Southampton City is the South Coast's foremost lettings hotspot, driven by continual tenant demand from two world class universities, a major teaching hospital, many blue chip company headquarters, and the cruise lines and container docks. With diverse areas such as Ocean Village, Polygon, Bannister Park, Portswood and Shirley, Southampton provides a great lifestyle for all with an estimated 239,000 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 the roads close to Southampton Common. There is also good news however; property in some areas has 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 £160,000, and the 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, with 20% of residents are aged between 20 and 34. However, schools in Southampton are a big attraction making it also popular with young families. There are good local schools including King Edwards and Oasis Academy, both achieving results much higher than the national average. In our opinion: "People who move to Southampton usually come here as young professionals, buy a one-bedroom flat, then move up the property ladder".

Numerous famous faces come from the City of Southampton including Benny Hill, Michael Henbry Ballen (Star Wars). The historic cruise liner the Titanic also set sail from Southampton docks, and author Jane Austen lived here from 1806-1809.

As a popular residential area, there is a range of property types in Southampton. We have a wealth of beautiful Victorian and Edwardian period conversions, 1970s and post war homes, plus there is also a good selection of complete period buildings and Victorian villas, with some of the most popular being near the Common. In contrast to the many attractive period buildings, there are an increasing number of contemporary developments, including the waterfront marina.

As one of Southampton's most popular estate agents, Your Move has a range of flats and houses for sale in the area commonly referred to as ‘central Southampton' between Portswood and Shirley. The office also sells property further afield, in areas such as Lordswood, Millbrook, Aldermoor and around Ocean Village. The most sought after location is around Bassett and Highfield and surrounding both Highfield and Solent Universities. Popular for buy-to-let properties with prices ranging from £120,000 and £300,000 achieving fantastic income.

In Bassett and Highfield Victorian and Edwardian houses range in price from £300,000 to £500,000, the most expensive being large period properties with great size back gardens.

The price of property to rent in Southampton starts at about £100 a week for a studio flat in a Victorian conversion, rising to £130 a week for a one bedroom flat – or £150+ for one with a garden. Two bedroom flats cost between £150 and £195, rising to £250 for a spacious property with a garden. Houses start at £200 a week for three bedrooms and rise to between £250 and £300 per week, depending on the size and condition of the property.

There are a host of shops and restaurants in Southampton, if it’s a glass of wine by the Marina, or a- la-carte meal, Southampton has it all. In the heart of Southampton is the high street with shopping malls and big names such as Apple and John Lewis. Portswood offers smaller popular restaurants, ice cream parlours and smaller shops.

Southampton Common is popular with everyone from children’s play groups to runners. Residents enjoy taking full advantage of the district’s green open spaces, and in the evenings you’ll often see teams of British Military fitness devotees being put through their paces. Popular venues include Ocean Village and Cineworld.

The area is perfect for commuting with direct rail links to London Waterloo and access to both the New Forest which has over 219 square miles of National Park and a short ferry ride to the Isle of Wight. We also have Southampton airport, with frequent flights throughout the UK and Europe.

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