Move to Brighton for £200,000 and every day will feel like a holiday


The lively seaside town is a fabulous place to live (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo / Metro.co.uk)

Getting off the train at Brighton, you can immediately feel its energy. For this is a 24/7 destination that’s renowned for nightlife, culture and simply having fun, and happens to be the UK’s most LGBTQ+ friendly city outside London.

Although a magnet for weekend breakers and hen parties, away from the bustle of the seafront and tourist traps, you’ll find thriving community-minded neighbourhoods offering schools, green spaces, great pubs and independent shops, with the South Downs on the doorstep.

George IV was instrumental in Brighton’s growth and his legacy is its magnificent pavilion and elegant Regency squares. It also has Victorian and Edwardian terraces and villas, interwar and modern housing, including ex-local authority.


2G40DB4 Pedestrian street and cafes in the North Laine area of Brighton, West Sussex

Cafes in the North Laine area of Brighton (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)


2HJJJ40 Brighton UK 30th January 2022 - Swimmers enjoy a beautiful sunny day on Brighton beach as Storm Corrie heads towards northern Britain with an amber warning issued for some parts : Credit Simon Dack / Alamy Live News

Swimmers enjoy a beautiful sunny day on Brighton beach (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)

‘First-time buyers like Hanover, Kemptown and central Brighton, and families look slightly further out at areas such as Preston Park for more space,’ says James Cannon of estate agency Fox & Sons

‘Three-bedroom Victorian terraces in Hanover are £500,000-£550,000 whereas in the golden triangle in Fiveways, in the catchment of sought-after primaries, they’re close to £1million.’

He recommends the Lewes Road area as value for money. ‘It’s going through a transition with families buying houses that were previously let to students.

‘One-bed flats start at about £200,000 and three-bed ex-local authority houses from £300,000.’

With the English Channel to the south and the South Downs to the north, space to build substantial developments is very limited.

Preston Barracks, on a former MoD-owned site on Lewes Road, is a rare exception.

Here, housing association Optivo is delivering studio, one and two-bed apartments at Home X, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, kitchens fitted with smart and energy-efficient Siemens integrated appliances and bathrooms rocking matt black fixtures and fittings. They start from £231,000, with Help to Buy.


The Home X courtyard

The Home X courtyard

One, two and three-bed flats are for sale in Edward Street Quarter, a mixed-use, very central scheme. Many have private outside space, and residents can enjoy sunsets and sea views from the roof terrace.


F10 Studios cater well for sunset lovers (Picture: F10 Studios)

F10 Studios cater well for sunset lovers (Picture: F10 Studios)

A short walk from Brighton station, The Heritage Collection comprises one
and two-bed apartments in a converted period building. They incorporate sash windows and original features, from £300,000, via Savills and Oakley Property.


Luxury living for less in The Heritage Collection

Luxury living for less in The Heritage Collection

Russell Square is also very conveniently located, moments from the seafront. The light-filled one and two-bed apartments start from £385,000, and there’s a concierge and lift, via Fox & Sons.


Get your seafront abode in Russell Square

Get your seafront abode in Russell Square

Sapphire Hove is made up of 35 apartments and ten mews houses with underground parking, 500 metres from the beach at Hove.

On-site amenities include a concierge, community hub and co-working spaces, from £437,000 for a one-bed with Help to Buy available, through Hamptons.


Get co-working space included in Sapphire Hove

Get co-working space included at Sapphire Hove

And Hyde has just launched shared ownership homes at Amberdown, also in Hove.

From £108,000 for a 40 per cent share of one-bed with full market value £270,000.



Vital statistics

Average house price: £455,731

Average rent: £1,929 pcm

Council tax (Band D): £2,118.31

Commuting time to Zone 1: Just over an hour to Victoria or London Bridge
Annual season ticket: £4,880

Amenities: ★★★★★ High street names in Churchill Square shopping centre; browse the Lanes, North Laine and London Road for indie boutiques, vintage stores, cafés and restaurants; Shelter Hall seafront food market; numerous bars, clubs and live music venues including Komedia and the Hope & Ruin; Royal Pavilion; Brighton Zip is a 300m-long zipwire; Brighton Festival starts May 7; and there’s Brighton Pride in August

Open space: ★★★✩✩ Preston Park; The Level; Royal Pavilion Gardens; Dyke Road Park

Schools: ★★★✩✩ GCSE and A-level results are about average; state primaries are all judged as outstanding or good by Ofsted; independents include Brighton College and Brighton Girls

Crime: Below average but public order, violence and anti-social behaviour are slightly above

Who lives there? Students, first-time buyers and families; Famous faces: DJ Norman Cook and David Walliams live on Western Esplanade in Hove



Property ladder

First rung for £240,000


Find the property at Fox and Sons

Find the property at Fox and Sons

There are distant views of the sea from the two south-facing balconies of this bright first-floor flat, in a purpose-built block in the heart of Hanover.

Step up for £550,000


Find this Brighton house at Oakley Property

Find this Brighton house at Oakley Property

A well-maintained two-bed period cottage in the North Laine conservation area. Has a bright open-plan living/dining room, an upstairs bathroom and patio garden.

Top rung for £2,495,000


Find this beautiful townhouse at Winkworth  (Credits: TEAM Creative Ltd)

Find this beautiful townhouse at Winkworth (Picture: TEAM Creative Ltd)

Immaculate inside and out, this centrally-located Grade II-listed Regency townhouse includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a 32-ft reception room and a gym.

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