About this office
Our team of estate agents at Brighton & Hove has been selling and letting houses and apartments since the branch opened in 2007, with combined experience of over 90 years and a wealth of local knowledge. The team can assist with all types of property from contemporary apartments to large family houses for sale, and cover an area extending as far west as Shoreham-by-Sea and to the historic village of Rottingdean in the east.
Why move to Brighton & Hove?
Brighton & Hove is sandwiched between the South Downs and the seafront, just an hour on the train from London and 35mins from Gatwick. With its eclectic, cosmopolitan community the city is friendly and vibrant, with highly regarded schools, fantastic sporting facilities and a comprehensive infrastructure which has lent it the nickname of London-by-the-sea.
The architecture is as eclectic as its inhabitants; elegant Regency homes in the renowned Brunswick and Adelaide garden squares sit alongside Edwardian and Art Deco homes, whilst newly built contemporary apartments and mid-century buildings vie for coveted seafront spots. There are myriad buying or renting possibilities.
Brighton & Hove has grown in popularity in recent times, particularly with London commuter families looking for a slower pace of life and a more affordable family home, whilst still being just over an hour away by train from the capital.
With both the countryside and most parts of city being just a 20 minute drive away, it caters well to the family market with an abundance of larger properties for sale. Hove offers a slightly slower pace of life with wider, tree-lined avenues yet still with a buzzing high street and a vibrant café culture, whilst Brighton’s Victorian town houses offer city centre living with a fantastic atmosphere and an array of local amenities on your doorstep.
A little bit of history
Brighton’s popularity really began in the mid 1700’s when doctors began to prescribe the medicinal use of both drinking seawater and sea bathing. The Prince of Wales’ (the Prince Regent) subsequent patronage of the town was central to the rapid growth of the town and the transition of the fishing village of Brighthelmstone to the modern town of Brighton.
By 1780, development of the Georgian terraces that characterise the classic Brighton streetscape had started, and the town quickly became the fashionable resort of Brighton. The city's popularity among the wealthy rose with the decision of the Prince Regent to build a seaside palace, the Royal Pavilion. Construction began in 1787, but it is the expansion by John Nash beginning in 1811 that created the fantastical Orientalist pavilion that draws the eye and made Brighton a center of Regency Era society.
Brighton came to be of importance to the railway industry after the building of the Brighton railway works in 1840. This brought Brighton within the reach of day-trippers from London, who flocked to peep at Queen Victoria and her family when in residence in the Royal Pavilion.
Nowadays, the seaside still draws day-trippers to Brighton & Hove on high days and holidays. But even out of season, the city is buzzing with life due to a vibrant art, music and performance scene, as well as two well-respected universities and plenty of bars and night-life spots.
Architecture and Property
In addition to the Regency buildings, Brighton and Hove boast some stunning examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, including the imposing Metropole Hotel and the Palace Pier, which remains one of the town’s most popular tourist attractions. Art Deco and Modernist apartment blocks also began to spring up from the 1920s, making for a varied and intriguing architectural landscape.
Shopping and Amenities
Brighton & Hove has an outstanding selection of both independent and national shops, cafes and restaurants. In Hove, Church Road high street has a superb range of local restaurants, bistro’s, bars and coffee shops. Its continuation in Brighton, Western Road, provides all the well-known high street retail chains such as H&M, Gap, Marks & Spencer and Top Shop, with Churchill Square shopping centre housing Zara, Miss Selfridge, the Levi store, JD Sports, Victoria’s Secret etc.
Further into the old part of town, the Lanes and the North Laine offer quaint pedestrianised streets with a fantastic selection of clothing and gift shops, as well as the jewellery stores the Lanes are known for. Shoppers are spoilt for choice with the array of independent boutiques and shops, whilst more well-known stores include Whistles, Karen Millen, Cos, Reiss and Coast.
The Restaurant scene in Brighton & Hove is lively, including staples like Bills, Cote Brasserie and Wagamama’s alongside local eateries Fourth & Church, Casa Don Carlos, Plateau, Etch and many more.
There are an enormous number of pubs, catering to all tastes – from family-friendly, to gastro-pubs, independent micro-breweries, gin-bars, ale pubs, sports pubs, music pubs, right down to your good old fashioned local boozer! There is also a healthy club-scene with a range of popular late-night venues.
Brighton’s music scene is particularly rich and there are a range of small to mid-sized venues where you can catch great local acts as well as larger touring artists.
If you’re in need of green space, there are some great parks including Preston Park which boasts a tennis club and velodrome and Hove Park which hosts a 5km Parkrun every Saturday morning, as well as tennis courts, kids play park and Riptide gym. For a more extensive area, the 464 acres of Grade II listed, Local Nature Reserve parkland at Stanmer Park should fit the bill. Though if that’s still not enough, the South Downs which are designated National Park, are easily accessible off the A27 and you can get to it directly via Stanmer Park, just beyond the Three-Cornered Copse up from Hove Park and of course at Devils Dyke and Ditchling Beacon, to name a few.
In terms of schooling, Brighton & Hove boasts some exemplary educational facilities both at primary and secondary levels. Brighton College, Lancing College, Roedean School, St. Christophers Primary School, Windlesham Primary School are all highly regarded. Whilst the major state secondary schools include Varndean, Dorothy Stringer, BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove & Sussex 6th Form College) and Cardinal Newman School.
Both Brighton and Hove have train stations with direct trains to London Victoria and London Bridge respectively, in around 1 hour. The Hove line also extends west to Aldrington and Portslade for the slow (1hour 15mins) train. The Brighton line also offers stops at Preston Park and Gatwick Airport.