Southampton City is the South Coast's foremost lettings hotspot, driven by continual tenant demand from two world class universities, two major teaching hospitals, many blue chip company headquarters including Carnival UK and their cruise liners, also one of the largest container terminals in the country. With diverse areas such as Ocean Village Polygon, Bannister Park, Portswood and Shirley, Southampton provides a great lifestyle for all with and estimated 240,000 inhabitants, rents and house prices have steadily risen over the last few years.
The Southampton property market is notorious for high demand and short supply. Property for rent in Southampton is in especially high demand on roads close to Southampton Common. Across the city property in some areas have become more affordable since the property market peaked. Currently a one bedroom flat for sale in the Southampton area will cost you between £100,000 to £150,000, and largest house for sale would cost £3 million. A four bedroom family house for sale in Shirley situated “near the Common” could be yours for between £350,000 and £400,000.
Southampton is a popular place to live for young professionals, however schools in Southampton are a big attraction making it also very popular for young families. There are good local schools including King Edwards and Oasis Academy, both achieving results much higher the national average. In our opinion “people who move to Southampton usually come here as young professionals, buy one bedroom properties and then move up the property ladder”.
Numerous famous faces come from the City of Southampton including Benny Hill, Michael Henbry Ballen (Star Wars), singing sensation Craig David and footballer Wayne Bridge. The historic cruise liner the Titanic also set sail from Southampton docks, author Jane Austen lived here from 1806-1809.
There are a host of shops and restaurants in Southampton, if it's a glass of wine by the marina, an a-la-carte meal or a quick bite to eat Southampton has it all. In the heart of Southampton is the main high street and the large shopping centre West Quay, with a host of shops, bars and restaurants in and surrounding, West Quay houses big names such as Apple and John Lewis. Ikea also stands proudly in the city centre which is a huge draw.
Southampton Common is popular with everyone from children's play groups to runners. Residents taking full advantage of the district's green open spaces, in the evenings you'll often see teams of British Army fitness devotees being put through their paces. Popular places include Ocean Village.
The area is perfect for commuting with direct rail links to London Waterloo and access to both the New Forest which has access to over 219 square miles of National Park and short ferry ride to the Isle of Wight. We also have Southampton Airport, with frequent flights throughout the UK and Europe. Motorway links with in easy reach too.
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