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**Guide Price £1,250,000 - £1,500,000**
A rare find, with parking, this Grade II listed house with self-contained one bedroom apartment, is in an iconic Regency Crescent at the heart of the city it is set back behind private gardens and opposite the green of the Level. With elegant proportions and period features, this beautiful traditionally styled and exceptionally well presented home has been renovated and refurbished. Built for entertaining whether in the through lounge diner on the ground floor with it's high ceilings, and twin matching dark grey marbled fireplaces or up on the first floor with impressive cornicing and floor to ceiling windows, then there is also the kitchen with it's Aga which opens out to a vaulted circular breakfast area, with it's windows overlooking the sunny and peaceful garden.
Outside a traditional tiled path is an introduction to the high standard of the restoration work done to return this home to it's former glory and broad steps lead to the smart front door with a fan light which opens into an inviting, hallway with a restrained white and grey colour scheme.
To your right sunshine streams through this elegant room, which stretches through the depth of the main building and has the high ceilings enjoyed in the Regency period. Two graceful, floor to ceiling windows with beautiful wrought iron balconies offer views across to the manicured, communal grounds at the front, whilst the far southern wall is also almost entirely glass, the leaded windows bringing coloured light in. Stylish, traditional shelving lines the room between handsome marble fireplaces, one of which now houses a real flame effect gas fire, so light and airy in the summer, the space transforms into a warm and welcoming haven in winter.
With a sociable flow, the kitchen can be reached from the dining room or the hallway. Beautifully designed, hand- made oak units and gleaming granite work surfaces guide you through into the magnificent conservatory with plenty of room for informal entertaining. Made of sturdy polish oak, sensors automatically close the windows in the vaulted roof if it rains, and the inter pane blinds for shade are controlled remotely. The racing green Aga is gas and is backed up in the summer by a sleek electric hob and oven, the dishwasher is integrated and there is plumbing for an ice dispensing fridge freezer. The new renovations have carefully incorporated a stain glass window, a gift of F. Tooth to the owners in 1877 and hand painted by T. Cox of Southampton Row, and three discrete levels of lighting allow you to choose your mood.
Sunny and spacious, whilst the back garden is angled to catch the sun all day is paved in terracotta and the built in BBQ also has a Mediterranean look. Private and quiet, it is ideal for alfresco dining and lighting is in place for supper parties, accessed from the ground floor reception room and the breakfast area from the kitchen. Running along the back of the garden, a terrace is raised for the evening sun and is large enough for a bistro table and chairs, and leads to a home office with a front wall of glass looking over the garden. So light, that it was once an artist’s studio – and there is also a central sky light, this space has power and water and is well insulated. In the far wall the door leads to a lock up large enough for bikes and boards with a garage door to the quiet lane behind.
At the top of wide stairs with an intricately carved mahogany rail, painted wood panelled hallway the spacious family bathroom is light and airy and large enough for a roll top bath and a separate shower with a dual headed system, both in a traditional style in keeping with the age of the house. The attention to detail extends even to the stained glass window opposite the stained glass door opening into the room and the stone lining the walls has fossils within it. To the left there are large cupboards offering plenty of storage, one of which conceals plumbing for utility machines, which is a sensible place for them within a busy home.
Along the hall with restful proportions, the romantic master bedroom spans the whole of the width of this substantial building. All about relaxing, three, graceful floor to ceiling windows open to Juliette balconies where you can enjoy restful, leafy views at the front, which also makes the room very private of course. The current owners prefer to share this space with friends as a second living room. A wood parquet floor and high ceiling add to the calm feel and a stately white marble fireplace reminds you that this has been a wonderful home for almost two hundred years.
Next door, the guest bedroom is lovely and peaceful and generously sized. As it looks over several gardens. En-route to the top at the top of the next flight of stairs, the glamorous shower room has natural light, with a window frosted for privacy. The large walk-in shower has stylish St. James fittings and a dual head system. Twin circular sinks rest on smooth stone and storage, and a heated rail for towels is close to hand. With all the charm of a Regency original, the two top bedrooms are actually within a modern, recently built storey with a Mansard roof. Each are ready to move into and have high ceilings, open views and carefully sourced marble fireplaces.
The one bedroom apartment
With it's own private entrance on the lower floor this sophisticated one bedroom apartment was built in an age reliant on natural light and has plenty of it. The spacious double bedroom is at the front and a sophisticated open plan living room with a contemporary kitchen leads to it's own private patio. A chic bathroom is at the back and there is also a separate utility room, so this is ideal accommodation for family members, a nanny, or other staff. It could also provide security for the main house and an income if you travel.
Built to impress in 1822, Hanover Crescent remains one of Brighton’s most sought after addresses. This exceptional home is in an exclusive Crescent right at the centre of the city with parking, a south facing garden, home office and lock up. Opposite the green of The Level with it's leisure facilities, the North Laines, with it's fashionable café culture, shops, bars and restaurants are only minutes away and cinemas and theatres are all nearby. Popular state schools as well as Brighton College, Brighton and Hove High. For those who love the great outdoors, the beach, Marina and South Downs National Park are readily accessible and for those needing to commute, Brighton Station is a ten minute walk and has excellent links to Gatwick and London, and the A23 is close.Reference: 233004
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