Properties here in Brighton vary massively from luxury studio apartments, to 8 bedroom town houses, and so there really is a property for everyone’s budget whether you are buying or letting. Here at Spearhead, we have made the conscious decision to only list rental properties which meet our strict criteria…ensuring new tenants are happy and comfortable in their new home. As Brighton’s popularity has grown over the last few years due to the beautiful coastline, stunning countryside and also its proximity to London, sales and rental prices have been increasing steadily. However with the massive student accommodation redevelopment almost finished, there are many properties which now find themselves empty and the landlords willing to reduce their rents to secure a tenancy…so now really could be a great time to make a move. The sales market is also very strong here in Brighton due to the ease of getting to central London in under an hour and having recently been voted the happiest place to live in the UK. The vast range of properties available opens the market to everyone from first time buyers, so property investors looking to secure their future here by the sea.
With the perfect combination of charm, character and vibrancy, along side the comfort, accessibility and affordability…it is no surprise that Brighton has been dubbed London-by-the-sea. This city really has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a bolt hole from the city, a spacious home to start a family, or somewhere to take full advantage of the vibrant social circuits that underpin this city.
Of course, Brighton is probably best known for its incredible beaches. The seafront is awash with fresh seafood stands, bars, eateries and independent shops selling everything from buckets and spades to the novelty fridge magnets and pet products. The beaches themselves are exceptionally well maintained, and so it is no surprise that Brighton welcomes over 10 million day trippers every year.
The most common misconception is that Brighton is only a place to visit when the weather is glorious and the beaches are packed. However, those who live here know better. This city has something happening 365 days of the year. From concerts are the famous Brighton Centre, to Food Festivals, Art Shows and beer tours, you will never run out of things to do around town.
The North Laines is also a hub of activity, with quirky shops, independent eateries and diverse range of frequenters, this area is one of the most interesting and engaging to while away the day. On the other side of the main shopping street (Western Road) you will find the South Lanes. This area is world famous for its narrow winding alleys, lined with jewellery shops, and has recently undergone a massive redevelopment…opening new historic lanes which have been undiscovered for many years!
Not only do you have city life to keep you entertained, Brighton is also perfectly situated for enjoying days out in the South Downs where you can walk for hours and hopefully end up enjoying a local country pub to rehydrate. Out on the Downs there are many farms which are open to the public, and so why not take the children to feed the lambs in Spring, or visit the “haunted barn” at Halloween. There is never an option to be bored out in the countryside, so whilst you will be taking in the breath taking views over unspoilt countryside, you will also be keeping fit and enjoying the incredible quality of life.
Over the past decade, as London house prices seemed to be on a never ending climb, buyers decided to look at alternatives areas…and they discovered Brighton. With easy access to the M23 and A23 direct up to South London, commuting in the comfort of your own car has never been easier. Trains are also exceptionally popular with commuters (now the strikes have subsided), with travel times from Brighton Central Station to Victoria or London Brighton sitting at 1 hour – which is often a lot less than a tube will take from 1 side of London to another.
Transport within the city is also extremely reliable and affordable. Buses run through the day and night to ensure you are getting where you need to be, or why not hop on one of our hundreds of Barclays Bikes?!
Brighton has a residential parking permit scheme, and it is extremely easy to find out how much you can expect to pay for the year in different areas of the city using this link.
Whist some zones are slightly more expensive than others, you will soon reap the benefits of having a guaranteed place to park close to your home.
With row upon row of colourful terraced houses, properties in Hanover are extremely popular with small families and young professionals. Queens Park is positioned at the top of these streets and is a hot spot to enjoy the café culture or bask in the sun at the park.
This area has a wide range of properties, from 1 bedroom garden apartments, to 5 bedroom houses. Many people see this park as the gateway to the rest of Brighton, as it is the first thing you seen when you drive in from London, and what a brilliant first impression it is!
This area is extremely popular with buy to let investors. It is close to the station, south downs and central Brighton, so has become very popular with people ‘sampling’ Brighton before deciding to move here.
This area is at the far end of Brighton beach and feels like a totally different world. With everything you could possibly need, from supermarkets, to bars and shops, it is well worth an explore in the sunshine!
Once known as the Gay Village, Kemptown has undergone a massive shift in the past few years. There are now less bars, but more cafes, eateries and shops. Properties here are primarily apartments, and are ideal if you need to be close to transport links or the hospital.
Parking permits are in use across the majority of the city. They are split in to different zones and vary in costs depending on where you live. Visitors permits are also available, meaning you will be able to have people come and visit without worrying about parking restrictions.
Brighton has a brilliant transport infrastructure. The buses are exceptionally good, covering the entire city very regularly, and the train will have you in Central London in under 40 minutes. Due to its compact size, cycling is very popular here in Brighton, so why not swap the bus pass for a bicycle?!
Sussex has a great police force and when walking around the city it does feel particularly safe. Once being known as the gay capital of the UK, the atmosphere in the city is very accepting, relaxed and enjoyable, so whilst there is of course the minority of people who can cause trouble, the city really is a brilliant place to unwind.
The student population in Brighton is growing bigger and bigger each year. So much so that the university has just invested millions of pounds on building brand new student accommodation on Lewes Road. This population brings a breath of fresh air to the city and are a pleasure to have around!
Due to its proximity to London, Brighton has been known for its great investment potential. The range or properties from studio apartments to 12 bedroom houses is vast, and so there is room for investment all around the city regardless of your budget.