Exceptional and spacious luxury penthouse with outstanding views from its own private sun terrace. Both modern and stylish throughout and with two allocated car parking spaces, this unique property really is the perfect sanctuary.
John Hoole Estate Agents are delighted to offer to the market this rare opportunity to acquire an entire top floor of a high-end gated development. Constructed in 2011, this exclusive penthouse apartment has been designed with luxury living, security and comfort in mind. The apartment works perfectly as both a family home and a wonderful entertaining space, and with secure gated parking for two cars and a full width, south facing sun terrace providing panoramic views from the sea to the South Downs, it is certainly desirable. It has the added convenience of being located close to the fashionable bars, restaurants and boutique shops of Seven Dials and directly opposite Dyke Park with its tennis, cafe and open-air theatre facilities. For commuters, the mainline station is a short walk and so for professionals, investors or perhaps second home owners looking to live in luxury between the coast and the countryside - this property meets the criteria and more.
Set back from the road behind border walls and secure gates, South Court is an imposing building which has been built in keeping with its prestigious neighbours on Dyke Road, but with an unmistakably contemporary finish.
Drive in through remote controlled, wrought iron gates, and directly into either one of two parking spaces which are sheltered and next to two private store cupboards. A door to your right then opens using a key fob, or audio entry for your guests, to a small communal area where you can choose to take the lift or stairs to your floor.
Bi-fold timber doors open to reveal the reception room from the hallway, where the sheer scale of the space is breath-taking. Double height vaulted ceilings create a contemporary feel to this room and the south facing wall is entirely glazed up to the peak of the gable; including full length bi-folding doors which open completely to the sun terrace. Engineered oak floors flow throughout the room from the entrance hall and have been paired with buttermilk walls to provide a smart yet neutral canvas to suit all types of furnishing. In a room of this size, you immediately think about entertaining; where friends can sit around a large dining table or spill out onto the terrace for drinks. It also manages to feel homely though, and being elevated from the street, it is perfectly tranquil with just the tops of trees and big open skies to look out upon. During the summer, you can allow the cool coastal breeze to flow through, or the Vent Axia adjustable air ventilation system is incredibly efficient at removing cooking aromas and keeping the air clean and temperate.
The open plan kitchen:
Running along the rear wall of the main reception room, the kitchen/breakfast room enjoys the same exquisite vista, and being sociably open to the room, you can chat to your family or guests as you cook. Stylish units have been paired with black granite worktops, and into these, the finest quality, Miele appliances have been fitted. These include a fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, oven and gas hob, while the integrated washer/dryer machine is by Neff. There are ample power points and extra Velux windows for additional light and ventilation, plus a built-in wine rack and hot plate runs along the alcove wall opposite.
The main reception was originally a 'T' shape with the kitchen on the western point and a dining area to the east. At the request of the current owners, the original builders of South Court erected a perfectly matching stud wall to create a second smaller reception room which they use as a gym and home office. It could have many uses, however, depending on need; a TV snug room/teenage gaming room or play room for little ones perhaps.
The Sun terrace:
Accessible from the living room, the sun terrace is a joyful space with glass balustrades to ensure the spectacular view is not interrupted from within. It runs the full width of the living area so there is plenty of space to sit outside to dine alfresco during the warmer seasons. Here, you can often hear the music and plays taking place in the outdoor theatre within Dyke Road Park, or you can watch a tennis match or two. During winter, the trees are free from leaves so you can see a great expanse of sea with church spires rising up above the city, while to the west, you can see the patchwork hills of the countryside as they wend their way round to Truleigh Hill.
Master bedroom suite:
This is an elegant room which has been tastefully decorated in soft cream tones and provides a deep, double wardrobe for storage. The en suite bathroom is stylish with dual conical basins set into a stone topped vanity unit, and along with a separate shower with a rainfall head, there is a deep Jacuzzi bath to relax in after a long day.
Bedrooms 2 & 3 and bathrooms 2 & 3:
At the far end of the hallway, passing the entrance door and two deep cupboards housing the central heating system, coats and shoe storage and household items, you come to the family or guest bathroom which is a lovely size with a rainfall shower over the bath and the same fine quality finish as the en-suites elsewhere with ample built in cupboards. Bedrooms two and three sit at the opposite side of the apartment, nicely tucked away from the master, and as expected, these rooms are both fine size doubles with refined interiors, including built in wardrobes, for a luxurious finish. Bedroom two has an en-suite bath room, which again has a stylish décor with glass topped shelves and built-in high quality cupboards with matching tops.
An additional storage room houses the controls for the Vent-Axia ventilation system and provides access to the loft in which the current owners store suitcases and Christmas decorations.
"South Court has been a wonderful home for us since 2012. Having a secure building with parking was essential for us as we like to travel so we need somewhere to lock-up-and-leave, but the location is also incredibly convenient. You have a 24hour Tesco just 1 minute's walk up the road and all the vibrant bars and restaurants of seven Dials just a few minutes away on foot, plus the station is just 15 minutes walk for commuters. We enjoy the views at all times of year, and for somewhere so central it is wonderfully peaceful up here. We also have the Booth museum on one side and the Territorial Army barracks to the rear, so the only noise we occasionally hear is a band practicing their marching songs at a rare weekend. You can watch the world go by from the terrace which is a treat during the summer, but we are moving as we want our own garden. This is a lovely, welcoming home, however, which is ideal for families and professionals alike, so we hope the next inhabitants love it just as much."
Where it is:
Shops: Tesco Express 24hr 1 min walk, city centre 10 min walk
Train Station: Brighton or Preston Park Stations 15 min walk each
Seafront or Park: Dyke Road Park opposite, Seafront 15 min walk
Primary: Stanford Infants and Junior Schools
Secondary: Hove Park, Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman RC
Private: Brighton College, Windlesham Prep.
This high-end, penthouse apartment is situated in a popular area with lots of local shops and green open spaces on your doorstep. The city centre shopping districts and beach are also within easy reach, and this home also offers easy access to two commuter stations as well as the A23/A27 which have direct and fast links to the airports, universities and London.