About this office
The Hamptons Chichester estate agency office is situated in prime position on North Street in the heart of the city centre, about half a mile from the mainline station and a short walk from the Northgate Car Park. The team of five includes two negotiators, administrator Louise and Senior Branch Manager Alex. Prime and country properties are handled by Mike Sparks, who has 21 years’ agency experience; Mike lives in Southbourne and enjoys sailing his boat in Chichester Harbour and The Solent and walking on the South Downs.
Why move to Chichester?
Chichester is a compact and attractive city that quite literally has everything you could possibly need on the doorstep, from fine dining and relaxed cafes to independent boutiques and household-name stores. Those living in Chichester can benefit from the best of both worlds: the city and the seaside, and from its favourable location near the south coast you can travel to London in just over an hour. It's the ideal place for commuters and families to live. The good-value Victorian terraces within the historic centre and large family houses attract a diverse mix of home buyers, from young families to those looking to retire to a well-connected town close to the sights of the south coast, and a good number of second-home owners too. The city is the county town of West Sussex, located 75 miles south-west of London on the A27 coast road. The city also attracts those seeking easy access to the great outdoors, with sailing in Chichester Harbour a big draw.
A little bit of history
The cathedral city of Chichester has a long history as a Roman settlement, with the original city walls over two metres thick, later replaced by a Georgian wall. The city is best known for its fabulous 12th-century cathedral, which occupies a central setting at the heart of the city and not only provides a place for worship but also an events space, community hub and venue for the arts and music. Other historical sites include the Butter Market, built in 1808, and the ornate Chichester Cross, dating back to 1501.
Architecture and property
There is a diverse mix of property in Chichester, ranging from grand period properties around the North, East, South and West Pallant within the city’s ancient walls, to modern properties including contemporary houses and apartments on new developments. The city centre housing is deceptively quiet and close to the best shops and restaurants. The Summersdale area, about a mile north of the centre, is also a popular area with handsome double-fronted Victorian houses. The popular Canal Basin area has stunning apartments with views of the water.
Shopping and amenities
Chichester shopping is excellent, including a wealth of independent boutiques and food shops, in addition to popular High Street names such as Hotel Chocolat, Jack Wills, Topshop, Mango and Paperchase. There is a host of cultural and leisure pursuits including the renowned Festival Theatre – the scene of many top plays and shows over the years, Pallant House Gallery and the famous Goodwood Estate which has a golf and leisure club along with horse racing and motor events.
After a night at the theatre – or the Cineworld Cinema – there is a fantastic choice of restaurants, bars and pubs to choose from. Along with nationwide favourites such as Bill’s, Smith & Western and Carluccio’s, there are a number of independent restaurants offering Mediterranean dining, British bistro fare and Asian cuisines. St Pancras is a popular road with a variety of pubs, takeaways and international restaurants.
Chichester is well placed for enjoying the beautiful countryside of the South Downs National Park and the Chichester Harbour AONB. For beaches, West Wittering is a popular area for swimming. For those who prefer to take to the water, there are several sailing villages including Itchenor and Bosham, along with Chichester Harbour. Within the city, Priory Park and the Litten Gardens offer green spaces for dog walking.
For a small city, Chichester has a surprising number of educational establishments, including three secondary schools, a wide choice of primary schools and a good choice of nurseries for younger children. In 2016, the two separate high schools for boys and girls were merged to become Chichester High School. In the independent sector there are four schools: Oakwood, The Prebendal and Westbourne House, plus Great Ballard, all co-educational. In addition, the University of Chichester offers degree courses up to PhD. Chichester College is more focused towards industry and vocational qualifications but also offers degree and foundation-level courses and has been significantly upgraded in recent years.
Though Chichester may be just beyond the reach of daily commuting to London, it has strong transport links. The mainline station has services along the coast and direct to London Victoria in about 90 minutes via Gatwick airport, which also a little over an hour by road. London Heathrow Airport is about two hours’ drive. There are also good bus links around Chichester and surrounding villages.