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    I’m considering a move to Hampshire from West London. I’m hoping to spend some time over the spring visiting different areas but thought I would ask for opinions on Portsmouth and Southsea? Property prices seem reasonable but I wonder if Portsmouth is very busy and if Southsea would be a better option? I’m ideally looking for somewhere less frenetic than London, with access to the coast/countyside as I have a dog and enjoy long walks, but also somewhere that isn’t too quiet as I think the culture shock from London to rural living might be too much! My budget would be approx. £200K and I’m hoping to buy somewhere soon, let it out and then move down when the time is right ie, when my son leaves for uni! Any advice welcome. Thanks.



    Mary, your choice of Portsmouth and Southsea is an interesting one. I wouldn’t describe them as less frenetic than London, just different. Portsmouth is one of Hampshires largest city’s, so much so, it is treated as a unitary authority and has a lot of control over its budgets and issues and is treated separately by Hampshire County Council. It is a city that is resurrecting itself , with lots of redevelopment including around the docks and naval yards and general waterfront. It is one of the cheaper location’s in Hampshire, although Southsea in general is more expensive, at £200,000 you will need to chose areas very carefully. On the plus side, Gunwharf Quay is very successful as a location to visit and great waterside pubs and restaurants, easy to go for day trips to the Isle of Wight and of course there is the pebble beach at Southsea Common. For the dog walking, treat yourself to the small seasonal ferry that links with Hayling Island…great for dog walking as is Southsea Common.

    The big plus is that so much of the city has a near relationship with the sea, with many locations close to a shoreline…more so that Southampton. Beware the traffic though on the M27 and A27…it is going to get a lot worse with mass new development and even 1 of the new garden towns that everyone is talking about. If Ben Ainslie wins the Americas Cup this year, his base is in Portsmouth which will bring the city international acclaim! Other dog walking but is a good car drive off is the South Downs National Park, Langstone and Chichester Harbour.



    Hi, I’m also thinking of moving to Portsmouth/Southsea from West London! As a born and bred Londoner, the thought of moving out has always given me the heeby-jeebies. But I’ve been popping down over the last year to check it out it seems lots of fun there, without the crowds and mayhem of London of course. All through the summer there are festivals, music at the bandstand on the beach, markets, walks etc.

    It looks like I won’t be moving now for another year but Southsea and Portsmouth old town seem like the best spots to be. I’m looking forward to it.

    It also seems like a good investment, I started looking there as the property prices are still cheap, but increasing quickly.

    Good luck.



    I know Portsmouth quite well having grown up nearby and now returned to the area.

    Old Portsmouth is nice, but is usually very expensive. Southsea is a mixed bag with many nice bits and some a bit less salubrious – and not all property advertised as being in Southsea really is! Milton is generally pleasant, North End mostly OK and the Cosham / Drayton / Farlington area in the north of the city might be worth a look, with some houses having fantastic views from the slopes of Portsdown Hill.

    There are newer areas around Hilsea and Anchorage Park which could suit some people.

    It all depends on your expected daily routine. The main routes out of the city are the M275 / M27 to the west, Eastern Road (the A2030) on the east side, and the A3(M) to the north – all can get very busy in peak hours.

    Going further out of the city, Fareham is a popular place to live, as is Purbrook / Waterlooville / Cowplain.

    Hayling Island and Gosport are both awkward for travel, as they’re at the end of congested roads.

    I’d hesitate to give a list of places to avoid, as it’s such a personal thing, but the following don’t have a great reputation: Fratton, Kingston, Stamshaw, Somers Town, Paulsgrove, Wymering, Leigh Park.



    Thanks very much for the info, very helpful.



    Hi there,
    I wondered if you had found a suitable location. My daughter, born and living in North West London, is moving for a job in Southsea. Any help would be appreciated.
    She will rent for first 6 months to a year, but buying is the goal.
    When I search areas its very difficult to know especially with agents putting distances ‘as crow flies’. Prices are so different compared to around our area, it’s a big learning curve.
    Many thanks.

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