Five reasons why you should too!
Long standing as one of the largest villages in Britain, Lancing is a large coastal village and civil parish in the Adur district of West Sussex, England, on the western edge of the Adur Valley. With ten miles of sandy beach and a shingle, most residents and tourists alike, enjoy the sun and sea, especially with this year’s recent heatwave.
So why do we love Lancing so much, and why should you?
- – Location, location, location
Nestled between the seafront and South Downs National Park, with only two miles between them, Lancing is a coastal village with a lot to offer. The natural boundary created by Shoreham Airport and the village’s boundary with Sompting to the west has historically been along Boundstone Lane. Which was named after the boundstone or boundary stone that marked the boundary many years ago, giving Lancing its own life and quaint British coastal culture. From breathtaking views above Lancing Ring (109 metres above sea level) to sun, sea, and everything in between, it’s no wonder why Lancing’s location is an important part of the Sussex coastline.
2. – Commuter Haven
The main Southern Railway line runs through Lancing meaning the village is well connected to its larger counterparts. The journey to Worthing, the nearby town is only six minutes by train, while the major city, Brighton is around 20 minutes. Both direct.
London and its connections take just over an hour, making Lancing a fantastic choice for London commuters. Holidays goers will be happy to know that Gatwick and Heathrow are not too far away either, with Gatwick 24 miles away and Heathrow around 44 miles away.
3. – House price index
According to Rightmove, sold prices in Lancing have only increased by 8% from the previous year. Making it just a 20% increase from the 2017 peak of £292,412.
Most sales in Lancing during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £372,456. Detached properties sold for an average of £477,831, with terraced properties fetching £325,686.
Mel Daddow, Manager of Jacobs Steel’s Lancing office, says:
“We offer good range of properties. Predominantly we deal with semi-detached and detached bungalows. But there are also a range of terraced and semi-detached first-time buyer houses and a range of beautiful seafront apartments on the Brighton Road. There are even some 18th Century properties – usually around North Lancing or on the waterfront.”
The area has been sought after for many years by retirees due to the proximity to the beach and calm living. It’s good for families too with a good choice of schools including primary/middle schools and an academy for secondary level children.
4. – Sensational landmarks
Driving along the A27 between Shoreham and Lancing, you’ll notice the large Gothic chapel looming over the River Adur. This is Lancing College or Lancing’s ‘very own Hogwarts’. The chapel’s foundation stone was laid in 1868 and is the largest school chapel in the world with the largest stained-glass rose window in England although the final the stone wasn’t laid until this year! It has even had some claim to fame as The Old Boys (2018) film’s backdrop. Fun fact – it was even considered for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series, so the statement ‘Lancing’s very own Hogwarts’ has some truth to it!
Alongside this, it is also the home of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club’s training facility which opened in 2014. The Lancing training centre cost a whopping £26 million and currently has category one status within the English Premier League.
5. – The future is bright
With further developments happening across the South Coast, these commuter towns and villages are starting to become the places many people call home.
Redevelopments are planned throughout Lancing and Sompting so there will be several housing projects – some already underway.Although IKEA pulled out of the New Monks Farm development, we believe this is a great opportunity for other businesses to bring more employment opportunities into the village. If you are looking for a Lancing property, you can sign up to Jacob Steel’s alerts, or visit the Lancing page where you can find properties to let or buy.
Meet the team at the Lancing Branch
Pop inside our Lancing office and meet our colleagues who call our North Road branch ‘home’. The friendly faces include; Mel Daddow, Phoebe Kimber, Beth Steer and Lianna Church. See you soon!