2 bedroom apartment for saleLewes Crescent, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2
Under Offer £495,000
- Two Bedrooms
- Two Bathrooms
- Grade I Listed Building
- Front & Inner Courtyard
- Period Features
- Master Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom
- Beautiful Communal Gardens with Tunnel to Seafront
Tenure: Share of Freehold
A superb Grade 1 Regency apartment, the property has its own front door, lockable front gate and steps leading down to a beautifully maintained front courtyard garden ideal for alfresco dining. There is a further internal courtyard, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, study and store rooms this apartment has much to offer. The apartment has the invaluable asset of having listed building consent in place to re-site the kitchen to the hallway if desired, as well as sole ownership of both the front and internal courtyards.
One of the principal features of this impressive period property is a gorgeous York stone flagstone floor, original to the 1856 building, which runs the majority of the length of the hallway. At ca. 1300 square feet the entire flat has a pleasing feeling of space throughout. The hallway itself is wonderfully wide with the high ceilings commensurate of properties of this period and this generous space could easily accommodate a new kitchen. Alternatively the space could be kept as it is currently; a superb dining hall, lined with bookcases additionally providing a quiet library nook. The elegant living room at the front of the property has a glorious marble fireplace with a working fire and is decorated in a refined, classical style. It overlooks the front entrance courtyard and retains the charming wooden window shutters. A convenient, well-proportioned open-plan area leads off to one side with a door to the bedroom which currently is unused. However, this could be reinstated and the space incorporated into the master bedroom to provide a dressing room should one wish.
The master bedroom just along the hallway has a stylish en-suite bathroom housing a delightful free-standing bathtub, sitting against a backdrop of attractive painted flintstone (bungaroosh) walls. A little way further along, the hall gives onto a fantastic verdant rear courtyard, the perfect quiet space to sit in and enjoy. All the way along the hallway are plentiful built-in cupboards providing useful and abundant storage facilities, with an especially large space given over to a laundry area which currently contains both washing machine, tumble drier and an additional fridge-freezer. The second double bedroom and guest shower room are well presented and occupy the far end of the property. A further single room off the hall provides further space which could be allocated for use as an office and overlooks the inner courtyard. Listed buildings consent has also been obtained here to replace the two smaller existing windows with a larger sash window to improve both the outlook and light.
This attractive property has character in spades, lots of usable and useful space and would work equally well as a principal residence or as a weekend pad, benefiting as it does from its proximity to the seafront, as well as the amenities of pretty Kemptown village to the west. The crescent offers a splendid, well cared-for, friendly environment in which to live and has the additional benefit of private gated gardens, with a private tunnel leading under the seafront road, directly to the beach. It is said that during Mr. Lewis Carroll's stay in the area, the gardens and tunnel were a source of inspiration to him for writing Alice in Wonderland!
The property is situated within the prestigious Lewes Cresent & Sussex Square community where residents have the use of the private gardens known locally as ''Kemptown Enclosures''. Leading from the ca. 6 acres of gardens is a tunnel running beneath the coast road (A259) linking the gardens to the seafront, beach and Marina.
The location is great for walking and cycling along the cliffs and undercliff walk. Kemptown old village is under a mile away and offers all the requisite amenities such as post office, bank etc. as well as independent stores, cafes, bars and restaurants. Nearby Brighton Marina offers recreational pursuits, including a first class yachting marina and large supermarket.
A ca. 10 minute bus ride on the frequent services along the seafront is the city centre and Brighton train station, where fast trains to London Victoria and Gatwick Airport make Brighton a hugely popular destination with commuters and holiday makers alike.
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