Sitting mid-terrace, among an attractive row of 1960s townhouses, is this deceptively spacious, four-bedroom family home. It resides in the leafy enclave of Surrenden, on the easterly slope of Preston Valley, so it enjoys an east/west orientation with green and open views. While it has been beautifully maintained over the years, with many modern additions including new gas central heating and a new roof amongst others, it is brimming with potential for modernisation. The rooms are generously proportioned and bright with a versatile layout, and it also boasts a west facing garden and roof terrace. Parking is not an issue with a private garage, and being just a short stroll from Preston Park Station it is ideal for the London commute. Transport links both in and out of the city are excellent, by bus or car, and the local schools are considered some of the best for primary, secondary and college education. With so many attractive features, it is sure to attract many.
Style: 1960s terraced townhouse
Bedrooms: 4 double
Living rooms: 1 spacious through living/dining room
Area: 1241 SQ.FT 115.3 SQ.M
Outside: West facing garden and roof terrace
Location: Preston Park/Surrenden
Parking: Private garage or free on street
Why you’ll like it
Preston Valley slopes gently up from Preston Road to Surrenden, with Cornwall Gardens lying parallel to both. It is a quiet, tree lined road with a mix of architectural styles ranging from Victorian to Mid-Century, and this row of townhouses was built during the latter. They do not, however, conform to the usual 1960s linear style, but have been designed with older periods in mind. Multi-pane sash windows, cast iron Juliet balconies and classic door frames give them a refined appearance, and this house sits mid terrace with a front garden abundant with roses and hydrangea.
Once inside you are immediately struck by the scale of the house; almost tardis-like, being far more spacious than the sweet exterior implies. From the front door you have a line of sight right through the house to the rear wall which is entirely glazed, framing the beautiful sylvan landscaped beyond. This also allows the natural light to stream through the house, and creates a delightful, ever-changing backdrop to the main living area.
First however, there is a separate WC to the right - an essential in any family home, and to the left is the kitchen. In here, the cream units have a wooden trim, with wood effect tops to complement them. While the style would now be considered ‘retro’, they have been so well-maintained they look new, and are perfectly functional too. A new oven was fitted only last year, and this has a gas hob above it, while space has been left for a tall fridge freezer and a washing machine. Many of the houses in the terrace have opened the kitchen to living room, which would certainly be a possibility here, although it is a great size as it is too.
Moving through to the living room, there are clearly defined areas for relaxed seating and formal dining. It is a room for all seasons, as there is an open fire for winter warmth, and during the warmer seasons, the doors can be opened to link the space with the garden. It has been paved for easy maintenance, but there are pretty floral borders in place, and being slightly elevated on the hill, you can enjoy the views across the valley. This makes it feel private too, and with so much greenery and birdsong all around you, it is hard to believe you are so close to the city.
Returning to the house, a turning staircase takes you to the first floor, where there are two double bedrooms; one spanning the front of the house with a full height window to bring in the morning sunshine from the east, and one facing west with access to a sizable roof terrace. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunsets encompassing the vast skyscapes, and being open to the south, you can see right across the city’s roof and treetops towards the coast. The bathroom on this floor is fantastically retro, with a powder pink and dove grey palette, and again it has been perfectly maintained - to the point it would be a huge shame to change it, including a airing cupboard with a wall radiator.
The top floor mirrors the one below it with two further bedrooms and a bathroom, although this has been modernised already with a wide shower cubicle and a contemporary hand basin with a vanity unit below. Three of the bedrooms have deep clothes storage, and there is a cupboard on each landing.
Bear in Mind:
The garage is situated at the rear of the property and is accessed from Varndean Road. You can then approach the house from the rear via a garden gate.
‘This has been a wonderful family home for the last 33 years. There is so much space, which was perfect when the children were at home, and it was very convenient for the schools and parks when they were younger. It has been the beautiful views and skyscapes of Preston Valley that have been a continuous joy however, as they change with the seasons, and the east/west orientation means the natural light streams through the house all day. It will be a wrench to leave, but I no longer need so much space and will be looking to live closer to my family.’
Where it is
Shops: Local 5 min walk, North Laines 10 min drive
Station: Preston Park Station 5 min walk
Seafront or Park: Preston Park 7 min walk, seafront 10 min drive
Primary: Balfour Primary School
Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College
This is a fantastic 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 or drive from everything this vibrant coastal city has to offer. The A23 and Preston Park Station are also within easy reach, for those requiring fast links to Gatwick or London on a daily or weekly basis.