Conveniently located with the seafront at one end of the road and the bustling cafe culture and shops Hove's Church Road at the other, this superbly renovated home is sympathetically and tastefully styled throughout. Once home to the renowned artist Jack Smith, each floor of this elegant family home combines beautifully restored original features with a superb open kitchen/dining area, Crittal windows and a landscaped garden to produce an impeccable example of contemporary life in a Victorian property.
The richly toned wood floors and carefully chosen heritage colour scheme flow into two hugely versatile receptions room that offer a wonderful amount of space to relax and entertain. Intricate period architraves and cornicing wrap-around their high ceilings adding to the sense of space, and while both feature original open fireplaces, a log burner in the main reception room adds the perfect finishing touch. Stretching out across the lower ground floor with exposed beams and an open fireplace, the kitchen/dining area with Nest controlled under floor heating creates an instant wow factor that's hard to ignore. Well-appointed and beautifully arranged, the simple clean lines of the bespoke kitchen include a central island with countertops made of reclaimed school science desks. Sleek white cabinets, metro tiles and a Mandarin Stone porcelain floor are subtly added modern features. Wonderfully lit by full height Crittal windows and a door opening onto the landscaped garden, this is a truly special place to spend time together as a family. A convenient bathroom/utility room is ideally placed for days on the beach and is accessed via the kitchen which benefits from its own separate street entrance.
The graceful sense of style and space continues on the upper two floors where three equally well-presented bedrooms are ideal for a growing family. Whilst each features a charming period fireplace, the spacious master bedroom has more of those picture perfect bay sash windows. A family shower room is situated on the first floor, and an additional family bathroom with a magnificent cast iron roll top bath is on the top floor.
Outside, a landscaped rear garden creates an attractive suntrap with its limestone paving and raised beds of mature bay trees and bamboo. This peaceful retreat is an idyllic space to avoid the sea breeze while you relax in the sun.
My family and I have have loved living on Seafield Road. We moved down here from Brixton, London 5 years ago and very quickly realised that we had lucked out with the location... being just a couple of minutes walk from the beach means that a quick paddle board and breakfast on the beach before school has become a regular part of our summer routine.
Just around the corner on Church Road, we have so many boutiques and cafes with our favourite, the amazing Real Patisserie, for bread and coffee. But all of Brighton is within walking distance and our children's amazing primary school, St Andrew's, is less than a 5 minute walk away.
As for the house, we bought it from the estate of internationally renowned modernist painter Jack Smith and in just a few years it will be eligible for its Blue Plaque. Although we have had the house renovated, most of the original features remain and have been restored, including the incredible plaster work in the livingroom and on the landings.