Reasons To Move To Brighton & Hove, East Sussex
By: Jackie De Burca
Within the historic county of East Sussex and forming part of the South East coastline lies the City of Brighton & Hove. Predominantly one of England’s most popular seaside resorts, Brighton was granted Fairtrade city status along with Hove in 2004. It’s still in the midst of many up and coming projects which helps make it a worthwhile city to move to – the new £90 million American Express Community Stadium, opening at the beginning of the 2011 season is a good example of the city looking forward. With a population of just over 155,000, the city is far from over crowded, and there are many other good reasons to move to Brighton & Hove, East Sussex.
To start with there is the Palace Pier; first opened in 1899 it remains traditional in its style and is still a main focal point for tourists and residents alike. Running between the Palace Pier and the West Pier is the promenade which incorporates bars and independent businesses, some of which are seasonal. The lower promenade offers the artists’ quarter where local artists sell their own arts and crafts from their studios which were formerly the fisherman’s workshops.
Brighton is well known for its nightlife and music venues. My favourite is the Oceana, a multi award-winning club where there are five bars and two clubs under one roof! For a more relaxed evening out there is a vast choice of over 300 pubs and bistros, including Greys Gastro pub and the Regency Tavern, known for its extravagant decor. As well as pubs and clubs, Brighton is home to regular music and arts festivals, the most talked about being The Brighton Festival and Brighton Pride which are annual events drawing huge crowds of visitors. And of course there’s the controversial Big Beach Boutique where a large part of the beach is closed off and is hosted by resident Dj Fatboy Slim for great seaside rhythms.
Along side the music venues you have the theatres, consisting of the Brighton Dome and The Theatre Royal. The Marlborough Theatre and Nightingale Theatres are both situated above pubs making them ideal for local productions.
Having a high density of businesses and retail outlets Brighton is a haven for shoppers looking for that something a bit different. And what better place to find that something different then in the Lanes! The Lanes and North Laines both offer a range of independent jewellers, antique shops, cafes and avant-garde shops. In Middle Street you will find the famous Choccywoccydoodah, a place which specialises in bespoke wedding and birthday cakes. Just up from the Lanes you have Churchill Square, an undercover shopping mall with over 80 outlets and several restaurants, and its own car park.
As Brighton & Hove has such a diverse culture it certainly caters for all kinds of religions which is reflected in it abundance of churches and schools. There are four synagogues. St Nicholas Church, more commonly known as ‘The Mother Church’ is one of Brighton’s oldest buildings. In the heart of the city St Peters Church which sits on its own island between Lewes Road and London Road.
With 54 schools in Brighton & Hove you have a choice of state, private and faith Schools. The state schools include Varndean Secondary, Patcham and Falmer high schools. Cardinal Newman is a large Roman Catholic secondary school who also welcomes pupils of the orthodox community. The private schools include the award winning Roedean School (independent school for girls), Brighton College and Lancing College preparatory school. The two universities are situated on several sites. University of Sussex is between Stanmer Park and Falmer, The University of Brighton has additional sites in Falmer, Eastbourne and Hastings, making it effectively ‘The University of East Sussex’. Both universities welcome students from all over the world and between them they cater for a student population of over 30,000.
Brighton Marina is a whole community within itself. It has a supermarket, restaurants, bowling alley, a multiplex cinema and even a hotel! Brighton Marina village has a range of properties from town houses to penthouses, some with their own private moorings. The average property price for this area is £304,800 for a two bedroom flat, whilst the average townhouse price is in the region of £730,00.
Moving towards the centre of the city you will find a lower average property price Brighton of £255,950 for a three bedroom semi and £203,800 for a two bedroom flat. Brighton & Hove is not cheap, but its room for growth is limited by the sea and the South Downs to the north, which has recently been given National Park status, so prices should remain bouyant for the foreseeable future.
With its vast range of attractions and easy access to London (50 minutes by train), it’s clear to see that there are many good reasons to move to Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. I think it would be a great choice if you are considering moving to a city that has so much to offer.
About the Author
Jackie writes for DIY Home Selling which is a UK website with free property listings, where people can sell or buy for free, as well as rent. It contains a wealth of guides and resources as well as listings of properties in Brighton and througout the UK.
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