Revel in the seaside atmosphere and enjoy views of the English Channel from this elegant studio apartment in Brighton's iconic Art Deco landmark, Astra House. Right on the seafront and surrounded by international restaurants, bars and shops to explore this apartment is quiet inside, large enough to live in comfortably, has uber storage and it's ideal for entertaining with a separate kitchen. On the prime west side of this fabulous 1938 building with features of the 'arts décoratifs' period, this exclusive package will pique the interest of those in search of a home, weekend base or investment as it is at the heart of this vibrant coastal city with buses to the station close by, and the theatres and cultural heart of the city are just a few minutes by cab.
Style: 3rd floor studio apartment in Deco building Bedrooms: Studio Living rooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Area: 404 sq.ft Parking: Permit zone Z Location: Brighton seafront
Why you'll like it: Excluding all the glamour of the Art Deco period, Astra House was completed in 1938 on the site of the infamous Victorian gentleman's club, The New Club. Originally intended as holiday apartments for the RAF, hence the name, unfortunately the war claimed their time so the apartments were sold instead to highflying trend setters seeking the glamorous coastal lifestyle of this intercontinental resort- and this prestigious building continues to attract those who like to work and play hard.
An impressive seafront entrance secured by phone system opens to a grand communal hall complete with a hand laid Terrazzo floor and magnificent Deco staircase which spirals towards the top of the building. Discreetly tucked away, a lift awaits to whisk you to the hushed 3rd floor and the original front door to this light and spacious apartment – and opposite is a storeroom which at about 7' x 6' is as large as some double bedrooms- so storage isn't an issue, and as there are only two or three on each floor, these are sought after within the building and command a premium.
Inside is bright and cheerful with practical floor to ceiling fitted cupboards as you come in which are perfect for coats, bags and vacuum cleaners. Ahead, the inviting main studio room has plenty of floorspace to play with, so there's ample scope for zoning into distinct areas for seating, eating and sleeping. High ceilings make the room restful whilst the big west windows frame oblique sea views, bringing a holiday feel to the space as well as afternoon sunshine.
Nicely separate, the kitchen is simple but stylish, decorated in the colours of the sea that you can enjoy through the window and which has an electric hob, oven and hood integrated to get you started. Galley in style, there's space for an under counter fridge as well as extra shelving on the opposite wall – although don't forget you've a café beneath you, Preston Street next door is famously lined with intercontinental restaurants and Waitrose is just at the top of the road!
Surprisingly spacious and with natural light, the modern bathroom has all you need including a classic white suite, a traditional shower attachment on the bath and heated rail for warming towels, although this may well be your opportunity to create the fabulous, spa like bathroom of your dreams over time.
Agent says: "This building is popular as it's not only a famous Art Deco landmark opposite the beach, it's also secure and friendly."
Owner's secret: "Big and bright it's easy to live in, and it's very quiet for such a great central location."
What's around you: Shops: Outside! Western Road a 3 minute walk Station: Brighton a 15 minute walk- 7 by car Seafront or park: Seafront opposite, St Anne's Wells Gardens 5 mins
Closest schools: Primary: Middle Street Secondary: Varndean or Dorothy Stringer Private: Brighton College, Brighton & Hove High
A stone's throw from the beach and at the heart of one of the most sought after districts in the city, this location's hard to beat. Surrounded by world class shopping, international restaurants, fashionable bars and glamorous arts venues you're in an electrifying part of our coastal resort – but in the Regency Square ca you can enjoy the graceful Regency garden squares of this historic city, too. Conveniently located so the whole of Brighton & Hove is easy to reach on foot, by bus or by car, it's close to the commercial districts and cultural heart of the city as well as St Anne's Wells Gardens which provides cool green spaces, tennis courts and hosts events in the numerous city festivals. For commuters, the station with its fast links to Gatwick and London is a 15 minute walk and the 7 Dials taking you to the A23 and A27 is easy to reach.
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