Exploring the Historic Arundel Property Market


Tod Anstee is one of the longest established property consultants throughout West Sussex, offering years of local experience to support buyers, vendors, tenants and landlords in navigating the highly competitive property market.

From our base in the wonderful city of Chichester, we work across the county, managing property sales and rentals in a wide range of market towns, villages and thriving coastal regions. Our area guides provide expert insight into some of the most sought-after postcodes, exploring hidden gems and lucrative locations that you may be considering for your new property.

Today we’re in the majestic town of Arundel, a spot that is impossible to miss if you have ever travelled across West Sussex and is often rated as one of the best places to live in Britain.

West Sussex Property Market Overview

There are many aspects to West Sussex life that make it so compelling. For some, the draw is the diversity of the towns and villages here, with an abundance of heritage, culture, entertainment and exceptional schools mixed with modern amenities and pristine beaches.

It might be the proximity to the glorious South Downs, a vast protected nature reserve and area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with miles upon miles of wildlife, hiking and biking trails. There is something for everyone from the High Weald area, perfect for commuters, to the heart of the national park and long coastline from Shoreham to Chichester Harbour.

These benefits make West Sussex a hugely attractive place to live, with trains into London taking less than an hour. Yet, the rambling countryside provides a peaceful backdrop and limitless fresh air.

Spotlighting Arundel as a West Sussex Hotspot

Arundel is a remarkable place to live, with a small community of just 3,500 people yet endless things to do with a bustling High Street and many independent shops and pubs. You’ll find everything here that makes rural life in West Sussex so appealing, with county cricket, a traditional marketplace, and gorgeous old streets that wind their way around the period properties.

Small in size but big in grandeur, the skyline of Arundel is dominated by the impressive spires of the Catholic cathedral and sprawling fairy tale castle. The town is also prominent with tourists and foodies, offering a vast range of quality eateries, from popular village pubs to authentic Italian restaurants and a busy cafe culture.

Other recommended attractions include:

  • Visiting the excellent nearby beaches at Littlehampton and Climping.
  • Exploring the South Downs countryside, under 20 miles away.
  • Relaxing in the quiet tranquillity of the WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, with boat rides through the water to sneak a peek at the natural wildlife and birds.
  • Spending the day at Swanbourne Lake, a beautiful natural parkland area.
  • Taking a dip at Arundel Lido, an outdoor pool with stunning castle views.

Split into two halves by the River Arun, the historic centre is to the north, connected by road to the newer developments in the south.

Referred to by the local town council as the South Downs gateway, Arundel is easy to reach via car, with the A27 running to the east and west and the A29 to the north. You can jump on a mainline rail link to London Bridge or Victoria to be in the capital in around 90 minutes or travel to Gatwick Airport in approximately 45 minutes. Coastal train links connect with Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton, and there are also bus links with both Chichester (10 miles away, around 19 minutes drive) and Brighton.

Schools and Education in Arundel

It’s easy to see why life in Arundel is so inviting to families, with a wealth of heritage yet modern conveniences and fast travel links for commuters.

There are several notable schools in the town and surrounding area, with a mixture of public schools, academies and private educational establishments.

Primary Schools in Arundel

  • Arundel C of E Primary – in the centre of the town, the local primary school is Ofsted rated Good and offers places from age four with around 200 students in total.
  • St Philip’s Catholic Primary School – also rated Ofsted Good, catering to ages from five upwards.
  • Slindon College – a private boys school, offering day places or boarding, with a small student body of fewer than 100 pupils. The college caters to ages 8-18, based in Slindon House, just 4.5 miles from central Arundel.

Secondary Schools in Arundel

  • St Philip Howard Catholic School is in Bognor Regis, rated Outstanding and teaches students from age 11 to 18. The school is around 12 minutes drive away.
  • Steyning Grammar School is a 30-minute drive from Arundel; Ofsted rated Good and offering tuition from ages 11 to 18.
  • Lancing College offers day or boarding places from nursery to the sixth form; a private establishment rated Excellent for educational quality by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Chichester University is less than 20 minutes drive from Arundel for older students and further education. You can also catch the train to the campus, which takes under an hour in total.

The Arundel Property Market

Arundel property options vary hugely, making it a perfect location for buyers seeking anything from charming cottages to contemporary apartments, substantial family properties, to stunning penthouses. Some of the most in-demand homes are in semi-rural positions on the outskirts of the celebrated market town, offering expansive grounds, incredible views and ample living space.

Central postcodes include period homes with impressive high ceilings, courtyard gardens and spacious rooms, along graceful tree-lined streets and private lanes.

At the time of writing, average Arundel property prices are £491,394 over all property types, with a 1.11% increase in the last three months and a 7.74% growth in the previous year.

  • Apartments sell for an average value of £312,654.
  • Terraced properties sell for approximately £485,123.
  • Semi-detached homes reach around £528,400.
  • Larger residences are currently listing for £1.1 million and upwards.

The appeal of Arundel stretches across families, professionals and retirees, and therefore demand remains strong. Properties tend to sell quickly, often for above listed asking prices.

If you’d like more information about homes currently for sale in this unique market town or to stay up to date with new opportunities as they hit the market, please get in touch with the Tod Anstee team for exclusive access to property sales as they arise!