Homes of Victorian splendour

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Leaper Stanbrook has just sold two of Eastbourne’s most distinctive and important Victorian houses. Ilex House is the former vicarage to St John’s Church in Meads and was originally sold by the Diocese of Chichester in the 1980s. Andrew Leaper said, “The house was recently bequeathed to the Blind Veterans Society, formerly St Dunstans, and we were delighted to have received instructions to act on their behalf to sell the property.

“Although requiring modernisation, we could see that the house had the potential to be one of the town’s finest homes.

“As we expected, the property created a significant amount of interest from both local residents and from those further afield, and within the first two weeks of marketing we carried out more than 30 viewings.

“A number of offers were made for the house and after careful consideration we were able to recommend buyers who were able to demonstrate their ability to proceed without delay. The previous owners took advice from a number of local agents prior to placing the house on the market and we understand that the valuations varied by an astonishing


“As the only agent with an office in Meads, the vendors recognised that we would perhaps have a better understanding of the local market and the price that we achieved was very much in line with our original suggestion.”

The new owners have now taken possession of Ilex House and have started an extensive refurbishment programme.

The Cedars in Upperton Road is the last of the surviving grand Victorian villas that once lined the eastern side of the road side of the road .

It was built in about 1880 and was in the ownership of the same family from the 1930s.

Although retaining much of its original character The Cedars is now in need of complete modernisation and was recently put forward for listed building status although this was declined.

Again acting on behalf of a charity,

Leaper Stanbrook was instructed to sell the property with planning

permission in place to demolish the house and erect a small purpose built block of flats which had sadly been the fate of the other houses in the road since the 1960’s. However Andrew is pleased to say “ Despite much interest from developers, we have secured a buyer from London who has a particular

interest in the heritage of Eastbourne, and he intends to fully refurbish the property in keeping with its original character, to secure a small part of Eastbourne’s Victorian history.”

Leaper Stanbrook is confident that once the refurbishment of both properties is complete the owners will have two of the finest Victorian houses in the town.