Where to Live in Brighton

With its enviable seaside location, quirky shopping, famed nightlife and proximity to London, Brighton has quickly become one of Britain’s most sought-after places to live. So quickly, in fact, that the property prices in Brighton have leapt over 40% in price in just the last decade, outpacing the average national growth by 15%.

If you’re looking to buy property in Brighton, you’ll be spending an average of £376,000, a 47% increase on 2007 prices, in comparison to the national average house price of £281,000, after a comparably minimal 27% growth for the same period. Or even more, if you’re choosing to live in one of the swankier areas of Brighton, along with the seafront or in up and coming to Preston Park, where you’ll be paying a premium.

But the prices are worth it. The quality of life in Brighton, aside from the traffic, is second to none and the job market is thriving, meaning that Brighton is a perfect place to lay down some roots.

With offices in Brighton, Plummer Parsons have created this guide for those looking to move to this exciting hub. Check our other guides if you're looking for somewhere to eat or go out in Brighton.

What’s it Like to Live in Brighton?

Brighton is exciting, multicultural and vibrant. A city that is both large enough to contain everything that you could want, shopping, restaurants, and a nightlife scene that draws in tourists from across the UK, yet compact enough to still feel like a tight-knit community. Brighton isn’t just your British summer escape, but a metropolitan city in its own right, all year round.

Alongside the popular tourist attractions like the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Pier and the Lanes shopping area, culture pervades Brighton. Known as London-by-the-sea, Brighton is home to an independent artistic spirit, embodied in its theatres, cinemas, contemporary galleries and the biggest arts festival in the UK.

Who Moves to Brighton?

Brighton is an ever-evolving city, catering to young professionals, affluent buyers from London and families. Also known as one of the best places to start a business, Brighton has a prosperous tech and digital sector, with numerous agencies setting up in and finding success in the south. The University of Brighton finding through research that the digital sector in Brighton is one of the fastest growing in the UK. Not only that, but a fifth of all jobs in Brighton is within the creative industry, with a strong community and support sector centred around it.

Whilst the nightlife and endless supply of pubs, bars and restaurants appeal to the young, the proximity to the beach and top-tier Schooling draws families to its shores. 

Home to the some of the best state and private schools in Britain, schools like Brighton College attract pupils from all over the world. And with 39 state primary schools, 9 state secondary schools, 6 special schools and 5 private primary and secondary schools, you’re sure to find a place you’re more than happy to enlist your children.

On the subject of education, Brighton is also a popular place for students. Home to two universities, the high-ranking University of Sussex, ranked 111th in the world, and the well-regarded University of Brighton, with one of the foremost research centres in the UK. Brighton is ideal for young students who want to develop their knowledge, as well as their social calendar.

The Best Places to Live in Brighton

A city of villages, Brighton is full of a number of idiosyncratic neighbourhoods, each with a character that will appeal to different buyers.

Kemp Town is the place to be for young professionals and students, especially as it’s constituted primarily of converted flats and rentals. With a vibrant cafe culture, its own shopping strip, and in close proximity to some of Brighton’s best nightlife - and of course, the beach, Kemp Town is central to all the big city benefits Brighton has to offer. 

Made of terraced houses and much more affordable than other neighbourhoods in Brighton, up and coming Hanover is similarly popular with students looking for value for money. Further out from the centre than Kemp Town, Poets Corner is a lot quieter.

The affluent Hove Park has always been a popular area for families, with the Dorothy Stringer private comprehensive school nearby, an upmarket feel and spacious semi-detached Victorian properties.

As is Preston Park. North of the city centre, Preston Park has its own train station for those who commute and is surrounded by excellent state schools and neighbouring family friendly Queen’s Park North. However, for those who are making their decision based on closeness to schools, you should bear in mind that Brighton schools operate on a lottery-based system, rather than catchment areas.

The more upmarket areas of Brighton are those with the best views along the seafront. The Regency Squares, including Brunswick, Palmeira and Lewes are some of the more pricier areas. One of the most exclusive addresses in Brighton is Montpelier Villas, which once ranked ninth on a list of Sussex’s most expensive streets.

The most expensive road in Brighton, however, is Roedean Crescent. Located just east of the city centre, close to the Brighton Marina, an average house here costs an average of  £1,490,625.

Pro tip, for the best sea views and protection from the sea winds, buy higher up the hill.

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