regency potential £275,000 - £295,000
Bursting with original features and character, this two-bedroom Regency apartment is full of potential to be brought back to its original grandeur. It resides on the second floor of a striking Regency townhouse in the centre of Brighton, just seconds from the bustling shops of Western Road and a minute from the beach. It is spread over the upper two floors, so it feels more spacious than most, and while it is fine to move straight into, there is opportunity for modernisation inside to add real value. Being so favourably located; amid everything this thriving coastal city has to offer, it would make a superb holiday home, but also perfect for developers, first time buyers and commuters alike due to the proximity to Brighton Station.
Style: 2nd floor Regency apartment
Bedrooms: 2 double
Living rooms: 1 open plan
Area: 798 sq. ft. 74.1 sq. m.
Location: Montpelier and Clifton Hill CA
Parking: Residents Permit Zone Z
Why you’ll like it:
Montpelier Road feels grand as it sweeps down to the sea, lined with mature trees and magnolia townhouses, adorned with intricate architectural detailing and iron work on their curved facades. This smart terrace has a unique look however, with pale gault brick detailing above fresh cream render, and with classic pilasters around the doors. You approach up the original tiled path, and into the communal hallway where stairs take you to the first floor, where your door is clearly numbered to the left.
A sweet entrance hall welcomes you, where there are hooks for coats, and an internal staircase take you up to the main body of the flat. Lit naturally from the west through a generous sash window, the stairwell adds to the sense of space and light in the flat, and smart charcoal carpets run right through for continuity. These flow into bedroom two which is first on the right, and is peacefully positioned looking out over the lush tropical planting of the gardens below. From this elevated position, you can see over the rooftops under far-reaching skies, and facing west, the sunsets are a delight. This room is a double, with built-in storage to maximise the floor space, and the original fire surround adds interest.
Conveniently, the main bathroom is next door and has a fresh clean décor in white and mint, including a mosaic border around the bath. This has a traditional shower attachment, and while everything is in fine working order, you could improve the finish for very little cost.
The front room has the gracious proportions that you would expect from these Regency homes, and the front wall with two sash windows follows the curve of the building. These look out over the bustling, shopping thoroughfare, yet you are raised above it so it is not intrusive, and ahead, piercing the skyline is Brighton’s newest landmark: The i360.
Partially open the room but with a half-dividing wall, the kitchen is modern with practical light worktops, an integrated oven and gas hob, and a freestanding fridge and washing machine below the counter. All are in excellent condition, but yet again, there is certainly room for modernisation, which would transform this bright and sociable space.
Bedroom one is found on the top floor, and is formed within the loft conversion. It is wonderfully tranquil up here, and it also benefits from its own shower and hand basin; both in the same style as the bathroom below. There is a vast amount of storage within the eaves which could be incorporated into the room, and this has already been done along one side where a well-lit and sizable hanging area for clothes has been built-in.
There is a wonderful energy to this area of the city, and apartments like this - with such potential, are in high demand, so it is sure to attract the attentions of many.
Bear in mind:
There is a waiting list for this parking zone, but with excellent transport links and cycle paths, plus most of the city accessible on foot, you may prefer to be car free.
“If you have a vibrant social life, then this is the place to be. You are in the middle of both Brighton and Hove’s social scenes, and with the beach so close by you don’t miss having a garden at all.”
Where it is:
Shops: Local 1 min walk, city centre 5 min walk
Train Station: Brighton Station 10 min walk
Seafront or Park: St Anne’s Well Gardens 6 min walk, Seafront 1 min walk
Primary: Brunswick Primary, Hove Primary School
Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College
This quirky flat is beautifully situated in a popular area with lots of local shops and the beach nearby. The city centre shopping districts and parks are also within easy reach, and this home also offers easy access to Brighton Station which has direct and fast links to the airports and London.