ST JAMES'S AVENUE, KEMP TOWN, BN2 1QD
Asking Price: £700,000
- Five Bedrooms
- Two Receptions Rooms
- Double Fronted Red Brick
- Attractive Tree Lined Avenue
- 960 Meters From Sussex County Hospital
- Close to Sea Front
St. James Avenue is lined with maple trees and characterised by substantial Victorian homes such as this one. Its double fronted façade is red brick, bearing many architectural features of the period which have been picked out in white.
Entering through the main door on the raised ground floor (there is also a further entrance on the lower floor). The ceilings are high, and light streams in from the upper landing and through large box bay windows facing west. There are two beautiful double rooms either side of the entrance hall which could be bedrooms or reception rooms, with their generous proportions. Both rooms have period features and there is an open fireplace which creates a cosy feel in the northerly room during the cooler seasons.
Stairs lead down to the reception rooms on the lower ground floor, mirroring the rooms above them. There is a large living room to the right with ample space for comfortable furnishings and another open fire with a Victorian mantel and tiles flanking the cast iron grate. French doors open to the garden which becomes a wonderful extension of the home. Next door, the kitchen and dining room with its traditional feel is ideal for entertaining. There is additional storage both under the stairs and in a cupboard built into the alcoves, while the utilities have a room of their own to the rear. This garden room is timber framed and predominantly glazed so a vast amount of natural light can stream right through the house from east to west and being only partially lower ground to the front ensures the light is not obscured.
Outside, the garden feels surprisingly private for a city space due to its tall white walls, grapevine and a palm tree which bring a feel of the Mediterranean. There are areas for dining alfresco and low maintenance patios areas for decorating with colourful pots and plants, and the sun streams in from the east and the south.
Returning inside and up to the first floor, the upper landing butterflies out with the main bathroom directly ahead much like the shower room below it, it is fresh in white with a shower over the bath and a heated rail for towels. To the south, an office/bedroom five has been created looking out over the peaceful gardens below, although it is only a stud wall between this room and bedroom four should you wish to open it up once more. The bedrooms are again very spacious, and their box bay windows enjoy leafy views along the attractive avenue. The period features continue up here, and between the two rooms, French doors open to a west facing balcony which receives the last of the summer sunshine.
The current owner has had plans drawn up to convert the property into two separate dwellings with an upper maisonette and a lower ground floor apartment as it already has its own street entrance. These plans are available, so will give food for thought to many potential buyers looking for an additional income.
The location of this property is just off the upper part of St. James's Street where there are an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and cafes. The seafront is just one block away and Brighton Mainline Station is under a mile. Royal Sussex County Hospital is just 960 meters and updated nicely this house would work well for medical staff.