Renting in Retirement in East Sussex

Posted 5th June 2024

Exploring retirement communities in East Sussex

Retiring to East Sussex has become a popular choice. It is recognised as offering a balanced lifestyle, with cost of living, low crime rates and easy access to parks, essential amenities and healthcare.

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East Sussex is a picturesque county on the southeast coast of England. Bordered by West Sussex to the west, the English Channel to the south, Surrey to the northwest and Kent to the northeast.

It offers a great combination of bustling towns, scenic villages, countryside and glorious beaches.

Retiring to a city in East Sussex

Brighton and Hove is classed as a city, and is sometimes referred to as ‘London on the Sea’. With its vibrant city feel teamed with the beach and the famous Palace Pier, there’s lots to do and explore. Perfect for the young at heart, this offers a dynamic pace of live, with easy access into London on the train.

Lewes is the county town and has roots in history dating back to the medieval era. An old Sussex word, ‘twittens’ means alleyway and there are a few in the town to explore and tread the steps of our forbearers. There are old Churches to explore and the historic building of Lewes castle.

There are many interesting shops to browse in Lewes. An antique appreciators paradise, with lots of antique shops, flea markets and auction houses.

According to Muddy Stilettos (a women’s lifestyle website), Lewes was crowned as the best place to live in 2023.

Retiring to the coast in East Sussex

There are many coastal communities on the coast of East Sussex.

Eastbourne offers a traditional seaside resort, with the seafront lined up with Victorian houses. The town has a laid-back vibe, with plenty of parks and green spaces to enjoy. Eastbourne also enjoys its own pier, but this is more geared up for the grown-ups, with a few shops, a waterfront café, tea rooms and a nightclub. Fishing is a popular pastime on this pier.

Hastings is famous for the battle that took place in 1066, but in recent years has undergone redevelopment. The ‘old town’ remains and is filled with independent retailers. A new town has been added, and this has an indoor precinct with high street branded shops and department stores.

Bexhill-On-Sea (often abbreviated to Bexhill) is a peaceful seaside town with a selection of seaside cafes with lovely views. The seafront promenade is two miles long, flat and easy to walk on. There is also a museum to explore and even a chance to meet famous wolf actors who have starred in films, such as Twilight and Penny Dreadful!

Retiring to towns and villages in East Sussex

Ditchling nestles in a quiet corner of the South Downs. Over the years, the landscape has attracted artists, writers and craftspeople and some of their legacy is displayed in the museum there. The architecture is chocolate box and quaint and there’s historic events that continue to take place there. Twice a year, there is a the ‘Ditchling fair’, a yearly ‘Apple Day’ in autumn and the high street gets closed to allow the prestigious London to Brighton cycle race.

Forest Row has been called home by many a celebrity. It’s a beautiful village and was the inspiration behind one of the Sherlock Home’s short stories. The village is next to Ashdown Forest which was the inspiration behind the Winne the Pooh books.

The county of East Sussex offers a great retirement lifestyle. Find your perfect retirement rental apartment in East Sussex.