Apartment of the week: Brighton

Brightonians are both born and made. There are those whose first (and last) steps are taken along Church Street and there are those who begin life outside the large suburb’s borders but aspire to the lifestyle the affluent beachside village allows.
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It is into this context that Brighton has become a popular place for developers to create small blocks of luxurious apartments – it allows retirees to downsize without leaving their familiar patch, and allows those outside the area to move to a place that has beach walks, coffee, shopping, cinemas and restaurants all in one easy place.

This block of four apartments, named ”Villa Blanco”, is one block back from the beach and has three apartments on the ground level and one upstairs. Apartment No.2 is at the back of the ground level and opens from a foyer served by the lift from the basement car park and also accessed via a side garden walk.

Inside, the elevated entrance hall leads down six steps to the large living area that sweeps around to the right. Honey-coloured parquetry floors keep things bright, and large areas of glass offer northern and western light. Bi-fold doors lead to a wraparound patio that has steps leading down to a lap pool and entertainment area. Private and sunny, the poolside area looks a great spot to while away an afternoon.

The kitchen is along one wall and partly sheltered from view by the entrance hall stairs. It has stone bench tops, Ilve appliances, more of the parquetry floors and a cute jelly-bean shaped breakfast bar protruding slightly into the living space.

As in many of these apartments aimed mostly at empty nesters, the main suite is huge – perhaps all the developers and architects recognise that, for the older buyers, ”It’s all about me” is finally true. The large sleeping area opens to a balcony overlooking the pool and, behind the sleeping area, there is a wall of wardrobes, another walk-in wardrobe and a large en suite with a bath.

On the other side of the living area, a hallway leads to two more bedrooms, a laundry, powder room and another bathroom. The bedrooms are light and sunny with built-in wardrobes. Overall, the feeling is of comfort, space, warmth and privacy and with Brighton’s charms outside the door.

2/5 Tennyson Street, Brighton $1.65 million-$1.75 million 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 car spacesInspect 12.30-1pm, SaturdayPrivate saleAgent Hodges, 9596 1111Brighton median house price $1.75 millionMedian apartment price $711,000 Source: REIV

Recent sales 15/18 Warleigh Grove, two-bedroom apartment $538,0003/913 Hampton Street, two-bedroom house $702,0004A Vaucluse Street, three-bedroom house $1,635,000

Surrounding area: Brighton is a large bayside suburb that has the beach at its western end, including the famous bathing boxes at the Dendy Street beach.Serviced by large shopping areas on Church and Bay streets that have cinemas, train stations and supermarkets.Close to Elwood in the north and Hampton in the south, Brighton is large enough – and well serviced enough, including many schools – that residents rarely need to leave its borders in search of something.

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