East Sussex

East Sussex is a county in the southeast of England with a coastline that has many beautiful cliffs and salt marshes which are a haven for birdlife. There are also plenty of coastal towns with stunning beaches such as Bexhill or Hastings that offer great family days out too. If you’re looking for somewhere green then there’s no shortage – East Sussex has over 400 square kilometres of woodland including Rother Valley Country Park near Brighton which is home to deer, wild boar and foxes!

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Best places to live in East Sussex

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Seven sisters East Sussex

Where is East Sussex?

Located in the southeast of England, East Sussex borders Kent, Surrey and West Sussex to its west, Hampshire to its north and Channel Islands to its east.

The county’s coastline faces France across the English Channel – it has been called “the traditional dividing line between Britain and Europe” because of this long association with continental Europe.

East Sussex has rolling chalk hills which reach up towards the South Downs National Park in the south. Inland from these are fertile farmlands where cereals have been grown since Roman times, as well as more modern enterprises such as fruit farming.

Areas in East Sussex include

There are many towns and villages throughout East Sussex, each with their own different character The coastal towns of Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove are known for their beaches while the market towns of Lewes, Uckfield and Royal Tunbridge Wells offer a more traditional English feel.

Brighton – The largest town in East Sussex, Brighton is popular with students due to its University of Brighton as well as its lively nightlife and array of shops.

Eastbourne – Situated on the coast, Eastbourne is a popular destination for holidaymakers. It has two miles of seafront promenade as well as a pier that was rebuilt in 2002 and is now home to a theatre and numerous attractions

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Lewes – Considered the county’s most attractive market town, Lewes is surrounded by countryside offering walking trails through its cobbled streets. The historic Cliffe High Street has been designated as an area of architectural interest while the wide selection of shops makes it popular with visitors from all over the UK.

Hove – Just to the north of Brighton, Hove is smaller but just as vibrant. It has a wide range of independent shops as well as a lively nightlife and is popular with young people.

The Downs – The area of rolling chalk hills that run from east to west across the county, providing some stunning views and plenty of opportunity for outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling and horse riding.

Uckfield – The main centre for Uckfield and Crowborough districts, Uckfield has schools, colleges and a lively high street including restaurants, pubs and independent shops.

Universities in East Sussex

East Sussex is home to two universities – the University of Brighton and the University for the Creative Arts.

The University of Brighton – A large, multi-campus university with a strong focus on employability and a wide range of courses, The University of Brighton has a clear commitment to encouraging students from under-represented groups.

Hove Beach, East Sussex

University for the Creative Arts – A specialist arts institution offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in creative disciplines such as advertising, architecture, fashion and media.

Top Schools in East Sussex

There are a number of excellent schools in East Sussex, both state and private. Some of the most highly-rated state schools include:

Bexhill Academy – A secondary school with academy status, judged to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in all categories.

The Burgess Hill School for Girls – A single-sex grammar school that achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted in 2012.

The Vine School – A large multi-academy trust secondary school, based in the Eastbourne area, the Vine School was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2020.

The Downs School – A highly-regarded independent school, located just outside of Brighton and Hove city centre, with a strong reputation across the board – both academic and sporting – The Downs is one of the best schools for boys in England

Population of East Sussex

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the estimated population in East Sussex is over 800,000 people, concentrated around the main towns and cities such as Brighton and Hove.

 

Reviews in East Sussex

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No one cares at high level

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Review Date Dec 2022

Loads of shops and restaurants near by. We are hidden from traffic.
Anti social behaviour is awful. Regular drug takers near car park.

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Terrible. Savills don’t want to know us because of clarion housing. So pointless having reception and gym plus lounge. Savills don’t pay service charge but clarion do. So we paying for electricity in gym and lounge for there rented people.
Savills only look after rented in block. 80 per cent.

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I was treated properly by reception that doesn’t want to know me at all or help.

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No. 6 months for light in ceiling. 15th December hopefully. Building wall leak is awful. Don’t know how they got 5 awards. Something to do with Mickey Mouse.

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Do not rent here, they care only about money.

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Review Date Aug 2022

In terms of location (something the property management has no control over) it is situated very centrally in Brighton. Decent access to local shops and venues etc.

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We were initially enamoured with the modern, sleek and functional new apartments on offer when we first moved here in 2022. But they eventually turned out to be facile shells developed without care which stands as a perfect metaphor for the people running the property.

To consolidate our experience here would be to say that at every opportunity they have squeezed money out of us, failed to communicate and made us uncomfortable in our home. When confronted with this they seek only to blame someone higher up the ladder, forever evading responsibility.

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– As I write this we have a myriad of electrical and functional issues with our “new” apartment that have been promised to be fixed for months now. Whenever something is requested it has become the norm for us to wait about 2 weeks for acknowledgment of an issue despite them having a large team just downstairs in reception.

– During the first 9 months of our time renting here the promised amenities were delayed, despite being sold on these inclusive benefits. They offered nothing in terms of compensation or real explanation and decided to increase the rent 3 months later. During the entirety of that time the same amenities were being advertised on their website as part of the rental agreement.

– The same first 9 months were accompanied by the daily construction sounds from 9-5 everyday, these times were also constantly breached as they started at 7am with no explanation.

– Communication is so dire that we have had to go downstairs to confront them multiple times as they will intentionally ignore you if it suits them.

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After increasing their rent by £100 in spite of delays in amenities and unsatisfactory repairs that still haven’t been acknowledged. We asked for a reduction, during this time we were looking elsewhere to rent as they didn’t notify us until 2 weeks prior. We had found a great place and needed to hear back from The Courtyard re: our reduction but they refused to respond until it was too late and we missed the deadline for settling another deposit. Bear in mind they waited 2 weeks to respond to our message.

– Even after we agreed on a final price, they changed the wording last minute on our contract bout how much it will increase next year, something still unexplained but as we were backed into a corner (we had nowhere else to go) during the signing of this agreement, there was no other option other than to sign.

– In the beginning of our tenancy they forgot to censor EVERYONE’S email addresses in a mass thread which is a drastic breach of privacy and highly illegal.

– They scheduled fire safety installations 7 months after we had moved in with 1 days notice, where 4 men upturned our apartment for 3 hours, including putting all fridge and freezer contents on the floor during this time.

Essentially, they have the cheek to chase you IMMEDIATELY for a bill of £19.73 (which was a clerical error) but will wait three weeks to respond to you if it doesn’t suit them.

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That they would take 1.5 years (and counting) to fix a bathroom lock.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Poorly, they barely communicate amongst themselves let alone with their tenants. They swiftly dismiss your concerns with no care for quality of service provided.

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Neglected Poorly Maintained Development

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Review Date Aug 2022

It is convenient for trains to London. There is a good bus service that goes past. Preston Park is a few minutes away but there is an ongoing issue with travellers camping there. There isn’t much in terms of local amenities. Brighton is not car friendly so it can be expensive to park but you can walk to the main shopping area about twenty minutes. There are a lot substance abusers in London Road which is generally also not very clean and is run down.

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The development is less than three years old. I have lived here for a year. Southern have all but stopped doing any maintenance which the residents pay for. The windows are not cleaned, the gardens are untended and dying. The outside walls are covered in graffiti. The footpaths are always dirty. An abandoned car was dumped over a month ago. Southern have left it there. A post out the front was knocked over a year ago. It has been left. The bins are never placed in the bin store. From February to May this year. Glass refuse piled up outside someone’s home. Eventually it was collected but only after several complaints. The family out the back set off firecrackers in the communal gardens which terrified other people’s pets then they shouted and carried on until 3.00 am on New Year’s Eve. The development has been burgled twice. It is quickly becoming a slum. It will be very difficult for people to sell on.

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This could be a nice development if it was maintained properly. We had a responsive property manager but it appears that person has moved on. It’s not worth investing in because Southern don’t care to maintain it.

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In the past few months there has been an overall poor response to complaints. Things are getting worse. There is no regular maintenance other than the cleaners. I had to complain about that as well as for about month no cleaning was being done,

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Overall it is a lovely development with excellent design and planing.

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Review Date Jul 2022

The development is extremely well located a few minutes walk from a main line station where trains run directly to London and connecting trains to Brighton and the south coast. There is a local sainsburys and a lovely parks and dog walking areas close by. There are local pubs and amenities close to the development which is also within easy reach of Brighton lanes, shopping centre and sea front. The development is very quiet and the houses are beautifully situated with designated parking bays which are very convenient. The bin collection is not good as the local council fails to collect on time and the recycling collection is also poor. The traffic noise and railway noise if of a minimum from where the houses are located. There are no electronic car points which is a shame for a modern development, however they can be installed at an extra cost. The bike sheds have been broken into once and the housing management are considering the security of the bike sheds which are well used by residents and a positive attribute of the development. The lawns offer a lovely place to meet.

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The properties in the development are well designed and planned and offer good quality living space. The parking is good and the landscaping and gardens is good.

The building management is very poor, there is no clear response to complaints and the property management needs to be improved i.e the water hoses in the communal gardens have been broken for some time and they have not been replaced even though they have been reported. The communal garden planters are not used by residents who were not consulted about use and the empty planters let the development down.

The development is quiet and generally a safe place to live. However, there has been a break in to the bike sheds and CCTV needs to be installed as the estate is open access and anyone can walk in.

Overall it is a lovely development with excellent design and planing.

The property management needs to improve to ensure it maintains it’s market value and does not become run down.

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I was not aware the garden planters would not be maintained and this lowers the quality of the landscaping and overall value of the property.

Electric points for cars should have been installed in the carpark at time of instillation. Parking bays are not clearly marked and cause some confusion.

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Building management is very slow in responding if at all

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