Perfectly positioned for families and professionals alike, this delightful three bedroom house is just up the road from two OFSTED ‘outstanding’ Primary schools, and also the commuter station at Preston Park. It sits mid terrace on one of Brighton’s famous hills, so it benefits from delightful views to the east, across the rooftops of the city to the South Downs, and being on the cusp of Brighton and Hove, you are within easy walking distance of several popular parks and the fashionable Seven Dials district. Inside, the house has been beautifully maintained over many years, and the rooms are both bright and generously proportioned. Much work has been undertaken behind the scenes with new heating, wiring, cavity wall insulation and a new roof in recent years, but there is still scope for modernisation and extension throughout. This has always been, and remains to be a wonderful, family friendly neighbourhood, and the transport links by bus, train and car are excellent, so this house is sure to attract many.
Style: 1925 mid-terraced house
Bedrooms: 3 double
Living rooms: 1-2 spacious
Area: 1130 SQFT 105 SQ.M
Outside: East facing rear garden
Location: Dyke Road/Preston Park
Parking: Resident permit zone A
Why you’ll like it:
It has often been said that Dyke Road is the border between Brighton and Hove, and this house sits on a quiet road running adjacent to it. There is a lovely mixture of architectural styles ranging from Victorian to Mid-Century, but this one is central in a row of three houses built in 1925; a time when space, light and family were of utmost importance in house design. It has been a fantastic family home for many years, and the care and attention given to its maintenance are clear on the approach as an immaculately clipped bay tree takes centre stage in the neat front garden, which is just about to come into spring bloom. The original tiled path paves the way to the new (but in keeping with the period) front door, which then opens to a welcoming entrance hall.
Quality, ruby carpet flows from here and into the living and dining room to the right, and a delicate iridescent wallpaper makes its way up the stairwell to the first floor. There are deep under stair cupboards to hang coats and keep your household items tucked away, ensuring the house remains clutter free.
You can enter the main reception into the seating area, or through the dining area as it was once two rooms which were opened to make one sociable space. With a sunny east/west orientation, the natural light streams in throughout the day, and there are clearly defined areas for relaxation and formal dining. As with every window in the house, the deep box-bay window is double glazed, and almost fills the westerly wall, framing attractive garden views, and although there is a hugely efficient Vaillant combination boiler (2016) and radiators to heat the space, there is also a gas fire for added atmosphere.
To the rear of the house is a modern kitchen with cream gloss cupboards and integrated appliances to include a fridge, gas hob, and a dual electric oven which has been placed in a tower for easy access. From here a few steps lead down to the rear extension conservatory and utility room which not only houses the washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer, but has the original outside storage cupboards which house the new boiler and work excellently as a larder. There is a comfortable seating area out here too from which you can enjoy views of the garden through the wide patio doors, and a outdoor office/workshop has been created which could be ideal for those working from home.
Another well-maintained space, the lawn is manicured and a gardener tends to the flowers which run along the flint wall borders in raised beds. It is a treat for the senses out here with scented blooms and birdsong, and it feels wonderfully private as the neighbouring houses are lower, down the hill.
Returning to the house, carpeted stairs take you up to the first floor where there are three double bedrooms and the bathroom. The two larger rooms have built in storage and a restful decor in a soothing palette, and the rooms to the rear; including the slightly smaller double, benefit from views across the city to the rolling hills of the Downs. From this elevated position you can see for miles, and the skyscapes are beautiful and ever-changing. While the bathroom has been fitted with a sizable shower cubicle and a smart white suite including a bidet, there is ample space for a bathtub if preferred.
Bear in mind:
There is still scope for a loft extension to create bedroom four, and the conservatory could be linked to either the kitchen or the dining room to create an open plan kitchen/family room with bi-fold doors to the garden - certainly food for thought, but all subject to planning consents of course.
“We have spent many a joyous year in this house, and it was ideal when raising the children as the area is so family oriented and convenient for the city and the parks. It is the neighbours I will miss the most however, as they are second to none. On each side, and over the road, they are incredible, and whoever lives here next will be very lucky to have them. I’m moving to be closer to my family, but it will be a wrench to leave as there are so many happy memories here.”
Where it is:
Shops: Local 3 minute, Churchill Square 15-20 min walk
Train Station: Preston Park 7 min walk Brighton 15-20 min walk
Seafront or Park: Dyke Road Park 5 minute walk, the Seafront 15-20 min walk
Primary: Stanford Infants and Junior Schools
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep
This attractive family home is beautifully situated in a popular area with lots of local shops and green spaces. The city centre shopping districts and the beach are within easy reach, and this spacious house also offers easy access to the A23 as well as Preston Park Station with its regular, fast links to the airports and London.