sq m 2,683 sq ft
Outside: South facing balcony, belvedere and access to the garden enclosures with tunnel to beach
Parking: Permit H zone
Location: Kemp Town
why you’ll like it:
This impressive Grade I listed terrace of stately Regency houses was the last to be completed in the Kemp Town Estate designed by Busby and Wilds for Thomas Kemp in 1825, and faces the sea. Set back from the coast road by a wall, gardens and service road with permit parking, these glorious buildings with giant doric porches surmounted by belvederes rise over five storeys and this maisonette spans three floors of one of these substantial properties.
The imposing front door, secured by an entry phone, opens into a communal hallway with delicate period features and which, most unusually, is shared by only one other apartment. The coded door to this lovely home is ahead, and you step into a welcoming hall, painted in the restrained tones of Farrow and Ball, where the Regency staircase spirals up past broad windows as far as the eye can see, whilst tucked discreetly at its foot, a very modern elevator awaits. It is also worth noting that the landings are so broad that the first has a chic guest cloakroom comfortably tucked away.
Designed to impress the rich and famous, this magnificent room certainly fulfils its brief with an interior design as compelling as the rolling waves of the English Channel outside, which are brought in with the sunshine by three sets of tall French doors which stretch all the way up from the gleaming wood floor to the decorative ceiling, handmade plaster scrolls and friezes of flowers and figures. With their original shutters they also have, unusually for a Grade I listed building, discreet second doors sheltering the room from the winter storms. There’s ample space to relax or to entertain, and in the far wall, an ornate white marble fireplace is carved with shells. Two of the sets of the south doors open to a wrought iron balcony ideal for friends to spill onto, whilst the third set lead through to the spacious, vaulted belvedere, so whatever the weather, you can enjoy the open sea and coast line which sweeps from the Marina in the east, over the pier and on to the bay of Worthing in the west.
the kitchen/diner and utility
Dine in style in this elegant kitchen diner which is privately at the back of the building and beautifully designed in sympathy with the age of the building. The high ceiling has a fine frieze around the dining area and there are also traditional, glass shelves. The kitchen is discrete but sociable, tucked away in its own space. Ivory units and black granite work surfaces are stylish and are well matched with navy wall tiles giving a classic finish. The Aeg touch induction hob is integrated beneath an extractor and the high spec electric grill and oven are in a tower with a matching steel warming drawer and pan store underneath. The fridge, freezer and dishwasher are all integrated for you, so you’ll have everything you need and there’s no need to clutter the space up as there’s a separate utility area on the next landing.
the master suite and sauna
All about relaxing in a magnificent setting, the comfortable master bedroom has the restful proportions of the Regency period and magnificent views across open water framed by the two south facing windows, so large that you can even enjoy them from bed. There’s a handsome marble fireplace and stately coving, although you step straight into the 21st century in the chic shower room, lined in glistening stone with a large shower which has a dual head system, a heated rail for your towels and sleek drawers beneath the broad hand basin. It would be surprising if all this doesn’t refresh you after a hot day in the city, but just in case, outside on the landing, there’s a fully equipped sauna.
the guest suite and third bedroom
At the back of the building, the quiet guest room is a generous double with fascinating open views over gardens and black and white cobbled walls of the mews houses below, so it’s also very private. Next door, the modern bathroom is traditional in style with a shower attachment above the bath and silver wall tiles add a touch of glamour. Glorious sea views await in the third spacious bedroom with a lofty ceiling adding to the light and airy feel, and with a connecting door to the master room it would be an ideal nursery or bedroom for staff.
the study and attic
On its own, so private and peaceful on the top floor, the study has fascinating views across the eclectic architecture of Kemp Town and behind you, a curtain conceals the last few steps of the stone staircase and mahogany rail, and there’s a fixed ladder up to a mezzanine area, so storage simply isn’t an issue in this charming and unique home.
the garden enclosures
Covering several acres and beautifully planted, the manicured gardens are for the exclusive use of the residents of the Busby and Wilds original design of Arundel Terrace, Sussex Square, Lewes Crescent and Chichester Terrace, and the secret tunnel to the beach is said to have inspired Lewis Carol’s rabbit hole in his novel ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’.
bear in mind
You have the best of all worlds as the Downs and the beach are nearby and local shops, cafes and bistro pubs serve your every immediate need.
what the owner says
“We have loved the balcony and belvedere as stress simply falls away whilst you watch the sea, and the Regency staircase makes this home feel special.”
what’s around you
Shops: Local 2 minute walk, The Lanes a 5 minute cab ride
Train Station: Brighton Station about 15 minutes on the bus
Seafront or park: The beach is 5 minutes through the tunnel from the acres of garden opposite
Primary: St Marks
Secondary: Varndean, Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College, The Steiner School, Brighton and Hove High
Brighton is a cosmopolitan coastal resort famous for its history and flamboyant Royal Pavilion as well as its beaches, Pier and glamorous Marina. Known for its festivals celebrating the arts and relaxed, café culture there are countless shops, restaurants and bars to explore along the seafront, in the characterful Georgian Lanes or in the fashionable central shopping districts and all are easy to reach from this Grade I listed home. This beautiful Regency terrace is by the beach and is just a stroll from the fashionable Kemp Town Village which hosts the hospital and good schools including the award winning Brighton College. The Marina is a short stroll with a myriad of restaurants to choose from as well as cinemas and a health club. The law courts and Amex are within walking distance and the Downs, a park and 72 par golf course are just a short walk away. It is also close to several bus routes serving the city centre, coast and Brighton station, with its fast links to Gatwick and London and for those who need to commute by car, the A23 and A27 are both readily accessible and there’s no waiting list for permit zone H.