With the Covid-19 epidemic resulting in a new culture of working from home (WFH) it is believed that once life returns to normality, people will look for places to live where they can best combine commuting to London with working from home. With its direct rail links into London, Chichester and the surrounding areas will look increasingly attractive to London workers.
Chichester – The Best Town for London Commuters?
Despite the recent slowdown in the London property market, affordability, particularly for young families, remains a serious problem for London workers. As buyers cast their eyes further afield, West Sussex, and in particular Chichester and the surrounding areas, are looking increasingly tempting to frustrated buyers trying to find a combination of affordability and commutability.
Average house prices for sale in Chichester
With average house prices of property for sale of £372,000, Chichester has seen almost 20% price growth since 2014, but for someone working on a London pay scale the numbers are much easier to reconcile than most of the property in the traditional commuter belt. With direct links to Victoria from Chichester, and to Waterloo from Havant, the trade-off is attracting new buyers who previously would have been unlikely to consider the South Coast as an option.
You don’t have to look too hard to work out where the attraction lies either. The historic market town and Cathedral City of West Sussex dates back to Roman times and boasts a pleasing mix of Georgian houses blended in with more modern property. The City centre is home to a broad range of bars and restaurants, as well as the world-famous Festival Theatre, where many West End shows have started their life over the years. The annual Festival draws crowds from all over the South to take in both theatre and film.
New Home Developments in City Centre
New homes in Chichester City centre are carefully planned to blend in with the traditional property style offering a unique opportunity to acquire a bespoke new home built to the highest possible specification in a peaceful central location in the heart of the city centre. Many new homes are planned over the coming years at all levels from executive apartments to city town houses in addition to the many fabulous homes that change hands outside Chichester.
Good Schools in Chichester
The first priority for families moving out of London with children is finding the right school for them. Fortunately, Chichester is home to a fantastic selection of both state and independent schools with both day and boarding options available among the private schools. Although places fill up quickly due to popular demand, the entry and admissions process is less fiercely competitive than in London.
Coast, Countryside, Sailing & Racing!
Beyond the city walls lies a fabulous blend of classic Sussex countryside in the South Downs National Park, set alongside the beautiful coastline to the East of the Solent. Nearby, Goodwood has its renowned racecourse, as well as the motor racing on offer with the Festival of Speed and the Revival. Whether you’re a walker, beach lover or sailor, Chichester has it all!
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Hancock Lettings and Estate Agents has been at the heart of the Chichester property market since 1991 and our Sales team would be delighted to discuss what the city has to offer, and how it could help you discover that elusive combination of lovely family house within sensible striking distance of London. Browse the latest homes for sale in and around Chichester.
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