- preston family
- 1184 sq.ft
- Preston Park
- Victorian terraced house
- Residents permit zone A
Guide Price £500,000 - £525,000
High ceilings, period character and plenty of natural light, are just a few of the features which make up this attractive Victorian home. It is set within a highly sought after location close to several popular schools and Preston Park’s commuter station, and with four bedrooms it is the ideal family home. It sits within a sweet terrace on the hill between Preston Park and Dyke Road, and it has been a much loved family home. It has been beautifully cared for over the years, but there remains scope for modernisation and extension to add value or to put your own stamp on the place. It has a tranquil and perfectly private rear garden with a sunny east to west orientation, and with excellent transport links both in and out of the city, it is sure to appeal to many.
Style: Victorian terraced house
Bedrooms: 4; 3 double; 1 large single
Living Rooms: 1 through living and dining room
Area: 1184 sq.ft 110 sq.m
Outside: Walled, west facing rear garden
Location: Preston Park/The Drove
Parking: Residents permit zone A
Why you’ll like it:
The pretty terraced streets which climb the hill between Preston and Hove Parks are wonderfully peaceful, and this house sits at the base. It has a smart façade in creamy gault brick, with its architectural features picked out in white, and being slightly set back and raised up from the street gives it privacy from inside.
Its smart sage door opens to a long corridor, where the original dado rails, stained glass transom window and ceiling finials remain. From here you have a line of sight right through the depth of the house, and it is far more spacious than its sweet exterior implies. First on the right is the generous, through living and dining room which is wonderfully light due to a wide, east facing bay window, and a door to the garden at the rear. It is also homely, however, as the windows have been recently replaced with double glazed sashes, and during the winter, the fireplace is open within the period mantel (although this will need a professional sweep prior to first use). There are clearly defined areas for relaxed seating and formal dining, and during the summer, you can spill out to dine alfresco in the last of the sunshine on the patio.
Passing under stair storage and a separate WC, the hallway widens providing space for a study if needed. Many neighbours have extended the kitchen into this space creating a second dining area – certainly food for thought!
While the kitchen is a lovely size with simple white units, wooden worktops and freestanding appliances; there is potential for modernisation in here. It receives plenty of natural light with double aspect windows, and has French doors leading out to the pretty walled garden. This steps up to a paved seating area with raised floral borders, and considering the property’s residential location, it is barely overlooked at all.
Returning to the house, carpeted stairs take you up to the bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor. Peacefully positioned to the rear, bedroom four is currently being used as a study, but it is a large single room which would be ideal as a child’s bedroom. It is also double aspect so it has lovely garden views, and is double glazed and tranquil to ensure a restful night’s sleep.
Bedroom two also faces west, and is a fine size double with pretty Laura Ashley wallpaper depicting birds and flowers which is in keeping with the era of the property. The master spans the front of the house with stripped wooden floors and sash windows to mirror those of living room below, and has the same style wall paper below the dado rail. Even with sizable pieces of bedroom furniture, the floor space is not compromised, and a wardrobe has been built within the alcoves. The bathroom is conveniently next door, with travertine floor tiles, traditional style wall panelling and a shower over the white bath suite. There is a separate WC accessible from the other bedrooms on this floor too.
A final flight of stairs takes you to the bedroom within the loft conversion, which has large Velux windows on either side, so you can stargaze as you drift off to sleep. It currently has a single bed, but it has ample space for a double, and again, the potential is there to extend this room further.
Bear in Mind:
Many of the neighbours have added a dormer to their loft rooms which would add considerable space and value. This house does not sit within a conservation area, so consents are easier to come by, although they will need to be sought. Likewise, the kitchen could be extended into the hallway, and also into the side return, which would create a second, sizable reception area.
‘We have lived here for 15 years, and have raised our children here. There is a fantastic sense of community in the street, and the neighbours are wonderful, with a real mix of professionals and families. You can’t beat the location when you have children as there are two fantastic parks close by; the local schools are exemplary; and you can walk into the city centre in 20 mins - or take the train as the station is at the bottom of the road. We no longer need so much space, but we will miss it here.’
Where it is:
Shops: Local 5 min walk, city centre 20 min walk
Station: Preston park 2 min walk, Brighton 10 min cycle
Seafront or Park: Preston or Hove Park 5 min walk, seafront 10 min cycle
Primary: Stanford Infant and Junior Schools
Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC
Sixth Form: Varndean 6th, BHASVIC, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: St Bernadettes RC, Windlesham Prep, Brighton College
This is a great house in a popular location which is well served for shops, parks and schools. There are plenty of local green spaces, and fantastic transport links, but you are also only a short walk 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.
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