Beautifully renovated with a refined eye for interiors and a sleek, minimalist approach; this Victorian terrace is immediately impressive. It also has generous room proportions, high ceilings and a wonderful westerly garden with a Scandi inspired outdoor office which has been treated with the same precision and style. The house is spread over three floors, and from its hillside position it enjoys far reaching views across the city and down to the sea. It has two sizable double bedrooms plus a loft room and two reception rooms on the ground floor making it a wonderfully versatile house for families and professionals alike, and it is gloriously bright throughout due to its east/west orientation and open, linear layout. The house sits in the renowned ‘Golden Triangle’ district of the city, so it is within catchment for some of the city’s most popular schools, and with both Brighton and Preston Park Stations just a stroll away, it is perfect for commuters too. Being so favourably located and with a quality finish, this home is sure to be snapped up.
Style: Terraced Victorian townhouse
Bedrooms: 3 double
Living Rooms: 2 including generous kitchen diner
Area: 1203 SQ.FT 117.8 SQ.M
Outside: West facing, walled rear garden with home office
Location: Golden Triangle/Preston Park
Parking: Residents permit zone J
Why you’ll like it:
Brighton’s ‘Golden Triangle’ district is the ideal location for anyone wishing to remain close to the city, but also yearning for the peaceful greenery of the countryside. You are equidistant to both here, and Chester Terrace sits in its midst; lined with trees and a Victorian terraces sloping beautifully south, towards the sea. This house sits halfway up the hill on the westerly side - highly favoured, catching the last of the sun and enjoying the urban landscape to the rear - and it is attractive on approach with an ornate red brick facade and a manicured Green Rooms front garden. The wide bay windows and architectural features have been picked out in white, and the original tiled path paves the way to your door.
As soon as you enter, the scale of the house becomes apparent where you have a direct line of sight right through the kitchen to the garden beyond, and its is immediately clear this is a beautifully designed home. A soothing, neutral palette runs throughout, and the original floorboards are immaculate having been sanded and varnished in warm honey tones. Just two years ago, the house was fully refurbished to a very high standard, and only the finest quality materials were used in its creation. Both front bays, and first floor bedrooms windows were replaced with timber framed, double glazed sashes; in keeping with the period, and on the ground floor to the rear, the windows and doors have been replaced with double glazed, charcoal aluminium frames - to stunning effect.
First on the right is the through living and dining room which is a fantastic space for all seasons as you have garden access during summer, and being heavily glazed on both the east and westerly walls, the natural light floods in throughout the day. During the cooler seasons, it feels homely with a gas ‘wood-burner’ style stove, which heats the room quickly and adds character, so you can curl up on comfortable sofas with movie or a book. The bay is adorned with wide slat, Shutterly Fabulous shutters in white which provide both style and privacy, and a second door joins the dining area to the kitchen for easy access at dinner parties.
Having been extended in previous years, the kitchen has two defined areas for cooking and dining. The units are seamless in delicate dove-grey gloss, and these have been paired with Apollo Slab Tech work surfaces in white which also form a bespoke, curved breakfast bar creating a social space where guests can sit and chat to you as you cook. All high-end appliances have been integrated for you including a stainless steel dishwasher, a washing machine, tall frost-free fridge freezer, dual ovens and a five-ring induction hob with extractor. To complement these the floor is engineered oak in ashen tones, and stepping down to the dining area, the floor is tiled in urban-grey ceramic - all of which is heated from below to ensure your toes stay toasty whatever time of year.
From here, the entire westerly wall opens to the garden via bi-folding doors, so it becomes an extension of the house during more clement weather, and the whole space has been expertly designed. Chevron brick paving forms a patio area, leading to a flint and slate wall and step up to the lawn. The beds surrounding are a treat for the senses with a fig tree and a plethora of herbs, and spanning the rear of the garden is the outdoor office. Built to the highest specifications, it is fully insulated and clad in cedarwood. The Door and window frames mirror the rear of the house, and inside, the same engineered wood lines the floor. This is a room for use all year round; heated by a full height radiator, and with electricity and internet connectivity. It could be used as a guest bedroom, a study space, a gym or studio dependent on need, but it is certainly an aesthetically pleasing building which is a real bonus for the house.
The garden is completely private too; particularly on the side return patio which is a fantastic spot to sit out on a summer’s evening, tucked away, yet in the last of the sunshine. This has been decked with Millboard, so it will last for years and suffers none of the problems of standard timber decking.
Returning to the house, wooden stairs take you to the half-landing where bedroom two is ahead; peacefully positioned to the rear of the house, looking out over the gardens. This room is a fine size double with plenty of space for freestanding furniture, and there is a useful WC just outside the door.
A few steps lead you up to the first floor where the floors have again been sanded, and what was once a bedroom has been transformed into the most exquisite bathroom. This is a truly luxurious space for a couple, with a contemporary finish in grey and white. The floor is Amtico wood effect which works beautifully with the matt-slate wall tiles, and there is ample storage below the dual sinks. Mirrored wall cabinets create a seamless finish while bouncing the light around, and there is a long double ended bath plus a double width shower, complete with a rainfall shower head to revive you before or after a busy day.
The master bedroom spans the front of the house, and like elsewhere, the look is sleek and fresh with minimal fuss. The southerly wall has Eastern inspired, fitted wardrobes which are incredibly deep and provide a wealth of storage solutions, leaving plenty of room for a king size bed. The windows are again shuttered for warmth and privacy, and it also creates a uniform appearance from outside.
Upstairs in the loft room, you can completely hide away from the hubbub of family/work life in this truly restful space. There is a great deal of storage within the eaves, and a large Velux window frames the skyscape. Opening to the west, you gain the most beguiling views over the station to the sea, with the Victorian viaduct perfectly juxtaposed before the city’s newest landmark: The i360, rising head and shoulders above it all.
This is an outstanding and incredibly spacious home which has been lovingly and tastefully renovated. It is a harmonious and well-designed house which needs to be seen to be admired.
Bear in Mind:
You can walk to either Brighton or Preston Park Station from here; both of which have direct
trains to London, and London Road Station is equally close with links to the universities and
“Having lived here for almost 20 years, I can honestly say this is the best location to live within the city. It is wonderfully peaceful here, with a real sense of community, yet you are still within walking distance of everything Brighton and Hove has to offer. Even on your doorstep there are some incredible shops and amenities - particularly at Fiveways, and you can walk to either Brighton or Preston Park Stations for the London commute. Since renovating the house in 2016, it has become an even more pleasurable space to inhabit, and the garden office is a real retreat for the days when we work from home. We are moving out of the city for work, otherwise we would happily stay.”
Where it is:
Shops: Local 2 min walk, North Laines 15 min walk
Station: London Road 7 min walk Brighton/Preston Park Stations 15 min walk
Seafront or Park: Blakers Park 2 min walk, seafront 10 min bus ride
Primary: Downs Infant and Junior Schools, Balfour Primary
Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College
This is a stunning family home 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 and stations are also within easy reach, for those requiring fast links to Gatwick or London on a daily or weekly basis.