Perfectly located for the vibrant shops, cafes and bars of Seven Dials, this stunning five bedroom home is also only moments from the hubbub of the city centre, within easy reach of the seafront and Brighton mainline train station.
Immaculately presented to an impressively high standard, this is a rare opportunity to acquire an entire four storey 1840s property.
Behind the distinctive Italianate façade an impeccable interior design scheme blends effortlessly with Farrow & Ball colours, period cornicing, fireplaces and sash windows.
Retaining a wealth of charm and character, an elegant reception room is brilliantly lit by a duo of full height sash windows that allow you step out onto the canopied balcony with its classic wrought iron railings. Bordered by intricate architraves and cornicing, graceful Victorian detailing stretches out across the high ceiling, and a refined fireplace adds a traditional focal point. Highly versatile, the adjacent double bedroom is ideal for guests or as an additional family room. Downstairs on the dual aspect lower ground floor, the clean lines of the open plan kitchen and dining room provide a contemporary yet sympathetic twist to their Grade II listed surroundings. Contrasting with the rich exposed brickwork of its magnificent chimney breast and fireplace, the bespoke kitchen is inspired by the award-winning designs of DeVOL. Its sleek handle-less cabinets and granite countertops house an array of integrated appliances and an impressive island and breakfast bar effortlessly delineate the space, while wide French doors open onto the terrace. This easy flowing layout includes a dining area that's perfectly sized for large family gatherings making this a hugely sociable space to relax and entertain. A separate utility room and stylish shower room complete the garden level of this superior Brighton home.
The flow of natural light follows you upstairs on the first floor where the master bedroom echoes the graceful feel of the main reception room with its period detailing, sash windows and original fireplace. The charm and character continues in two additional double bedrooms, each providing ideal family accommodation. Adding to the wonderful sense of space up on the top floor the versatility of a further double bedroom currently creates an ideal space for a home office that benefits from access to an enviable amount of storage. The contemporary suite of the first floor family bathroom adds a final touch of luxury with its rainfall shower, modern bath and wide moulded basin.
Outside, a large decked terrace adds an easy flowing extension of the kitchen and dining room, supplying a peaceful spot to relax at the end of the day or entertain friends and family. Steps lead down to the walled garden where established shrubs provide plenty of colour and interest throughout the seasons. At the front of this terraced house, a mature olive tree lends a welcoming feel to the walled landscaped garden.
When I was looking for a house in Brighton, my daughter was one. I wanted somewhere that would be a welcoming, relaxing and happy family home that had excellent transport links to London so my friends and family could visit and I could commute for work and also go out in London in the evening to the theatre or for dinner and still be home by 11.30pm. I wanted a big kitchen/dining room to have friends round and a garden we could spend lazy afternoons in. It was a tall order and most houses fell far short of my list!
When I first saw Buckingham Place, it was a wreck. The people before had had various plumbing issues, the ceilings had all fallen in and the house was a state. But the rooms were huge, the light was wonderful, I could see its potential to be my ideal family home that could accommodate and grow with us. We were also near some excellent state and private schools for when the time came.
We renovated and restored and moved in and we have been very happy here ever since. We’ve had what must now be thousands of dinners and Sunday lunches especially after I renovated the basement completely and when my boyfriend and his two boys moved in, the house happily made space for our family of five. Everyone was able to have their own room, especially important as they all became teenagers, but also our wonderful big sitting room meant we could have family movie nights, games nights and meant it was possible for the kids to have a large number of friends for sleepovers and epic Halloween parties.
It’s a house for a family, especially wonderful for younger children and parents who also want the space to be able to have grown up time. One of the strange benefits has been excellent acoustics so that any party going on in the basement doesn’t disturb those sleeping on the third floor!
I work from home and the top room has been my office for a number of years now. It’s the most magnificent space with an incredible view of the Downs, cupboards and shelf space and has been conducive to many creative ideas. It’s been a sanctuary when the house was full of teenagers and their friends and that’s meant we’ve all been able to enjoy and fulfil our lives as fully as any family home I can think of. Now as the children are going to university and life shifts, we don’t need all the space any longer. It’s time to hand it over to a new family to bring their own delights into what has been a very happy and joyful place.