Is Brighton the right place for you? by Heather Hilder on April 21, 2020 “Is Brighton the right place for you?”Brighton – known as Britain’s most sought after and energetic seaside city – might be the breath of fresh air you need. Within a close radius to London (an hour by train to be precise) and minutes away from the countryside it is easy to see why so many young people and professionals choose Brighton over London and its surrounding suburbs. Numerous landmarks and attractions such as the Pier, Royal Pavilion, the Lanes, Theatre Royal, South Downs, Sea Life Brighton and Brighton Marina to name a few make it clear why so many call Brighton their home.Brighton has a population of roughly 273,000 inhabitants making it the UK’s 20th largest city – one of its greatest strengths is its diversity, bringing festivals such as the famous Brighton Pride, The Great Escape, the Brighton Fringe Festival and many others. With a 5.4 mile-long stretch of shingle beach you will very rarely find yourself looking for things to do with your weekends and free time, Brighton is also home to multiple bustling shopping districts such as the Lanes, North Laine, London Road, the Open Market and George Street to name a few. Brighton’s Churchill Square shopping centre is home to over 80 different shops making it a very popular destination for day-trippers and residents.Are you thinking of moving to Brighton?Transport links – Brighton is in close proximity to Gatwick Airport (roughly 30 minutes via car and 30 minutes via train) which makes it very popular with business travellers, international students and airport staff who regularly use the airport. Heathrow is also only 60 miles from Brighton. The city by the sea is also a mere one hour away from Central London via Brighton Station, and by car it takes about an hour and 30 minutes via the A23 and the M23. Brighton station provides a transport link to the whole of the UK via the London – Brighton main line that is 50 miles long (reaches central London) this then provides a connection onto a further 49 train lines that reach all parts of the country. Brighton station also has direct trains to Portsmouth and beyond which is 50 miles to the west of the city, and a direct service to Ashford International taking you to mainland Europe. There are currently over 40 bus routes that operate within the city making internal travel very easy – you can jump onto a bus in most parts of Brighton & Hove. There are many more bus routes operating in and around Brighton such as the 700 Stagecoach bus that travels from Littlehampton to Central Brighton multiple times daily.Nightlife & Dining – Brighton is home to some of Britain’s most famous restaurants, pubs and clubs such as The Ivy in the Lanes, Terre a Terre, Food For Friends, the Salt Room and the Gingerman to name a few, as for pubs Brighton does not fail to provide. As the city is famous for its nightlife, pubs are a big part of Brighton’s fabric, places like the Geese, the Walrus, the Farm Tavern, the Hartington Pub, the Hope & Ruin and Idles Hands to name a few. As Brighton is home to two large universities (University of Sussex and University of Brighton) there is a large student population and international student population, this is accompanied by multiple night clubs (favoured by students) all situated in the Central Brighton Area. Some of the most popular nightclubs are Coalition, Pryzm, Volks, Boutique and Shoosh to name a few.Property Prices – In general, you can buy a house in Brighton for the price of a flat in London. When you compare the two cities, Brighton property is ‘cheaper’ as is the cost of living (compared to London). If you look at certain areas the property price and rent does vary but for the most part it stays at similar rates throughout the city. Letting agents report that an average one-bedroom apartment in Brighton as of 2020 is around £800 to £900 per month whilst in London the average price is around £1,300 per month. To purchase a one-bedroom apartment in Brighton, estate agents say you will most likely be looking at somewhere around £300,000, whilst in London for the same property you will be looking at around £500,000 – £600,000. Living costs in Brighton are also a lot lower than London making it a very popular location for Londoners to relocate to and invest in property. Consumer prices in London on average are 3.58% higher than they are in Brighton and rent prices are on average 60% higher in London than in Brighton.The ‘Natural Health Service’ and the Great Outdoors – Brighton is not short of open space, there are many parks within the city and of course the beach is a huge draw. The city is also on the edge of the South Downs National Park which stretches all along the south coast and almost as far as London. It includes the South Downs and the New Forest which offer countless opportunities to bathe in nature, go cycling, hiking or take a more gentle country walk followed by lunch in a cosy pub. There are even Brighton beach huts for sale.Safety First – Brighton is rated the third safest city in the UK and is rated 37 on the crime index scale while London is rated 52. As the city is relatively small, many residents walk around the city so even at night-time there is life in the streets.Events and Entertainment – Brighton boasts venues such as the Brighton Centre, Hove Cricket Ground, the Theatre Royal and the Dome which host headline acts and the city attracts the sort of events and acts that are normally associated with much bigger cities. The Brighton Festival and the Fringe are held every May appealing to locals and visitors alike. Football fans head to the Amex for Premier League action where tickets are less expensive than their London counterparts. There are many different food and drink festivals held throughout the year satisfying everyone from ‘Prosecco’ fans to those following plant-based diets and everything in between!If you are interested in exploring Brighton’s endless potential or you have any queries call Callaways, Brighton & Hove on 01273 735237, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website www.callawaysestateagents.co.uk and be sure to take a look at our latest properties (for rent, or for sale).