2 bedroom flat for saleThe Drive, Hove, BN3
Guide Price £425,000
- elegant proportions
- 968 sq ft
- Willett Estate Conservation Area
- Residents Permit Parking Zone N
Guide Price £425,000 - £450,000 |
elegant proportions | This magnificent two bedroom mansion flat resides on the lower ground floor of a substantial Victorian Villa, set on the prestigious tree lined Drive in central Hove. It was completed in 1890 for the fashionable and wealthy, flocking to the city for the sea air, and whilst it has now been converted into separate dwellings, it still commands the same grandeur. The scale of the flat is impressive, and while there are some original features, much of the interior design is contemporary, where only the finest quality materials and fittings have been used, and the finish is exemplary. The proximity to Hove Station, the cosmopolitan shops, cafes and restaurants of Church Road, and Hove’s clean beaches make this a truly exceptional property for anyone wishing to live in luxury by the sea.
Style: Lower ground floor flat in a Victorian villa
Bedrooms: 2 double; 1 en suite
Living rooms: 1 very substantial
Area: 968 sq ft; 89.9 sq m
Location: Willett Estate Conservation Area
Parking: Residents Permit Parking Zone N
Why you’ll like it:
Built by the famous Victorian Architect William Willett in the late 19th Century, this considerable detached villa is still as statuesque today, in immaculate yellow gault brick and Corinthian columns picked out in white. You approach up a sweeping stone driveway, and down a few stone steps to the lower ground floor where your own entrance is central on the front of the building. The front door opens up to a stunning, broad entrance hall, and from here you get an immediate impression that this flat is grand, full of character, and beautifully presented. White porcelain floor tiles shine, and bounce the light around, and a double doorway is open to the substantial living room to your right.
This has a plush, charcoal grey carpet underfoot, and fresh white walls to complement. The modern fire surround forms a sleek mantle around a ethanol burning stove, and traditional style radiators add extra warmth in the cooler months. The current owners have a very large corner sofa is in place, which does not feel imposing in a room of this size, so you could easily create separate spaces for dining, seating as well as a work area if need be.
You access the kitchen from here, and it is ice cool with more high shine floor tiles, and gloss white, contemporary units; partly topped with Corian, into which the sink with flexi tap is seamlessly cut. The remainder of the worktop is solid walnut, which has a four ring Smeg gas hob inlaid, and an integrated dishwasher below. The integrated Smeg microwave and oven has been placed in a tower for ease of access, and the tall fridge freezer is integrated alongside it. The utility room is separate and tucked away, and has extra space to store your hoover etc. to keep the flat clutter free.
Returning to the entrance hall, and turning left, you come to the family bathroom which is the epitome of taste, with a wall of exposed brick, and a freestanding bathtub, whose modernist shape is echoed in the hand basin. Bedroom two is conveniently next door, and while it is currently set up as a child’s room, it is a good size double, with high ceilings, and a built in wardrobe to maximise the floor space.
Finally, the master bedroom is to the front of the flat, and this is a generous room with a wide bay window, and an ornate ceiling rose to mirror that in the living room as a reminder that this is a period property. It has ample room for a king size bed, as well as free standing pieces of furniture, but there’s also a deep built in cupboard, and an en suite shower room, with porcelain tiles in white, and a tall cubicle complete with rainfall showerhead.
This is a fantastic apartment which would suit couples, professional sharers, commuters and investors alike, and although it is incredibly spacious and chic, it still feels warm and homely too, and needs to be seen to be admired.
Bear in mind:
Due to being on the lower ground floor, and formed from the front of the house, this apartment does not enjoy far reaching or garden views, but this in no way impacts on the flat’s appeal.
“We were initially sold by the expansive entrance hall as it feels so grand and exclusive to come home to. It is also a great flat to entertain in as it is so spacious and open.”
Where it is:
Shops: Local 1 min walk, city centre 10 min walk
Train Station: Hove Station 4 min walk, Brighton Station 15 min walk
Seafront or Park: St Anne’s Well Gardens 5 min walk, Seafront 3 min walk
Primary: Brunswick Primary, Hove Primary School
Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep.
This generous flat is beautifully situated in a popular area with lots of local shops and the beach on your doorstep. The city centre shopping districts and parks are also within easy reach, and this house also offers easy access to Hove Station which has direct and fast links to the airports and London.
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