Beautifully renovated both inside and out, this attractive, three-bedroom Victorian house is immediately impressive, and is ready to move straight in. Both the front and back of the property has been completely re-rendered. It sits peacefully tucked away on a quiet terrace, yet it is incredibly central with a wealth of shops, restaurants and Brighton Station nearby. The interior has been sensitively restored using contemporary materials and a Farrow and Ball palette to complement the original period character of the house, and the sunny rear garden has been expertly designed. There are several popular schools and parks nearby, so it is well suited to families, but equally, being so well located for the city and the universities, it would also suit professional sharers, commuters and investors alike.
Style: Victorian terraced house
Bedrooms: 3 double
Living Rooms: 1 spacious through living and dining room
Area: 1084 sq.ft
Outside: East facing walled rear garden with a southerly aspect
Location: Preston Circus
Parking: Residents permit zone J
Why you’ll like it:
The lattice of streets rising up between Preston Circus and Ditchling Road have been hugely popular for many years now due to their proximity to two stations and several ‘outstanding’ schools. It is so convenient, with many amenities close by, and with so much to entertain you within walking distance; it is easy to understand its appeal. The terraces themselves are a delight with sweet front gardens and pastel facades, and this house sits mid-terrace. The exterior was recently refurbished and painted, picking out its architectural features in white to include the sash bay windows which have been adorned with plantation shutters for a stylish first impression.
With plenty of kerb appeal, you pass a neat front garden, scented with herbs, and once inside it is immediately apparent this home has been beautifully maintained by those with a refined eye for interiors. Stepping in, the hallway floor has been part tiled to give a modern take on the Victorian entrance hall and is the perfect surface for receiving little feet and buggies before you reach the wide oak floorboards which run into the living and dining room to the right. This room has been opened to the stairs to create more space and light, and there are clearly defined areas for formal dining and relaxed seating. Facing west, the wide bay window brings in a warming afternoon light, and the shutters ensure it feels private from the street. There is a wood burning stove to warm the room during the cooler seasons, and useful book shelves have been built into the alcove by the chimney breast.
A step leads up to the kitchen where stone floor tiles and timber Shaker units have been paired with solid oak worktops, and into these the butler sink has been cut-in. There is space for a Rangemaster (negotiable) and a tall fridge freezer, while the dishwasher and washer/dryer have been integrated for you.
Outside, the garden is east facing yet it is open to the south, so it receives plenty of sunshine throughout the day, and it a beautiful space to be enjoyed by adults and children alike. There is space to play in complete safety on the, easy maintenance, ever-green astroturf lawn, and surrounding this the raised sleeper flower-beds have been filled with established plants for both scent and colour. Stylish horizontal fencing provides a screen from neighbouring gardens and acts as a trellis for climbing plants, and a banana tree adds shape and a tropical feel. You can dine alfresco and barbecue during the summer, and a new shed is in place for your garden furniture and tools.
Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms on the first floor; both with traditional style built in wardrobes and a warming, restful décor. To the front, the master spans the width of the house and has a shuttered bay window to mirror the one below it, while bedroom two has pretty garden views. The family bathroom is also on this floor with both a shower and a bath, and the basin has been set into a traditional style vanity unit for your toiletries.
A further flight of stairs takes you to bedroom three which has a full width dormer to give it plenty of headspace, and with two Velux windows, you can position the bed so you can star gaze as you drift off to sleep. There is also a very spacious built-in cupboard up here which would fit an en suite should you wish to add one!
This house has an exceptional finish and is in a fantastic location for families due to the favoured school catchment.
“The house was a real labour of love to renovate, but we are really happy with the results and it has been a joy to live in – particularly since starting a family. There is a real community atmosphere to these streets, and this one in particular is incredibly quiet as it has very little traffic. Preston Circus is great for eating out and for the Duke of York Cinema, and the schools are amazing. We are looking for a fourth bedroom as our family grows, but we have been really happy here and will miss the house and our neighbours hugely.’
Where it is:
Shops: Local 1 min walk, city centre 15-20 min walk
Station: London Road 1 min Brighton 7 min walk
Seafront or Park: The Level 4 min walk, seafront 20 min walk
Primary: Downs Infant and Junior Schools
Secondary: Varndean and Dorothy Stringer,
Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College
This is a great house in a popular location which is well served for shops, parks and schools. There are plenty of local green spaces, and great transport links, but you are also only a short walk from everything this vibrant coastal city has to offer. The A23, London Road Station and Brighton Station are also within easy reach, for those requiring fast links to the universities, Gatwick or London on a daily or weekly basis.