College Terrace, Brighton, BN2
- 5 bedroom Victorian house with self-contained flat
- 3087 sq.ft.
- College Conservation Area
- Spacious garden
- Parking permit zone H
Quiet and private behind the playing fields of Brighton College with glimpses of the sea, this fabulous five storey Victorian house was built to impress and continues to do so with gracious proportions and flexible accommodation. Currently arranged to provide 4 generous bedrooms and glamorous master suite upstairs, featured in 25 Beautiful Homes in 2016, has been recently refurbished with a commitment to detail rarely seen on the market. Close to the shops, bistro pubs and cafés of Kemptown Village which is bordered by beaches and hosts the County Hospital, you won’t always need to use a car as the station, Queen’s Park with a playground and café, cultural heart of the city and international waterfront restaurants of Brighton Marina are easy to reach on foot, by bus or by cab.
** Guide Price £1,250,000 - £1,350,000 **
One of Brighton’s best kept secrets, this quiet home looks over the trees and playing fields of one of the best schools in the country. With striking decorative detail outside, inside has a flawless finish and a family friendly ethos which warms statuesque proportions with natural materials and tasteful tones - so this home is welcoming, starting in the hallway where you’re greeted by beautiful period details including a magnificent stained glass window at the top of a flight of sweeping stairs.
The ground floor and garden
A handsome kitchen diner runs the full depth of this substantial home, bathed in light thanks to the generous south facing bay and elegant sash window in the far wall. With leafy views over the college grounds at the front and garden views at the back, there’s plenty of space in which to relax together or to entertain friends and for cooler evenings the original fireplace is open. A practical ethos drives the design of the stylish kitchen, uniquely made from wooden counters rescued from an old bank, topped by cool marble and matched with ample shelving. The central island allows you to keep an eye on guests or the progress of homework as you prepare the meal and has a second sink with an insinkerator supplementing the main, ex science lab sink in the left hand run, and the fabulous Rangemaster Professional + could stay, subject to circumstance and negotiation.
At the far end of the hallway with access to the garden, a cheerful utility has space for two machines and there’s also a cloakroom tucked away opposite a well planned coat, bag and boot area.
Outside, the spacious walled garden is scented by climbers and stone paving underfoot is ideal for al fresco dining. Lighting is already in place and there are steps down to the patio on the lower ground floor which is large enough for a petite summer house/home office.
The first floor study, reception snug/guest bedroom and family bathroom
Mounting the elegant staircase, a stylish study area is beneath a magnificent coloured and leaded window. Up on the first floor, sunshine streams into the majestic reception through a fabulous bay and big sash window which almost fill the south wall and frame glorious views over the green of the College to the blue of the English Channel.
Delicate plaster work remains overhead, there’s a handsome open fireplace and the “floating” shelving to each side bring a subtle modern tweak.
Tucked behind, the first of the double bedrooms is currently used as a comfortable family snug and also has plenty of storage on each side of the fireplace.
On the half landing, a cosmopolitan bathroom is lined with Italian marble and is large enough for both a double ended bath with a shower attachment and a separate walk in shower which has a Mira shower.
The master bedroom suite – first floor
Full of light, the romantic master suite spans the whole of the first floor and is instantly restful with glorious proportions, serene colour scheme and leafy views over the college grounds to the sea. A walk through dressing room with ample storage leads to an atmospheric bathroom, where a freestanding baignoire has traditional Aston Matthews fittings in keeping with the age of the building and the chic hand basin rests on an antique table.
Three family bedrooms and attic
The third floor has three comfortable double bedrooms, each with plenty of character and pretty period features, and all have open views: At the back, the bedroom looks over lower homes to surrounding Downland whilst at the front the vista sweeps over the historic architecture of Brighton College to the ever changing sea.
At the very top of the house, the attic is over 18 feet long, tall enough to stand in and has three windows along the south roof enjoying spectacular views over Kemptown to the distant turbines of the offshore Rampion wind farm.
Homes of this size and quality do not appear on the market very often and this is in a quiet, friendly and convenient location by one of the best schools in the country.
“This has been a very happy home with lovely neighbours. You can walk to everything you need as a family – the beach and a choice of parks with playgrounds, cafés and sports facilities- as well as to things we need as a couple, such as bars and restaurants. Although you can walk into the city there’s several local bus routes so the children can have some independence and it’s quiet and friendly, away from the crowds of tourists.”
Where it is
Shops: Local shops and bistro pub 1 minute, Kemptown Village 5 minutes, the Lanes 15 minutes
Train Station: Brighton Station about 15 minutes by bus
Seafront or Park: Seafront about a 10 minute walk, Queen’s Park 6 minutes
Primary: Queen’s Park, St Luke’s
Secondary: Varndean, Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College, Brighton & Hove High, Brighton Steiner, Lancing
***GUIDE PRICE £1,400,000-£1,500,000***
This tranquil terrace over- ooking historic playing fields is close to the beach and bohemian café culture of Kemp Town Village which has independent, specialist shops as well as a co-op, post office and chemist. The lively bars and restaurants lining St James’ Street, which leads to the Royal Pavilion, are also just a stroll. The hospital, law courts and Amex are nearby and good schools, the theatres and Lanes of central Brighton are all within walking distance as is the Marina with its health club, cinemas, casino and waterfront restaurants. There are local buses into the city, along the coast and to the universities and the proximity to Brighton train station with its fast links to Gatwick and London makes commuting possible. For those who need a car, both the A23/27 are easy to reach, and there’s no waiting list for permit H zone.
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College Terrace, Brighton, BN2
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Brighton Station1.0 miles
- London Road (Brighton) Station1.2 miles
- Moulsecoomb Station1.6 miles
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