This extraordinary five-bedroom, Grade II listed Georgian house occupies a prime position in Kemptown, just moments from the sea.
Charles Street, Brighton, 5 bedroom House
THE OWNER SAYS
We moved here in 1999 and have enjoyed living in such a peaceful house in a brilliant location. Having so many rooms, the accommodation is very flexible and perfect for having guests to stay as well as for working from home. The house is situated on a road of historic interest, five minutes walk from Brighton seafront and pier.
Kemptown is a lively area with a great selection of restaurants, cafes and shops at the top of the road on St. Jame’s Street with Brighton station only a 15-minute walk away.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: D and potential Energy Efficiency Rating: B
In Brighton & Hove, the house falls into Council Tax Band E (£2,598 in 2021/22).
Currently monthly utility costs run at gas £70, electricity £50 and water £16.
The central location means everything is at your fingertips, plus you are less than a mile on foot from Brighton train station, ensuring easy connections to London and beyond.
The house is being sold chain free.
Tucked down one of Brighton’s seafront parades, this Georgian townhouse lies the shortest of strolls from the bustling Lanes, yet inside, it retains a wonderfully tranquil sensibility.
The façade, with its mathematical tiles (a black, glazed detail employed to avoid the 1784-1850 brick tax), elegant bow window and corniced porch, date the property to the early-19th century. Inside and out, many of its historic features have been exquisitely preserved.
The five bedrooms and three receptions are spread over five floors, each is well-proportioned, and some have sea views. On the lower ground floor, an adjoining kitchen dining room opens out onto a secluded courtyard garden, providing welcome and ever-so-pretty outdoor space. Moving on, the upper floors contain a mix of light-filled reception spaces and bedrooms, alongside two family-sized bathrooms and a separate WC. The layout is relaxed, charming and adaptable to a variety of needs.
Charles Street is bookended by the seafront at one end and St. James’ Street at the other, yet it remains remarkably peaceful for such a central location. Kemptown’s side streets are made up of elegant squares and waterfront crescents with narrow streets and twittens (a path or passage), giving it, like the house itself, a distinct personality of its own.
Intimate natural wine and cocktail bar Plateau, which is nestled in the South Lanes, serves up delicious seasonal small plates sourced from Sussex farms and boasts a menu – written up daily on a chalkboard – to keep even the fussiest diner and drinker happy. By day, tables spill out onto the narrow street, and at night the cosy interior comes to life with candles and Scandi-esque pendant lighting.
This neighbourhood pub, seconds from the beach, serves beer produced in the on-site brewery. Choose from the house pale ale and the dry stout, plus special brews such as the 7% Kviek IPA, to name a few. The venture is fully plugged into the local community with regular events and charity fundraisers.
One of the less conventional forms of transport in Brighton is the 135-year-old Volks Electric Railway, a scenic seafront ride which plies a mile-long length of track from the Aquarium near the Palace Pier to Black Rock near the marina. The oldest electric railway in the world that is still in operation – it opened on 4 August 1883 – snakes along the beach throughout the summer, providing the perfect entertainment for kids (and adults!).
With scores of awards to its name, this tiny seafood restaurant (there are only eight tables) serves a beautiful five-course tasting menu. During lockdown, the restaurant underwent a complete refit, so it’s back and better than ever.
Family owned gastropub Busby and Wilds prides itself on its uncomplicated, locally sourced dishes. Scrumptious small plates include the potted Sussex crab bisque with apple puree, fennel and capers, with fish and meat from local suppliers and farms across the southeast of England. This being the seaside, the beer-battered fish and chips with mushy peas is popular, finished off with the Sussex cheese board with spiced pear and apricot chutney. On Saturdays and Sundays they do a lovely roast and there is a courtyard garden for sunny weekends.