Residing in the city's most prestigious area: Tongdean, this substantial, detached family home sits overlooking the city with panoramic views along the coast from its south facing rooms and sun terraces. Spread over three generous floors, it offers over 6000 sq. Ft. Of living space which includes seven double bedrooms, six bathrooms (five en suite), and seven light filled reception rooms which flow beautifully to balance family life and entertaining, perfectly. Built by the current owners twenty years ago, it was designed with their young family in mind, and over the years, the space has evolved with them. An incredible entrance hall with grand cast iron staircase, impresses from the moment you enter, and surrounded by greenery, the rear garden is a haven for wildlife and feels wonderfully private. With a south-westerly orientation, it receives plenty of sunshine, and along with gated parking to the front for up to four cars, there is secure underground parking with a work shop attached. Transport links are excellent with Preston Park Station within walking distance and the A23 just a few minutes by car, and the local schools are exemplary, so this home offers a luxury lifestyle; perfectly positioned between the coast, the city and the countryside.
Style: Detached family home (1999)
Bedrooms: 7 double; 5 en suite
Living rooms: 7 exceptional plus conservatory
Outside: South-west facing garden and terraces, south-east facing balcony
Location: Tongdean Estate
Parking: Gated hardstanding for 4 cars plus underground double garage
Why you'll like it:
Tongdean Road is characterised by substantial, luxury homes sitting on generous plots, overlooking the city from their hillside position close to the South Downs National Park. This property is no exception as it sits well back from the road in walled and gated grounds, and has a striking, symmetrical, double fronted façade in red brick. Feeling every inch: The 'grand stately home', double front doors sit below a classical portico entrance, giving the house an air of exclusivity on approach. A neat brick hardstanding offers ample space for four or five cars while a second set of secure gates opens to a sloping driveway to the garage. Built on the turn of the last century, this home embraces modern home comforts along with elegant features you would expect to find in older properties, and while it has been expertly maintained in recent years, there remains plenty of scope to put your own stamp on the place.
The view stepping from the porch and into the entrance hall was always intended to impress. Rising up to a vast galleried landing, the solid oak staircase has been adorned with Rococo style balusters, offering both form and function to the space. From here, the sheer scale and beauty of the house become apparent, and each of the seven reception rooms lead from here. Solid oak flooring flows throughout the principal rooms on this floor for continuity while echoing the tone of the internal doors, and high above your head, decorative cornicing completes the elegant look.
Sitting room, living room, dining room:
There are rooms for all seasons in this house. On the easterly wing, the sitting room enjoys access to a sunny east facing balcony from which to enjoy sea views and a morning coffee, while also benefitting from a large limestone fireplace to warm you during winter. Likewise, the living room is homely and generous with ample room for a corner suite and sumptuous arm chairs, yet it also links through to the spacious conservatory which has an incredible backdrop; taking in the garden and the views as they sweep down to the coast. Ideal for families with older children, you can have your own space to entertain, so you never feel on top of one another.
For formal dining occasions or larger family gatherings, the elegant dining room has space to seat twelve or more, and another feature fireplace in decorative brick adds character to the space. This room also links to the garden, so for summer soirees, the entire ground floor flows beautifully allowing guests to come and go as they please.
Music room and study:
Still generous in size, there are two further reception rooms on this floor which could have any number of uses depending on need. They are currently home to a music room and a tranquil home study which has fine quality, built-in furnishings, but should you require a ground floor bedroom or a playroom perhaps, they would also be ideal. From every room, the outlook is green and leafy, and with double glazed windows, they are warm and peaceful too.
Kitchen and family room:
Spanning the depth of this substantial house, the Clive Christian kitchen and dining room feels like the heart of the home, having been well-designed to include a family dining area and sitting room, so children can play within eye-sight while you prepare the evening meal. Cream, timber units have been paired with black granite for a refined finish, and into these the double butler sink and Rosieres range cooker have been seamlessly fitted. Also integrated are the dishwasher, microwave and fridge, while space has also been left for an American fridge freezer, and the utilities have a separate room of their own which doubles up as a boot room, so you never need bring muddy footprints through the immaculate house.
Spanning the rear of the house, a vast decked area is elevated above the lawn providing stunning coastal views as you dine alfresco. This steps down to the rest of the garden which is an expansive space for children's play equipment and ball games, without imposing on summer parties. It is a treat for the senses with well-established and scented borders, plus neat topiary to give you privacy, shade and texture, and for the green fingered, there is plenty of space to pique your interest with further landscaping. Facing west, it is ideally positioned to receive the last of the summer sunshine which lights up the sky as it sets, yet being open to the south and elevated on the hill, it is beautifully bright throughout the day.
First floor bedrooms and bathrooms:
Returning to the glamorous entrance hall, soft carpeted stairs wend their way up to
a sizable galleried landing on the first floor, from which five double bedrooms; three en suites and the family bathroom reside. All rooms have luxurious carpet underfoot for added warmth and comfort upon waking, and almost all have stylish built in bedroom furniture which maximises the floor space even further. Exceptional views to the rear are framed by wide picture windows, and while three of these double rooms have roomy en suite bathrooms – each with a bathtub and separate shower, bedrooms four and five share use of the family bathroom which is easily accessible from both.
Master bedroom suite:
The epitome of luxury, the master bedroom suite shares the same light filled, south facing aspect as many of the reception rooms below it, so you wake each day looking out to a vast expanse of sky above the treetops and church spiers of the city. It has a luxury en suite which includes a jacuzzi bath, steam room shower and plenty of storage for your toiletries in the limestone topped vanity unit below twin basins. There is also a generous dressing room with three walls of clothes storage offering a whole range of storage solutions, and even with a queen size bed and seating area in the main bedroom, the floor space is not compromised.
Second floor bedrooms:
A further flight of stairs takes you to the second floor where there are two further double bedrooms; both with sizable en suite bathrooms and ample storage. Another floor up and you feel on top of the world now with Truleigh Hill and the South Downs National Park coming into view. From here, the sunrises and sunsets are truly spectacular, and you can escape from the daily stresses and hubbub of family life.
Garage and work room:
Accessible from the front, the double garage and adjoining work rooms are ideal for those with a passion for vintage cars or bikes, as you have space to tinker and mend with work benches and tool stations galore. There are two gas boilers here and an eco-water heating system which ensures full pressure even if all six showers are being used at once.
The space, light and views are outstanding, as is the scope to renovate further, so this house will attract the attentions of many.
"We built this home 20-years ago with our young family in mind. It has been a wonderful home for us in this time and we have regularly entertained family and friends. We have appreciated the space in the house, so we never feel on top of one another, and the garden has been simply magical – particularly when the children were young. Now the children have moved on to their own homes, it is time to downsize, but it will be a wrench to leave as we have made so many happy memories here."
Where it is:
Shops: Local 5 min walk, city centre 10 min drive
Train Station: Hove Station 10 min cycle, Preston Park 10 min walk
Seafront or Park: South Downs 5 min drive, Seafront 10 min drive
Primary: Westdene Primary School, Stanford Infants and Junior Schools
Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman rc
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep.
This stunning home is beautifully situated in a prestigious area with lots of local green
spaces, and the South Downs on your doorstep. The city centre shopping districts and beach
are also within easy reach, and this home also offers easy access to Preston Park Station and the A23 which have direct and fast access to the airports and London.