5 bedroom detached house for saleFlorence Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1
- victorian detached villa
- 5 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
- 4 living rooms
- 3515 sq.ft.
- preston park
- off street parking
Uniquely beautiful, this five bedroom Villa with a garage and off street parking has elegant period features and unusually spacious sunny garden with a hot tub, perfect for parties. Inside has been sensitively renovated to a high standard whilst retaining precious original character. There’s a grand Victorian reception for formal entertaining, a garden room leading to a celebratory bar and the sociable family kitchen/diner opens to expertly landscaped grounds. Upstairs, three family bedrooms and two bathrooms are reached from the main staircase whilst two guest rooms and two bathrooms are accessed by a second internal staircase- at the foot of a separate door to the front garden raising interesting possibilities should you ever require an annexe. Quiet but convenient with a good primary school at one end of the leafy street and the vibrant shops and cafés of Preston Circus at the other, Preston Park’s 63 acres are nearby for families of all ages with its playground and sports facilities, the sea’s a short drive and ideal for commuters, Preston Park Station serving Gatwick, London and the south coast is just 7 minutes away.
Style: Victorian detached villa
Bedrooms: 5 double
Living Rooms: 4
Area: 3515 sq.ft
Outside: Front & back gardens, summer house with power and hot tub
Parking: Off street
Location: Preston Park
Parking: Residents permit zone J
Why you’ll like it:
Tucked away on a quiet tree lined avenue this unique villa, built in 1876, is in the sought after Preston Park Conservation Area which also happens to be a good school catchment area, too. Opposite the striking facade of a Victorian church and set back behind a deep front garden it’s more private than many, and there’s plenty of kerb appeal in the double fronted design, large bays with leaded, drop diamond panes and delicate architectural detail. To the left there’s gated off street parking, a garage with space for a small car- or big motorbike- and inside a fabulous, steel staircase spirals to storage which, with two Velux windows, two stained glass windows and good head height offers flexible options.
The Entrance Hall and Reception:
The bar is already set high, but the hallway doesn’t disappoint! Gleaming in coloured light coming in through stained glass in the front door, ahead a broad window frames the garden inviting you in whilst as a practical working home, there’s also a cloakroom hidden away.
Designed to impress, sunlight streams into the grand reception through a broad bay at the front of the house, timeless oak is underfoot, a handsome fireplace adds gravitas and above your head a floral frieze continues to wend its way around the room.
The family kitchen diner and garden:
Across the hall, skilful design has created a triple depth family room discretely zoned with a seating area by a gas fire near the front windows, a streamlined kitchen at the heart of the space and a stunning, extended dining area beneath a vaulted skylight which flows open to the garden making al fresco entertaining easy. In keeping with the age of the property, there’s a classic pairing of white units with black granite surfaces and the magnificent gas fed AGA has a back up gas hob for larger parties. With a choice of lighting and integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher it’s ready for your move and there’s a separate utility in the integral garage reached through a door in the dining area.
Outside, the lush garden is the largest we’ve seen even in this prosperous area. Made private by mature planting and child and pet friendly as it’s safely enclosed, a paved terrace on the same level as the house is ideal for sunny lunches with little ones and there’s a big, central lawn for play. Running along one side, a raised terrace beneath a pagoda laden with grapes provides shade for summer bbq’s whilst on the other side of the lawn a decked area has seating and a secret space for peaceful suppers when the children are in bed. The crowning glory of these beautifully landscaped grounds is the glamorous hot tub within a timber summer house with power and plumbing.
The Garden Room, Gym, Bar and Guest Suites:
You can return inside through the stained glass door leading to the garden room in the eastern wing of the house, which is a comfortable, quiet space. Like the rest of the ground floor, it also has shutters to secure the house when you’re away. A home with a focus on entertaining, a cellar has been converted into a gym where a t.v and equipment could stay, subject to circumstance and nearby, the fun- filled bar’s the place to be on high days and holidays. Guests can find their way out into the garden through the charming original door at the back, or up to bed via the staircase found through the lobby at the other end. This inner lobby also has a door leading to the front garden – so not only ideal for guests, it’s great for older children or au pairs too as they can come and go without disturbing the main house. Taking you up to the second floor of this substantial home, two big, bright double bedrooms in the eaves each have their own character with exposed brick and calm décor. A chic shower room is wet room in style, a luxury bathroom has a sumptuous corner bath with a shower attachment and important for a busy family home, there’s a huge attic on this floor, too.
Two First Floor Bedrooms and Bathroom:
Heading back to the main hallway, broad stairs take you to a stylish shower room on the east side side and a cloakroom on the other and up another short flight, the palatial family bathroom would not look out of place in a glossy magazine with its monumental bath set in stone and dark wood storage. Thoughtful touches include a heated rail for towels and an airing cupboard where you need it, near the bedrooms. Shimmering in gold designer paper, the third generous double bedroom has garden views, fitted cabinets and pretty frieze.
The Master Bedroom:
Light, airy and facing south for cat napping in the sun, the master bedroom’s serene with iridescent Osborne & Little wallpaper, stately fireplace and high Victorian gothic style wardrobes already in place for you. Across the hall, the fifth, light filled double bedroom of restful proportions which gazes over trees to the church brings a strong finish to this exceptional home.
A rare find, this unique home has an elegant finish and offers flexible options in a sought after area.
“We’re a very sociable family and have loved living in this big, free flowing party house with gracious historic proportions and the local community is welcoming and family friendly.
Where it is:
Shops: Local 3 min walk, Fiveways Village & Preston Circus about 7 to walk
Station: London Road 3 min Brighton 10 min drive/cycle
Seafront or Park: Preston Park 2 min drive (same zone), seafront 10 mins
Primary: Downs Infant and Junior Schools
Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College, Brighton & Hove High, Windlesham Prep.
Ideal for commuters with two stations to choose from this exceptional home is in an exclusive, friendly part of this coastal city stretching from the vibrant Preston Circus to the village atmosphere of Fiveways- both within walking distance! The historic heart of the city is easy to reach by bus or by cab, local schools are good or outstanding and the beach is not far. For those who need a car there’s swift access to the A23/A27, so this home’s an attractive investment for those requiring fast links to the Universities, Gatwick or London. At the time of writing, permit zone J has no waiting list.
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