West Sussex

West Sussex is a county that has something for everyone. Whether you love the hustle and bustle of London and want somewhere in easy commuting distance, or prefer the peace and tranquillity of rural life, West Sussex has it all! There are many different towns and villages scattered across this beautiful county. From Eastbourne to Worthing, there is no shortage of charming little places with great schools, shopping centres, local amenities and lots more!

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Best places to live in West Sussex

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Chichester outdoor museum

Where is West Sussex?

West Sussex is located in the south of England, bordering Hampshire to the north, Surrey and Kent to the east, and East Sussex to the south. It is a large county, measuring almost 900 square miles!

Areas in West Sussex

There are many different areas in West Sussex that prospective home buyers might be interested in. Here is a brief overview of some of the most popular:

The South Downs Area – this area is over 500 square miles and stretches all the way from Hampshire to Eastbourne. It has some beautiful countryside, rolling hills and plenty of spectacular views on offer! There are many quaint villages within its boundaries as well as picturesque market towns such as Midhurst.

Eastbourne – Eastbourne is situated on the south coast of England near Brighton. It has beautiful beaches with wonderful views over the English Channel, popular day trips out including historical sites such as Beachy Head & Birling Gap or castles like Bodiam Castle.

 

Chichester Cathedral

Worthing – Worthing is the largest town in West Sussex. It has a wonderful beach, plenty of shopping opportunities along its high street and lots of events & shows taking place throughout the year. The town is also home to Pallant House Gallery which houses an extensive collection of artwork by modern British artists.

Universities in West Sussex

West Sussex is home to a number of universities, including:

The University of Sussex – Located in Brighton, the University of Sussex is a highly respected university with over 12,000 students. The university specialises in a number of areas, including social sciences, law, business & management and the arts.

The University of Chichester – With campuses in the city of Chichester and nearby Bognor Regis, the University of Chichester offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of subjects, including arts, humanities, business & management, sciences and sport.

Brighton & Sussex Medical School – One of the most well regarded medical schools in the UK, Brighton & Sussex Medical School is a joint venture between the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.

Top Schools in West Sussex

Countryside in West Sussex

There are also a number of top schools located in the county, including:

The Weald School (Horsham) – A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18, the Weald has a reputation for excellence and regularly features in top national school league tables.

Steyning Grammar School (Steyning) – A former specialist Arts College, the school also places emphasis on STEM subjects such as maths, science and technology to ensure students are well equipped with key skills needed by employers.

Forest School (Worthing) – A co-educational, non-selective school that takes pupils from the ages of four to 18. Forest School is one of the UK’s most eco-friendly schools, with an onsite lake and woodland area.

Kitebrook School (Ascot) – An independent day school for girls aged three to 18 years old that aims to prepare students for their future lives as successful women. The school also offers boarding facilities for pupils who live out of the area.

Population of West Sussex

West Sussex is home to a population of just over 900,000 people. While the south and east of the county are more densely populated, there are plenty of rural areas in West Sussex, which are popular with families because of the low crime rates and excellent schools.

 

Reviews in West Sussex

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Nice property

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Review Date Jan 2022

It’s in a good area to visit the town, river and nearby shores. The train station and bus stops are a very short distance.
Parking could be better with allocated parking.

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The property is nice, there are a few areas which could of been better. There was an issue with incorrect service charges which appeared to have taken a while to look into. I have been assured this is now being resolved. The council tax banding is extremely high for a social housing block!

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The extremely high council tax banding for a social housing block!

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Generally very happy with our home!

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Review Date Jan 2022

The good aspects of our development and area include the public transport. The buses run frequently and through the night, the trains are brilliant and a 5/10 min walk. Plenty of good shops in the area including some great independent businesses and one of the nicest large coop stores we have been to. Parking is good as we have our own space underground. Considering we are next to a main road, being tucked in the corner means we hear very little traffic noise. They are barely any negatives for the area. We like Shoreham and have done before we moved here.

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We instantly fell in love with our property when we viewed it. It feels very spacious and open with all the natural lighting created by the full length windows. We could’ve done with a little more storage space but there is a reasonable amount. We don’t understand why our kitchen tops are white and made of a material that ‘can’t be cleaned by chemicals’. It is very difficult to maintain and keep clean and it does seem kind of illogical despite being aesthetically pleasing. We’ve only been in contact with any management during the defect period in which they were helpful.

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We generally haven’t have any surprises with this property so far. The kitchen tops being near impossible to keep clean due to being white and not being able to using cleaning chemicals on them is bit of a pain. The council tax band is reasonably high and that was a bit of a shock.

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We have not had any reason to contact the building management

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Disappointed!

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Review Date Jan 2022

Location is good. However, total lack of thought regarding management of parking, site security and virtually none existence of street lighting. These are very concerning issues as anti social behaviour has already started, we are targets due to the density of high net worth families. Hyde are not engaging in these issues which is extremely concerning. Hyde/PMC still have not completed this project which was handed over 12 months ago!

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The architecture is generally good with a strong “Shoreditch” vibe in its design. However, the devil is in the detail which is very evident throughout the development, there is an abundance of poor considered architecture.
Over crowding of cars exasperated by no consideration to waste bin storage significantly spoils the development.
Management of the development is non existent, caretaking is excellent which is wholly down to the staff not Hyde.
This development urgently needs access management which could be simply addressed through a vehicle barrier system. Additionally street lighting needs urgently addressing before there is an incident prevention is better than cure in this regard for obvious reasons.
Hyde are clearly a housing association not a property developer.
Hyde have no idea how to specify and build prestigious residential property poorly considered detailing throughout.

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I was aware of Hyde’s inept service levels but hoped and was promised they had moved on, inaccurate on all levels! Total lack of security and safety is of great concern. On a positive note the position is excellent, great views, local wildlife and river walks. Shoreham is delightful and I hope inward investment continues so the local area becomes a excellent place to live.

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Lip service only. Hyde are hopeless in this regard, we still have significant issues which remain outstanding after 13 months! Not what we where promised nor should we experience this inept level of service given the appreciable cost of our properties.

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A* development

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Review Date Jan 2022

Shoreham is a vibrant area with lots of restaurants, pubs and alternative places to visit as families, couples and individuals.

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We love this development, it is very different to your usual newbuild estate. The house quality is good the surroundings and landscape has been developed nicely and looks very contemporary. It has a London feel to the area and this is one of the reasons why we love it so much.

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I wish we had known prior to moving in, how long it would be before the main steps onto the river we’re going to be open.

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Yes we had a small issue where some water was coming in around the head of one of the windows and they attended to it within a couple of days and everything was sorted within two weeks.

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