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5 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Alexandra Villas, Brighton, BN1

Offers in Region of £2,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • bn1
  • classical elegance
  • 2842 sq ft
  • West Hill
  • Garden and roof terrace
  • Hard standing for several cars

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

classical elegance

Of rare comfort and beauty, this magnificent five bedroom Villa with off street parking has been meticulously refurbished with a unique sensitivity to this homes original intent of providing impressive entertaining space and quiet, luxurious rooms for relaxing. Elegant period detail and proportions are carefully balanced with a social 21st century layout which includes a stunning kitchen diner opening into the spacious garden and there is also a glamorous breakfast terrace with fabulous sea views. Built in the reign of Queen Victoria, this tranquil home is in the exclusive West Hill Conservation Area, a convenient but surprisingly peaceful location favoured by families and ideal for commuters as you can stroll to the station, shops, parks and popular schools.

In brief:

Style: Victorian semi- detached Villa 1869-1875

Bedrooms: 5

Living rooms: 3

Area: 2842 sq ft ; 264.1 sq m

Outside: Garden and roof terrace

Location: West Hill 

Parking: Hard Standing for several cars

Why you’ll like it:

With rare off street parking for several cars and the station within a five minute stroll, this imposing Villa is a dream location for those who need to commute and although it is also within walking distance of the fashionable shopping and café districts of the 7 Dials and Queen’s Road, this elegant home is tucked away in a remarkably peaceful location close to good schools and parks, and not far from the beach.

Set back from the tree lined street by a smart hard standing and front garden this big house is very inviting, freshly painted white with bold bays, arched windows and a grand portico to one side with lighting to guide your guests to the impressive front door. Inside, the stately hallway does not disappoint, glinting in the colours of stained glass and basking in period detail.

The Reception Rooms

Sunlight streams into the first reception through the broad west facing bay at the front of the house. The subtle tones of Farrow and Ball compliment the generous proportions of the room and draw the eye up to a magnificent hand crafted ceiling rose with a unique lily design as well as to the delicate plaster vines which still wend their way around the space high above your head. A white marble fireplace adds to the classic elegance of this room and although you would never know it, the thick grey carpet conceals plumbing for a kitchen should you decide to separate off the lower floor, which has its own entrance.

Next door the second reception enjoys the morning sunshine flowing through its own gracious bay. The marble of the fireplace is a darker grey although the friezes above the picture rail echo those of the front room as does the pared back palette which discreetly focuses your attention on the restful proportions of this space and the open views over the garden.

The Family Kitchen/Diner and Garden

At the end of the hallway on the ground floor, you pass a deep cupboard with plumbing for a washing machine and a doorway leads down into a room which is very much of the 21st Century, ideal for modern day living and glamorous entertaining. Dove grey porcelain conceals underfloor heating and the far, angled walls are almost all glass seamlessly connecting the inside to the garden and bringing plenty of sunlight. There is a window and a pair of French doors to the decked sun terrace by the dining area and there are central doors in the big bay window by the kitchen. Streamlined, reflective units stretch along two walls providing ample smooth stone work surfaces and the high spec 5 ring gas hob and double ovens are integrated for you beneath a sculptural extractor. The dishwasher is already plumbed in for you and there is also space for an American style fridge. Large under stair storage means that you don’t need to clutter the space and there is yet another door to the side by stairs up to the hard standing, perfect for supermarket deliveries.

Outside, the garden is surprisingly large and is one of only a few of this size in this central location. Sociably arranged with a decked terrace and lighting for al fresco dining, the lawn is child and pet friendly, and you have a lovely opportunity to create your own leafy haven in the centre of the city. Plans have also been approved for a conservatory on this level, so you could enjoy this garden even more. 

The Guest Suite

At the front of the house, this light and airy room looks across the tiered garden to the tree lined street through a vast bay window and would be an ideal room for guests or a nanny as next door is a chic shower room with underfloor heating, a dual head system and a heated rail. The current owners wanted to maintain the flexibility of the accommodation offered by this beautifully spacious house, and you can see that it would be very easy to create a separate apartment on this floor. It is worth noting that as well having been properly damp proofed, the lower ground floor has its own boiler and heating system and is separately rated.

The Master Suite and First Floor

Up past a discrete study area with two windows looking over the garden, the first of the double bedrooms has a wide, triple window with open views. The ceiling is lofty with elegant cornice work, the skirting is almost knee high and this quiet room with calm colours is opposite the spacious family bathroom with windows in two walls, underfloor heating and a shower above the bath.

The majestic master suite is decorated in soothing, shell like tones and has a broad bay window which, as all windows in the house, has been fully refurbished with new brushes to ensure that you sleep well. Leafy views of the smart homes opposite pour in with the afternoon sun and the white marble fireplace adds gravitas. The luxury en suite shower room has fashionable dual heads installed, there is storage beneath the wide hand basin and a rail warms your towels whilst underfloor heating keeps your toes cosy.

The Roof Terrace

The crowning jewel of this remarkable home is this glamorous roof terrace, large enough for a breakfast table with simply astounding views which sweep from the rolling Downs which encircle this city, across the hills of Hanover and striking architecture of Kemp Town, right over to the English Channel which forms a sparkling, open horizon.

The Second Floor

Two more comfortable double bedrooms are up on this floor which each have unusually high ceilings for this level. The room at the back has panoramic views of the city to the sea whilst the front room has verdant tree top views and a fitted double wardrobe. Like all of the living rooms, Virgin media cables are installed and also on this floor is a big, sunny shower room, thoughtfully designed with space for a changing table and deep shelving and which also has opulent under floor heating and top of the range fittings.

Bear in mind:

This home has a timeless elegance but also offers a practical modern lifestyle with a rare combination of both off street parking for several cars and a big garden in this sought after, central location. The roof terrace with sea views is a rare find indeed, and with planning in place for a conservatory and a large attic as yet undeveloped this beautiful house also has interesting options.

Owner’s secret:

“We love the contrast between the vibrant city just around the corner and our quiet, safe haven” 

Where it is:

Shops: Local 2 minutes, North Laines a 5 minute walk, 7 Dials 5 minutes

Train Station: Brighton 5 minute walk

Seafront or Park: Seafront about a 15-20 minute walk, St Nicholas Rest Garden 5 minutes

Closest Schools:

Primary: St Paul’s C of E

Secondary: Cardinal Newman

Private: Brighton College, Brighton and Hove High

Within minutes of the seafront, the fashionable Laines and 7 Dials, this elegant home offers easy access to all that this vibrant coastal city has to offer but is on a quiet street with rare views of the sea and the Downs. This exceptional house is also conveniently located for schools and recreation facilities, including parks and churches which host events in the festivals, and its proximity to Brighton Station, with its excellent links to Gatwick and London make this a viable possibility for those who need to travel, and increases the options regarding the lower ground floor.

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
10 October 2016


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