Brighton, East Sussex
Discover why Brighton was chosen as one of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2022 in their words.
OK, time to ‘fess up. We’ve always had a bit of a blind spot about Brighton. Yes, we know lots of people really like it — and don’t they keep telling everyone — but the town-planning catastrophe of the seafront, London-sized house prices for not living in London, the whiff of grunge and that cooler-than-thou attitude have always sent us scurrying for the low-calorie alternatives of Lewes or Hove.
Yet it is perfectly possible to enjoy the seafront city’s ample attributes while keeping its irritants at arm’s length. All you have to do is turn away from the English Channel and make home in one of the quieter areas on Brighton’s landward fringe — neighbours Fiveways and Preston Park — where you really can have the best of all worlds: country walks and cutting-edge culture, served up with a healthy dose of ozone-rich salty air.
Robin Hatcher, a member of the improv-comedy quartet The Noise Next Door, plumped for Preston Park when he moved to Brighton in 2018. “There are so many amazing things you can get up to — gigs, festivals, brilliant food. It’s easy to get into town, but if I get on my bike I can be right up on the South Downs in five minutes. In my job I travel a lot, and this is definitely one of the friendliest cities. Everyone’s chatty and it’s so easy to get into conversations with people you don’t know,” he says.
You’ll also find family-friendly Victorian terraces with almost enough residents’ parking, local shops (Spar, sustainable homewares and enough caffeine to boost the WFH effort), green spaces and fun stuff for those days when you can’t be bothered to bus, bike or hike it to the centre. Preston Park itself, Brighton’s biggest, is a regular award-winner, thanks to the care shown by its volunteer Friends. It has walled, rock and wildflower gardens, playground and sports facilities, and hosts various outdoor events, including Pride - the grandest day out in the city’s social calendar.
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Prices are correct as of April 2022.
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