Light flows through this spacious, beautifully proportioned two bedroom apartment on the lower floor of a magnificent Grade I listed mansion in Sussex Square, built as 'Belgravia by the Sea' in the 1820's and still one of Brighton's finest addresses. Inside, this restful home has an unusually sociable layout with an attractive east facing and private central courtyard as well as use of the exclusive garden enclosures opposite, which lead to a tunnel to the beach. Close to local shops, cafes and restaurants, the cosmopolitan Marina with its health club, cinemas and waterfront restaurants is within walking distance whilst the theatres, museums and café culture of the heart of the city are a five- minute cab ride. It's also near to bus routes to the centre and the station, making life smooth for home seekers or weekenders, and as this private apartment is within easy reach of the hospital, law courts, Amex, Queen's Park and popular schools including Brighton College, this beautiful Regency home will also appeal to investors.
Style: LGFF 2 bed apartment in Grade I Regency house
Bedrooms: 2 double
Living rooms: 1 spacious
Area: 934 sq.ft.
Outside: 2 courtyards, garden enclosures
Parking: Permit H zone
Location: Kemp Town
Why you'll like it
The glamorous Regency houses and gardens of Sussex Square were designed by Busby and Wilds for the rich and famous. The square continues to be one of the south coast's most desirable addresses and these Grade I listed buildings are recognised as being amongst the finest within the UK.
There's an instant holiday feel as you approach the apartments' private entrance through a sunny courtyard with space for seating and a table and chairs, and double glass doors usher you into a light and spacious lobby with a cupboard for coats and a cavern for bikes.
The high ceiling continues into the hallway, broad enough for comfortable, social dining opposite the atmospheric kitchen which is tucked away in the broad arch of the old wine cellar and store at the heart of this home. Two levels of lighting keep this historic space bright and inviting and there's a sensitively classic combination of stone underfoot, honey and steel units and plenty of work surfaces carefully chosen to match. The electric hob, oven and hood are integrated for you, as is the fridge, so it's ready to move into and although discrete from the elegant living room next door, the deft design ensures the flow between them is easy and open.
Quiet and stylish, sunlight pours into the beautifully proportioned reception through twin windows which reach right up to the ceiling and have wooden shutters for when you're away. Ideal for a contemporary lifestyle, there's ample floor space to play with and there's shelving and an alcove for your treasures.
Peaceful and serene, the master bedroom opens to a central courtyard ideal for relaxed weekend breakfasts. Privately along the hall, the hushed double guest bedroom is currently used a treatment room as the south wall is lined with windows. At the end of the apartment, you can bathe in glory in a bathroom designed to be in keeping with the age of the building, with a fabulous, claw foot bath with a shower above it, seaside wood panelling and a rather luxurious heated rail for towels.
Bear in mind
Quiet, private and sociably laid out, there’s plenty of space and light inside and the benefit private courtyards and acres of gardens with a tunnel to the beach outside.
"We have enjoyed our busy lifestyle here but have also loved closing the bedroom door and breathing in the peace."
Where it is
Shops: Local 2 minutes, The Lanes about 5 minutes by cab
Station: Brighton mainline 15 minutes by bus
Seafront or Park: The beach is reached through the garden enclosures
Primary: St Mark’s
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College, The Steiner School, Roedean
This restful apartment in the prestigious Sussex Square has both private outside space and access to acres of manicured gardens with a private tunnel to the beach – said to have inspired Lewis Carol’s rabbit hole in his novel Alice Through the Looking Glass. The cosmopolitan Marina has fabulous shops which cater to your every need as well as a health club, cinemas, casino, cafés and restaurants. The relaxed café culture of Kemp Town Village is within walking distance and the hospital, law courts and Amex are not far. Good schools, the theatres and Lanes of central Brighton are all easy to reach, buses into the city along the coast and to the universities are nearby, and the proximity to Brighton train station with its fast links to Gatwick and London makes commuting possible. For those who need a car, the A23/27 are easy to reach and there’s no waiting list for zone H.