City centre tranquillity: a contradiction in terms, perhaps? But that’s exactly what this unique two storey, three bedroom maisonette offers. It’s a short distance from the city’s main shopping centre and the quirky, independent retailers and restaurants of North Laine and The Lanes; and roughly equidistant from Brighton railway station, to the north and Brighton’s iconic seafront, to the south making it ideal for commuters and beach lovers (and those whose work-life balance affords them a bit of both).
So it’s the city on the outside but when you open the door from Crown Gardens, you enter a private, walled garden stocked with mature plantings and featuring a raised deck with glass balustrade that feels a world away from urban bustle. A patio serves as an alfresco dining area, ideal for summer BBQs.
Entry to the home itself is over a glass bridge with glass balustrading, a feature in its own right, which has the practical advantage of bringing additional light to the lower ground floor. The bridge brings you into the modern kitchen, which has space for a breakfast table. The ground floor also houses an en-suite bedroom which is currently used as a guest bedroom and study.
The four storey building, of which this property forms the lower two floors, was once The Morning Star, a pub that closed in 1936. The large, airy living room, which crowns the ground floor, was once the pub’s bar and much of its solid wood floor is thought to be original.
The lower ground floor was extensively remodelled in 2014 to a design by the RIBA chartered architect Claire Haigh and offers two generously sized bedrooms, one with direct access to the garden, and a delightful re-fitted family bathroom.
The property is in the West Hill conservation area and directly borders the Montpelier and Clifton Hill conservation area, so heritage abounds.
The property also includes a share in the freehold company. The freehold company is in the process of granting a new lease on this property, the wording of which will be agreed with the buyer’s solicitors.