Spotlight on Chichester: property area guide

Spotlight on Chichester: property area guide

Chichester in West Sussex may be just beyond the reach of daily commuters from London but its good-value Victorian terraces and large family houses are attracting plenty of homebuyers, discovers Anthea Masey
* Property area guide on Chichester with average property prices, current houses and flats for sale, best streets, up-and-coming areas and commuting times

* Chichester map
Houses and flats for sale in Chichester
In Chichester’s central conservation area there are streets of fine Georgian houses and smaller period houses. Summersdale, on the northern edge of town, has large Twenties and Thirties detached houses where the entry price is around £750,000.

To the south of the town centre there are attractive streets of Victorian terraces where three-bedroom houses sell for between £230,000 and £250,000. In recent years the area around the canal basin has been regenerated with new flats and townhouses, while there is potential for further improvement.

There are period cottages and houses in the fashionable smaller coastal or estuary towns of Itchenor, Bosham and West Wittering. Local estate agent Stride & Son (01243 782626) has two Georgian houses in North Pallant on the market: one for £2.75 million, the other for £2.3 million.

Prices in general still languish below the level achieved at the height of the last property price boom in autumn 2007 and the average price per square foot is around £365, although higher prices are reached for the most sought-after coastal homes.

A thatched cottage and its English country garden in Taylors Lane, Bosham, near Chichester
One of the most expensive houses currently for sale is in the highly prized area of Old Bosham. Quay House on Shore Road is a five-bedroom modern house of 6,000sq ft which Jackson-Stops & Staff is selling for £3.25 million.

this flint-faced house in Oving Road has three bedrooms, an open-plan dining area and a walled garden with patioStaying power: houses tend to be owned for 20 years or longer and estate agents grumble about the lack of properties to sell.

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Postcodes: Chichester and the surrounding area are in the Portsmouth postcode PO; the city of Chichester is PO19; west of the city including Bosham is in PO18; south-east including Itchenor and West Wittering is in PO20.

Best roads: the best roads within the city walls are North, East, South and West Pallant — which are close to shops and restaurants but surprisingly quiet.
The Avenue and The Drive in Summersdale are about a mile north of the city centre — doctors and surgeons working at St Richard’s Hospital buy here. Chesterton Humberts (01243 531010) is selling a six-bedroom double-fronted Victorian house in The Avenue for £1.2 million.

Other top spots are East and West Strand and Roman Landing in West Wittering; Spinney Lane in Itchenor, Smugglers Lane in Bosham, and the private estate at Bosham Hoe.

Average prices: buying flats and houses in Chichester
One-bedroom flat: £138,000
Two-bedroom flat: £207,000
Two-bedroom house: £238,000
Three-bedroom house: £320,000
Four-bedroom house: £527,000

Pictures by Graham Hussey

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