For many people living in a large, built-up area, they may be looking for an escape to the countryside, and it is often seen as one of the most rewarding moves for modern households. However, there aren’t many places which can combine a vibrant City life with spectacular countryside on your doorstep. One of the most wonderful places where you can combine the two is Chichester in West Sussex, and this is fast becoming one of the most sought-after locations in the South East to live. As a team of dedicated estate agents in Chichester, we have a thorough understanding of the local property market, so we have put together this blog to highlight some of the main reasons why you might want to consider living in Chichester.
Bustling city centre
Although it is far removed from the capital, you can still enjoy the highlights of living in a city by moving to Chichester. The well-preserved Georgian city centre is largely pedestrianised and has a wealth of history for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Chichester is the only city in West Sussex, so it is the perfect place to enjoy the hustle and bustle, whilst still appreciating the wonderful countryside the county has to offer. If you enjoy shopping, there are also many vintage and small, independent shops throughout Crane Street and Little London Walk where you can support the local economy.
As we have already mentioned, Chichester is incredibly close to picturesque countryside and Chichester Harbour has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The harbour is where you can browse a range of waterfront properties, and not only offers a beautiful coastal environment to live in but is also a great place for sailing and boating. As well as the harbour, the South Downs National Park area, home to many stunning Downland villages, is another great place to explore with traditional brick and flint cottages nestling in wonderful country gardens. In general, there is much to offer those seeking a country or coastal idyll, with so many of the famous, beautiful beaches in West Sussex such as those at West Wittering only 20 minutes away.
Endless housing options
No matter whether you are looking for luxurious waterfront property, a city centre family home, or a modern, executive apartment, Chichester and its surroundings is bound to have the perfect place for you with a fantastic range of different architectural styles including Georgian and Victorian. Although Chichester is often known as a more expensive area of the country, there are plenty of affordable housing options for families and first-time buyers within the surrounding towns. Even if you do decide to live on the outskirts of the city, you will still have access to the most desirable aspects of the area.
Highly regarded schools and colleges
Chichester has a reputation for great schools and deservedly so. At primary school age, resident families are spoilt in their choice of Good Ofsted rated village primary schools, independent Prep schools and city centre primary schools. At secondary school age, there is a choice of Bishop Luffa School, Chichester High School and Chichester Free School. Beyond school, there are a wealth of Further Education options at Chichester College and The University of Chichester.
Excellent transport links
The accessibility of this city is one of the most prominent reasons why people choose to live here. Chichester is only an hour’s drive away from the thriving seaside city of Brighton, and even closer to Bognor Regis, Portsmouth and Southsea. If you are looking for easy access into London, Chichester station provides rail links to London via the Victoria Line, as well as via Havant and the Waterloo Line. In general, Chichester is the perfect location for anyone who needs to commute into London but still wants to enjoy the coast and countryside in their home life.
As we have briefly touched upon, Chichester is a city full of history – dating back to the Romans and Norman Conquest. Some of the leading historical highlights in the area include Chichester Cathedral, the Cass Sculpture Fountain, and Chichester City Walls. Chichester Cathedral contains beautiful stained-glass windows and still has some of its original Norman features as well as an impressive Victorian spire. In terms of Roman history, the city is surrounded by the Roman walls which were built 1,800 years ago – so there is plenty of opportunity for you to fully immerse yourself in the world of British history.
Theatre and culture
If you enjoy theatre and cultural activities, Chichester would be the perfect place for you to indulge these interests. Theatre plays a big role in the city, and the Chichester Festival Theatre hosts world-class performances, which often make their way to London’s West End. Chichester also has three museums for you to visit, The Novium, Pallant House Gallery, and Fishbourne Roman Palace and Gardens – so this really is the perfect place to rediscover England’s rich culture.
Would you like to speak to an estate agent in Chichester?
If we have convinced you to purchase your new home in Chichester and you would like to learn more about the different properties available, please do not hesitate to contact the Hancock and Partners team. We can provide you with a professional and client-focused service, and by using our combined knowledge and experience of over 100 years in the Chichester property market, we can help you find your dream home. If you would like to contact us, please call us on 01243 531155 and we would be happy to have a chat.