Having been beautifully extended both up and out, this Edwardian family home offers a generous amount of space for both family time and sophisticated entertaining. Its period features have been cleverly blended with contemporary design to create a stylish yet comfortable family home, and with a sunny southerly aspect to the rear, it is filled with natural light throughout the day. With four double bedrooms and two spacious reception rooms, there is ample space for the family to grow, and the private garden has been well-designed to be low maintenance while also being awash with colour during spring and summer. It also sits just minutes from some of the cleanest beaches on the coast and Hove Park is just a stroll away, plus the local schools are exemplary. The vibrant bars, restaurants and boutique shops of Church Road are a few minutes on foot, as is Hove Station for the London commute, making this is a fantastic family home which will attract the attentions of many.
Style: Edwardian mid-terraced house (1905)
Bedrooms: 4 double; 1 en suite
Living rooms: 2; 1 through lounge/diner and kitchen/diner
Outside: South facing garden to the rear
Location: Artists Corner West Hove
Parking: Permit parking zone R
Why you'll like it:
The Artists Corner of Hove sits to the north of Poets Corner, and is a peaceful lattice of streets characterised by attractive Edwardian terraced homes. They are one-way streets running east to west, so they have very little passing traffic, and this house is perfectly positioned on the southerly side with a gloriously sunny rear garden. It has the archetypal features of the period with decorative brickwork and a beamed gable, and it is set back from the road behind neat planting and a shingle garden with a built-in bike rack.
Upon entry, this house feels immediately warm and welcoming, and it is clear it has been beautifully renovated and maintained by the current owners. There is a sweet vestibule for your coats and a secondary door opens to the hall. The original internal doors have been stripped back, while the cornicing, corbels, picture and dado rails have been retained, and the finest quality engineered flooring flows along the hallway and into the first main reception room to the right.
Once two rooms, these have been opened to create one large versatile and sociable space. To the front, the sitting room has ample space for the whole family to cosy up, and a period fireplace has been reinstated for character and warmth during winter. To the rear, there is a second period fireplace, and the space could have any number of uses depending on the family; a music room, play area, work or formal dining room if desired, with steps leading down to the kitchen.
Also accessible from the hall, passing deep under stairs storage, the kitchen, dining and family room is an incredible space which spans the entire width of the house having been extended into the side return. Skylights run along the vaulted ceiling, while the entire south facing wall has been glazed with bi-folding doors to link it with the garden, so the natural light in here is wonderful. High gloss units run along both side walls at upper and base levels with solid oak worktops, while a generous central island has been topped with dark Corian for a high-quality and refined finish. Into this, the sink has been seamlessly cut-in, and while space has been left for a large American fridge freezer and a range cooker (may be negotiable with the sale), the washing machine and dishwasher have been integrated. This is a wonderful room for entertaining or for family time, and during summer, you can spill outside.
For a terraced property, the walled garden is incredibly private with beautiful climbing plants running along all three walls and trellises. The lawn has been created using faux grass to reduce the risk of muddy footprints in the house, and along with a shed, there is a raised bed for planting. Just outside the door is a decked patio area for alfresco dining, leaving plenty of space for children to play.
Returning to the house, stairs lead up to the first-floor landing and into bedroom four at rear. This is a peaceful room with calming views over the garden, and while it is currently set up as a child's room, there is space for a double bed and freestanding furniture. Conveniently next door, the family bathroom has a modern take on the period style with a claw-foot bath, traditional fixtures and fittings and travertine wall tiles.
Bedroom three shares the same sunny outlook as bedroom four while bedroom two spans the front of the house, so it is a generous size with ample room for a king size bed and several pieces of bedroom furniture without compromising on floor space. Soft, grey carpets have been fitted on this floor for a touch of warmth and luxury underfoot, and every sash window in the house has been replaced with new, timber framed double glazing, so you can always ensure a restful night's sleep.
Upstairs, the master bedroom suite has been built into the loft space, but a full width dormer ensures it feels as generous as bedroom two. Again, the southerly wall feels almost entirely glazed so you have delightful skies to wake up to; looking out over the roof tops and chimney stacks of neighbouring homes, and with a skylight above the bed, you can stargaze as you drift off to sleep. The en suite has a contemporary finish with a tall shower cubicle and a chic vanity unit below the basin.
This is a wonderful area for families as there is a real sense of community here which has meant its popularity has never waned. This house is both stylish and homely so you can move straight in with ease, and the finish is of the finest quality so it will stand the test of time.
"We spent many years here as a couple before becoming a family of four a few years ago, and it has been a wonderful place to live in both situations. As professionals we loved being so close to the social hub of Church Road and the commuter links, then as a family we appreciated the wonderful community atmosphere – particularly in this street where we hold regular summer play days for the children where the street is closed off. It has also been a blessing having Hove Park on our doorstep, so we are hoping to stay local with our next move."
Where it is:
Shops: Waitrose 5 min walk, Churchill Square about 10 mins on the bus
Train Station: Hove Station 10-minute walk, Aldrington 4 min walk
Seafront or Park: Hove Park and 3 min walk, the Seafront 10 min walk
Primary: West Hove Primary
Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman rc
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep
This light and airy home is beautifully situated in a popular area with lots of local shops and green spaces. The city centre shopping districts and the beach are within easy reach, and this spacious house also offers easy access to the A23/A27 as well as Hove Station with their regular, fast links to the universities, airports and London.