12th August 2020
There's no doubt that the lockdown has caused many people to ask themselves some very basic questions about how they live their lives. Many of us have tried working from home for the first time, while others have wondered what it might be like to live somewhere else altogether.
Rightmove released figures showing that UK inquiries about buying a home in a village jumped by 126% in June and July year on year, with coastal areas also seeing a huge surge in interest.
As the summer of 2020 is likely to be the biggest ever for 'staycations', it is inevitable that favourite holiday destinations will be in the minds of many who are thinking of relocating and rearranging their home/life/work balance.
The city by the sea
Whilst living in an idyllic rural British location might be the answer for a few, most people enjoy the benefits of urban life and that means a move to the country is something that isn't suitable in the majority of cases.
Brighton & Hove attracts around ten million visitors each year and more than a quarter of a million residents already know all about the benefits of living in the city by the sea. Top rated schools, some of the fastest internet connection speeds in the country and a choice of housing stock to suit all price brackets are just part of the appeal.
However, living somewhere is a very different experience from visiting now and again, which is why the process of turning a favourite seaside location into a solid decision to uproot and move there is one that needs a great deal of thought and preparation.
If you visit Brighton by train you are delivered into the heart of the city. If you come by car via the A23 you might be unaware that Fiveways is a few minutes away with a right turn just before Preston Park, or that a little further out Woodingdean sits where the streets meet the countryside of the South Downs.
If you have a young family, knowing the boundaries for school eligibility will be highly prized information; likewise knowing where a larger garden can be found for the same outlay might be of interest to others.
Although a desire to move to the seaside might mean you've already decided to change working arrangements, Brighton has long been seen to offer the best of both worlds for commuters, with trains into the centre of London taking less time than travelling on the tube from some boroughs south of the Thames.
If you want space for a home office, need to be nearer a train station, want to know where the schools are or if there is high speed fibre broadband on a particular road, you need to ask a local expert. That's where we come in - get in touch with us today and let us know what you are looking for and we can help you find the perfect property in Brighton.
Paula's role was brilliant. Having someone office based and available was so appreciated and her promptness an impressive service - every Estate Agent...
Ms Wynn-Jones Baxter Street
Exceptional service throughout the process - should we decide to sell in the future we wouldn't hesitate to use your agency. You're a cut above the...
Ms Windels & Mr Barham Fiveways
First class service. Friendly and professional.
Mr Thorne The Avenue
Thank you for everything!
Ms Tucker Willow Close
Excellent service as always
Mr Field Ringmer Road
Very good service and communication. Paula was excellent.
Mr & Mrs Scarboro 1 Pevensey Road
Thank you Maslens, you were all excellent!
Miss Jasper Taunton Road
We cannot recommend Maslen's estate agents enough.
Many thanks to Paul, Donna, Janette and the...
Linda & Les Wigmore Close
Nick and Paula are total stars! They were incredibly supportive and present throughout. Thank you!
Miss O'Haire Hove
All the staff I dealt with were excellent. Sharon worked really hard to complete the sale.
Mrs Bent Falmer Gardens
Very pleased with the experience. I would definitely recommend you and use you again.
Ms D Edmonds Horton Road
In February 2016 I was looking to buy and sell very rapidly. Competition among buyers at the time was very high. Sharon @ the Woodingdean branch sh...
Ms Helen Lyons Woodingdean
Excellent communication and advice throughout. It felt very reassuring to be in good hands.
Mrs Brooker Buller Road
Hugely impressed with Ben & his team.
Mrs Mead Upper Lewes Road
Very, very happy we chose you, felt right from the start! Thank you!
Miss Blackadder Coniston Court, Holland Road
The team worked very hard over a long period to ensure my sale went through - excellent service!
Mr Patrick Gladstone Terrace
Paul was absolutely brilliant.
Mrs Tasker Fiveways
Superb service as usual, I would always recommend you.
Ms S Hike Blackthorn Close
Quality advice about when and how to sell, which was spot on. Thank you.
Miss Coleman Buller Road
From start to finish the sale was dealt with in a thoroughly professional manner.
Mr Gibbs Lewes Road
Many thanks to Nick. It was an easy process thanks to you! I'm extremely satisfied with how the sale went, great job.
Ms Mayanobe Aymer Road
All very professional, kept updated throughout. Very pleased - Would recommend.
Mrs Hammond Hove
Paula was absolutely amazing!
Mr & Mrs MacKay Lewes Road
Great service, always polite and friendly. Excellent contact and info all the way.
Mr Wells Bishops Road
I was new to the area and viewed a lot of properties with a lot of different agents. Maslens were by far the best I came in contact with, so when i...
Mr & Mrs Heer Lewes Road
You were amazingly helpful throughout - a real pillar of strength with a very difficult sale.
Mrs Parkin Fiveways
Paul Wilkinson was extremely helpful and efficient. The only problem was the vendors solicitor and Paul warned me of this. A good transaction all r...
Mr Lavender Fiveways
It was an amazing experience, everyone involved were fantastic.
Mr & Mrs Knight Woodingdean
Excellent customer service throughout. I will definitely recommend you, and use you again. Thank you.
Ms Longley Kingsbury Street
The sale was dealt with swiftly, professionally and successfully. Thank you Maslen!
Mrs Lincoln Hove
A completely painless experience from start to finish. Thank you.
Mr Woolven & Mrs Bessant-Woolven Lewes Road
An efficient, professional and friendly service. Helpful and a pleasure to do business with.
Mr Beddington Brading Road
Good team. Straightforward. No nonsense.
Mr Standing Newmarket Road
Sharon was excellent - kept us well informed, thank you so much!
Ms Waters Cowley Drive
I found the service to be courteous, friendly and efficient.
Mr Upton Buller Road
A really good experience.
Mr Tibble Lewes Road
Harvey was helpful and easily reachable at the beginning of the process and Sharon kept us informed and was always happy to help.
Ms Murch & Ms Mapa Ticehurst Road
Ben was particularly enthusiastic and helpful. Martin, Paula, Sam and Will are all hard workers.
Ms Goodey Franklin Road
Very thorough & very informative.
Mr Michnowicz Waldegrave Road
Our local office manager, Sharon Wareham was warm and friendly and kept us up to date at all times.
Mr Hope The Brow
Sold within 2 weeks for asking price "excellent!"
Mr Grundy Bishops Road
Sharon and her team could not have done more in what was a difficult sale.
Ms Daly Woodingdean
The Woodingdean team were very friendly and approachable.
Mrs Palmer Pitt Gardens
As always, an excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Field Lewes Road
Very professional service. Thank you!
Miss New & Mr Jackson Buller Road
Very helpful and patient team.
Mrs Shea Selborne Place
I have bought and sold 7 properties, and this was the best experience of an estate agents services I have found.
Mrs Shepherd Hertford Road
I wish we had used you to sell our property! Nice to meet honest people, who are genuinely interested in helping. Very pleased.
Mrs Porter Taunton Road
Outstanding service from Sharon. James is an asset to Maslens & Harvey was so helpful and polite.
Ms Cianchetta Selhurst Road
Service exceeded my expectations overall at all stages of the process - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you. Thanks.
Ms Greene Lewes Road
Already recommended you! Thank you.
Mr Edwards The Ridgway
Excellent service from the Lewes Road branch. Martin Timms secured a quick sale & at a good price & Paula Carter worked really hard to secure...
Ms Schulte Bear Road
Very impressed with the service. Sharon Wareham works tirelessly, very professionally and is always there for advice.
Miss Matthews Kipling Avenue
Thanks David, all very professional.
Mrs Flowers Foxdown Road
I would recommend Maslen to anyone.
Mrs Tripp Woodingdean
Thank you Paul and Archie, you gave an excellent service, as well as Kelly. I look forward to working with you again.
Mr White Fiveways
Very pleased with the excellent service throughout. Professional, friendly, efficient and no hard sell. Achieved above asking price. Thank you!
Mr Witten Lewes Road
Ben and Paula were calm and reassuring throughout a very difficult process!
Ms Easterbrook Bear Road
Very impressed with the efficient and friendly service, the staff were a pleasure to deal with.
Mr & Mrs Gill Lewes Road
Best Agents in Brighton.
Mrs Field Tarner Road
Sharon was excellent, she kept us informed at all stages and was a really calming objective influence in the process.
Ms Frederick Channel View Road
We were delighted with the service received from all the staff with whom we had contact,
Dr Crichton The Ridgway
Paula was fabulous and we felt really informed and supported.
Mr & Mrs Walker Lewes Road
The whole team were very committed from start to finish.
Mr Pilgrim Lewes Road
First class service from a first class team.
Mr & Mrs English The Ridgway
A very committed team who made the sale process very easy.
Ms Rees Ticehurst Road
The whole team were excellent, each one of them felt like family. Sharon had a lot of sorting to do at times but coped very well, a true profession...
Mr Vernon Woodingdean
Extremely efficient. Nick and Paula are excellent. The weekly phone calls were much appreciated.
Ms Gray Lewes Road
Fantastic service. By far the best agents we have ever used, I cannot recommend you highly enough.
Mr Field Mafeking Road
Very comprehensive and professional. Nice people to work with and highly recommended.
Mr Alderton Ladysmith Road
Best Estate Agents ever experienced - professional, approachable, competent and exemplary.
Mr & Mrs Guest Riley Road
The staff were very helpful, an excellent service. I would recommend you to others.
Miss Hockly Fiveways
Thank you. We found all the staff knowledgeable and really pleasant to deal with.
Ms Ansloos Lewes Road
Very impressed with all dealings with Maslen. Paula Carter was in particular very knowledgeable and helpful.
Mr McBlane Hove
Very pleased with the service. Many thanks to Sharon and the boys!
Mr Flynn Woodingdean
We were very pleased with services provided by the Fiveways office.
Mr & Mrs Sawyer Shaftesbury Road
We were very impressed with the Nick from start to finish.
Mr & Mrs Smith Lewes Road
Maslens as a whole were really friendly and professional. I have to thank and congratulate Paula Carter for being superb at her job and exceeding m...
Ms Warren Hove
Compared to your rivals, your service was excellent
Ms McGrigor Milner Road
Graham Griffin provided us, and continues to provide us, will all-round excellent advice. We trust his knowledge and expertise.
Mr Blackmore & Ms O'Sullivan Financial Services
A good team at Woodingdean helped us through a stressful time.
Mr & Mrs Penton Sycamore Close
Please thank Paula at Lewes Road - Excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Nuthall Lewes Road
Very impressive - professional and friendly, both Martin Timms and Paula Carter were excellent at keeping in contact with sensible advice based on...
Mrs O'Connor Hove
Thanks for an excellent service.
Mr King Hove
Paula is amazing!
Ms Aspnall Gladstone Place
Very happy with the service we got from you guys, everyone we dealt with was extremely friendly, professional and helpful. Thanks!
Mr Brown Titian Road
Cannot express our appreciation enough of all the efforts made by the Woodingdean team - they were fantastic.
Mr John Mogridge Woodingdean
Sharon, Harvey and James were all excellent - very professional. Totally opposite to what I have experienced with other agents. Maslen have restore...
Ms Lyons Woodingdean
Excellent Service from start to finish.
Mr T Mole Cromwell Road
A very positive experience - I had most contact with the Fiveways office and they were so friendly and helpful.
Ms A King Balfour Road
Sharon was amazing! She kept us up to date the whole way through the process. We cannot fault Sharon or the rest of her team.
Mr & Mrs Ashley Woodingdean
It was a long, drawn out process that the people at Maslen helped me through, without the impression that it was a chore. So extremely professional...
Mr McLagan Lewes Road
All agents at Maslen were extremely helpful and polite from the beginning to the completion of sale.
Mr Johnson Fiveways
Brilliant. Well done to Sharon and the Woodingdean team.
Ms Curtis The Ridgway