With a welcoming, inclusive vibe, a low crime rate and a wealth of experiences to be had, it’s easy to see why the coastal resort of Brighton is such a popular destination for those looking to escape for a much-needed break. And such is its allure that many who visit fall in love with the place and eventually end up moving there for a slice of the good life on a more permanent basis.
Sitting just 47 miles south of London, the city of Brighton and Hove braces the East Sussex south coast and boasts beautiful Brighton as the place to be happy (it was in fact voted the happiest place to live in 2019) and enjoy a range of amenities, thus offering a great work/life balance. From gorgeous homes to move into, good employment opportunities, great food galore and plenty of ways to spend your free time, and with help from the experts over at Man with a Van Brighton we take a closer look at why moving to Brighton could be a great choice for you.
Your first step when it comes to moving to Brighton should be finding a property that’s a good fit for you, and whoever may be moving with you. Brighton is blessed with an array of options in some highly sought-after streets, so whether you’re seeking out a secluded period property with ample space, a more contemporary home with sea views or something else, you are sure to find something to fit. Current properties on the market include sprawling mansions around the £2 million-mark, penthouse apartments close to the water, period townhouses and spacious, detached family homes for over a million and many more options to consider.
When it comes to moving day and beyond and ensuring that you make the move and any renovations as seamless as possible, you should consider renting a Brighton storage unit to keep your belongings safe while you undertake any work required to your new home to make it as perfect as possible for you and those your share your home with.
Employment and education
If you’ll be needing a new job while living in Brighton, you’re in luck as there are many big employers here who regularly have vacancies, while the area was recently found to be the second best place in the country to start a new business, so if you’re looking to start your own enterprise, then this could prove to be a great place to do it. In addition to this, if you already have a job in the capital or have one lined up then you may wish to commute, in which case expect to travel around an hour on the train each way, or perhaps your company is moving with the times and promoting a schedule that involves working from home.
If you or a family member is looking to get enrolled in education locally then there’s a good supply of highly rated institutions to consider, from Brighton College – The Sunday Times’ UK school of the decade – to Roedean School, specialist music and art colleges and the universities of both Sussex and Brighton, all offering plenty of learning opportunities.
How to enjoy your spare time
You’re moving to Brighton for a more enjoyable life, so how can you do this once you’ve settled in? From great restaurants to days at the beach to a range of festivals and fun activities, you’ll be struggling to fit it all in, so where should you start? Preston Park, Queen’s Park, Hove Park, the eight-mile-long pebble beach, SEA LIFE Brighton and Pavilion Gardens all offer a piece of nature when required, while you can explore your new surrounds in a number of ways. Top sights to take in include the stunning Royal Pavilion with its mix of architectural styles and interesting history; Brighton Museum and Art Gallery; the famed Brighton Palace Pier with its restaurants, bars and fairground rides; and the 162-metre-high British Airways i360 observation tower, which has to be done at least once!
With an impressive array of vegan food hot spots, local clubs and activities to partake in, boutique shopping galore, buzzing nightlife and some fine dining restaurants to enjoy (see Salt Room, Amarillo, Isaac At, Kindling Restaurant, The Coal Shed Restaurant, 64 degrees and more) you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the move sooner.