6 bedroom semi-detached house for saleCornwall Gardens, Brighton, BN1
Offers in Excess of
- edwardian elegance
- 2552 sq.ft
- Preston Park
- Edwardian semi-detached house
- single garage plus hardstanding for 2 vehicles
Sitting in one of the city’s most distinctive and prestigious enclaves, facing west and looking out over the lush green vista of Preston Valley; this substantial, six-bedroom Edwardian family home has an air of grandeur. Being semi-detached it is also open to the south, so it is filled with natural light throughout the day, and spread over three floors it provides spacious and versatile living accommodation for any growing family. Inside, the ceilings are high with each room retaining many of the original features, and while it has been beautifully maintained over the years, to include a new roof, there is still some scope to modernise and extend. Outside the rear garden has been expertly tended with well-established borders and a fresh green lawn, plus a private lane provides access at the back to two private parking bays and a single garage – a unique feature for homes in this area. While this house sits in a tranquil setting, it is incredibly well-connected by road, train and bus to the centre of Brighton and Hove, with the beach and city centre shops accessible in minutes. For commuters, Preston Park Station is at the bottom of the road with the A23/A27 just a few minutes away by car, and you are within catchment for some of the city’s best primary and secondary schools too, making this a highly attractive and exciting prospect for families, professionals and commuters alike.
Style: Edwardian semi-detached house
Bedrooms: 6 double; 3 bathrooms
Living rooms: 3 inc. a living room and a dining room which can be separate rooms or one large through space.
Area: 2552 SQ.FT 237.1 SQ.M
Outside: East facing rear garden and 2 west facing balconies
Location: Preston Park Conservation Area
Parking: Single garage plus hardstanding for 2 vehicles
Why you’ll like it:
While the Edwardian era was fairly short, the architecture of the time had some very distinctive styles, and this house is a fine example. Privacy was an important factor to the Edwardians, as was an emphasis on space and light, so this substantial home was set back and raised up from the street behind a neat front garden, with tall sash windows on all sides allowing the natural light to stream into the generous rooms. With the Arts and Crafts movement underway, it was adorned with timber balconies and a porch; edged with intricate fretwork, and the upper sash windows are multi-paned to achieve a rustic appearance.
Standing out amongst its neighbours; this house has its upper rendered walls painted turquoise blue with its woodwork picked out in white. This complements the red brick walls and terracotta tiled path beautifully, and a few steps take you to your door. Once inside, the scale of the house becomes apparent, as the ceilings soar and the wide entrance hall wends its way round the central turning staircase. To the right is the smallest of the reception rooms which would be ideal as a snug/TV room or play room perhaps, and along the corridor to the right is a separate WC – an essential in any shared space. First to the left however, is the exceptional living and dining room.
Living room and dining room:
Spanning the depth of the house this fantastic double room is generously proportioned making it ideal for both family time and entertaining. Its east and westerly walls are heavily glazed with French doors leading out to the garden at the rear, and to the front the wide bay looks out to the leafy street and attractive homes opposite. The original coving and skirting boards remain, and uniquely, this room can be divided in two by use of a vertical sliding dividing door panel. This is ideal during winter to make the rooms feel more cosy, or for families with older children who may wish to entertain independently on occasion. A gas fire with a limestone fire surround takes centre stage in the seating area, and as the weather warms, the rear doors can be opened to link the house with the glorious garden, where you can spill out to dine on the raised patio.
The Garden and garage:
A treat for the senses; the garden is already awash with spring flowers and scented blossom hangs on the fruit trees. The air is filled with birdsong and you can sit and dine alfresco on the terracotta tiled patio. While it is technically east facing, it is also open to the south, so it is a real sun trap during the summer, and should you wish to watch the sun go down you can view this from one of the two balconies to the front of the house. A gracious eucalyptus tree; a cherry tree and bamboo planting adds shape to the mature borders which are peppered with bluebells, surrounding the lawn. This is almost circular in shape with seating areas so you can catch the sun as it moves across the garden, and raised up at the rear is the smart, gabled garage and the hardstanding which is generous enough for a motorhome and another car if need be. It had been a consideration for the current owners to build a triple garage and workshop in this space which would be a fantastic addition to the house, and should certainly be food for thought for the next inhabitants.
Kitchen and utility room:
With a glazed extension to emphasise the garden views; the kitchen is another bright and airy room with plenty of units in a modern-Shaker style, and ample space for a round kitchen table for less formal dining occasions. The practical wood effect worktops echo the tone of the floor, and into these, the gas hob and sink have been seamlessly cut-in. The electric oven and grill have been placed in a tower to allow easy access, while the dishwasher is freestanding, and the other utilities have their own room next door. This doubles up as a boot room as it has side door access, and there is further storage in here too. You could house and extra fridge or freezer alongside the washing machine and dryer, and the potential is there to open this room to the kitchen to create one open plan kitchen/family room. This could potentially extend further into the garden without compromising the outside space, but this would require planning consents.
First floor Bedrooms and Bathrooms:
Returning to the entrance hall, carpeted stairs take you to the first floor on which three double bedrooms and two bathrooms reside. The elegant proportions continue the further up the house you go, and the original architraves, picture rails, cornicing and skirting boards have also been retained and restored. Even standing centrally in the house, natural light streams in through the stairwell windows on the southerly wall, and from the double bedrooms facing west, the views really come into their own. These now take in the green of the valley which is ever-changing with the seasons, and from the balcony you can see right down to the coast, with Brighton’s newest landmark: The i360 piercing the topography and reminding you just how close to the beach you are here. These west facing rooms have been painted in warm shades of yellow and orange, so when the sun sets on the horizon, they positively glow in the warm light. To the rear, the bedroom enjoys peaceful garden views, and the main bathroom is conveniently next door. In here, the floor level has been raised, so a carpeted step-up gives the impression of a sunken corner bath, and there is a separate shower cubicle for when time is of the essence. This could be made an en suite with the addition of a door through to the third bedroom, as the other rooms have use of a separate shower room and WC, also on this level.
Second floor bedrooms and bathroom:
Ideal for the family with older children; there are three further double bedrooms on the top floor and a separate bathroom, so you can tuck your teens away in their own space which gives them a sense of autonomy, and you don’t all feel on top of one another. It is also incredibly peaceful up here which is perfect for studying or working from home, and there is a second romantic balcony set within the gable. You feel on top of the world up here with the vista now stretching across the city to the rolling hills of The South Downs National Park, and you can watch the trains trundle by, through the trees of the Preston Valley, en route to and from London. The bathroom is again a fine size, and has a traditional décor in white and blue, and with a third shower in the house, there will be no need for queues on busy mornings.
Bear in mind:
Homes of this calibre and size do not come on the market very often in this area, and with the potential to extend, or make changes to the internal layout, it will be a very exciting prospect for many. When the lounge and dining rooms are opened up with the room divider they provide a huge space for Christmas and party entertaining.
“Our family has been raised here during the last 32 years and it has provided a fantastic home for us. We have enjoyed our neighbours and the local community, and with the parks and schools so close by the children had plenty of independence as they got older. It was the elegance and incredible light within the house which first attracted us, – we simply no longer need so much space - otherwise we would happily stay. We have many happy memories here so it will be a wrench to leave.”
Where it is:
Shops: Sainsbury’s Local 5-minute walk, city centre 10-15 minute drive
Train Station: Preston Park Station 5-minute walk
Seafront or Park: Preston Park 6-minute walk, Brighton Seafront 10-15 minute drive
Primary: Balfour Primary School, St Bernadette’s RC
Secondary: Varndean, Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep
This big bright home is in a sought-after conservation area just by Preston Park which has an extremely wide range of leisure facilities. Within 10 minutes of the sea and central Brighton and Hove; the Georgian Lanes and the Theatres of Brighton are also within easy reach, as are excellent schools, Preston Park Station and the A23/27 with their excellent links to Gatwick and London.
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