For anyone looking to buy a home, whether it’s a first-time buy or a move into a new neighbourhood, it’s important to consider the amenities in your area and check your local authority for more information. As property experts with over 20 years in the Brighton and Hove property market, it tops the list for being a beautiful place to buy property.

Good local schools

Residents with growing families, and those looking to start their own, will be aware of the importance of your proximity to local schools. The good news is that the Brighton and Hove local authority has an abundance of Good and Outstanding Ofsted-rated primary and secondary schools, as well as further education institutions, and you can also check catchment areas by postcode.

Transport links to London and across the South Coast

Good transport links are a must for anyone with a commute, which is one of the key reasons that Brighton and Hove are popular areas for buyers outside of London. With trains to the capital taking just under an hour, and good links across the south to Hampshire and Kent, frequent travel is fast and simple.

As well as rail travel, the extended bus network enables regular travel between Brighton and Hove and Steyning, Tunbridge Wells, Eastbourne and Crawley, which also makes commuting to smaller towns for work and other commitments much easier, and opens up the south for great days out.

Leisure facilities, shops and restaurants

Each area of Brighton and Hove is unique in its offering, from celebrated local pubs and family friendly restaurants serving local delicacies, to the independent shops and boutiques dotted across the city. For convenience, there are a good variety of supermarkets and retail outlets out of town, as well as leisure parks, such as Brighton Marina, that make dining and entertainment an all-in-one experience that’s ideal for families and groups of young friends.

Considering your proximity to town centres and retail and leisure areas is important for several reasons, namely as it will affect house prices in the immediate area, but also as it’s always worth knowing how far away you are from the places you might want to spend leisure time. With good transport links, you can enjoy the gems of Brighton and Hove in no time at all, but if you have young children with you, or pets at home, it’s good to consider the distance.

Green spaces

Have you considered the recreational spaces in the areas you’re searching? From the serene St Anne’s Well Gardens in Hove, and Preston Park with its adjoining rock garden, to the playing fields of West Hove and green squares dotted across the city, Brighton and Hove is blessed with plentiful green spaces; not to mention the sprawling South Downs National Park and beautiful coastline that is right on the doorstep.

Of course, some residential areas may be more densely populated than others, so it’s important to consider your priorities for the spaces outside of your home when looking for the right area.

Health and wellbeing services in Brighton and Hove

It’s always reassuring to know that you’re never far from medical help, should you need it, and there are healthcare clinics across the city that specialise in everything from general medicine and physical therapy to wellbeing services and holistic services. It’s a good idea to check what’s available in the areas you’re looking at, and possibly even enquiring about waiting lists for registration.

Whilst it’s important to think about the things most important to you in a neighbourhood, we would always recommend determining your budget with an independent broker and comparing the average values of properties within each area, in order to focus your search. If you are considering buying a property in the Brighton and Hove area and would like more information on what you should be looking for, contact a member of our residential team today.