5 bedroom detached house for saleWest Drive, Brighton, BN2
- parkside idyll
- 3630 sq ft
- Queen's Park
- Spacious garden
- 2 garages
* guide price £1,750,000 - £1,900,000 *
parkside idyll |
In a sought after location on the west side of Queen’s Park this detached five bedroom Victorian home balances elegant entertaining with big bright family rooms and has an exceptionally large and beautiful garden with lots of nooks and crannies to explore and two garages, one of which is in a great position for extra security or to transform into an extra room, subject to the usual consents. Opposite the Park, which has a playground, café, tennis courts and a pond, local shops and good primary schools are within a short walk and the beach is close by as is the Kemp Town Village, which provides for all your immediate needs as well as a choice of cafes, bars and restaurants and which also hosts Brighton College and the Hospital. The Lanes, theatres and city centre are all easy to reach as is the cosmopolitan Marina and access to the Downs. Close to several bus routes, older children have a degree of independence and life is made easy for commuters needing to get to the station with its fast links to Gatwick and London.
Style: Victorian detached house
Bathrooms: 3, plus 2 cloakrooms
Living rooms: 3
Area: 3630 sq ft
Outside: Spacious garden
Parking: 2 garages
Location: Queen’s Park
Why you’ll like it:
In a prestigious location by a large park with plenty of leisure facilities on offer this beautiful home has easy access to all that this fashionable coastal city has to offer including the encircling Downs. Tucked away between the cultural heart of the city and the schools, shops, cafes and hospitals of Kemp Town Village, this big white house - which is almost uniquely detached in this road - looks inviting with a scented front garden full of the joys of spring, and the entrance still impresses sheltered by the romantic veranda above which looks over the park. Inside does not disappoint with a tiled lobby opening into a large welcoming hallway which has a high ceiling, a gleaming parquet floor and stylish William Morris wallpaper. A discreet door leads to a lobby for coats, boots and bags by the side door to the garage and garden, and a guest cloakroom is carefully tucked away.
The Reception and Formal Dining Room
Full of sunlight, the reception has elegant proportions with a high, decorative ceiling and the subtle use of colour keeps the focus on the broad bay windows at the front of the house which bring in restful views of the park. The marble fireplace now houses a gas fire and behind you, arched doors keep your options open and lead through to a spacious dining room where the west wall is almost all glass, with the central French doors opening to a private patio, perfect for parties.
The Kitchen Diner, Utility rooms and Ground Floor Shower
Big and bright the kitchen diner is family friendly with sturdy wooden units and work surfaces. There is plenty of space for a large family table and there is also a breakfast bar where the children can join you to discuss homework as you cook the incentive to finish it! Designed for entertaining friends and family there is a hatch through to the dining room and there are three ovens in place: a microwave/grill/convection and twin Neff ovens, a touch induction hob is beneath an extractor and there is room for two tall fridge freezers.
There is even more storage in the lobby at the far end where to the right a downstairs shower room limits the sand/ mud ingress after a day on the beach or riding on the Downs, and with access to the garden, the contemporary utility room at the back is light and cheerful with white units and composite surfaces and to the right is a store/ironing room. The internal door to the garage is on the left.
One of the largest gardens in the Drive, the garden has been skilfully designed to create outside “rooms” for adults and spaces where children can play securely. By the back door is a paved area for sunny lunches, or if it is too hot, curved steps lead to a second paved area shaded by the delicate foliage of a tree and scented by clematis and which flows down to the private dining room terrace.
The main garden has a large lawn, imaginatively planted beds and mature shrubs and trees. At the very far end, the second garage is useable – the current owner’s grown up children leave their cars in it when they travel abroad – and has windows already, and to the right of it are big, raised vegetable and soft fruit patches and a large greenhouse for tender plants.
The First Floor Bedrooms and Bathroom
At the top of the stairs this charming house really spreads its wings. To the left, an extra w.c. is next to a bathroom big enough for both a bath with a shower attachment and a separate walk in shower. There is generous storage and a heated rail ensures that the children feel properly pampered. Along a hallway lined with cupboards the first of the double bedrooms has a large, south facing window, fitted wardrobes and a hand basin and the second bedroom is also a generous size, with built in wardrobes one of which conceals a hand basin, and has lovely views over the garden. The third double room has designer paper and wardrobes and a sink in place and the central doors open out to a delightful balcony looking over the dining terrace.
The Master Suite
Running along the whole of the front of the house, the master bedroom is light and airy and has wardrobes on each side of an arched feature picking up the arches of the entrance and the dining room. The views over the park change with the seasons and you can catch glimpses of the sea through the broad bay. The dressing room next door is currently used as a study, although it has also been a nursery, and doors lead out to the sunny balcony, perfect for morning tea or romantic nightcaps and you can bathe in glory in the pretty en suite bathroom.
The Top Floor Bedroom
This large fifth bedroom, currently a work room, has sliding wardrobes along two walls, excellent headroom and far reaching views over the tree tops to the coastal city and glimmers of the sea beyond and tucked away are two large attics.
Bear in mind:
Homes of this quality do not appear on the market very often.
What the owner says:
“The location is ideal as it is connected but quiet. It has been a very happy family home big enough for friends and family and an easy base for activities as well as entertaining on a casual or more formal level. We have thoroughly enjoyed the space, both inside and out and the parking and the Park are the icing on the cake”
What’s around you
Shops: Local shops 2 minute walk, St James’ Street 8 minutes, The Lanes about 15
Train Station: Brighton mainline 10 minutes by bus, a 20 minute walk
Seafront or park: Park is opposite, Seafront about 5- 10 minute walk
Primary: Queen’s Park Primary, St Luke’s
Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer
Private: Brighton College, Brighton and Hove High, Roedean, Lancing
This bright, spacious home is opposite Queen’s Park which has playground, café, tennis courts and a pond and is only a short walk from the popular Kemp Town Village which hosts good schools including Brighton College as well as the Hospital and lots of beaches! The Lanes, theatres and city centre are all easy to reach as is the Marina with its cinemas, restaurants and health club and the Downs are nearby. Close to several bus routes, access to the University campus’ on Lewes Road and at Falmer is easy, as is the journey to Brighton station, with its fast links to Gatwick and London.
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