THE most desirable place to live in the Brighton and Hove area has been revealed.

Property experts Zoopla announced the BN2 postcode was the most searched for on its website.

This includes the likes of Brighton Marina, Roedean School and the stunning seafront undercliff walk to Saltdean and Rottingdean.

The postcode also contains Brighton’s usually bustling Kemp Town district, complete with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.

The average price paid for a house in the area in 2020 was £396,425.

Tom Parker, consumer spokesman at Zoopla, said: “Due to its idyllic position, with breathtaking views on your doorstep and great local shops and restaurants, BN2 has much to appeal to home hunters.

“The area, which boasts some of the most beautiful properties in Brighton, has been in high demand with property purchasers in Brighton this year, despite several lockdowns.”

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One of the most popular properties in the BN2 area, which is pictured above, might surprise you.

The £100,000 two-bed flat offers prospective buyers the “amazing opportunity to be part of a new concept for Brighton Marina and beyond”.

The “Waterlodge Floating Apartment” is located at the Waterfront within the Brighton Marina Village and, as the name suggests, is built upon a floating platform.

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It offers a roof terrace, two bedrooms, a reception room and a bathroom.

And the quirky property has generated plenty of interest, being viewed on the Zoopla website more than 1,230 times throughout December.

Syd Wilson, senior sales and lettings negotiator at Coapt, an estate agency in Brighton, said: “From our work with buyers and sellers in Brighton, we see first-hand how much appetite there is across the city, but it’s clear that because of its proximity to the coast and great amenities, BN2 is a desirable postcode and a firm favourite among those looking to move.”

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Perhaps predictably, the second most sought-after postcode in the Brighton and Hove area is BN1, which includes this four-bedroom house.

It has an enviable selection of star attractions and amenities including the Royal Pavilion, The Lanes, Brighton Station and Brighton Palace Pier.

The average house price in the area over the last 12 months was, however, a significant step-up from its more affordable neighbour.

Homeowners be paid an average of £459,730 for their properties.

The BN3 postcode, which includes this seven-bed property in Hove, finished in third place with an average house price of £454,650.

BN42 (£356,444) and BN41 (£316,481),which include the area to the west of Hove, finish in fourth and fifth respectively.

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The six-bed Southwick property pictured above is one of the most popular within the BN42 postcode.

The semi-detached house can be found just off Old Shoreham Road, offering direct driving and cycling routes into Hove to the east and Shoreham to the west.

A Zoopla spokesman described the property as “extended and versatile”.

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Its six bedrooms are arranged over three floors, along with an entrance hall, living room, large kitchen, a bathroom and a shower room.

There is also a garden at the back of the house.

“This property is situated in this convenient location within reach of excellent school catering for all ages, public transport and comprehensive shopping,” the Zoopla spokesman said.