Not sure whether you want classic rolling English countryside or windswept coastal scenes? Why not just have both? Our list of the best new homes in East Sussex shows you can have your cake and eat it too.
Where is East Sussex?
East Sussex is a small county in the region of South East England. Tucked neatly in between West Sussex, Surrey and Kent, East Sussex enjoys a long stretch of English Channel coastline. This is where most of its main towns can be found.
Why live in East Sussex?
Even though it’s not a large county, East Sussex packs natural beauty into practically every square mile. For starters, most of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is located here, and it’s utterly gorgeous. This 1461km2 slice of English heritage is worth exploring to the fullest.
Heading south, the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs are another perfect postcard scene showing off the county’s ability to inspire awe in nature. This is just one high point of many, as the entire East Sussex coastline is full of similar splendour.
As for places to live in East Sussex, consider its idyllic villages for starters. lfriston, Ditchling and Fletching are just three examples of the quintessential rustic English villages that dot the East Sussex landscape.
If you want something a bit livelier, you only have to look towards the likes of Eastbourne, Hastings, Newhaven and, of course, the dazzling city of Brighton. Frequently called the coolest, hippest city in the country, Brighton is heaven for those who like independent coffee shops, funky clothes, avant-garde architecture and cuisine, and basically all things “trending”.
Overall, East Sussex is a highly diverse county, full of great places to live, work and explore. With low crime, good professional opportunities and a high concentration of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ Ofsted-rated schools, it’s an appealing prospect to almost any property hunter.
What are average property prices in East Sussex like?
Given how desirable it is, it’s not surprising that this county comes with a big price tag. In December 2021, Zoopla recorded the East Sussex house price average as £384,361. This is almost £100,000 more expensive than the average house price for England, recorded as £288,000 in September 2021 by the ONS. It’s also a full £114,000 higher than the average for the UK as a whole, cited in the same report.
It’s pricey, but with a location like this, there’s still outstanding value for money to be had in East Sussex.
New homes in East Sussex: 5 best developments
Let’s go ahead and look at some of the best new homes in East Sussex. These are the top-rated property developments on HomeViews, as determined by verified residents sharing their views on where they live.
*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.
3.45 (10 reviews)
3.45 (10 reviews)
Our current top-ranked development for East Sussex is Burfield Grange. Situated just over a mile from Hailsham town centre, this is a development that combines style with convenience. The development offers a range of attractive and assorted house designs, which are intelligently spaced with plenty of greenery and wide roads and accessways to give residents breathing room. Hailsham itself is an attractive market town offering a sizeable range of shops, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants.
3.34 (18 reviews)
3.34 (18 reviews)
Brighton features heavily in our list, and takes the second spot with The Courtyard Apartments. This is a new development by Latimer, situated on a former market site in the new quarter on Circus St near the centre of the city. Residents love the location, as it puts an all-new food and nightlife district right on their doorstep. There’s plenty of praise for the open flow layout and design of homes here, and the extra attentive and helpful management team.
In 3rd place, Ambersey Green is another Latimer development of homes, though this one sits on the edge of the market town of Hailsham, which is also the site of our number one ranked development at present. This puts it just a short drive from Eastbourne and the South Coast. Residents say that the houses here are well designed, with plenty of storage and living space.
4.25 (2 reviews)
4.25 (2 reviews)
It’s down to Hove for number 4. Though there’s only one review for this development at the time of writing, it’s a ringing endorsement! Just a short walk from the beach, Waterfront is an affordable opportunity to enjoy a coastal lifestyle with the vibrancy and connections of one of the UK’s coolest cities. Residents here enjoy a host of artisan cafes, vibrant eateries, quirky boutiques and a stunning coastline, all immediately within reach.
3.80 (based on 1 review)
3.80 (1 review)
In 5th place, Preston Road is a Shared Ownership scheme development in the heart of Brighton, with a mixture of new build and refurbishment homes. The refurbished Victorian villas house 14 apartments and six new 3-bedroom family houses are being constructed in the back gardens of the existing villas.
We hope you enjoyed our roundup of the top-ranked new homes in East Sussex. Be sure to check back on this list as we update it. There are always new developments and reviews coming online, presenting plenty of new and exciting property prospects.
HomeViews provides verified resident reviews of the UK’s housing developments. We’re working with developers, house builders, operators, housing associations and the Government to recognise high performers and help improve standards in the built environment.