Where are the most cost effective areas to live in Brighton?
By: Lokku Labs
The city of Brighton and Hove, which only achieved city status as recently as 2000, is situated in East Sussex, between the South Downs, the newest National Park in England and the sea. The countryside is literally just minutes away from Brighton city centre by car or bicycle, but the city itself is one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant in the whole of Europe.
Brighton has a large student population – the University of Brighton caters for 21,000 students on five campuses in Brighton itself, Eastbourne and Hastings – and just over 40% of the population as a whole is aged between 20 and 44. The amenities and property in and around Brighton tend to cater for students, young professional people and young families. The Brighton Festival, held in May, is one of the major cultural events of the year, whilst sports fans enjoy Brighton Racecourse and Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.
With the exception of terraced houses, property throughout the Brighton area has increased in price by 10% or more in the last year. Prices range from around £112,000 for a studio flat to £480,000 or more for a detached four bedroom house. The village of Woodingdean, just 4 miles from the city centre, and neighbouring Kemp Town are sought after locations in the Brighton area. Both areas offer attractive properties for families and young professionals and both offer a safe, friendly environment. Woodingdean offers more flats and apartments than detached houses and the average house price is well above the national average at over £300,000. Kemp Town is closer to the city centre and therefore the livelier of the two districts. That said, there are some exquisite Grade II Listed Regency buildings near the seafront in Kemp Town, within easy reach of the city centre and Brighton Marina, if you have £1,000,000 or more to spend.
The best of the affordable accommodation, suitable for students, can be found on Lewes Road (A270), one of the main thoroughfares into Brighton. Properties here range from studio flats to eight or nine bedroom properties, but all are convenient for local shops, amenities and public transport links. Of course, Brighton is renowned for its entertainment and music scene and properties in the Lewes Road area provide easy access to any number of pubs, clubs and other entertainment venues. Indeed, the London Road-Lewes Road area has been identified as a priority for regeneration projects aimed at improving the provision of housing, shopping and other amenities in the area to the north of Brighton city centre. One bedroom leasehold flats in the Lewes Road area start at around £120,000.
Brighton Beach, Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion are major tourist attractions and the areas surrounding them can become overcrowded during the summer months, especially on Bank Holidays. Nevertheless, areas such as the Lanes and North Laine are fantastic places in which to live, shop, eat and drink. A four bedroom house in the North Laine area of the city is likely to cost in the region of £400,000.
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