Tilgate, a neighbourhood within the West Sussex town of Crawley, is best known as the home of the Forestry Commission-managed Tilgate Park, which includes a lake, a forest and a nature reserve.
The area is made up of ex-council and privately developed housing, with mostly terraced properties and flats on offer. It can certainly be counted as affordable, with three-bedroom terraced and semi-detached homes costing around £290,000. The average asking price is currently around the £250,000 mark.
Tilgate is blessed with many family-sized homes, but it’s also a good location for commuters who work in Crawley and other nearby areas, and those who travel into London daily.
The main attraction is unarguably Tilgate Park, where visitors can also find the local golf course, “Go Ape Crawley” (brilliant fun for all ages, adventurous or otherwise) and the Nature Centre.
From an education perspective, there is Thomas Bennett Community College for secondary school children, while there are two local primary schools, Desmond Anderson and the Oaks, both of which are rated by Ofsted as “Good”.
Crawley and Three Bridges railway stations are close by, with Tilgate also providing easy access to the M23 (with onward routes to London and Brighton, among others).