Property Area Focus: Chichester

Property Area Focus: Chichester

With delightful period property surrounded by history, Chichester centre is a location to aspire to.

It’s not hard to see why Chichester was placed third on the Sunday Times’ recent Best Places To Live list. It is, without question, a delightful place.

Closest primary school: St Richard’s Catholic Primary School
250m, 5 min walk
Ofsted rating: Good
Closest secondary school: Chichester High School for Boys
Distance: 500m, 12 min walk
Ofsted rating: Requires improvement
Income: £35,000

In close proximity to beautiful countryside, sandy beaches, fishing villages and historical attractions aplenty, Chichester offers real diversity for visitors and locals alike.

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Chichester is an affluent market town with an abundance of well-preserved Tudor buildings. The centrepiece of the city is its 900-year-old medieval

cathedral, whose spectacular spire can be seen for miles around. Absolutely charming to walk around on foot, the largely pedestrianised city centre boasts four main Georgian shopping streets and a wealth of pubs and restaurants catering to all tastes.

Being just a 90-minute train ride from London’s Victoria Station, Chichester has the added bonus of being commutable for those working in the Big Smoke.

Simon Smith, Partner at local estate agency Henry Adams, says: “There’s a real mixture of Georgian and Edwardian properties in Chichester city center — especially some fantastic Georgian townhouses. By the nature of the area there are more old than new properties but new developments do spring up when they can.”

All this splendor does come at a cost though.

“It’s a very expensive area though,” Simon adds. “And very desirable. It’s the most desirable area to live in the county. There are a few cheaper options like small flats above shops but property usually starts at the upper end of the scale. You can expect property to be around £2 million or less.”

According to property site Right Move, most of the sales in Chichester over the past year were terraced properties which on average sold for £352,920. Flats had an average sold price of £232,473 and detached properties averaged at £560,128.

The city centre especially is a fantastic place for people seeking the hustle and bustle of the city.

“Families have been mostly priced out of the area, so it’s really an area for older people who have retired due to the affordability and the convenience of the city centre.”

“There’s a lot going on in the area,” Simon adds. “There’s a broad range of shops and restaurants, plus a good mix of independent and high street businesses.”

Plus with the Chichester Festival Theatre, Pallant House Gallery and Chichester Cinema at New Park there’s plenty to keep residents culturally entertained.

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