Brimming with character and deceptively spacious, this bright and open one-bedroom flat is a real treat. It is formed from the lower ground floor of a smart Victorian townhouse, in the increasingly popular area between Preston Circus and Fiveways, so you are well-connected to the city, the universities and London commuter links. Inside, the rooms are generously proportioned and have retained some period detail, and these have been combined with contemporary fixtures to create a comfortable home you can move straight into. It also benefits from a share of the freehold, a sweet patio garden, and there is potential to add value or simply put your own stamp on the place, so this flat would suit first time buyers, downsizers and investors alike, and is sure to be coveted by many.
Style: Patio flat in a Victorian terrace
Bedrooms: 1 double
Living Rooms: 1 spacious
Area: 554 SQ.FT. 50.6 SQ.M.
Outside: Rear patio garden and planting to the front
Location: Ditchling Rise/Preston Circus
Parking: Residents permit zone J
Why you’ll like it
Set well back from the road by a neat front garden, this house has a newly decorated, fresh white façade, adorned with the quintessential detailing of the Victorian period. It is not only the attractive architecture which draws people to this area, but also the proximity to the city, the station, and several popular gastropubs – all residing within a vibrant and friendly community. As its name suggests, Ditchling Rise sweeps up one of Brighton’s famous hills, but luckily this flat sits near the bottom where it flattens out, making the access into town even simpler.
You approach down a few stone steps to your own, covered street entrance where there is a deep outside store room. Upon entry, the size and depth of the flat becomes apparent, as your line of sight takes you right through the flat to the bright kitchen at the far end. You are welcomed in to a long entrance hall, which is wider than expected, with high ceilings and creamy wool carpets which flow into the living room and bedroom to the right.
Facing south, this is a gloriously bright room with a wide bay window spanning it width. While it is technically a lower ground flat, it does not feel as such as the front garden gently slopes down allowing the natural light to fill the room. Even with a king size bed and several pieces of bedroom furniture, the space is not compromised in the slightest, and there is still potential to build wardrobes into the alcoves if need be.
The original hallway has been opened to the living room to create an even more generous space, where there is ample space for comfortable sofas and a dining table and chairs. The original fireplace has an attractive cream surround and titian metro brick tiling, and while this has not been open in recent years, this could house a wood burning stove, with some professional investigation. Bespoke ply shelving, with the stylish striped edging, has been fitted into the alcoves for your books and ornaments, and these can also be found in the kitchen.
This is a generous size for a one-bedroom conversion flat, and you access through a double width opening from the living room which adds to the sense of space, while allowing the natural light to flow through. Carpet makes way for natural slate tiling in here which complements the white walls and the white gloss units which are topped with solid oak for warmth and durability. The electric oven, gas hob and extractor fan have been integrated for you, and space has been left for a tall fridge freezer and a washing machine below the combi gas boiler.
You access the garden from here, and like many city gardens it is bijou, but it can be made very pretty with colourful pots and plants, and you can happily sit and dine out here during the warmer months when it becomes a tranquil and welcome extension of the space.
The bathroom is found at the far end of the flat, with a contemporary white suite, a shower over the bath, and iridescent mosaic brick tiling adds a splash of colour. A tall heated towel rail in chrome and a continuation of the natural slate flooring from the kitchen, completes the look.
Bear in Mind:
London Road Station is just 30 seconds away up the hill, and from here you can get to Central Brighton in one minute, or it runs to both Brighton and Sussex universities, and on to Lewes, Eastbourne and the South Downs for days out in the countryside.
‘We have loved living here as you are so well-connected to explore the city, yet it is incredibly quiet too. We walk everywhere, and with the newly regenerated Preston Circus on our doorstep, and the Signalman just up the hill, we rarely need to venture any further into town for a night out.’
Where it is
Shops: Local 1 min walk, North Laines 8 min walk
Station: London Road 1 min walk Brighton 12 min walk
Seafront or Park: The Level 5 min walk, seafront 15-20 min walk
Primary: Downs Infant and Junior Schools
Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College
This is a fantastic flat in a popular location which is well served for shops, parks and schools. There are plenty of local green spaces, and great transport links, but you are also only a short walk from everything this vibrant coastal city has to offer. The A23/A27 and stations are also within easy reach, for those requiring fast links to the universities, Gatwick or London on a daily or weekly basis.