4 bedroom terraced house for saleBelle Vue Gardens, Brighton, BN2
- quiet dignity
- 1603 sq ft
- Kemp Town
- Spacious east facing garden, open to the south
- Residents H Zone
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This beautiful 4 bedroom Edwardian house has been a family home since 1905 and successive generations have not found it necessary to change very much – and with gracious, flowing rooms, stately period features and an unusually wide, sunny garden you can understand why. The location also continues to be desirable as it is within a stroll of Kemp Town Village and the beach, but quietly tucked away between the College and the Hospital and both the cultural heart of the City and the station are easy to reach.
Style: Edwardian terrace house, built 1905
Living rooms: 3
Area: 1603 sq ft ; 149 sq m
Outside: Spacious east facing garden, open to the south
Location: Kemp Town
Parking: Residents H Zone
Why you’ll like it:
Quietly situated on the edge of the fashionable Kemp Town Village this elegant home has been sensitively updated by the current owner who has tenderly retained precious period detail. The result is an elegant family home which is more suited to modern living and entertaining complete with energy efficient windows.
The only double fronted house in the terrace, a traditionally tiled path steps up past a well-tended garden to a smart front door, which opens into a quiet hallway with period finials and a rare to find cascade handrail for a refined staircase. Burnished floorboards walk you into a grand reception on the right, with a feature arch and glimpses of the sea through the broad bay window. The rare black stone and marble embossed fireplace now houses a clean –but coal effect- gas fire. Across the hallway, the genteel dining room has also retained the original cornice above your head and the iron hood on the fireplace displays the Art Nouveau motif also used for the original door knocker. Along the hallway, a doorway privately separates the formal entertaining space from the family rooms. On the left is a spacious and sunny room which has performed a variety of functions over the years according to the family needs and has been a sunny breakfast room, a playroom and is currently a peaceful study with restful views over the garden. The current owners had considered putting a wood burner where the old range was, and discovered the golden pine beneath period floor to ceiling cupboards beneath paint which echoed the preference of different eras, from Deco green to Edwardian brown. Across the hallway the family friendly kitchen has stylish lemon coloured units with plenty of counter space and attractive blue wall tiles, a colour picked up in the fabulous multi fuel range which could stay, subject to circumstance and negotiation. This gentle style continues in the guest cloakroom next door and the colours also appear in the patterned tiled floor of the sun room, which runs along just over half of the width of the house, so that you can comfortably enjoy the garden all year around (and which also has plumbing and electrics for utility machines discreetly tucked away).
Outside, the garden is broader than usual in this quiet but convenient location as this house is the only one which is double fronted, and it is already paved for you with a raised seating area facing south and edged by flower beds to the right so that you can dine with friends beneath the heavenly scent of a white lilac, the sapling of which was a gift from the current owners mother.
At the top of the stairs, the family bathroom is bright and spacious and the white suite and shower are in a traditional style in keeping with the age of the building. A few steps up takes you up to the four generously proportioned bedrooms, all of which have high ceilings and original fireplaces and are well decorated and ready to move into. The dignified master bedroom is at the front to the right and has the luxury of a gas fire installed into the fireplace, and as you can see, clever positioning of a mirror would mean that you could lie in bed and enjoy the sea sparkling along the horizon.
Bear in mind:
This substantial house in is a quiet residential street of predominantly period houses, but as in every city, there is a purpose built block of flats nearby, most of which are owned privately and some by the NHS who house their doctors and nurses there.
“We bought the house as the location made life so easy and we love the garden in spring, when it bursts into flower.”
Where it is:
Shops: Kemp Town Village shops 3 minute walk, the Lanes are 15 minute walk, 7 minutes by bus
Train Station: Brighton Station 8 minutes by bus
Seafront or Park: Seafront about 6 minutes walk, Queen’s Park 8 minutes
Primary: Queen’s Park
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College
This tranquil house is within minutes of the sea and the fashionable Kemp Town Village with its Bohemian mix of cafes, shops and restaurants. The Cosmopolitan Marina and the Theatres of Brighton are both within easy reach as are the Georgian Lanes and the Brighton Pavilion. Close to one of the top ten schools in the country and the County Hospital, this exceptional home’s proximity to Brighton Station with is excellent links to Gatwick and London make this a viable proposition for those needing to travel.
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