Our City #2 – The Level – A brief buying guide for property in Brighton & Hove


Having been the subject of a £2.3million restoration it seems suitable to focus on living around this park in central Brighton. The park itself has a long history which has included periods as a military camp but is now being restored to its 1920’s pomp – with the added benefit of a new skate park and children’s play area. Property is varied on the boundaries of the park; to the north is Park Crescent with its private enclosures, to the east is the regency elegance of Hanover Crescent and the renaissance styling of the former Municipal College – now housing contemporary city apartments. Ditchling Road forms the western boundary with its mix of converted Victorian properties, local shops, bars and cafes, and the Open Market.


Best kept secret – Smorl’s in the Open Market serves possibly the best falafel in town. And that takes some doing in a city with so many vegetarian establishments. Head there for a weekday lunch and try the salad boxes.

Best place to eat – Velo Café – This has to be the best park cafe in town. Great sandwiches and soups, with a real emphasis on quality. They also serve really good coffee and real fruit ice lollies for those hot summer days. And to cap it all, you can buy a craft beer. We love it.

Best place to drink – The Park Crescent Pub – Tucked away on Park Crescent terrace is this fabulous little pub. There’s a real pride in their selection of real ales – which has seen them host their own beer festival. Good food, heated garden, and a happy hour every weekday.

Best thing to see or do –After a £2.3million lottery grant we would hope that The Level itself would be the best thing to see or do. So we’ll stick with that.

Reason to live here – It’s mostly flats and apartments bordering the park so a big appeal to first time buyers and young professionals. Tucked away around Park Crescent you’ll find some good size houses for families looking to stay central. Easy access to Brighton Station is great for  commuters, while the area’s proximity to central Brighton makes it great for those who love the buzz of city living.

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