A buyer's guide to West Sussex
Ed Rawson, senior sales manager at King & Chasemore Country Homes Department in Horsham, discusses the differences between the popular villages and towns in West Sussex and why people choose to live there.
West Sussex has something for everyone. Its close proximity to London and the coast are attractive to those who want to live in a place that offers the best of both worlds. Property prices are much more competitive than those of neighbouring Surrey, making it highly attractive to people looking to move out of London but wanting to remain within a commutable distance.
Those who move to West Sussex tend to stay here and move within the county itself, and those who do move away tend to move outside the Home Counties, for example to Cornwall or East Anglia.
There is a lot of new build development taking place throughout the county, especially between Crawley and Horsham, offering a range of properties from apartments with the latest technology to large executive homes.
Horsham is one of the largest towns in West Sussex and is the main hub of the region with its vast range of restaurants, boutiques, shops, cafes and bars. The town to continues to grow in popularity and is about to add John Lewis to its list of high-end high street shops.
With excellent road and rail links, Horsham is well placed for those looking to commute to London in approximately an hour or those who fancy a trip to the south coast.
In fact the whole of West Sussex has excellent road and rail links. With the majority of its main trunk roads being dual carriageways, it is typically less congested than neighbouring Surrey.
Horsham has something for everyone but is particularly popular with young couples and young families who are moving out of London and looking for more for their money in terms of property and good schooling. Penthorpe and Christ Hospital schools are highly sought after and many families move into the area to be close to them.
Due to its excellent transport links, buyers can expect to pay a premium for property compared to neighbouring Storington, Steyning and Horley.
A large village located South of Horsham, Storrington is a picturesque location with a bustling high street featuring a range of boutiques and high street brands such as Waitrose. Storrington is popular with commuters because of its proximity to Pulborough, a village just five miles away which has a good rail service to London.
Steyning is a very pretty village situated closer to the coast than Horsham and Storrington. It is popular with older buyers who are moving from Horsham or other nearby towns and are looking for a picturesque village location offering character properties and thatched cottages.
A prestigious, highly sought after location and one of the most expensive villages in the region. West Chiltington is a quaint and very pretty village with a pub, tennis and bowls clubs and a village shop. Due to its popularity, properties sell quickly in West Chiltington. For example, we sold a thatched cottage with a swimming pool for £1.1 million within a week of the property going on to the market. The average price of an estate style executive house is around £750,000 and a four-bedroom bungalow with lots of land would cost around £675,000.
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