Surrounded by greenery and residing in one of the city's most prestigious locations; this substantial family home offers the perfect balance between sophisticated entertaining and family time. It is immaculately presented throughout, with gracious room proportions and a wealth of classic features, plus its south westerly aspect ensures it is filled with natural light. While it is ready move into, this versatile property offers plenty of potential for extension and further modernisation which would add value in an area such as this. It can also boast manicured front and rear gardens with an outdoor office, a south facing sun terrace, and parking to the front and within the garage for 5-6 cars. It sits within catchment for some of the city's finest schools and access to the A27/A23 and Preston Park Station are just minutes away, as is the South Downs National Park, making this the ideal family home for anyone wishing to live near both town and country, in a superior and characterful property.
Style: Detached family home (1930s)
Bedrooms: 4 double; 1 en suite
Living rooms: 3 spacious and versatile
Area: 2359 sq.ft
Outside: Manicured front and rear gardens
Location: Dyke Road Avenue/Tongdean
Parking: Integrated garage plus a large carriage driveway
Why you'll like it:
Characterised by substantial, detached homes; each set back from the tree-lined road by gated drives and gardens, Dyke Road Avenue has long been heralded as one of the most prestigious addresses in the city. It certainly holds an air of grandeur, and while many homes were built during the early 20th Century, their large plots and luxurious surroundings has let to many being developed into contemporary builds, and the potential is certainly there for this property. It sits on the corner of Tongdean Lane so its garden wraps around and natural light streams in from all sides.
A sweeping carriage drive with electric gates and floral gardens provide an elegant entrance, and once inside, the scale and pristine quality of the house become apparent. The entrance hall is impressive in its own right with parquet flooring, leaded light windows and wood panelling which offer a huge amount of character to the space. Soft carpeted stairs lead up to the first floor, while wood flooring leads into the principal rooms on the ground floor.
Spanning the depth of the house with dual aspect leaded light windows and a wealth of Early 20th-Century features, the living room and dining room is a generous space for formal dining and relaxation. During the cooler seasons, you can warm up by the open fire, then in summer, you can sit in the second reception/garden room which sits adjoining through French doors. This sitting room and conservatory space leads directly out to the garden which becomes an extension of the home during the warmer weather, yet it is a room for use all year round as it is timber-framed and double glazed with soft carpet underfoot and plenty of centrally heated radiators. This layout is ideal for larger families with either older or younger children who may need their own space on occasion, and the whole floor flows beautifully when entertaining.
From here, there is access to a third reception room which has been used as a tranquil home office with built-in office furniture and peaceful views of the garden, but it could have any number of uses.
With a modern-country feel and triple aspect views of the garden, the kitchen forms part of a large rear extension with a large atrium skylight so it feels like the heart of this home. A generous central island has been topped with granite, and into this, the sink has been seamlessly cut-in. The kitchen appliances have been fully integrated within cream timber cabinetry which also offers a huge amount of storage at both base and wall levels, and there is a separate seating area for family and guests who can sit on the sofa or at the breakfast bar to chat as you prepare the evening meal.
Perfectly private and sizable, the garden lawn to the rear has ample space for ball games, children's play equipment and still room to spare for garden furniture. The border beds have been planted with an array of flowers and shrubs to provide colour and scent throughout spring and summer, and in the evening, you can sit out on the first-floor roof terrace in the last of the summer sunshine. There is an outdoor office with electricity and double glazing which is ideal for anyone needing to work from home, but it would also be great as a teenage den or gym perhaps?
Plush carpeted stairs take you to the first floor where there are four generous double bedrooms; each with a green and tranquil outlook. Of these, the principal bedroom enjoys access to a dressing room with a range of clothing storage solutions for two which then leads onto an en suite shower room, while the remaining bedrooms share use of a chic family bathroom. This has a corner Jacuzzi bath and a separate rainfall shower for when time is of the essence, plus a vanity unit for your toiletries and a heated rail for your towels. All bedrooms are double with built in wardrobes and a restful décor, and bedroom two has direct access to the roof terrace – bliss.
This immaculate home has an air of grandeur, impeccable style, and a sense of space and light that only few houses bring. Perfect for a growing family, but also a wonderful home to entertain within; in a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. It needs to be seen to be admired.
"We fell in love with this house due to the fantastic amount light and space it gave us. We will definitely miss the peacefulness, as well as our lovely neighbours, and of course the delightful garden views; a joy to wake up to at any time of year."
Where it is:
Shops: Local 2 min walk, city centre 10 min drive
Train Station: Brighton Station 10 min bus ride, Preston Park Station 20 min walk
Seafront or Park: South Downs 5 min drive, Seafront 10 min drive
Primary: Westdene Primary
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 both Brighton and Preston Park Stations and the A27/A23 which have direct and fast access to the universities, airports and London.