At Austin Gray, our residential team know the benefits of living the coastal life in Brighton and Hove better than anyone. If you’ve recently visited our beautiful seaside city, you’ll have seen it truly shows its best in the summer months, with bustling lanes of independent shops, a lively beach atmosphere and arts and music festivals springing up.

So, what keeps people here year-round once the sunshine has died down? Here’s your short guide to all things Brighton, Hove and surrounding to help you consider your next move.

Brighton’s work-life balance

For a small city, Brighton offers an abundance of things to do to get a cultural fix or satisfy hobbies and interests, from cinemas, comedy clubs and art galleries to activities on the seafront, indie shopping outlets and regular meetups of all social varieties.

On top of this is, its exciting and ever-changing array of food and drink destinations, which cater to all tastes and requirements, regularly make review sections in the national press. Coffee aficionados, remote workers and freelancers will feel at home in any of the many independent coffee shops and shared workspaces, whilst those with dietary requirements as a result of lifestyle or cultural choices will get by easily in speciality supermarkets, delis, restaurants and even pubs.

Moving your family to Brighton and Hove

Deciding to move to a new area can be daunting for anyone, not least for those with a family household to consider. Hove is a particularly popular area for growing families, with its slightly more relaxed setting, wide, tree-lined neighbourhoods and popular green spaces, Hove Park and Hove Lawns.

As well as a huge variety of family-friendly attractions in and around the Brighton area for days out, the city in general is family-focused and welcomes children (and pets!) to many shops, cafes and restaurants. You’ll find extensive directories of classes, activities, workshops and meetups on dedicated sites such as Child Friendly Brighton.

Moreover, there are a vast amount of schools across Brighton and Hove, for which you can check catchment areas and find out more about how school places are offered here.

Getting around

Transport links to and from Brighton make the city and surrounding areas an ideal base for commuters and professionals. Trains to London Victoria or London Bridge run frequently every hour, taking around 55 minutes to Victoria and just over an hour into London Bridge, 25 minutes to travel to Worthing and around 45 minutes to Chichester.

A vast bus network connects Brighton easily to neighbouring areas Shoreham-by-Sea, Haywards Heath, Crawley and Eastbourne, with extensive timetables to meet the needs of shift workers, students and commuters.

Brighton and Hove’s property market

It’s a fantastic time to consider buying a home in Brighton and Hove. Average property prices across the area have dipped slightly in the last three months compared to Q4 of 2018 and comparatively year on year, providing buyers with the opportunity to get more for their money and potentially negotiate a better sale overall.

If you’re looking to move to the Brighton and Hove area and would like some professional advice on where to start or which neighbourhoods to consider, get in touch with our experienced residential team today – we’ll be delighted to help.

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