October 19, 2014

I’ll Take This: Regency Terrace in Brighton

As I was surfing through the real estate listings in the Guardian, this gorgeous Regency terrace house in Brighton, England caught my eye. When I clicked on the link, I was gob-smacked! What a stunning house in a near perfect location!

The house was built around 1820, probably as a spec property. It is has 180* views of the sea and encompasses more than 10,000 square feet on five levels. Members of London society came to Brighton for “the season” and this house was probably rented out to some of them. Over the next almost 200 years, it was home to members of the nobility, and even the Vanderbilt family. It was also used as a convalescent home after WWI.

Let’s take a look inside…

The house has been owned by the current family for 18 years and they completed a massive and sympathetic renovation. The house retains many of its original details, including the black and white marble floor and the architectural ornamentation in the reception hall.

The dining room is on the other side of the reception hall and features original plaster work on the ceiling and elaborately carved pelmets over the bow windows and a grand fireplace.
The south-west facing kitchen/breakfast room with 14 foot ceilings and intricate cornicing is the perfect place to watch the setting sun.
The stone cantilevered staircase with ornate cast iron balustrade creates an elegant center piece as it rises up through the floors with a magnificent central roof lantern which floods the staircase with natural light. The staircase also features original Lincrusta plaster work up to the
dado rail. On the first floor landing, ornate alabaster pillars support carved capitals and are surrounded with more ornate plaster ceilings.
On the other side of the landing is a double height library which can also be accessed from the second floor mezzanine level.
On the fourth floor, a large west facing sitting room gives access to the roof terrace with 180 degree far reaching views from Brighton Marina across to Worthing.

This amazing property can be yours for just £3,250,000, which is a bit more than $5 million. For more details, including the floorplans, please click here.


  1. Absolutely breathtaking! Brighton and Hastings, another seaside town, have some of the best Regency and Georgian era terraced houses around. It is nice to see the house you feature, for the most part, intact. I am saddened to see the trend for modernizing a lot of older houses in England by doing ghastly things such as removing the back wall and replacing it with huge sheets of glass, ripping out wooden staircases and railings only to be replaced by steel and glass, and demolishing interior walls to make everything open-plan. Ugh!

  2. I am going to dream about this one surely. The price seems low for a property like that. Is Brighton just less desirable or are properties in and above that price range slow to sell?

  3. Glad to see they went a bit easier on the greens than they did on that yellow in the hallway - can you imagine waking up to that color after a night of perhaps a bit too much champagne? Gaaaaaaah!!!! 8-)

  4. That is a perfect, perfect house. Also, reminds me of Georgette Heyer:). In San Francisco, something similar would cost, what, twice that? More?

  5. She's a beauty. I wonder if that yellow is Nancy Lancaster's? Or maybe the photo's color was saturated. The windows are fabulous.

  6. Interesting, but the interiors are a far cry from what would be expected of an 1820s house in Brighton.
    The rooms appear to have been Victorianised or Edwardianised over the years.
    I mean---Lincrusta beneath the dado rail on the staircase? Not very Regency, that so-called original feature.

  7. just beautiful + glad for the restoration + in Brighton! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  8. Meg that location is just breathtaking. Love it and would love to visit!

    The Arts by Karena

  9. Wow. that is incredible! i love the sea views so much!!!!


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