A historic, vibrant town, East Grinstead is a delightful place to live, with excellent transport links, plenty to do, and high quality public services. East Grinstead is a highly desirable location; a traditional market town set in the north eastern corner of the Mid Sussex district of West Sussex. The town is 27 miles south of London (with regular, fast rail links) and 21 miles northeast of the dynamic seaside town of Brighton. Surrounded by smaller towns and quiet, quaint archetypal English villages, it is a haven for those seeking sanctuary from urban life, whilst maintaining the spirit of a buzzing town centre.
East Grinstead high street is officially a conservation area, owing to its profusion of Medieval and Tudor, alongside Georgian and Regency, buildings. The high street also boasts one of the longest runs of 14th century timber-framed buildings in England. Its distinctive character and feel is contrasted with a good variety of modern independent and chain retail stores. The character of East Grinstead has, inevitably, evolved to meet the changing demands of the times, but retains its cultural and historic heart.
Families enjoy the friendly, safe and welcoming atmosphere of East Grinstead, with low crime levels and a majority of schools operating at ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ standard, according to OFSTED. Most children from East Grinstead continue into further and higher education.
The town of East Grinstead has plenty to offer, but it is also surrounded by beautiful countryside. The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Ashdown Forest are on the town’s doorstep. Within and around these areas, East Grinstead’s outlying villages are incredibly desirable locations, offering some of the most stunning places to live in the South East.
The protected rural areas around East Grinstead do much to preserve the integrity of the town. Unlike nearby towns like Crawley and Horsham, new build development projects are limited due to the necessity to conserve the High Weald and Ashdown Forest. Choosing to buy property in East Grinstead, therefore, may be a positive decision for those coveting its quintessentially English character without the risk of urbanisation decimating its unique charm.
Clearly, East Grinstead is a very popular place to buy; a place where the majority of residences are owner-occupied. So what sort of properties are faring well on the East Grinstead property market? Let’s take a look…
Recently Sold Properties in East Grinstead
The average price of property sold in East Grinstead between 2018 and 2019 came in at £397,482, with the majority of properties on the market being flats (which have also seen the highest accumulation in value). Most properties in East Grinstead spend no longer than 56 days on the market, with many being snapped up within a month of initial listing. This fact goes far to solidifying the status of East Grinstead as a highly desirable location - a true seller’s market where buyers must be quick off the mark to secure their dream home in this idyllic Sussex country town.
Rural Property in East Grinstead’s Surrounding Villages
Properties move fast in Forest Row. With gorgeous homes, country clubs and thousands of acres of Ashdown Forest all around, it’s hardly surprising. The village boasts an array of independent shops, coffee bars and eateries, whilst the schools at both primary and secondary have an excellent reputation.
Home to the famous Lingfield Park racecourse, the village of Lingfield is the epitome of English country charm. Surrounded, as most of these villages, with miles of open countryside, the clean air, excellent schools and friendly, safe atmosphere means families flock to Lingfield. With the twin benefits of Sussex beauty and mainline train services to London, there is scarcely a more perfect place to call home.
With stunning views from the village over the North and South Downs, Turners Hill has been designated a conservation area. Many buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries, with many period and listed properties. With a good choice of pubs for that all-important Sunday roast, and the unique pastoral atmosphere to characteristic of the villages in the area, Turners Hill is another outstanding choice for property in East Grinstead.
The village of Felbridge is just on the West Sussex/Surrey border, with a modest 829 households at the time of the 2011 census. Another beautiful country village, Felbridge comprises two main neighbourhoods, Domewood and Wire Mill. East Grinstead railway station is a mile and a half southeast of the village centre.
Somewhat larger than other villages near East Grinstead, Copthorne is situated between East Grinstead and the nearby town of Crawley. Copthorne is a family-centred, sociable and extremely popular place to live, so much so that when it comes to moving home, residents tend to simply move to a new property within the village!
Recommended Apartments for Sale in East Grinstead
Just 10 minutes’ walk from East Grinstead Railway Station, Queens Walk is in the ideal place for couples and young professionals seeking a home with easy commuting benefits. Situated just behind the town’s main shopping area, Queens Walk apartments in East Grinstead are modern, attractive, and brand new.
Also within easy walking distance of East Grinstead high street, Kings House on Cantelupe Road boasts a selection of impressive modern apartments for sale and let.
Mead House, also on Cantelupe Road, comprises 26 apartments over 4 floors. New and well-appointed, this selection of one and two bedroom properties is another fantastic choice for an ideally located apartment in East Grinstead.
Mayhews Estate Agents - East Grinstead Property Experts
From spectacular views and traditional villages to new build commuter apartments in town, there is a variety of properties in East Grinstead. For families, retired couples and young professionals, the town has so much to offer within a beautiful historic setting. The outlying villages around East Grinstead are well-served by great schools, pubs and gorgeous independent retail stores.
To find out more about East Grinstead, check out our East Grinstead Area Guide, or drop us a line and we will be more than happy to talk you through everything you need to know about living in East Grinstead.
Our East Grinstead property experts are highly experienced in all aspects of the local area, as well as East Grinstead properties for sale and rent. So, do feel free to get in touch - after all, finding you your dream home is what we do best!