- detached house
- 4/5 bedrooms, 1/2 living rooms
- 2100 sq.ft
- hove park / withdean
- large rear garden and full width sun terrace
- double length garage/ off road parking
Tucked away from the main road, this striking Mid-Century house sits within a private, leafy close which forms a delightful backdrop from within. This incredible architectural period has been experiencing a revival for some time now, but this family home is one of a very unique pair within the city. With an asymmetric roof, clean modern lines and a generous amount of glazing, it is a house with impact on approach, and inside it is equally impressive with wide, open living spaces, high ceilings and versatile rooms filled with natural light. There are four/five double bedrooms and two contemporary bathrooms, and the décor throughout is immaculate and in keeping with the era. To the rear is a large, enclosed garden plus a long sun terrace to the front, and parking is not an issue with a hardstanding for up to three cars and a detached double garage with conversion potential. This is a superior home which is also perfectly located for some of the most sought-after schools in the city and has excellent transport links by train or car for the London commuter. For these reasons it is a hugely desirable property for those looking to live in luxury; perfectly positioned between the countryside, the city and the sea.
Style: Mid-Century Modern, detached house (1965)
Bedrooms: 4-5 double
Living rooms: 1-2 generous and open plan
Area: 2100 sq.ft.
Outside: Large rear garden and full width sun terrace
Parking: Double length garage and hardstanding for 3 cars.
Why you’ll like it:
Brighton and Hove may be renowned for its Regency and Victorian architecture, but it is the Mid-Century Modern homes which are dominating current architectural and interior style trends. This home epitomises everything which is incredible about this period, using crisp, linear shapes and angles; open spaces and large windows to link the home with the surrounding landscape. While many original features remain, it has been recently modernised in areas bringing it into the 21st Century, and the results are exemplary.
Hazeldene Meads sits within the leafy environs of Withdean; an area characterised by substantial family homes surrounded by mature trees. Set well back from the road by deep lawns and a copse, this smart cul-de-sac feels ultimately private, and as you sweep in from Dyke Road this streamlined house and its neighbour stand out from the rest. Although completely detached, they form a mirroring pair with asymmetric roofs, and archetypal for the period, they have a combination of hung tiles, pale brick and white render on their facades. This house sits to the left, and even before you enter, it is clear it has been renovated by those with a refined eye for interiors. The entrance hall deserves a mention in its own right as it has a large glass panel by the front door, linking the inside with out, and it once inside, the scale the house and the light within it become apparent. There are two built-in wardrobes for storing coats and shoes to ensure the house remains clutter free, and the entire floor flows in a circular motion from here with original parquet flooring and crisp white walls throughout.
Reception rooms and ground floor bathroom:
Dressed to perfection in the 1960s-residential style, this large reception room forms a wide L-shape providing defined areas for relaxed seating, entertaining and formal dining. Dual aspect with a southerly orientation to the front, gloriously large windows bring in the natural light, and with such sylvan surroundings, the scenery is ever-changing with the seasons. There is ample space for the whole family in here, as well as for larger gatherings, and in summer, you can spill outside to the garden.
Ideal for families with older children who like to entertain independently, or for those who require an easily accessible bedroom or home office, there is a second reception room on the ground floor. It is a fantastic size with a private outlook to the front of the house and is a versatile room with many potential uses. It also sits conveniently next door to the main bathroom which has a high-end contemporary finish with a shower attachment over the bath.
Fitted within the last few years, the German design kitchen is on trend with stone floor tiles and Arena stone worktops in pale grey to complement. The matt-white, handle-free units house two under counter fridges, a freezer, a dishwasher and dual ovens, while the gas hob has been seamlessly cut into the work surfaces which run up the wall behind it as a splashback. You can also access the garden from here so you can bring muddy boots/paws and buggies in from the side rather than traipsing them through the immaculate house, and the utilities have their own cupboard in the hallway.
First Floor bedrooms and bathroom:
The striking stairwell rises double height into the vault of the roof which only adds to the sense of space and light, and the galleried landing takes you along the front of the house and to the balcony. This looks out over the peaceful close and while it feels perfectly private, it also receives the sun due to its southerly aspect. The master bedroom shares this favourable orientation and has a wonderfully wide window to take full advantage of the views. As the largest bedroom, there is space for a queen size bed alongside several pieces of bedroom furniture without compromising on floor space in the slightest. Likewise, bedroom two sits along the hall with garden views and a wall of built-in wardrobes, and bedrooms three and four sit within the eaves giving them interesting angles to their ceiling lines and large Velux windows to gaze at the stars as you drift off to sleep.
These bedrooms share the use of the second bathroom which has again been expertly designed and would not look out of place in a boutique hotel. The double width shower has a rainfall head and Fired Earth tiling completes the polished look.
Perfectly private and spacious, the garden is not overlooked due to mature planting on its borders which surround a lush green area of lawn. This is a fine size for ball games, play equipment or summer parties with friends when you can sit outside until the sun goes down in the west. A treat for the senses, this well-designed garden has been planted to have colour and shape throughout the year; including evergreens, palms, iris, floral climbers and herbs. For younger children, a magical cabin has been built, complete with electricity and space for sleep overs, but equally useful as a home office with a bit of creative thought and adaption. The cabin was designed by the owners’ daughter and built by The BBC as an episode of a show called The Dengineers, which aired as their Christmas special.
Completely detached from the house, the double garage is a fantastic space for a workshop; for housing classic cars and bikes, or for storage in general. Alternatively, however, it could be completely converted into a separate, one-bedroom annexe if desired. With its own entrance and ample space, it could be transformed into a smart pad which could provide an additional income through holiday rentals or lodgers, or as housing for an au pair or family member perhaps – certainly food for thought. The current owners have spoken with an architect who thought this would be a viable option, although no plans have been drawn up as yet.
This is a stand-alone property in one of the most prestigious areas of the city. The space and light within the house are incredible and it has been beautifully maintained. It’s the ideal family home.
“We were initially looking for a traditional house when we moved here from London, but we were immediately sold on this one from the moment we stepped foot through the door. We quickly became obsessed with Mid-Century interiors, and we are really happy with the home we have created here. The commute has been a dream with the A23 and Preston Park Station nearby, and while we still feel connected to the city, it is incredibly peaceful here as you are tucked away on the close.”
Where it is:
Shops: Local 2 min walk, North Laine 10 min bus ride
Train Station: Preston Park 10 min walk, Hove/Brighton Stations 10 min drive
Seafront or Park: Hove Park 5 min walk, Seafront 10 min drive
Primary: Stanford Infants and Junior, Cottesmore Primary School
Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College, Lancing College, Windlesham Prep.
Brighton is a cosmopolitan coastal resort famous for its history and flamboyant Royal Pavilion as well as its beaches, Pier and glamorous Marina. Known for its festivals celebrating the arts and relaxed, café culture there are countless shops, restaurants and bars to explore along the seafront, in the characterful Georgian Lanes or in the fashionable central shopping districts and all are easy to reach from this quiet, leafy area. Local schools, parks, shops and cafes are nearby as is Preston Park Station with its fast and frequent service to Gatwick and London and for those who need to commute by car, the A23 and A27 are both readily accessible.
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