Split level accommodation makes for a really interesting home in this Sussex fishing town.
The search for a home is about many things. There is practicality, how much space is there? There is convenience, how easy it is to get to the places I want to be? Then there are more ephemeral things, what potential is there? What will life be like here? What will occupy my spare time?
What makes a home, Home? Many things do, often, little nuances that get overlooked in the general search, the details of life that make special memories, add magic and ultimately mean that somewhere leaves an indelible memory.
This is a home that has stayed in the hands of one family for five decades and has changed along the way to suit differing needs of those who lived here in-between.
For those who don't know what to expect, this is a house that will provide surprise, appearing to be a simple two storey home from the front, the reality is a delightful split level layout that brings opportunity for living life in different ways.
Once a three bedroom home, it has been altered to provide a huge bathroom and then, where once part of the bathroom stood, is a walk in airing cupboard that houses a modern gas boiler too. The two double bedrooms are lovely sizes. As you enter the house you have the living room first, accompanied by a separate dining room. Downstairs a kitchen that stretches out to the rear porch which houses and old outside WC. There's a workshop store with limited headroom but elsewhere it has been transformed into a fully fledged room. You will see some original fireplaces and find storage space aplenty.
Outside the garden has been made simple to keep and is decked. A gate leads to the rear access lane.
What of Newhaven? The town centre is just a few minutes’ walk from the front door and getting to the rivers edge is similarly easy.
Mention the town and many will immediately think of Dieppe and the ferries that ply their trade between the two towns. Newhaven is a mystery to many, not understood, yet more people are coming to see the benefit of living here. Newhaven is a town that has a raw, more real feel to it. Not yet turned fully into a seaside idyll of corporate coffee shops and fancy restaurants, it has a heart that beats with the ebb and flow of the tide, a tide upon which fishing boats still come and go, passing under the watchful eye of Newhaven Fort that overlooks the river mouth.
Wander from the towns edge along the riverside and you will pass green areas, seating and yet, what will catch your eye will be men tending nets, boats coming and going across the tides, the timeless banter of fisherman still colours this place. You'll stop to check prices for fish, fresh catch of the day, wander on past the lifeboat station and round into the Marina and, as you stand here watching the sun set, you'll realise that Newhaven is more real, more true to life than many places you will settle. It is somewhere that has fresh blood moving in, artists, you may see them with canvas in hand on the river’s edge, business people and those wishing to escape the crowding and prices of Brighton.
Newhaven asks something of you, it asks you to look for its heart and, when you discover it, realise how much beautiful countryside sits around it, then you will find a place to make home.
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