Is Hastings in line for an influx of ‘DFLs’? Metro says this town is ‘THE’ place to live

Is Hastings in line for a fresh influx of ‘DFLs’ the term used to describe people who have moved here, ‘down from London’?

The free newspaper Metro says its high time that people started considering Hastings as a place to live in a piece published yesterday it told its readers: “Hastings in East Sussex is fast becoming the best place to live and commute to London. The fast train will get you into the capital in one hour and 24 minutes and during the summer months, you can even be home in daylight to go swimming in the sea or cycling down the long promenade.”

An out-of-date photograph of the pier was among images used to illustrate the feature piece about Hastings.

And of course the ‘paper highlights property values as a key reason to consider relocation, telling its readers: “Unlike Brighton and Eastbourne, there are still bargains to be had on stunning Victorian properties and quirky cottages in the centre of town.”

Metro says that Hastings is more than just an up and coming destination it says Hastings ‘is here’.

Among the reasons why people should be considering a mover to the East Sussex coast the newspaper lists:

*The beautiful old town Hastings old town is a stretch of picturesque cottages, townhouses and passageways with a similar feel to Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books.

*The independent shops and cafes, bars and al fresco restaurants are just as good as those in Covent Garden or the Brighton Laines.

*Without a Costa Coffee in sight, the old town is refreshing and perfect for an amble and you can browse in the antique shops, or shops for flowers and herbs, upmarket homewares, book shops and clothing.

Hastings – fast becoming ‘the’ place to live. 

*Artists, creatives and authors often live in this area, and there is a completely different feel to the rest of Hastings.

*Down on the seafront is The Stade, where the tall, black, net huts of the town’s still-working fishing fleet are located.

*The sleek, black-tiled Jerwood Gallery is also nearby, while a short walk away is the brand new pier.

*For the best views of both the pier and the old town, take one of the two old funiculars that whizz you up the hills on either side. West Hill is topped by the ruins of the old castle erected by William I after his victory at the Battle of Hastings and East Hill is the start of a three-mile stretch of lovely coastline that makes up Hastings Country Park.

And the article concludes: “The slot machines and crazy golf make for a fun day out, and there’s plenty to do to keep everyone amused. The nearby park, with its rowing lake and cafe, are really peaceful and the ideal space for a walk if it’s green space you are craving. There is something for everyone, from swimming and tennis to half-marathons and cycling – and even sailing and watersports for those who love the ocean.

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