Sandwiched between the sea and the Surrey Downs, within an hours train ride of central London, Brighton & Hove is a city with a difference.
- What is the average price for a 2 bed apartment? £375,000
- What is the average price for a family home? £600,000
- What is house stock like?
Regency, Edwardian and 1930s principally but huge mix to include uber-modern and 60s/70s
- What are the best schools? Primary and Secondary?
- Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College – Ofsted rated Excellent
- Brighton Girls School (nursery, prep, senior & sixth)
- St Christophers Prep School (primary private)
- Lancing College Preparatory (primary private)
- Lancing College (secondary private)
- Roedean School (secondary private)
- Bilingual Primary School – Ofsted rated Good
- Brunswick Primary School – Ofsted rated Good
- St Luke's Primary School – Ofsted rated Excellent
- Stanford Infant School – Ofsted rated Excellent
- West Hove Infant School – Ofsted rated Excellent
- What is the high street like?
We’ve not one, but two! Hove’s high street is Church Road and Brighton’s high street is Western Road. They are a continuation of each other running from Hove in the west to Brighton in the east, but Hove is a little more low key, whereas Brighton & buzzy and a lot more “city”. Both have abundant bars, café’s, restaurants and shops but Hove’s are more independent, whereas Brighton’s has more of the larger chains you would expect.
- Where is the best restaurant? There are loads! Etch in Hove is Michelin starred, but well regarded are Plateau, Riddle & Finns, The Set, Market Restaurant, The Little Fish Market, Fourth & Church, 64 Degrees and The Flint House!
- What is the best pub?
Too many per square mile (about 900 in the whole city) to choose a best one... it depends on what you like but The Better Half, the Southern Belle and The Farm all do a great Sunday roast. For a younger crowd The Wick, The Temple bar and the Freemasons are popular, whilst in the North Laine and the Lanes there are plenty of great pubs including The Earth & Stars, The White Rabbit, Mrs Fitzherbert’s and the Mash Tun.
- If you live in Brighton & Hove, what must you try and where?
Walking or, even better, hiring a Brighton bike, to pootle along the seafront from Hove to Brighton and back on the designated cycle paths; taking a dip in the briny (it’s not cold, promise!); visit the Royal Pavilion, head up to Devils Dyke to take in the entire countryside accessible just a mile outside the city
- What railway stations are local, and where do they go?
Under 1 hour to Victoria and London Bridge from Hove, Preston Park or Brighton (Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Southern).
- What’s the best local secret?
The Lanes and North Laine areas offer a network of principally pedestrianised narrow lanes in the old part of the city, housing myriad small, independent stores and boutiques, offering everything from high end jewellery and clothing stores to second-hand book stores, flea markets and antique furniture shops; from superb restaurants to authentic independent eateries and from vegetarian shoe shops to ethical kids stores... you could spend days happily lost!
Please write a quote from a Hamptons member of staff, can be anyone in the office, talking about the area. For example:
Martina Tiziani, Sales Lister at Hamptons says: “Brighton & Hove is well known for being a seaside retreat, but it has a large commuter population as many young families leave London behind to get more value for money and take advantage of the excellent schooling in the area. Additionally, there are plenty of second home owners and downsizers buying flats for within a stones throw of both the beach and the high street. We have masses of independent cafes and restaurants right on the doorstep, as well as an enormous range of sporting and creative activities to get involved with. The Brighton Marathon, Half-Marathon and Triathlons are well attended events but there are also lots of sailing, cycling, running, horse riding and swimming clubs and centres. The annual Brighton Festival and Fringe Festival take place in May, alongside The Artists Open House which also has a winter event. The city centre has an abundance of well-respected music and art venues, including The Dome, The Theatre Royal, the Komedia and the Brighton Centre, and if that’s not enough, the heart of the countryside is a 15 minute drive away.
Please also attain a short quote from a buyer or vendor about the area. They can be anonymised but please provide a pseudonym. For example:
Melinda, who recently bought in Hove with Hamptons says: “I moved from London to Brighton & Hove because we have young children and just felt we wanted a quieter life but with the amenities and flexibility that living in London had previously always offered. I wanted somewhere where I didn’t feel like I was out in the middle of the sticks but where we could walk to the local school, but also get out of the city more easily. My husband loves cycling and my girls do ballet so we now have a space in the house for them all to indulge their passions. My husband also commutes to London and whilst it take the same time as before, he loves ending his journey back on the coast so he can get straight on his bike and head out.