Everyone would love to own a property a stone’s throw from the beach but thankfully Charlotte Pearson finds one with that and more.
Beach vacations with the family form a part of many people’s fond holiday memories.
So when Ken Kent found out the plot next to his former holiday home was for sale he jumped at the chance to own it.
“We used to go away down in Bracklesham Bay when my sons were young,” he recalls. “It was somewhere we always loved to visit.”
Having worked in the building industry for 40 years Ken, a trained chartered surveyor, took the opportunity to replace the bungalow on the site with his dream home.
“I built it for myself,” he beams. “What was there was a building of asbestos and timber.
“If I had been building something commercially I wouldn’t have done it the same way but as it was for myself everything is high spec.”
Admitting he loves his ‘toys for boys’ the home has all the mod cons, with the temperature and shutters being controlled via iPad even when you aren’t home.
That is not all as there is also a central vacuum system, a Sub Zero fridge-freezer, Miele microwave and Smart home intelligence system.
“I think my favourite room is the plant room,” the 75-year-old laughs. “I love that in there is the CCTV and all the controls.”
As favourite rooms go it wouldn’t be at the top of most people’s lists but Ken is quick to add that he enjoys the view from the balcony.
“It is why, when I built it, I wanted a lot of glass,” he reveals. “Initially I thought about having a German Huf Haus (wooden structure). I went to Germany and had a look but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for.
“In the end my friends just said why don’t you do it yourself.”
This saw Ken get in touch with friends and contacts to help turn his ideas into a reality.
“I contacted my designer friend Ian Lamey and asked if anyone was free to work with me,” Ken says. “He just said ‘well I’m retired I can do it for you’.
“He is just a fantastic designer and worked on it with his daughter.”
Located on East Bracklesham Drive, the five bedroom contemporary home sits right on the beach and has views as far reaching as the Isle of Wight on the horizon.
But before you get to the beach the property has two gardens to enjoy.
The first is secluded and mainly paved with steps down to the second which has striking architectural plants and is edged with feature timbering.
At the heart of the property is family.
It is not only the reason Ken has fond memories of the area, but means that there are two kitchens one for him and his wife Norma and the other for his children and grandchildren to use.
“One of the kitchens has been ergonomically designed so that you can stand in one place and be able to take things out of the dishwasher and into the cupboard without moving your feet,” he explains.
Ken adds that the house is also easy to maintain.
“I can mow the lawn in 20 minutes,” he says. “And that includes getting it out, doing it, putting it away and having a gin and tonic after.”
And it seems that everything was planned to the last detail.
13“Ian built us a scale model of the house,” Ken reveals. “We went to the plot and put it down and just watched how the sun went round it.
“This is why the house has deep eaves and verges so you are protected from the sun.”
With Chichester only five miles away, and Goodwood ten, the property boasts a great spot on a private road with an expansive brick paviour parking area leading to the two detached electrically operated double garages.
Talking to Ken it is obvious he is going to miss living at Concord.
“We are going to be closer to family,” he explains. “I have to be practical. There is nothing wrong with the house. I can’t fault it I only wish I had built it ten years earlier.”
Concord has the best of both worlds with bright and breezy beach living in a modern, contemporary home.
Concord, East Bracklesham Drive, Bracklesham Bay, Chichester is on the market for a guide price of £1,650,000 with Strutt & Parker, 31 North Street, Chichester 01243 832600 struttandparker.com
February 13, 2015 Interiors and Property