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Confirmed: Young home movers do like to be beside the seaside

Brighton and neighbouring Hove have long been billed as a 'city by the sea' but traditionally they have been home moving destinations among older workers and retirees looking to combine fresh salty air with a relatively quick commute into London, say Sussex estate agents Winkworth. New research from Lloyds Bank, however, shows that the demographic in Brighton and Hove is changing, with this stretch of coastline topping a list of areas in the UK where young urbanites* desire to live - with Hove taking number one spot and even beating London favourites such as Wimbledon, Hampstead and Islington. The top 20 list - defined by the most property sales to young professionals across England and Wales - might have been topped by Hove but Brighton (BN1) was not too far behind in fifth place, with Brighton Marina/Kemptown/Saltdean (BN3) taking 18th spot. It's only when you look at the top 20 list as a whole do you really appreciate the appeal of East Sussex. Sixteen of the slots were taken by Greater London locations, with the remaining positions held by three East Sussex postcodes and one sole Northern entry - Didsbury in Manchester. What Brighton and Hove offer a home mover is half price city living with the benefits of a beach. Average house prices in the BN1, BN2 and BN3 postcodes are drastically cheaper than Greater London. It's possible to purchase a property for sale in Brighton for less than £350,000 (the Land Registry average for BN1 is £330,368), where as an average property in Fulham - two places below Brighton on the list - costs just over £1 million. Likewise, a property for sale in Hove has an average house price of £317,191, while a property in Islington - occupying the 19th out of 20 spots in the list - will cost you three times as much. As well as competitive house prices, the commute by train into London is another attractive facet of life in Brighton and Hove. Journey times take as little as 52 minutes into London Victoria and around an hour into London Bridge. While there are other coastal locations in the south east that offer manageable commutes, the seaside resorts themselves can't compare to the cosmopolitan feel of Brighton. With Wi-Fi and mobile devices, commuters are no longer viewing an hour journey each way as dead time but rather an opportunity to extend working hours or catch up on box sets or films, with the ability to stream via Netflicks and iPlayer.

Brighton and neighbouring Hove have long been billed as a 'city by the sea' but traditionally they have been home moving destinations among older workers and retirees looking to combine fresh salty air with a relatively quick commute into London, say Sussex estate agents Winkworth.

New research from Lloyds Bank, however, shows that the demographic in Brighton and Hove is changing, with this stretch of coastline topping a list of areas in the UK where young urbanites* desire to live - with Hove taking number one spot and even beating London favourites such as Wimbledon, Hampstead and Islington.

The top 20 list - defined by the most property sales to young professionals across England and Wales - might have been topped by Hove but Brighton (BN1) was not too far behind in fifth place, with Brighton Marina/Kemptown/Saltdean (BN3) taking 18th spot. It's only when you look at the top 20 list as a whole do you really appreciate the appeal of East Sussex. Sixteen of the slots were taken by Greater London locations, with the remaining positions held by three East Sussex postcodes and one sole Northern entry - Didsbury in Manchester.

What Brighton and Hove offer a home mover is half price city living with the benefits of a beach. Average house prices in the BN1, BN2 and BN3 postcodes are drastically cheaper than Greater London. It's possible to purchase a property for sale in Brighton for less than £350,000 (the Land Registry average for BN1 is £330,368), where as an average property in Fulham - two places below Brighton on the list - costs just over £1 million. Likewise, a property for sale in Hove has an average house price of £317,191, while a property in Islington - occupying the 19th out of 20 spots in the list - will cost you three times as much.

As well as competitive house prices, the commute by train into London is another attractive facet of life in Brighton and Hove. Journey times take as little as 52 minutes into London Victoria and around an hour into London Bridge. While there are other coastal locations in the south east that offer manageable commutes, the seaside resorts themselves can't compare to the cosmopolitan feel of Brighton. With Wi-Fi and mobile devices, commuters are no longer viewing an hour journey each way as dead time but rather an opportunity to extend working hours or catch up on box sets or films, with the ability to stream via Netflicks and iPlayer.

If you are interested in houses and flats for sale in Hove and Brighton, or you have a property to sell in East Sussex, contact Winkworth today.

*Young urbanites as defined by the ACORN consumer classification as affluent young professionals and well off urban professionals in the age band of 25 to 44.

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