10 Great reasons for moving to Brighton

Written by
Stuart Robinson
February 4, 2016

In early March we are opening a new Zoom995 office in the fantastic city of Brighton. More and more people are moving to the city, so what does the area have to offer and why is it such a sought after place to live?

Brighton has been a popular place to set up home for many decades. The Victorians first saw the potential of the south coast town when it became a key holiday destination, especially for city dwellers that came to see it as their home away from London. The city grew as a result and Brighton still has many properties and original features from the Victorian and early Edwardian period.

The sea air, the ‘lower than London’ property prices, transport links, great shopping and eating options, the luxury of being able to walk everywhere and the scenery surrounding the city make it a brilliant place to live. This blog celebrates 10 reasons why Brighton remains the jewel of the south and an increasingly attractive place for people to set up home.

1. Brighton is such a unique city as it is surrounded by the sea on one side and the beautiful rolling South Downs countryside on the other. Just a few minutes’ walk from the vibrant town centre and you are on the beach with its iconic seafront or you can escape the city altogether within just a few minutes in the car.

2. As a commuter, you can have the best of both worlds. A city by the sea and great transport links in to London with direct journey times of less than an hour in to Victoria. That’s how long some Londoners spend getting from one side of London to the other and yet they don’t have the sea air!

3. Brighton’s cultural life if legendary. It has the most varied and cosmopolitan mix of people and tastes of any city in the UK. It has the biggest festival of arts in the UK outside of Edinburgh and hosts the largest and oldest Pride festival in the country. With over 300 pubs and hundreds of restaurants, clubs, bars, theatres, art and music venues, there is something for every conceivable taste.

4. Brighton boasts two universities within the city and many students enjoy the Brighton lifestyle so much that they make the city their home following their studies. This helps keep Brighton both modern and always ahead of the curve in terms of trends and style.

5. The variety and quality of the shops on offer in Brighton is one of the main draws of the city. The legendary unique North Laine and the Lanes are a favourite haunt of shopaholics and a must see for any visitor. Independent, quirky shops sit alongside niche cafes and restaurants. This helps to create a great buzzing shopping atmosphere that attracts thousands at the weekends and bank holidays. Many a day can be lost just wandering through the lanes. The main Churchill shopping centre also offers many of the high-street chains and a department store.

6. The city enjoys a large number of flourishing start-up businesses, attracting a mobile workforce. This has helped make Brighton one of the most developed digital cities in the UK and a key destination for creatives working in all areas. As a result, Brighton is now one of the most progressive and innovative locations in the UK.

7. Brighton is incredibly proud of its green credentials. The city made history by appointing the first ever Green MP, Caroline Lucas. Caroline was elected as Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion in 2010. Throughout the city there are ecological and ethical projects

8. Although Brighton is a city, it is compact enough to be able to walk anywhere. The roads can get busy, especially at the weekends, so walking is often the best option. Walking through the city is a great way of seeing the sights and doing some people watching. With its colourful characters and bohemian culture, there is always something to see in Brighton.

9. It is not only humans that are welcome in Brighton. According to the Metro, Brighton is the ‘most dog friendly city in the UK’ with many shops and restaurants catering for our four legged friends.

10. Brighton is iconic and has featured in countless films and books including Quadrophenia and Brighton Rock. The Brighton Dome, pier and surrounding countryside even featured in Raymond Briggs’ classic The Snowman animated film. A day in Brighton is not complete without sampling that staple of the British seaside, fish and chips down on the beach or the pier whilst looking along the famous seafront.

Brighton is a city full of hedonism, indulgence, entertainment and a thriving economy. In short, it is for anyone who loves life and thrives on fun. According to visit Brighton website, ‘Brighton is the happiest place to live in the country, with nearly 94% of residents saying they have a happy home!’

This is just 10 reasons for moving to Brighton but anyone choosing to make Brighton their home is sure to find many more.

If you are looking to make your own happy move to Brighton then why not contact us? We have been selling property in Sussex for over 30 years. Zoom995 is a blend of traditional and online estate agency, saving you thousands whilst providing exceptional customer service and local knowledge. Contact us today and find out why we have 100% customer satisfaction.

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