- beautiful gardens
- total plot size approx 13,000 sq.ft
- 2590 sq.ft 240.6 sq.m
- preston park conservation area
- extensive manicured rear garden, south facing front garden.
- detached garage & driveway for 4 cars
- Excellent development potential
Wonderful family home with one of the largest gardens in the area measuring 200 ft approx rear garden and 100 ft approx front garden this property is extremely rare to come to market.
From every window, the views are green and beautiful, and every room is of gracious proportions in this elegant and impressive family home. It is detached, and sits in of the city’s most prestigious enclaves, surrounded by the lush greenery of Preston Valley.
Style: Detached 1930s house
Bedrooms: 5 double; 2 bathrooms
Living rooms: 3 exceptional
Area: 2590 sq.ft 240.6 sq.m
Outside: Extensive manicured rear garden, South facing front garden.
Location: Preston Park Conservation Area
Parking: Driveway for 4 cars and detached garage
Plot: approx 13,000 sq.ft
Why you’ll like it:
This exceptional family home was built during the 1930s on orchard land belonging to the Lourdes Convent School to the rear, which explains why the glorious garden remains abundant with fruit trees. The plot is a fantastic size, and the house sits well back from the road behind a 70-foot front garden and a long driveway. It has a southerly border wall with a neat hedgerow, so it is private too, and the house has the classic architectural features of the period with a wide bow façade, hung tiles and terracotta hipped roof. Walking up the drive, you pass the scented front garden with palm trees casting shapes on the front lawn, to where your door is at the side of the house. Space and light were of utmost importance during the 1930s, as homes were built with ‘The Family Unit’ in mind, creating rooms where the whole family could relax and entertain together. This house is the epitome of this, so it feel wonderfully warm and welcoming as you enter. Once inside, the scale of the house becomes apparent, and natural light streams into the entrance hall from each of the reception rooms.
The Reception Rooms:
To the right of the entrance hall is the first generous and versatile reception room which is currently used as a bedroom. It has a sunny southerly aspect looking out to the private front garden through a wide bow window. Brand new carpets and curtains give this room a clean and homely finish, and the fireplace has recently been fitted with a wood burning stove, so as a second reception it would a wonderful space to cosy up during winter. During the summer, however, the main reception next door can be opened up to the front garden. The high ceilings and original features continue in here, and the wooden floors have been sanded and varnished in warm honey tones. The south wall is almost entirely glazed with a sliding garden doors, which also frame the verdant views to be enjoyed at any time of year. It is thought this may have originally been the entrance to the property, as the room steps down into a porch area with traditional terracotta floor tiles, but these simply add character to the room now. To the rear, French doors link through to the vast conservatory, which in turn wraps around the house to join the kitchen and dining room, giving a lovely sense of flow to the ground floor – ideal for entertaining.
Well-designed and gloriously bright, the kitchen/dining room is the heart of this home with space for family and friends to gather. It has a modern-country feel with cream Shaker units topped with solid oak, which complement the original built in dresser perfectly. While the gas hob and fan oven have been integrated, space has been left for a dishwasher and a tall fridge freezer, and the utilities have a spacious room of their own along the hall. Bespoke leaf print tiles form the splashback behind the cooker; bringing some of the outside-in, and there is ample space for eight to dine around the kitchen table.
The Garden and Workshop:
Stretching back almost 200 feet, and with a plot almost double the width of the house; the garden is a magical space for children and adults alike. The textures, colours and sounds within the garden are a treat for the senses, and the olive, fig, pine and fruit trees create almost sylvan surroundings. To the rear are school fields so it feels incredibly private out here, and as you make your way through the trees and lawns you find spots of sunlight in which to sit and dine, and a plethora of wildlife enjoy the space too. The rear of the garden is home to two vast trampolines which do not compromise the garden in any way – but they do give an impression of what could be possible here – a large home office, swimming pool or gym perhaps?
Closer to the house, there is a paved area which has a freestanding mini pool, and a games room has been built onto the detached garage, which again has is brimming with potential. it would work perfectly as an artist’s studio, workshop or a teenage den. It is a brick and block build with ample glazing and an electrical supply, making it a fantastic addition to the family home.
The Bedrooms and Bathrooms:
Returning to the house, a turning staircase takes you through the double height stairwell to the first-floor landing, where there are four more generous double bedrooms. Facing south are the two largest bedrooms, and from their elevated position, the views open up, taking in the green of Preston Valley in the west, and you can even spy the elegant roof of Brighton’s Victorian Station between the chimney stacks opposite. Both rooms share the high ceilings and period features of the ground floor, including a second bow window, and the décor has been cleverly matched to the tiling of the striking Deco fireplaces. Bedroom two also benefits from a stylish en suite shower room in colours of teal and turquoise, while the master is double aspect, so it also looks out over the garden. Bedrooms three and four share this tranquil aspect as they are peacefully positioned at the rear of the house, and have been carpeted for added warmth and comfort. They share use of the family bathroom which has also been recently refitted with a contemporary white suite, plenty of storage within the white gloss vanity units, and is on-trend with a grey brick tile around the shower over the bath.
Potential for extension:
While this is a substantial house as it stands, it has the potential to be even more exceptional due to its plot size and loft space. With a double height extension where the conservatory room currently stands, it would be possible to add a staircase into a loft conversion without compromising any of the bedrooms currently in place. The kitchen could be extended into the garden to create a fantastic, open plan family room, and with a driveway, it would be possible to build a separate dwelling on the land within the garden – all food for thought, but in each case, planning consents would need to be sought – particularly due to conservation area requirements.
Bear in mind:
The utility room is large, so it also houses the Premier Plus eco water heating system and the Vaillant combination boiler. These were fitted with the potential for extension in mind, so the water pressure would remain constant should you wish to put extra bathrooms in a loft extension.
“We have been here for 10 years now and have found it to be a wonderful place to raise our children. We often entertain here, and as the children have grown, the house has been filled with their friends too. It is the perfect family home, and it is so convenient for schools, parks and transport links. You can hop on the train to London in just under an hour, or it takes just 4 minutes into Brighton, and there are plenty of local pubs and amenities within walking distance. The views from inside never tire either, particularly from the bedrooms where you look out to trees and wildlife from every window. It is a happy and harmonious home which still has so much potential, but we simply no longer need the space so we are looking to downsize. We will miss it hugely though.”
Where it is:
Shops: Sainsburys Local 5-minute walk, city centre 10-15 minute drive
Train Station: Preston Park Station 5-minute walk
Seafront or Park: Preston Park 6-minute walk, Brighton Seafront 10-15 minute drive
Primary: Balfour Primary School, St Bernadette’s RC
Secondary: Varndean, Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC
Sixth Form Colleges: Varndean, BHASVIC, Newman 6th Form
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep
This big bright home is in a sought-after conservation area just by Preston Park which has an extremely wide range of leisure facilities. Within 10 minutes of the sea and central Brighton and Hove; the Georgian Lanes and the Theatres of Brighton are also within easy reach, as are excellent schools, Preston Park Station and the A23/27 with their excellent links to Gatwick and London.
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