The distinct Brighton and Hove city and sea property market plays an essential role in Britain’s property prowess. Buyers and investors love the area, this is why you should too.
A record-breaking Q2 in 2015 sent waves around the Brighton and Hove property market, highlighting the already established trend that London’s commuter towns and cities are outperforming many areas in the centre of the capital. According to the latest Land Registry data, a total of £394,354,436 changed hands between April and June alone. From a royal hotspot back in the 18th century to a residential and investment favourite, the distinct Brighton and Hove city and sea property market plays an essential role in Britain’s property prowess. They’ve loved it, we love it; here’s why you should too.
Brighton residents enjoy the perfect blend of a relaxed, bohemian home life and opportunities in London, just an hour’s commute away. The Brighton property market is an amalgamation of white, gentrified property and a colourful mix of styles that have all been adapted to suit a modern population. According to sales in Q2 this year, the majority of the market is still made up of converted flats and apartments, followed by terraced homes and semi-attached homes.
Away from the spotlight of the seafront, the sprawling city characterised by different property pockets. Preston Park is best known for its Victorian and Edwardian family homes, with the most lucrative properties overlooking the park itself; larger Victorian property can also be found in residential Hove. Property prices around The Level are also on the rise as a £2.3 million restoration is underway to restore the green space to its 1920s heyday. Semi-detached family homes are aplenty in Seven Dials, while vibrant art deco-style properties can be found further afield in neighbouring Saltdean and Peacehaven.
An enclave of modern flats and apartments are located in Brighton Marina, with convenient outlets and travel links into the city, and the once rural hinterland of Brunswick Town is comprised of Regency property and an Italianate church – a rare find in the UK.
In between Brighton’s classic property areas, major regeneration work will contribute to maintaining the city’s popularity for an ever-expanding market, from Circus Street and London Road to a £540 million restoration of Brighton’s Victorian structures along the seafront.
Which leads nicely to our beach-themed guide. As the sunniest place in the UK, with an average of 1,659 hours, Brighton’s sea shore is one of the most popular destinations for tourists, investors and house hunters – a far cry from its status as a small fishing village during the 17th century.
The architectural tastes of the Prince Regent, best known for the creation of Brighton Pavilion, quickly spread across the city. Regency architecture is one of Brighton’s most widely recognised attributes and many of these fine, white-clad examples can be found along the seafront, while its array of Victorian steel structures add even more character to this hotspot along the Sussex coast.
If you take a journey from Hove lawns along to Brighton pier, you’ll notice that Victorian red brick homes opposite the grass are replaced by bright, white typical regency homes as you hit the Brighton seafront. Like any town or city that boasts its own beach, property with sea views, particularly around a garden square, are valuable and highly sought after: Sussex Square, Brunswick Square and Palmeira Square are recurrently popular.
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