For a small city, Brighton and Hove is packed with diverse neighbourhoods, each with their own charm and unique selling points. The best neighbourhood to live in, however, will depend on who you ask – residents of Brighton and Hove areas can be fiercely loyal to their localities!

If you’re thinking of moving to Brighton and Hove, or are considering a move into a new neighbourhood, we’ve put together a guide to help your decision and give you an idea of the types of property you can find there.

Patcham and Withdean

To the very north of the city centre, you’ll find the sprawling residential areas of Patcham, Hollingbury and Withdean. Despite its appearance as a more recent residential zone, Patcham itself originated as a village and you’ll find historic buildings such as the old post office, a Grade II listed mansion and war memorial for fallen Indian soldiers.

A popular area for families with several local infant, primary and secondary schools nearby, you’ll find a vast amount of three to four-bedroom homes, including terraced and semi-detached properties.

Preston Park

Closer to the centre and surrounding the 63-acre park of the same name, is the peaceful neighbourhood of Preston Park. With a local train station serving both London and Worthing routes, as well as regular bus services in and out of Brighton and Crawley, it’s a popular destination for commuters and working families. Plus, nearby Preston Park is haven for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings and dog walking.

North Laine, Brighton

If you’re looking for an area that truly puts you in the thick of it, look no further than the North Laine area and cultural hub of Brighton. Famed for its quirky streets brimming with vintage, antiques and second-hand shops, as well as coffee shops, cafes and independent shops, the North Laine could be an ideal base for the young professional or couple looking to get a feel for the city.


Kemptown has long been established as one of the livelier parts of Brighton, with many bars, pubs and clubs welcoming you to the East side of the city. Maisonettes and apartments are common, with plenty offering quirky outside patios and private spaces.

However, past the initial hustle and bustle reveals another side of the area, with historic mews properties, green squares and gardens providing much more of a quiet, village feel and grand regency-style properties close to the seafront.

Brunswick Town

Teetering on the edge of Brighton, the desirable Brunswick Town is home to beautiful, well-preserved Regency architecture, landscaped squares and a bustling local community of shops, businesses, cafes and restaurants.

Property sizes range in this area, from studio flats and maisonettes to mews tucked into quiet streets towards the seafront. With lots of apartments offering patios, terraces and even the odd roof terrace space, it’s the perfect place for a buyer with

Hove Park and Denmark Villas

A short walk from Hove train station, the neighbourhoods of Hove Park and Denmark Villas are well placed for Hove’s high street as well as out of town retailers and supermarkets.

For large, detached family houses and spacious semi-detached homes, Hove Park is often a popular choice. Closer to the station and Denmark Villas area offers more variety in terms of terraced houses and apartments.

Still not sure where to start? Austin Gray has been established in Brighton for over 40 years and our residential team are experts in all things Brighton and Hove. Get in touch with us today if you’d like some advice and support around the best place to for you to buy a home.