Homed:In is proud to serve large areas of West Sussex – and holds specialist knowledge for each one. Below are some of the core areas that we’ve worked in and some information about each. We also serve outside of these areas and will be happy to work on properties not normally within our radar.
Southwater, located only 1.5 miles south of bigger brother Horsham, is a perfect example of how best to blend old with new.
A historic village, Southwater boasts a Grade II listed farmhouse originating back to the Tudor period. Settlers later came to the village to work within the booming brick industry. The clay pits were worked well into the 1980s, after which point the service economy took over and the locally revered Southwater Country Park took its place.
Our office is based in Southwater… and we love it! One of the key allures to Southwater would have to be its semi-rural aspect. Situated directly on the Downs Link footpath – a corridor into many miles of open countryside – this is clearly a destination for those who like dog walks and bike rides! Don’t be deceived, however – despite the abundance of countryside you won’t find a shortage of modern-day amenities. There are plenty of shops found at Lintot Square including a large Coop, Boots, a barbers and an Indian restaurant. The Leisure Centre is ideal for the fitness fanatic whilst The Country Park boasts a charming little café’.
If you’ve got little ones, then you can look no further than the popular Southwater Infants and Junior Academies. Awarded Ofsted Outstanding, competition for places is high, however the majority of pupils reside locally. Castlewood primary school is another popular learning centre and is situated centrally within the village.
‘Billingshurst’, translating from Anglo-Saxon Billinges Hyrst (or ‘Billa’s son’s wooded hill’).
A village steeped in history harking back to the Roman era, Billingshurst is today a thriving community where old meets new and where the essence of the countryside is interspersed with the necessities of modern-day life. Lying just 7 miles southwest of Horsham and 36 miles from the Capital, Billingshurst is also a suitable commuter destination and has railway links to both there and to the coast.
Educational facilities include the large Weald Secondary school which offers a sixth form college and Billingshurst Primary School which is located only metres away from the Weald.
To unwind, consider the Billingshurst Leisure Centre, complete with a pool, gym, studio, gym hall and sports pitch – all at affordable rates. Tennis players can make their way to their very own court, whilst for those who prefer a less kinetic way to unwind can enjoy lawn bowls.
Road networks in Billingshurst are great – hop straight onto the A29 north towards London, or south, towards the enchanting South Downs National Park!
Just to the west of Horsham can be found the lively and growing village of Broadbridge Heath. With recently completed Wickhurst Green now an integral new housing development within this community, you’re spoilt for choice between buying old or new.
Broadbridge Heath is in some respects even better connected by road than is Horsham. The A24 to the coast and capital is only a few hundred metres from the village centre (though road noise is contained). Meanwhile, the large Tesco ‘hypermarket’ is open 24 hours for six days a week and is opposite the newly built Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre – complete with multiple sports halls and a large gym floor.
‘Horsham’, translating roughly to ‘Horse Home’ if you were around in AD 947!
Horsham is a town with a bright future. As of 2018, significant investment is going into the area. Piries Place, one of the oldest parts of town, will play host to an entirely new retail park, a cinema and restaurants. A 92 bedroom hotel is also set to grace this buzzing part of the town.
As of 2018, there is already an abundance of facilities, namely the Capitol Theatre, national rail service, Swan Walk shopping centre, Horsham park, four gyms, a leisure centre and more.
‘Foodies’ are spoilt for choice in Horsham. If you don’t fancy low end (Lidl – 2019), mid-end (Sainsbury’s) or the more expensive Waitrose choices of supermarkets, then why not head to the top of East Street, where the area has recently become home to a host of new and popular eateries.
In Horsham one is spoilt for choice when it comes to schooling. Millais, Tanbridge House and Colliers College are three of the largest and more recognized establishments, but you may also take a liking to St Mary’s C of E, Farlington or the academically prestigious nearby Christ’s Hospital, just down the road in Barns Green.
Travel just a few miles to the west of Broadbridge Heath and arrive at the quaint and picturesque village of Slinfold. With fewer than 1,700 inhabitants, the village is every countryside lover’s dream and no sooner do you arrive than you regret ever having to leave!
Roughly translating as ‘farm on a hill’, this picturesque Sussex village is found towards the boundary with Surrey. Now a mature and family friendly village, move here and you’ll have the choice of a Primary School, pre-school, Scout group, supermarket, hair salon, two pubs and more.
Set in an abundance of undisturbed Sussex countryside – and running parallel to the Downslink footpath – Rudgwick truly does offer a little bit of everything.
Ashington is the perfect option for families wanting quick access to and from both the City and coast.
Situated just 40 miles south of the capital but connected via the A24 road system, and just 10 miles north of the coast by the same dual carriageway, move to this quaint village and enjoy convenience aplenty.
Winning village of the year in 2001 and ’03, the village is spread over 805 hectares but with only 1,100 households.
The Red Lion pub is a large and contemporary dining venue offering fine home cooked food for a variety of tastes, whilst the countryside beyond offers an array of walks and rambles to burn it all off!
If you’ve always admired the sprawling plains of the South Downs National Park then Steyning is a place you’ll at the very least want to visit.
Found at the northern tip of the River Adur, Steyning parish now hosts almost 3,000 households and over 6,500 people.
Steeped in history going back to AD 700, when legend has it that St Cuthman built the locally revered Church of St Andrew and St Cuthman, the town today is a modern and exuberant Sussex dwelling consisting of a bank, health centre, shops and – more importantly – the locally famous Tea Rooms and Steyning Grammar School!