4 bedroom end of terrace house for saleBristol Gardens, Brighton, BN2
Sold STC £700,000
- historical soul
- 2074.6 sq ft
- Kemp Town
- Spacious roof terrace, private courtyard and use of private enclosures
- Resident parking H zone
Built in 1824 this handsome four bedroom Georgian house is steeped in history and has precious period detail. Sensitively modernised this home is now ideal for entertaining and has a roof terrace and private courtyard as well as access to the exclusive gardens of Sussex Square. Close to the beach, local shops, cafes and restaurants this unique house between the Lanes and the Marina offers peace as well as easy access to the Hospital, station, schools and the Downs.
Style: Double fronted Regency house c. 1824
Living rooms: 3
Area: 2074.6 sq ft ; 192.7 sq m
Outside: Spacious roof terrace, private courtyard and use of the private enclosures with 5 acres of private gated landscaped gardens overlooking the sea with a delightful tunnel leading to the beach, secret caverns
Parking: Resident parking H zone
Location: Kemp Town
Why you’ll like it:
In a peaceful conservation area just a five minute taxi ride from the Lanes and tucked away behind Sussex Square with views of the Downs and glimpses of the sea, this fascinating three storey house with wrought iron railings and chequered steps has plenty of kerb appeal. Inside, this home is bright with unexpected spaces and winding staircases that lead from one exciting floor to another and at one time this home was joined to the kitchens of 31 Sussex Square, so it may have been built for guests or for senior members of staff.
Thoughtfully organised so that the family room, dining room and kitchen are all on one floor, the ground floor has two bedrooms on each side of the welcoming hallway both with the gracious proportions of the era but now with energy efficient secondary glazing, and the room on your right has a striking fireplace and walk in closet. At the base of the staircase a quirky turn leads you into a surprisingly large bathroom with windows in opposite walls making it beautifully airy. The white suite is in a traditional style and the glamorous claw footed bath has a useful shower attachment. As you would expect in a family house, there is also a nice big airing cupboard by the door.
To the left of the stairs is a second staircase which leads down to the sociable family/entertaining floor which has a very open feel as the rooms interconnect and can see into each other, although the ingenious design ensures that the family are not on top of each other all the time. This level has retained its entrance to the street, ideal for deliveries and for access to the caverns opposite which reach beneath the pavement, used for bike storage but which some other properties have developed into gyms, music studios or even guest rooms, and this house is not listed by the way. With broad and tall sash windows designed in a time dependant on natural light, the elegant living room spans the full width of the building and set into the far wall is an imposing marble fireplace which still provides gravitas as well as warmth to the space. On the inside wall, a large window looks into the central dining room which links the kitchen and living room and you get a real sense of the history of this home as there are magnificent ancient flagstones underfoot. A vaulted, glass ceiling and French doors add a modern touch and in the idyllic courtyard beyond, the gazebo a vaulted glass ceiling and French doors add a modern touch and lead into the idyllic courtyard beyond with a pretty gazebo covered in honeysuckle. The traditionally styled kitchen is a generous size with its own door into the courtyard and plenty of white painted units with practical work surfaces and the gas hob and electric oven are already integrated for you.
Up on the first floor, the master bedroom impresses in designer paper and has an en suite shower room and across the hall the guest room has a beautiful fireplace and a walk in wardrobe which we are told has plumbing for an en suite. This remarkable home just keeps on giving as a short staircase leads to this house’s final surprise; an exotic roof top conservatory which opens into a spectacular roof terrace with a Mediterranean feel, although the glimpses of the English Channel and the gently rolling Downs are decidedly Brighton!
Bear in mind:
This elegant home is in a sought after location and has a rare combination of private outside space and use of the famous garden enclosures around the corner, with their tunnel to the beach.
By candlelight with the open fire, the living room is warm and comforting in the winter but transforms to a light and open room in the summer.
Where it is:
Shops: Local 3 minute walk, Marina 5 minutes, Churchill Square 12 minutes by bus
Station: Brighton mainline 15 minutes by bus
Seafront or Park: Seafront is under 10 mins, the golf course and park are about 5 minutes
Primary: St Mark’s
Private: Brighton College
This unique, historical home is close to the sea, the golf course, the Hospital and the Downs. Local shops are on the doorstep as are the cosmopolitan shops, yacht club and Casino of the Marina. Kemp Town Village, with its bohemian mix of cafes, bars and restaurants is within walking distance as is the award winning Brighton College, plus there are regular buses from Sussex Square going to the Universities and into central Brighton and the Station with its excellent links to Gatwick and London.
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