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78 St. James's Street,
East Sussex,

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  • Popular Kemp Town area of the city 500m from Brighton Pavilion
  • Seafront within 200m to the south
  • Corner retail unit
  • Situated in an established and busy pedestrian & vehicular thoroughfare
  • Ground and basement retail / leisure unit let at £15,000 per annum - Maisonette to upper floors sold on a long lease
  • Freehold for sale with offers in the region of £300,000 reflecting a gross yield of 5%


The property is located in the popular Kemp Town area of Brighton and is situated on the main thoroughfare of St James' Street towards the eastern end of the main commercial area.

St James's Street is a popular retailing thoroughfare and lies within easy walking distance of the city's main commercial district, whilst the seafront and the Royal Pavilion are in close proximity.


Retail / Leisure Investment - Freehold For Sale


The subject property comprises an end of terrace building with a corner retail unit on the ground floor with ancillary storage to the rear and lower ground. The upper floors comprises a self-contained 4 bedroom maisonette with kitchen, 2 bathrooms and 2 reception rooms.

The flat has been sold on long lease.

We have measured the commercial accommodation to have the following approximate net internal floor areas:

Ground floor - 527 sq ft 49.00 sq m
Lower ground floor - 267 sq ft 24.08 sq m

Total 794 sq ft 73.80 sq m


The ground and lower ground floors are let to a private individual who operates Al Forno Pizzeria from the property - www.alfornopizza.co.uk

The lease is drawn on full repairing and insuring terms for a term of 10 years from 14 Sept 2017 and expiring 13 Sept 2027. The passing rent is £15,000 pa exclusive. The rent is subject to an upward only rent review at the end of the 5th year.

The 2 upper floors comprise a 4 bed maisonette with its own self-contained access from Rock Place. The maisonette was sold on a long lease in 2000 at a peppercorn ground rent. The term expires in March 2189.


The premises have been used for many years for the preparation and sale of hot and cold food and drink - uses which fall under A3 and A5 use of the former Use Classes Order 1987. The predominant use is as a café. This use now falls under Use Class E of the new Use Classes Order 2020.

Please note that whilst we endeavour to confirm the prevailing approved planning use for properties we market, we can offer no guarantees in this regard. Planning information is stated to the best of our knowledge. Interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries to satisfy themselves in respect of planning issues

Interested parties should make their own planning enquiries and satisfy themselves in this regard.


Rents and prices are quoted exclusive of, but may be subject to VAT.

Legal Fees

Each party to bear their own legal costs incurred.


Freehold subject to the leases as summarised.

The freehold interest is offered for sale with offers invited in the region of £300,000 reflecting a gross yield of 5%.

Energy Performance Rating

We understand the property to have an EPC rating of C (28).

Andrew Halfacree

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Will Thomas