Houses and flats for sale in Lewes
The town centre offers a mixture of medieval, Georgian and Victorian houses and cottages. Each of the areas beyond the town centre has its own name. According to estate agent Liz Hollington from Strutt & Parker, Cliffe, at the bottom of the town, has made a remarkable recovery from the flood which devastated it in 2000.
“The area has regenerated,” she said. “There was time when houses there didn’t sell, but now the town’s emphasis has shifted down the hill to Cliffe High Street, where there are lots of new independent shops and cafés.”
Southover has medieval, Tudor, Victorian and Edwardian houses, there are two popular primary schools, and it is close to the station.
The Wallands area has some of the town’s most expensive houses. Local agent Lewes Estates is selling a large, six-bedroom, detached Victorian house in King Henry’s Road for £1.35 million.
The area attracts: Liz Hollington said Lewes attracts a lot of London buyers. “Over the last few years, we have noticed that families want to be within walking distance of the town centre rather than out in one of the villages. The cost of driving is now a consideration, which it never used to be. It is quite an arty town, with a lot of people working in the media.”
Travel and commuting: Lewes is on the A27, which connects with the A23 London to Brighton Road north of Brighton. The commuter train journey to Victoria takes about 66 minutes and an annual season ticket is £3,860.
The area attracts: Liz Hollington says Lewes attracts a lot of London buyers. “Over the last few years we have noticed that families want to be within walking distance of the town centre rather than out in one of the villages. The cost of driving is now a consideration which it never used to be. It is quite an arty town with a lot of people working in the media.”
Staying power: families tend to stay in Lewes, which often means there is a shortage of homes to buy.
Postcodes: Lewes is divided between two Brighton postcodes — BN7, the western half of the town including the villages of Plumpton and Rodmell, and BN8, the eastern half, including villages such as Firle, Glynde and Ringmer. The BN7 postcode is the more desirable.
Best roads: the two best roads are Rotten Row and cobbled Keere Street, both charming and in the heart of the town. Also popular are King Henry’s Road, Prince Edward’s Road and The Avenue, where there are large, detached Victorian houses which can sell for more than £1 million.
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Up and coming: The Pells area to the north of the town centre is where there are two- and three-bedroom Victorian houses which sell for between £350,000 and £400,000.
Renting: Rebecca Lewis, lettings manger at Strutt & Parker’s local office, said the town is attracting a lot of young couples from London who rent before they buy. There are also older families who make a lifestyle choice to downsize to a rental home in one of the downland villages, often because they are renting out their London home.
One-bedroom flat: £152,000
Two-bedroom flat: £225,000
Two-bedroom house: £269,000
Three-bedroom house: £386,000
Four-bedroom house: £515,000
Average prices: renting flats and houses in Lewes
One-bedroom flat: £696 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £815 a month
Two-bedroom house: £982 a month
Three-bedroom house: £1,385 a month
Four-bedroom house: £1,950 a month
Photographs by Graham Hussey