Formed from the entire lower ground floor of a Brunswick townhouse on the seafront square, this Grade I listed, three-bedroom apartment has its own street entrance, a sizable courtyard garden and vaulted work, sleeping and storage spaces. Due to the scale of the building, its rooms are generously proportioned, and the depth of the property is breath-taking. It is clear the current owners have a refined eye for colour and interiors as they have renovated the property to exacting standards using a contemporary palette and the best quality materials, and every nook has been cleverly utilised, adding character, form and function throughout. While it is technically a lower ground apartment, it is filled with natural light from the west, and having been recently tanked and sound proofed throughout the kitchen and lounge area, there isn’t a hint of damp or noise from above creating a tranquil space to come home to.
From your front door, the sea sparkles at bottom of the road, and at the top sit the boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and bars of Western Road. In addition, there are two commuter stations and several popular schools also within easy walking distance, so this apartment would suit both families and professionals alike, wishing to live in comfort and luxury by the sea. An added bonus of the location is that you are able to catch buses at the top of the square to all parts of the city.
Style: Garden apartment in a Grade I Regency townhouse
Bedrooms: 3 double
Living rooms: 1 generous and open plan
Area: 1351 sq.ft.
Outside: front patio, courtyard garden and communal enclosures
Location: Brunswick Town Conservation Area
Parking: Residents Permit Parking Zone M
Why you’ll like it:
The brainchild of eminent 19th Century architect Charles Busby; the houses of Brunswick Town are Grade I Listed and are integral to Brighton and Hove’s unique identity as a cosmopolitan city of style and taste. Built as a ‘mini-town’, he hoped to replicate the distinguished Nash developments in London with these regal homes, built for the fashionable and wealthy who were flocking to live by the coast, hoping to rub shoulders with royalty. The scale and beauty of these buildings is breath-taking, and while many have been converted into sizable apartments such as this, the residents here have ensured their conservation over the last two centuries. Today, the community on the square are just as cool and vibrant, hosting Open Houses on the Artists’ Trail during the Brighton Festival, and organising summer parties and festivals on the lawns. There is a real sense of community with a mixture of families and professionals across all generations which gives Brunswick its unique character, and it is for these reasons it remains one of the most sought after addresses in the city.
This building has a favoured position on the eastern side of the square; facing west, and its ‘Hove-cream’, curved façade is adorned with Doric pilasters and gleaming ironwork. Steps lead down to the front patio and the private entrance which opens to a vestibule and a secondary door into the apartment.
From the front door, the scale and depth of the apartment become apparent, as a long hallway with wooden floors stretches far ahead, giving you a line of sight right through to the beautiful courtyard garden beyond. First on the right, however, is the generous, open plan living room, dining room and kitchen which was originally two grand rooms, opened to create one sunny and sociable space. Ideal for entertaining and family time, there is ample space for relaxed furnishings and formal dining, and the room is visually separated with slate flooring to the kitchen area and new timber floors elsewhere. Having been cleverly designed with the bedrooms to the rear of the building and the living space to the front, this room receives a huge amount of natural light which streams in through two gracious sash windows on the western wall which follows the natural curve of the building. Here you can sit on built-in window seats to bask in the sun during summer.
With a modern finish, the kitchen has sleek white units paired with dark worktops to echo the slate tiled floor, and open shelving runs along the south and easterly walls adding to the sense of space. While the fan oven and induction hob have been integrated for you, space has been left for a washing machine and a tall fridge freezer, and the splashbacks are on-trend in a grey, hand crafted fired earth metro-brick tile.
Further along the corridor, you pass deep built-in storage, and the master bedroom is next to the right. Painted in restful tones and peacefully positioned within the building, this room is tranquil and is another generous room with space for a king size bed and several pieces of bedroom furniture. Indeed, there is space for a large wardrobe and a work desk within the alcoves, and natural light from the side patio comes in through French doors. These open to a pretty outside space with tall white walls and terracotta tiles leading past an elegant spiral staircase and through to the main courtyard.
Bedroom two and bathroom:
Positioned at the far end of the flat, bedroom two is double aspect with a large picture window and a door to the courtyard garden which bring in plenty of light from the east and the south. It has plush carpet underfoot and its own WC and wash basin tucked away below an arch, but with a little reconfiguration, you could potential extend this slightly to create an en suite shower or wet room. The main bathroom sits between the two bedrooms with a classic monochrome décor and tiling in keeping with the period of the building. It has a separate shower cubicle with a second shower over the bath, so there should be no need for queues on busy mornings.
The rear courtyard garden:
Far more spacious than many Regency, city gardens, this one is a real haven with white rendered walls and tiled flooring to give it a Mediterranean feel, and colour has been added with climbing plants, pots and garden furniture. There is ample space for dining alfresco, and it is completely sheltered with tall walls which retain the heat giving it its own micro-climate. There is space for games plus it is totally secure and barely overlooked so it’s a lovely garden for children too. Of course should you be after a little more space and greenery, the residents have use of the beautifully manicured garden enclosures, or Hove’s green lawns and clean beaches – far quieter than in neighbouring Brighton.
Unique within the square, this apartment has access to two huge vaulted areas to the rear of the garden; one of which stretches deep into the building behind it, creating space for a music studio/party room and a guest bedroom overlooking the courtyard. This has been fully insulated, carpeted and fitted with electrics, and it has impressively thick walls and ceilings so there is 0% disturbance for the people above. This space could have a range of uses, from a home office, gym, work shop, treatment rooms or a teenage den perhaps, but it is certainly a homely space for guests to sleep or for partying after-hours! Next door is a garage sized store room which is incredibly useful for storing bikes, surf boards, wet suits, or any number of things as it is dry and secure.
This is a really impressive apartment with many unique qualities. It is also really well managed by the residents who are all directors, and each has a share of the freehold. The monthly maintenance fees are relatively low for a Grade I listed property, and major works were completed on the entire building in 2014. Overall, this is a fabulous property, in excellent condition, so it is sure to attract many.
“We have lived on the square for 13 years now and feel that we are in the best position here. It feels completely secure having our own entrance, and the light is beautiful as it streams in to the living areas during the afternoon. While we don’t have direct sea views, we have a greater square footage than most, and it has been a really easy apartment to live in, both as a couple and with a young family. The location is incredible for kids as the schools and nurseries are some of the best in the city, and having the beach, parks and shops on our doorstep is a blessing. You can eat your way around the globe at the top of the road and strolling along the beach into town is a joy even in the blustery winter. We are moving out of the city for work, but we will miss it here terribly.”
Where it is:
Shops: Local 1 min walk, North Laines 10-15 min walk
Commuting: Brighton station 1.3 miles and Hove station 1.3 miles, Bus links to all across the city from the top of the square
Leisure: Brunswick square is across the road and Hove seafront 20 seconds plus St Anns Well Gardens is 10 minute walk. King Alfred Swimming Pool and Leisure centre only a few minutes away.
Primary: Brunswick Primary School, St Andrews school
Secondary: Brighton and Hove High School, Cardinal Newman Catholic School
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep
This generous apartment is beautifully situated in a popular area with lots of local shops and the beach on your doorstep. The city centre shopping districts and parks are also within easy reach, and it also offers easy access to Brighton and Hove Stations which have direct and fast links to the airports and London.
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