Steven Short is a writer and editor who moved with his partner from north London to a flat in Brighton, before buying a Victorian renovation project in Hastings that they’re slowly restoring using authentic period materials. @seshort
What made you decide to relocate?
I grew up in London but lived in Barcelona for nine years in my twenties and really loved living on the coast.
And what has surprised you about your new location?
I never get bored of seeing the sea – seeing a horizon makes such a difference to my outlook on life. And we feel like part of the community; people stop and say hello on the street here.
And the challenges?
The air is wet! We often have to mop the condensation from our windows in the morning.
How has your lifestyle changed since moving?
We go for more walks on the beach and in the country. We have spontaneous drinks with neighbours rather than trying to coordinate diaries weeks ahead. And, as I’ve pretty much stopped commuting into an office, I have more time to shop for food and to cook, which I enjoy. Now, a gin and tonic marks the end of the working day rather than a grim tube journey home.