Why move to Arundel?

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Making the decision to relocate to a new area is never an easy one.

For more than four decades, we’ve been working as estate agents in Arundel. This blog is our way of painting a real picture of what life is like here. We want to help you figure out if Arundel could be the place you’d love to call ‘home.’ Your home isn’t just a property; it’s your haven, one of the biggest investments you’ll make. So, make sure it’s a place you’re genuinely proud of and where you enjoy spending your free time.

Arundel has made headlines many times, being reported as ‘one of the best places to live in Sussex’. Arundel combines charm and culture seamlessly and is notoriously a perfect place for families. The Guardian even went so far as to write an article about it based around a comparison to the fairytale kingdom of Arundelle from the Disney hit ‘Frozen’, and The Great British Life also describe Arundel as ‘a fairytale place to live in the South Downs’!

The question remains, why should you move to Arundel, and what makes it such a magical place to be? Arundel is a town that has it all – from its rich cultural scene to stunning natural surroundings. It’s a place where the past meets the present, and where charm and compassion meet education. Additionally, the properties here are simply breathtaking!

Nestled at the foot of South Downs National Park, Arundel is a stone’s throw away from the picturesque Climping coast. Locals have the pleasure of enjoying the best of both worlds: the seaside and the breathtaking beauty of nature, all in close proximity.

Why make the move?

As estate agents in Arundel, our team have lived and worked in the town for most of their lives and claim that work-life balance here is a stand-out benefit. 

For work, Arundel is an excellent commuter location. The distance between Arundel and London is approximately 49 miles (79 km), with an average travel time of 1 hour and 31 minutes by train and a ticket price starting from as little as £6. With 53 trains making the trip daily, getting from Arundel to London is a breeze. Additionally, you can jump on a train, on the line from London Victoria to Bognor (half-hourly, 90 minutes) via Gatwick (half-hourly, 55); Chichester 25 minutes, half-hourly, and Worthing 30, half-hourly with a well-timed change. 

If you don’t fancy public transport, you can jump in the car and reach Chichester in 20 minutes, or find yourself on Littlehampton or Climping beach in as little as 15 minutes. Brighton and Portsmouth are 45-60 minutes away but bear in mind that you’ll be at the mercy of the A27.

Aside from the renowned Arundel castle, beautiful River Arun, and Arundel Cathedral which includes the final resting place of St. Philip Howard, Arundel offers a range of activities for visitors. The town boasts a variety of bric-a-brac and antique shops, as well as several pubs situated along the river. Notable places for dining in Arundel, as recommended by locals are The Town House, or the King’s Arms if you fancy a more informal and dog-friendly setting. 

Just beyond the castle lies the Arundel Wetland Centre, where guests can feed blue-billed puna teals for 20p per feeding or observe shovelers, eiders and sand martins. For those wanting a closer look at the wildlife, take a Wetland Discovery Boat safari for only £3 per person. Over the course of a 20-minute trip on an electric boat, you will have the opportunity to spot kingfishers, peregrine falcons, and grey herons in their natural habitat.

Arundel offers a perfect blend of heritage and natural beauty. Imagine waking up to the sight of ancient architecture and winding streets every day! In spite of this, Arundel isn’t just about its aesthetics. The town hosts a vibrant community with bustling markets, cosy cafés, and local shops that give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere such as Pallant of Arundel, The Amazing Lavender Sisters, and Gallery Bon Bon. You’ll find a range of cultural events and festivals throughout the year, adding a lively spirit to everyday life.

For nature enthusiasts, Arundel provides easy access to beautiful countryside walks and outdoor activities. The South Downs National Park is close by, offering endless opportunities for hiking, cycling, and exploration amidst breathtaking scenery.

Education and quality of life are also top-notch here. Arundel boasts some great primary schools, such as Arundel CofE and St Philip’s Catholic school, and St Philip Howard’s Catholic in Barnham, which is rated “outstanding”, making it an ideal place for families. The town’s relaxed pace of life and strong sense of community create an environment where people can truly thrive.

So, if you’re looking for a town that combines history, natural beauty, a strong sense of community, and a high quality of life, Arundel might just be the perfect destination for you.

Property Prospects

Living in Arundel is undoubtedly attractive, offering diverse amenities and property options. 

According to Rightmove, properties in Arundel had an overall average price of £522,282 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Arundel during the last year were flats, selling for an average price of £363,517. Terraced properties sold for an average of £475,359, with semi-detached properties fetching £550,857.

If you’re considering a move to Arundel get in touch with the team from our Arundel branch today. Our local experts have been estate agents in Arundel for over 40 years and it would be our pleasure to discuss what moving to the area could look like for you. 

 

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