Gracefully proportioned and full of sunshine, this large five- bedroom Edwardian home has been sensitively brought into the 21st century whilst retaining beautiful period detail and now provides spacious, sociable rooms including a fabulous family room which opens to the unusually large garden. Ideal for families as it’s close to parks in a good school catchment area, socialites and weekenders will enjoy being close to the theatres and relaxed café culture of both Church and Western Road, whilst investors and commuters will approve of the 10 minute walk to the station and local access to buses which journey through Brighton and Hove, along the coast and to the South Downs National Park.
Style: Edwardian terraced house 1905
Bedrooms: 5: 4 double, 1 single
Living rooms: 2
Area: 2124 sq. ft. 197.3 sq. m.
Outside: Front and back gardens
Parking: Permit zone O
why you’ll like it
This quiet family house has a sought-after address and it’s privately set back from the leafy street by a garden. The front door’s sheltered by the romantic Juliette balcony above it and inside, the hallway’s inviting with delicate finials introducing you to the art nouveau features you’ll discover throughout this unique home.
Afternoon sunshine greets you as you step into an elegant living room of restful proportions and subtle decoration, and there are traditional, hand crafted shelves and cupboards on each side of the handsome period fireplace, which has art nouveau tiles. A light and comfortable space in which to relax with family or to entertain friends, in winter months the room transforms into a warm, welcoming haven when you light the open fire and dim the lights.
Past under stair storage and a guest cloakroom, double doors reveal a bright and cheerful kitchen/diner with a skylight by French doors into the garden, so your guests can dine beneath the stars inside or out. Safely tucked away from the social flow, family friendly units are topped by sturdy wood surfaces. The gas hob’s beneath a country style hood, the grill and oven are thoughtfully at eye level and there’s plumbing for a dishwasher. A big cupboard keeps the space uncluttered, and conceals plumbing for a washing machine, and the boiler’s also ingeniously hidden away.
In the far wall, broad doors lead into the fabulous family room which seamlessly blends the old with the new: there’s a leaded window to the side, whilst the far wall, which is almost all glass, is double glazed with the central doors sweeping out to the sun terrace, and the beautifully carved fireplace now houses an easy flame effect gas “wood burning stove”. There’s ample room to work or play and in the summer, the large garden becomes a part of the house.
Outside, there’s a paved terrace for al fresco dining and an unusually big lawn, bordered by mature shrubs and scented by fruit trees. At the far end, there’s a second paved area for quiet chats when the children are in bed and there’s a bike shed by the gate to the secure back path.
Returning inside, at the top of the stairs the house really spreads its wings. The family bathroom’s simple but stylish with a shaped bath which has a shower above it and there’s a heated rail for towels. To the east, there’s a quiet single bedroom and a spacious double, which has a mezzanine sleeping platform with a skylight and looks over the garden.
Heading west, the third bedroom’s a generous double with leafy views and a charming fireplace. At the front, the peaceful master bedroom spans the full width of the house. The period fireplace has beautiful tiles and matching hearth, and there are big windows and a door to the balcony in the west wall.
Upstairs, a 2003 loft conversion has a contemporary bathroom with a shower attachment and a room behind it raising interesting questions of dressing rooms or studies, and the private vaulted double bedroom has velux windows in both roofs, so its light and airy, too.
bear in mind:
This big house offers a rare combination of timeless elegance and a sociable modern lifestyle and has an unusually large garden.
what the owner says:
“We have loved the family feel of the house which has been beautifully versatile. It’s always been full of our children’s friends as it was ideal for younger ones with the big garden, the beach and the park so close and as they grew older, the shops, cinemas and restaurants are easy to get to.”
what’s around you
Shops: Local 5-10 minute walk, 7 Dials and Church road under a 5 minute drive
Train Station: Hove Station 10-15 minute walk, Brighton station 20 minute walk
Seafront or Park: Hove Green 5- minutes walk, seafront is about a 20 minute walk, 7 by bike
Primary: Cottesmore St Mary, Somerhill
Secondary: Cardinal Newman, Hove Park, BHASVIC, Blatchington Mill
Private: Windlesham, Lancing Prep, Brighton College, Brighton and Hove High
Brighton & Hove 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 Lanes or in the fashionable central shopping districts and all are easy to reach from this beautiful home. Quietly located in a popular area well served for shops and parks, it’s just a stroll from both a good primary and secondary school. It’s also close to several bus routes which go to the city centre, coast and the Downs, giving older children a degree of independence and Hove station, with its fast links to Gatwick and London is a short walk. For those who need to commute by car, the A23 and A27 are both readily accessible and there’s permit parking.