- Tenure: Share of freehold
- first floor flat in a Victorian mansion
- 2 double bedrooms
- 1 spacious living room
- 782 sq.ft.
- west facing balcony
- Preston Park
- off street parking
Stanford Junior School (0.3mi.)
Brighton and Hove Montessori School (0.3mi.)
Downs Junior School (0.4mi.)
With pride of place on the first floor of a beautiful Victorian mansion house overlooking Preston Park’s scented rose garden, this generous two-bedroom flat is a real gem. Every room is graciously proportioned with high ceilings and a wealth of original features, and every room looks out to a leafy garden or park views. A generous amount of glazing brings in natural light from east to west, and French doors open from the living room to a west facing balcony. A cherished home for many years, it is an immediately warm and welcoming space, yet it is also brimming with potential for reconfiguration and modernisation which would add value in such a prestigious area. You are perfectly located to be able to walk into town, or to Brighton Station, and with off-street parking and a share of the freehold it will appeal to many. This versatile flat would suit families, professionals, investors and downsizers alike, so it needs to be seen to be admired.
Style: First floor flat in a Victorian mansion
Bedrooms: 2 double
Living Rooms: 1 spacious
Area: 782 sq.ft.
Outside: west facing balcony
Location: Preston Park
Parking: off street parking
Why you’ll like it
One can only imagine the luxury of owning one of these imposing yet stunning mansion houses when they were built in the 19th Century as one residence. Almost all have since been converted into separate apartments, but they still command an air of grandeur today.
You approach the house over a shingle driveway, past a majestic evergreen to where the original tiled steps lead up to a grand porticoed entrance. The communal ways have been well maintained by the residents here, and a sweeping staircase takes you to your door on the first floor.
Once inside, your eye is immediately drawn into the beautifully bright and spacious living room to the right. The westerly wall feels almost entirely glazed as it frames uninterrupted views of Preston Park and the rose garden, and French doors open to the full width balcony. High ceilings add to the sense of space, and stained glass windows add character and colour to the room which is a restful space to sit and relax; looking out over the park with views that are ever-changing with the seasons.
A wide arch links the space to the kitchen which has room for formal dining. Sympathetically designed in keeping with the property, bespoke timber units were created to look like a dresser at the far end of the room, and a butler sink has been fitted within the solid oak worktops. A built-in cupboard houses the washing machine and a dishwasher is integrated (although through lack of use this may need testing) and the induction hob, extractor and dual ovens have been integrated.
Moving through the flat, the wide and welcoming entrance hall has a deep cupboard for coats, shoes and household items and a second, deep cupboard which is being used as an office. These sit alongside the main bathroom which is an internal but spacious room, so the potential is there to reconfigure these spaces. This could create a separate shower room and WC while moving the kitchen to the original bathroom with an open aspect to the living room while putting a third bedroom in the kitchen’s original place – all food for thought.
Peacefully positioned to the rear of the building, yet with equally leafy views, there are two large double bedrooms with tall sash windows and high ceilings. Again, the potential is there to add an en suite shower room to the master bedroom, but as they stand, they are charming rooms which face east to bring in a glorious light in the morning.
Well-designed for a Victorian conversion and with so much potential, this is a fantastic property which was clearly a much-loved home. The views across the park will never tire and you get the best of both worlds living here with the peace of the park alongside easy access to the city.
‘The property has been in our family for over 25-years so it is very dear to us and it holds many wonderful memories. As a family we loved visiting the Rotunder Café and walking in the park, or sitting out on the balcony in the last of the summer sunshine. We just hope the next inhabitants love it just as much as we do.’
Where it is
Shops: Local 4 min walk, city centre 15-20 min walk
Station: Preston Park and Brighton Stations 10 min walk each
Seafront or Park: Preston Park opposite, seafront 10 min drive
Primary: Downs Infant and Junior Schools
Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College
This is a fantastic flat in a popular location which is well served for shops, parks and schools. There are plenty of local green spaces and great transport links, yet you are just a short walk from everything this vibrant coastal city has to offer. The A23 and Stations are also within easy reach, for those requiring fast links to Gatwick or London on a daily or weekly basis.
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