- Spacious Period Apartment
- Original Features
- Sought After Location
- 2 Large Double Bedrooms
- Bespoke Kitchen
- En Suite Bathroom
- Communal Garden
- Share of Freehold
- Parking Zone N
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SPACIOUS 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT WITH PRIVATE BALCONY IN ICONIC VICTORIAN MANSION WITH COMMUNAL GARDENS AND GARAGE.
Situated in the area recently named as the most sought-after location in England and Wales for young professionals, this two bedroom apartment is ideally placed for all that Brighton and Hove has to offer. Located in The Drive conservation area, just moments away from both the seafront and the bustling caf culture of Church Road, Hove train station is close at hand with convenient mainline commuter links to London.
Set within the grandeur of one of The Drive's distinctive Grade II listed terracotta houses, this first floor home seamlessly blends contemporary interior design with a host of original features dating back to the 1890s. An extensive living room, two large double bedrooms and a private balcony all combine to create a highly impressive sense of light and space. Share of Freehold. Communal Gardens. Communal Garage for Storage. No Onward Chain.
In More Detail - - Designed by AM Measures and built by the renowned builder William Willett, the steeply pitched roofs, stained glass windows and tall angular chimney stacks offer a fantastic example of the Flemish/Queen Anne Revival style.
From the original wall panels, staircase and stained glass windows of the communal hallway to the apartments tall ceilings, cornicing and heritage colour scheme, this central Hove home is beautifully presented throughout.
Inside - - The rich tones of the wood floor in the spacious living room provide a warm contrast to the pastel green walls. Beautifully lit by a wide bay window, a feature fireplace provides a traditional focal point, while the immense floor space engenders an elegant feel easily accommodating plenty of room for both seating and dining.
A doorway opens onto the bespoke Haven Interiors kitchen where Shaker-style cabinets offer a wealth of storage. Sleek granite countertops nestle beneath matching splashbacks while their etched grooves flow into an under-mounted sink, and a deep breakfast bar sits within the eye-catching curved bay window. Well-appointed with an impressive array of Neff and AEG integrated appliances, a wall-mounted Elica extractor hood adds a contemporary twist to this superb period property.
A wall of refined walnut Shoji doors, made with authentic Japanese paper, slide open to reveal fitted wardrobes that offer ample storage without encroaching on the aesthetics of the large master bedroom. Natural light tumbles in from a wide sash bay window, while the soft grey walls emphasise the tall ceilings. Continuing the sympathetic mix of period and contemporary styles, the en suite bathroom adds a touch of luxury with its modern suite and walk-in shower.
Echoing the immense proportions of the living room, a second double bedroom offers a huge amount of versatility to become a separate sitting room, formal dining room or work from home space. Generating an incredible sense of space, the wood floor stretches out across the room beneath the high Victorian skirting boards, while a picture perfect period fireplace with its pretty patterned tiles reminds you once again of the charm and character that this William Willet home has to offer. Tall sash windows offer views of the attractive communal garden and French doors open onto a stone balcony perfectly extending this graceful room still further.
A distinguished stained glass window allows ample natural light to flow into the well-sized family shower room where stone tiles encompass a rectangular inset basin and a large walk-in shower with its contemporary rain head. A deep recessed utility cupboard discreetly houses Bosch laundry appliances, while a Valiant combi-boiler is found within another.
Outside - - Offering the perfect space to enjoy evening drinks, the French doors of the second bedroom open onto a wide stone balcony overlooking the landscaped communal gardens. Creating an idyllic retreat from the hubbub of daily life, this is a lovely place to relax in the sun with the weekend papers.
Tended by a gardener, the mature selection of Photinia, palms and holly plants that border the large well-kept lawn provide a lovely sense of privacy to the communal garden. The highly peaceful outdoor space allows you to chase the sun to your hearts content or enjoy outdoor meals with your neighbours.
A communal garage provides convenient allocated storage space, while the driveway has room for up two cars on a first come first basis.
Seller Insight - - "It's so extraordinarily quiet here. It's unbelievable how peaceful it is, especially when you're in the bedroom. You just don't hear anything - it's wonderful.
When we first saw this apartment ten years ago, we'd never seen a flat with three proportionally-sized rooms like this before. It's so spacious and airy, having the rooms pretty much the same size was a big plus point for us.
We love the view of the garden and the convenience of the location as well as the security of being on the first floor. We've got great access to Hove station which is great for when you need to commute to work.
We'll really miss being able to stroll to the seafront and the amount of space we have living here. However, now that the renovations of the exterior are well underway we'll also be sad not to see this house realise its full potential."
In The Local Area - - Hove's BN3 area was recently named as the most sought-after location in England and Wales for young professionals. Leading onto Grand Avenue, The Drive is ideally located for all that Brighton and Hove has to offer.
The bustling caf culture, shops, bars and restaurants of Church Road, George Street and Blatchington Road are only a very short walk away and the green open spaces of St Ann's Well Gardens and Hove Park are within easy reach.
A short leisurely stroll, straight down Grand Avenue takes you to Hove Lawns and the seafront, while regular bus services travel all across the city and up to Devil's Dyke.
Hove mainline station is within easy walking distance, approximately under half a mile away, providing convenient mainline commuter links to London and Gatwick.
Local schools include St Andrew's C of E (Aided) Primary School, St Christopher's School, Brunswick Primary School and Hove Park School and Sixth Form Centre. The recently opened Bilingual School is only a brief walk through Hove Park on the way to the Waitrose superstore.
While you're out and about, Brighton & Hove City Council and BT have joined forces to make free Wi-Fi available from their network of 40 hotspots at a range of locations across the city centre. The Drive benefits from Superfast Broadband access with average speeds up to 200Mbps, ideal for those who work from home.
At the moment there is a waiting list for a Residents Parking permit in this area which is situated in Parking Zone N and operates from 9am-8pm Monday to Sunday. Currently the property is in Council Tax band D which was charged at £1,703.81 for 2017/18.
We wish to inform prospective purchasers that we have prepared these sales particulars as a general guide. We have not carried out a detailed survey, nor tested the services, appliances and specific fittings.
Room sizes are approximate.
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