7 bedroom semi-detached house for saleYork Avenue, Hove, East Sussex, BN3
- BN3 rexceptional characterrlarge garage or zone Zrsouth and west facing wrap around garden, west facing balcony
guide price £1,500,000 - £1,600,000 |
Skirting St Ann’s Well Gardens due west, and with the city centre and beach just minutes away to the south; this elegant, semi-detached house is fantastically central, and with seven double bedrooms, it is ideal for any growing family. Built in 1919, it has the generous room proportions expected of the period, and it is abundant with classic features. Bursting with character, the current owners have added and improved the house over the years, and it certainly feels immediately welcoming and harmonious. The windows have been replaced throughout with timber framed double glazing, and dual fuel heating systems ensure that heating all three floors is highly economical. There is also a large garage - a huge bonus when parking is at a premium in the city, and the garden wraps around the house with both southerly and westerly aspects, so it catches the sun throughout the day. While the surroundings are almost sylvan, you are also just ten minutes from the fashionable Seven Dials and Brighton Station keeping you extremely well-connected. With several high achieving schools in close proximity, this exceptionally spacious home is sure to attract families, investors, commuters and potentially developers too - either way, it is a rare opportunity to acquire a house of this size in such a central location, so it is sure to attract the attentions of many.
Unique in character; the land surrounding St Ann’s Well Gardens was developed between the Edwardian period and the 1930s, so while these substantial homes sit juxtaposed between the Regency architecture at Seven Dials and Brunswick Town, they have an air of grandeur and a beauty of their own. Renowned as ‘Health Spa’ from the 18th Century onwards, the gardens had people flocking to visit from far and wide to drink the water and cure them of all ills! While the spring had almost dried up by the 20th Century, the gardens remained an attraction, as they do today. With glorious lawns, a play area, eight tennis courts and a cool cafe, St Ann’s Well is one of the most favoured parks in the city, and this family home enjoys views of the greenery (and squirrels) from every window to the rear. You are also within walking distance of the fashionable shops, cafes, bars and restaurants of both Seven Dials and Western Road, so there’s barely any need for a car living here, yet it is surprisingly peaceful too.
York Avenue is predominantly formed by gracious and immaculate pairs of Neo-Tudor homes, and while they are impressive in size from outside being elevated from the road, inside the true scale of the house becomes apparent. You pass a neat front garden and the entrance to the garage, and climb a few steps to your door. This opens to a very generous lobby where even the largest families can house their coats, shoes, brollies, buggies and bags! Here you get the first glimpse of period detail with delightful Deco stained glass windows surrounding the door, and these continue up the turning staircase in the entrance hall.
Suitably impressive, the main reception rooms are vast, and while they were originally two, they have been opened to create a bright and sociable space with the east and westerly walls almost entirely glazed ensuring the natural light streams in throughout the day. Original parquet flooring in pale honey tones flows throughout this floor for continuity; and in here decorative pilasters and ceiling roses add further character. Two marble fireplaces (admittedly from an earlier era) create a striking focal point to each end of the room, and while they are both open, the one within the lounge area has been fitted with a wood burning stove to warm the entire space perfectly during the winter. Currently used as a games room, the garden side of the room would also be ideal for formal dining as French doors open to the garden - a lovely way to bring some of the ‘outside-in’ during the warmer months.
Kitchen and dining room:
Following the parquet chevrons along the hallway, you pass the ground floor cloakroom and the utility room with separate shower, then on to the extensive kitchen and dining room. Wooden units form a U-shape at the far end of the room which include a wide island for food preparation and socialising, and these are paired with solid oak tops to echo the tones of the floor. The island doubles up as a breakfast bar, so friends and family can sit and chat to you as you cook, before you move on to the dining area when ready. A room for all seasons; there is another set of French doors which open to the south, and to the garden which wraps around the back of the house. As the weather cools, a Nordica Thermo Suprema kitchen stove not only cooks your food, but warms the entire room, and is linked to the heating system so it heats the water and radiators on the ground and first floor too. It has two hot plates on top, and double ovens with large viewing windows, so it would suit both contemporary and traditional kitchens, and it is remarkably beautiful - taking centre stage in this warm, homely space. To save time and for quick suppers, there is also an integrated electric oven and gas hob, plus space for a dishwasher and tall fridge freezer.
For a city centre garden, it is generous in size with lawns, raised beds and mature trees on its south, west and northern sides. Being accessible from both the kitchen and the main reception, it is ideal for entertaining during summer, when guests can mingle inside and out with ease. It is a treat for the senses and abundant with wildlife as it backs onto the park, so birds and squirrels are regular visitors, and the tall trees ensure it remains private. It receives a great deal of sunshine throughout the day, so you could create a kitchen garden out here, and with side access you can bring your gardening equipment in without traipsing it through the house.
First floor bedrooms and bathroom:
A turning staircase with decorative balustrades wends its way up to the first floor landing, where there are four generous double bedrooms and the family bathroom. These rooms benefit from decorative period fireplaces; each adorned with a different shade of Metro brick tiling around their cast iron inserts. While these could potentially be opened, they have not been for some time, so they are for aesthetic purposes only. Even the smaller bedroom is a fine size double, so there’s no need for quarrels over who gets which room, and they are wonderfully versatile should you wish to use one as a home office, playroom or gym perhaps. The largest room benefits from a full-width balcony overlooking the park, and facing west it catches the last of the summer sunshine. All rooms have stripped and polished floorboards and having been covered for many years previously, they are in excellent condition.
Traditionally tiled in blue and white mosaic, the family bathroom has a fresh finish and a comfortable, double end bath with centralised taps. There is a shower attachment for when time is of the essence, and both a stylish white wall radiator and a heated towel rail to ensure you stay toasty during as the weather cools.
Second floor bedrooms and bathroom:
The upper floor is as it was always intended to be, and not a later conversion. It would probably have been reserved as housekeeper/nursery quarters at the time of building, but up here the ceilings continue to soar and the room proportions stay grand. There are three further bedrooms on this level, all of which are double, and one of these has a southerly aspect with a direct line of sight down the tree lined avenue to the sea. It is no wonder this room is currently used as an office as it is wonderfully restful and quiet. The wooden floors continue up here, as do the period fireplaces, and the views of the park come into their own. You can even spy the top of the i360 from the Velux window as a reminder of just how close to the coast you are here.
With a classic chequerboard floor and a freestanding roll top bath, the bathroom on this floor oozes character and style, and with two Velux windows above it, you can while away the hours as the clouds and stars drift on by.
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