- detached family home 1998
- 5 double bedrooms; 2 en suite
- 2 bathrooms + 2 en-suites
- 5 spacious living rooms plus study/bedroom 6
- 3199 sq.ft 297.2 sq.m
- large westerly rear garden, planting to the front
- detached double garage and a drive for 3-4 cars
Varndean College (0.3mi.)
Dorothy Stringer School (0.4mi.)
St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School (0.4mi.)
This elegant, detached family home has pride of place atop the prestigious and tree lined Surrenden Crescent, looking out over the green of Preston Valley to the west. It has space and light in abundance, and each of the five bedrooms are double providing more than enough room for a family to grow. Built only twenty-years ago, the house is in excellent condition, and has been fitted more recently with contemporary fixtures and fittings. Only the finest quality materials have been used and the potential is there to extend further into the vast loft space, or to convert the two storey garage, which would make this home even more spectacular. The proximity to some of Brighton’s best schools and colleges, as well as Preston Park Station and the A23 make this a fantastic prospect for families and commuters looking to live in one of the most attractive enclaves in the city.
Style: Detached family home 1998
Bedrooms: 5 double; 2 en suite
Bathrooms: 2 + 2 en-suites
Living Rooms: 5 spacious plus study/bedroom 6
Area: 3199 sq.ft 297.2 sq.m
Outside: large westerly rear garden, planting to the front
Parking: detached double garage and a drive for 3-4 cars
Why you’ll like it
Characterised by substantial, detached family homes, set back behind grass verges and tall mature trees, it is clear this is a prestigious area within the city. The homes show a wonderful mix of architectural styles, ranging from the 1930s to contemporary, and while this house was built in 1998, it has a Neo-Tudor appearance with hung tiles, dark beams and ornate brickwork which give it an air of grandeur. Attractive on the approach, you cross a generous driveway and step down to a scented and beautifully planted front garden. Being slightly lower than the road line provides privacy from it, and you can enter at the side or more formally through the front door.
From the moment you enter, the scale of the house becomes apparent as you can see right through its depth to the garden and far reaching views beyond, and you are welcomed into an incredibly spacious entrance hall. Plush cream carpet underfoot flows up the turning staircase to the first floor, and then down the double width steps into the first of the reception rooms.
As you step down and through double doors into the main reception, you are greeted with high ceilings and the classic decoration of a Regency home. This is a sophisticated room with plenty of glazing to allow the natural light in from the west. Ideal for entertaining, French doors then lead into the conservatory which was a more recent addition, and almost mirrors the shape of the formal living room. While this is heated and insulated for use all year round, it is a delightful space for relaxation and formal dining during the summer, when the garden is green and in bloom, forming a pretty backdrop.
Also accessible from the living room is the dining room which has access to the sun terrace, so these rooms have a sense of flow as the weather warms and you may wish to spill outside to dine alfresco. There is a third sitting room which is a shade smaller, and is ideal as a TV room. This layout works particularly well for families with older children who may wish to entertain independently on occasion.
Kitchen breakfast room:
Forming a large L shape, the kitchen has clearly defined areas for informal dining, cooking and socialising. The kitchen table enjoys pleasant and private views over the front garden, and being an open plan space, you can chat to your family and friends as you cook. While the units are original, they are clearly of the finest quality, as they are immaculate, although the appliances have been replaced in recent years. These include integrated ovens, a gas hob, a dishwasher and a full height fridge. A separate utility room houses the washing machine and dryer, plus has space for a freezer if need be. With side access, you can bring in muddy boots, paws and wet brollies without traipsing them through the carpeted house.
There is a separate WC on this level too, plus a sizable home office – or bedroom six if required.
This was one of the main features which attracted the current owners here, as you are not overlooked at all. Mature birch trees and the raised position of this house means you can only see the rooftops of the homes below, and from the wide sun terrace you look right out over the green of Preston Valley. From here you catch the last of the sun’s rays, and throughout the year, the sunsets are beguiling. A lush area of lawn stretches the width of the property; ideal for children to play, and there are areas for planting a kitchen garden alongside a greenhouse and well-established shrub borders.
The double garage is detached at ground level but has a second level below it with a store room – ideal for your garden furniture and games. It has the potential to be converted into a more usable space however – a sweet annex perhaps?
The master bedroom suite:
Perfectly positioned; the master bedroom suite had the finest views from the first floor, taking in the city to the south, and over the tops of trees and windmills you spy the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park – a lovely reminder of how close you are to both the coast and the countryside. This is the most generous of the bedrooms, and has a huge amount of built-in wardrobe space. Even with a king-size bed, there is plenty of floor space with room to spare for further pieces of bedroom furniture. The en suite shower room is a recent addition, and has dual basins alongside a double width, rainfall shower. A stylish heated towel rail and a gleaming vanity unit complete the polished look.
Bedrooms 2-4 and the family bathroom:
There are four further bedrooms on the first floor, all residing from the galleried landing. All are double in varying sizes, and all have been fitted with built-in storage and plush carpet underfoot. They have equally leafy views from their picture windows which are double glazed to ensure a truly restful night’s sleep, and bedroom two benefits from a modern en suite shower room. As with the main bathroom, it was fitted within the last year, and has a contemporary finish with white gloss vanity units, a curved rainfall cubicle and LED spotlights. The main bathroom exudes classic glamour with a monochrome palette and a freestanding, double-ended bathtub – the epitome of luxury. It also has a separate rainfall shower cubicle for when time is of the essence, so there should be no need for queues on busy mornings.
Bear in Mind:
The loft space is vast and has gambrel style ends so there is already plenty of headroom should you wish to convert it. There would be enough space for several bedrooms, although for a house of this size, you may wish to create a cinema room, a games room, a studio or a gym perhaps – all of which would work well within a garage conversion too.
‘This was the ideal family home for us, and we chose the location specifically for the schools. The children excelled at them, and were also able to have independence here as there are excellent connections into the city by bus or car. With so much space, we have enjoyed entertaining here, and when the children lived here, we never felt on top of one another. We have loved the unique position on the hill where you have maximum light but also maximum privacy. You are perfectly positioned between the city, the sea and the countryside, so you get the best of all worlds, and as a commuter or many years, it was perfect having the station just 10-miutes away on foot. We simply no longer need the space, but we will miss it here.’
Where it is:
Shops: Local 10 min walk, North Laines 10-15 min drive
Station: Preston Park Station 10 min walk
Seafront or Park: Withdean Park 3 min walk, seafront 10 min drive
Primary: Balfour Primary
Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep.
This is a wonderfully substantial home in a popular location which is well served for parks and schools. There are plenty of local green spaces, and great transport links, but you are also only a short drive or bus journey from everything this vibrant coastal city has to offer. Preston Park Station and the A23/A27 are also within easy reach, for those requiring fast links to the universities, Gatwick or London on a daily or weekly basis.
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