Brighton Property And Area Guide

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Looking for a home that’s close to the sea, has a vibrant cultural and social scene, and is within easy reach of London? If so, you’ve found it right here in Brighton. This ultra-desirable city is popular with tenants of all ages and with so much on offer, it’s not hard to see why.

If you’re considering renting in Brighton, here’s everything you need to know about living here.


Brighton is well known for its smart Regency houses lining the seafront. Converted flats in these properties are always snapped up quickly, thanks to their views and proximity to the beach.

Step a little further inland and you’ll find plenty of Victorian terraced houses. They are ideal for young professionals and families alike. If you’re looking for something bigger, search in Tongdean or Withdean for a generously proportioned 1920s detached home. Alternatively, if you prefer modern accommodation, there are plenty of modern developments. Notably, Factory Mews (Arundel Place) in ultra-trendy Kemp Town.


Brighton consists of several districts, each with their own unique personality. If you’re renting as a family or you want to be close to the station, Patcham, Withdean and Westdene are all good options. Also, it’s easy to reach the city centre from these locations.

Hanover has some attractive Victorian terraces and excellent pubs. This makes it popular with young professionals. Fiveways is great for families with children at school, as many of the educational establishments around this area are highly regarded.

Patcham and Withdean

This is more on the out skirts of the city to the North of the city centre. It has a sporeling residential area such as Patcham, Hollingbury and Withdean. Despite its appearance as a residential zone, Patcham itself originated from its own village. You will find a lot of historical buildings such as the old Post Office, Grade 2 listed mansion and the wall memorial for the fallen Indian Soldiers.


This has always been a very popular area for families with a lot of infant, primary and secondary schools near by. A lot of the properties are three – four bedroom homes including terraced and semi-detached. However, over the period more blocks of flats have also been erected and it is a quite varied area.

Preston Park

This is much closer to the centre of town. However, surrounding it is a 63 arche park with the same name. It is an extremely peaceful neighbourhood in Preston Park. There is a local train station which does have trains that serve both London and the South East route. There is many bus services in this area out and into the city as well as up to Gatwick. It is a really popular place for commuters and working professionals. It provides easy access to the centre of town but at the same time has a fantastic haven in Preston Park for picnics, bbq’s, family get togethers and dog walking. So in effect you have a slight best of both worlds. On one side you can go into the centre of town and it can be lively on the other side you can stay in Preston Park on a nice Sunday afternoon watching people go by.

North Laine, Brighton

You want to be in the centre of town but not in the commercial part. Then you cant get better than the North Laine area of Brighton. This truly puts you in the thick of the whole of the Brighton and Hove areas. It is a definite cultural hub of Brighton. It is well known for an ecliptic mix of people with its quirky streets. These are full of vintage shops. Antiques and second hand shops. There is a substantial amount of coffee shops, cafes and independent shops. They are forever changing and this area is well known with the Art school very close. North Laine is the ideal base if you are a young professional couple looking for a feel of the city. You can go out 7 nights a week in this area and have a different evening each night. It brings a lot of life into the city.


It has been established as one of the most livelier parts of the city for many years. It has everything from bars, clubs and everything the East part of the city could provide you with.


Well known for the LGBTQ side of the time but this is not the only thing it is known for. It is a real heavy bustling area that always has something on. There is a lot of maisonettes and apartments in the area and a lot of them have quirky outside spaces as well as their own private spaces. It is a real hustle part of town that also have historical muse properties and green square. Some of the gardens are even private and keys are only given to residents. So you could have a bustling area but a village feel as well as the grand regency styled properties close to the sea front.

Brunswick Town

This is on the edge of Brighton and on the edge of Hove but it is an extremely desirable area. It has beautiful buildings with well preserved regency architecture, landscape gardens. There is a huge local community of shops, businesses, cafes and restaurants. The buildings in Brunswick Square are very much Brighton/Hove as well as Brunswick Terrace itself. Did you know that Brunswick Square was sold off as individual plots when they were first built? There is also a local Act that means they have to be redecorated every 5 years to ensure they are still high quality.


The properties in this area range from studio flats to maisonettes to muse tucked away in quiet back streets. There are a huge amount of apartments that offer patios, terraces and even the odd roof space.

Hove Park

Commonly known as “Hove actually” to some people. It is the quietest part of Brighton and very residential. You will find that the Hove train station is very close by and has direct links up to London. Hove has its own high street, supermarkets and retailers as well as a large amount of local shops. It has stylish boutique shops through to charities and a substantial amount of fantastic restaurants.


There is everything in Hove from large detached family houses, semi-detached homes all the way down to flats. They could either be terraced houses or apartments you will find a huge amount of variety.


Many people choose to rent in Brighton because of its proximity to London. Trains to Victoria or London Bridge station normally take about an hour; or if you’re travelling to St Pancras, the journey is around an hour and a half.

If you’d prefer to drive, South London is easily accessed by car, via the M23 and A23. There are also regular buses taking travellers to Hove, Shoreham and further afield.


  • Seaside lifestyle. Brighton is regarded as one of the best seaside weekend getaway locations in the world. Live here, and you’ll enjoy 8 miles of pebbly beach, shallow waters, ideal for young children, and several bars and restaurants overlooking the sea. There’s also the British Airways i360 on the beachfront – a huge observation tower with incredible views over the town.
  • Rental prices. Considering what’s on offer, rental rates in Brighton remain far more affordable than the capital. Even after factoring in the costs of commuting, it still means that most tenants are saving money, whilst enjoying a more laid-back way of life.
  • Plenty to do. Brighton is a lively city, with lots going on throughout the year; such as the Brighton Festival in May, and Brighton Pride. There are also numerous cinemas, theatres, galleries and museums. Lots of attractions for the kids, including an aquarium. There is also a large retail centre at Churchill Square, plus great boutiques in The Lanes, Brighton’s historic quarter.

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17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
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Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
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I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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