Guide Price £575,000 -- £600,000.
There is a peaceful lattice of Victorian streets which sit tucked away between Preston Circus and Roundhill, and this beautiful three-bedroom house sits in its midst. It has been modernised and renovated throughout to a high standard using contemporary materials and fittings to complement the original period character of the house, and the sunny rear garden is the perfect summer extension of the home. With two reception areas it offers versatile living spaces for families with children of all ages, and while the location is quiet, it remains incredibly central with a wealth of shops, restaurants and Brighton Station nearby. There are several popular schools within catchment, so it is well suited to families, but equally, being so well located for the city and the universities, it would also suit professional sharers, commuters and investors alike.
Style: Victorian terraced house
Bedrooms: 3 double; 1 en suite
Living Rooms: 2 inc. Eat-in kitchen
Area: 1111.01 sq.ft
Outside: East facing walled rear garden
Location: Preston Circus
Parking: Residents permit zone J
Why you'll like it:
For families and professionals alike, the popularity if this area has never waned. Its proximity to two stations and several 'outstanding' schools has been a huge pull for many, but it is also convenient, with many amenities close by. With so much to entertain you on foot, it is easy to understand its appeal. The terraces themselves are a delight with sweet front gardens and pastel facades, and this house sits mid-terrace. Uniquely within the terrace, it has a flat frontage which gives it wide picture windows on its west facing rooms, and it is fresh in white; set back from the road behind a pebbly front garden.
You enter into a hallway with a high ceiling and wooden floors which take you past a deep under stairs cupboard, then through double doors to the open plan living and dining room. Wonderfully bright due to an east to west orientation, this room is also well-proportioned as it does not have a bay window, allowing for larger pieces of furniture to fit in the space. White walls complement the walnut tones of the floor, and a classic fireplace is open to warm the room during winter. It has a modern and stylish feel in here with ample built in storage running the length of the room into the dining area, where there is space for a generous table to seat eight.
An opening leads through to the kitchen breakfast room which has been extended into the side return, so it spans the width of the house at the rear. It becomes a second sociable space with a quartz topped island with seating on two sides, and a huge amount of storage has been built-in for food, crockery and cooking equipment allowing the worktops to remain clutter free. There is also a waste disposal unit. Dual ovens, a gas hob, a dishwasher, washing machine and fridge freezer have also been integrated, and zesty lime splash backs add a pop of colour.
Clean, contemporary lines continue outside in the raised, decked garden which has built-in seating areas and stylish fencing for added privacy. While the current owners have decorated the space with colourful pots and plants, there is also a lovely variety of greenery in the external borders from neighbouring homes which add shape and shade to the space while housing a delightful array of wildlife. It receives plenty of sunshine too as it is open to the south and is completely enclosed so children can play out here in safety under the watchful eyes of those in the kitchen.
Returning inside, the bathroom is directly ahead from the half-landing and has been well designed with both form and function in mind. Dual sinks, a spacious rainfall shower and a Jacuzzi bathtub will cater for all, and the finish is on-trend with monochrome, metro-brick wall tiles.
Bedrooms two and three are along the upper landing; one spanning the front of the house with the same westerly aspect as the living room, and the other with peaceful green views. The smaller double has been decorated for a younger person, but is very cool with a mountain range mural, and both have plenty of built in storage.
A more recent addition is the master bedroom suite within the loft which has a full width dormer allowing for a vast amount of head space and room for a king-size bed and freestanding furniture. There is also a wall of built in wardrobes which maximise the floorspace further still, and the en suite is a great size with a refined finish to include a roomy shower, a generous amount of storage, and geometric floor tiles.
This house feels contemporary and the finish throughout is excellent. It is also far more spacious than its modest exterior implies, making it perfect for families who will find the school catchment ideal.
"We have loved living here and raising our children amongst such a welcoming and family friendly community. It is incredibly peaceful here as you are off the beaten track, but you've got the wonderful Sunny Foods and Arkwrights Deli around the corner, the renowned Duke of York Cinema and Brighton Station; all just a few minutes away. It will definitely be a wrench to leave.'
Where it is:
Shops: Local 1 min walk, city centre 15-20 min walk
Station: London Road 1 min Brighton 7 min walk
Seafront or Park: Preston Park 6 min walk, seafront 20 min walk
Primary: Downs Infant and Junior Schools
Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman rc
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep.
This is a great house in a popular location which is well served for shops, parks and schools. There are plenty of local green spaces, and excellent transport links, but you are also only a short walk from everything this vibrant coastal city has to offer. The A23, London Road Station and Brighton Station are also within easy reach, for those requiring fast links to the universities, Gatwick or London on a daily or weekly basis.