Making the decision to relocate to a new area is never an easy one.
Having been estate agents in Chichester for over 40 years, we’ve written this blog to help paint a picture of what it’s really like to live in the area and help you decide if Chichester is where you want to call ‘home’.
Your home is your sanctuary and one of the largest investments you make in life, so make it a good one and somewhere you’re truly proud of and enjoy spending your free time.
Chichester has been named as the ‘Best Place to Live in the South East of England’ in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, and with good reason. Chichester combines charm, compassion, education, and nature with a rich cultural scene that seamlessly blends the past with the present, not to mention some simply stunning property! Did you know that Chichester welcomed the highest number of Ukrainian refugees per head in the country? The Times weren’t wrong when they said “Chichester has both class and a heart”.
As Helen Davies, the editor of Best Places to Live 2023, said:
“When times are tough, where we live matters more than ever. Attractive surroundings, good neighbours and a comfortable home are the best defences when the stresses of modern life seem overwhelming”.
Chichester offers all of the above, and so much more!
Why make the move?
As estate agents in Chichester, our team have lived and worked in the City for most of their lives and claim that work-life balance here is a distinct benefit.
For work, Chichester is a perfect commuter city. You can get into London from as little as 90 minutes by train, Brighton is just under an hour away and you can reach Portsmouth in just 30 minutes. There is also easy access to the A27 as well as an abundance of other excellent public transport services, including from the bus station you can travel to various destinations, including Heathrow and Gatwick airports, which are approximately 90-minutes and slightly over an hour’s journey, respectively.
What more could you want after a long day at work other than to come home for a leisurely stroll around the picturesque Chichester Harbour followed by a delicious meal at the Crown & Anchor pub? Our team rave about their freshly caught seafood dishes!
When you’re not commuting or working, there’s a multitude of opportunities to relax, unwind and enjoy your home surroundings for a range of budgets. From a city that is steeped in history and cultural exploits, you also have the Witterings beaches to dive into, as well as a variety of villages on the perimeter of the city that can provide a quieter and slower pace of life, such as West Wittering, Bosham and Funtington. There’s an abundance of activities, clubs, and small businesses that can offer something for everyone no matter what age.
If you’re considering relocating as a family, or are planning on starting your family after putting down new roots, rest assured that the educational facilities in and around Chichester are excellent. Chichester earned its title as the ‘Best place to live in the South East’ due to its top-notch schools, from primary to secondary. Chichester College is also highly regarded with an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. Additionally, the University of Chichester excels in teaching quality, ranking 7th in the nation (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and 10th in student satisfaction across the UK (Complete University Guide).
Living in Chichester is undoubtedly attractive, offering diverse amenities and property options. Chichester’s city centre provides a great mix of different property types and remains the most desirable area to invest in. While it’s not inexpensive, you can still find good-value homes in various styles, from flats selling for an average price of £423,500 in the city centre, to larger detached houses around £895,000.
If you’re considering a move to Chichester get in touch with the team from our Chichester branch today. Our local experts have been estate agents in Chichester for over 40 years and it would be our pleasure to discuss what moving to the area could look like for you.