Looking for something unashamedly retro? You might want to check out this apartment in the 1960s Richard Seifert-designed Bedford Towers in Brighton, Sussex.
Yes, the 1960s and Brighton. They go together like strawberries and cream. And this apartment is very much inspired by that era.
You will find it in a modernist block that was the work of ‘Swiss-British’ architect Richard Seifert back in 1967 and is on thee site of the old Bedford Hotel.
The hotel still retains the first six floors of the block, but above that are domestic flats, this being one of them and now being offered for sale. It sits in the ‘north-western corner’ of the building. Location-wise, this is perfectly positioned on the seafront, not far from Brighton Pier and The Lanes and just a 15-minute walk to the station.
Of course, it also means you are handy for the Brighton Mod Weekender each August, should that be your thing. I’m guessing it could be if you are buying a 1960s flat with a 1960s finish.
You access the building via the entrance shared with the Holiday Inn, across a raised terrace and through what’s described as a ‘grand’ lobby. The communal areas here still have the late 1960s interior, with a private lift that serving all the domestic levels.
According to the agent, the interior of this flat has been ‘comprehensively redesigned’ by the current owners, resulting in an ‘enormous’ open living room flanked on two sides by a glazed and covered balcony. The views on offer here are along the coast to the west, and north towards central Brighton. Nice to take in each morning I’d say.
The kitchen is positioned centrally, and beyond that are the two bedrooms and main bathroom. Note that the master bedroom also has an open en-suite bath.
That’s half the tale for me, with the finishes being a huge selling point too. Ok, furniture will probably be moving, but there really is a strong 1960s vibe throughout this place, from the muted decor broken up with splashes of retro colour (love the side of the bath and the balcony floor for example) to the furnishings and decor that works perfectly in a building of this period. Even if that furniture goes, it should be straightforward to reproduce the overall vibe.
Note that the building is currently undergoing some ‘major cosmetic work’ to the exterior and that there is a service charge of £1,831.09. If you can deal with that, the asking price for this apartment on Brighton seafront is £550,000.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.