This Sunday, Clapham South will be swamped with cyclists all preparing to complete the 54 mile bike ride to Brighton. This annual event follows a route starting in South London, through to Sussex and ending up on the beach front in Brighton.
With London being such a hotspot for jobs, a comfortable daily commute is often a key factor when purchasing a property a little further away from the city centre. As a result, the value of properties outside the capital can often skyrocket if located near good local transport links.
Here at Plentific, we've been busy plotting the whole London to Brighton route, marking out the average property prices on offer in areas along the way. For homebuyers who aren’t afraid of a little home renovation work, there are some great options that fall under the each stop’s average price bracket.
Looking at how much bang you get for your buck in these locations, the properties towards the start of the route tend to offer slightly less in terms of space, in comparison to the rural areas where land is vast. However, there are still opportunities to find properties with ample space early on in the route for buyers who would be happy to give their new homes a little TLC.
Cyclists will starts off in Clapham South, and it’s no surprise that the average property price there is one of the highest along the entire route. Buying in this area could set you back a hefty £901,514.
This attractive two bedroom house is a bargain for the area, coming in well below the average at £599,950. Situated in a cul-de-sac, this property offers peace and quiet, along with convenient transport links and local amenities.
Although some redecoration would be welcome for this property, the money saved in purchasing it would more than likely be enough to hire a local decorator for the job. A fresh coat of paint for the bedrooms and some renovation work in the bathroom and kitchen wouldn’t set you back too much. With the added luxury of private garden space, this property is a real steal.
Beddington Corner marks the next house pit stop, with averages house prices for the area dropping to just £322,354.
Given the lower price tag, you might find yourself willing to spend a little extra if you can bag a top property to move into straight away. This two bedroom property is renovated to a high standard, but will cost a few thousand pounds above the average house price in the area to buy, coming in at £390,000.
For homebuyers with a green thumb, this property has the added bonus of a small back garden. It does need some TLC, but with the right local gardener it could turn into an enjoyable little project.
Just over halfway along the London to Brighton bike route is our next stop: Redhill. House prices in this area average at a staggering £845,850, but this three bedroom semi detached property is well below that at just £395,000.
With a few improvements to make the property lighter and brighter, and maybe some gardening maintenance work, this house could turn into a real gem The low price tag could provide an opportunity for a new owner to put their own personal stamp on the property.
As we progress into Burgess Hill we see yet another dip in average property prices, with a local average of just £379,174.
This three bedroom semi detached property in Burgess Hill comes in under the average cost for the area at £330,000. With an open plan lounge and dining area, separate kitchen and off-street parking this would make a great family home, away from the hustle and bustle of the city while still benefitting from useful transport links.
Some features may require a little updating to suit modern tastes, but in general the property is presented to a good standard. This property is ripe for expansion, with the potential of a second story garage conversion above the garage, which you can see the next door neighbour has taken advantage of. Expanding this way, with the appropriate planning permissions, could easily turn this three bedroom property into a four bedroom house, or add the luxury of an additional bathroom or home office. It even comes complete with a large garden space that would be ideal for installing a fire pit or water feature, perfect for wowing your friends and family at a summer bbq!
The final stop on the bike route is Brighton Marine Parade. Here we see another spike in property prices, with houses in the area averaging £838,559. As a highly sought after beach hot spot, it isn’t too surprising that properties near the finish line are this pricey. However, there are some cheaper options available if you know where to look.
This four bedroom detached house is a little further from the city centre, but with the sea on your doorstep and a price tag far below average for the area, it’s a steal at £695,000. With off-street parking and a private garden, it offers a level of peace and tranquility that will be a big draw for many homebuyers.
Despite the lower than average price tag, this property is nicely decorated and features a well presented kitchen area as well as a generous garden. Few renovations would be required, making this a great opportunity for buyers who shy away from interior design.
Fiona enjoys spending time browsing Ikea show rooms for design and layout inspiration, as well as clever space saving hacks. She has a real love for beautiful home decor!