The Bexhill Love Affair with its 1,300 Terraced Houses

Call me old fashioned, but I do like the terraced house.   In fact, I have done some research that I hope you will find of interest!

In architecture terms, a terraced or townhouse is a style of housing in use since the late 1600’s in the UK, where a row of symmetrical / identical houses share their side walls. The first terraced houses were actually built by a French man, Monsieur Barbon around St. Paul’s Cathedral within the rebuilding process after the Great Fire of London in 1666.  Interestingly, it was the French that invented the terraced house around 1610-15 in the Le Marais district of Paris with its planned squares and properties with identical facades. However, it was the 1730’s in the UK, that the terraced/townhouse came into its own in London and of course in Bath with the impressive Royal Crescent.

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Population in the Rother area set to rise to 108,000 by 2036

Bexhill faces a predicament. The population is growing and the provision of new housing isn’t keeping up.

With the average age of a Bexhill person being 47.2 years (compared to the South East average of 40.0 years old and the national average of 39.4 years of age), the population of Bexhill is growing at an alarming rate. This is due to an amalgamation of longer life expectancy, a fairly high birth rate (compared to previous decades) and high net immigration, all of which contribute to housing shortages and increasing house prices.

My colleagues and myself work closely with Durham University and they have kindly produced some statistics specifically for the Rother District Council area. Known as the UK’s leading authority for such statistics, their population projections make some startling reading.

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Which is the best month to sell your Bexhill home?

I had an e-mail from a homeowner in Cooden the other day. She said she had been following my blog (the Bexhill Property Market Blog) for a while and wanted to pick my brain on when is the best time of the year to sell a property. Trying to calculate the best time to put your Bexhill property on the market can often seem something akin to witchcraft and, whilst I would agree that there are particular times of the year that can prove more productive than others, there are plenty of factors that need to be taken into consideration.

Even if you are putting your property on the market, you still don’t know how long it will take to find a buyer – and no agent will have a crystal ball to help with that one! At the moment, the latest set of figures for all 18 Estate Agents in Bexhill, show the average length of time it takes to find a buyer for any Bexhill property is as follows-

Detached                                            102 days

Semi Detached                                 62 days

Terraced                                              63 days

Flat                                                        116 days

Overall Average                               101 days

If we roll the clock back to January 2016, the overall average time it took to find a buyer (again using data from all of the 18 Bexhill Estate Agents) was 146 days.

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