Southsea Area guide

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Portsmouth and Southsea is an established and thriving city with a very diverse make up of different areas such as Portsea, Fratton, North End, Southsea Seafront and Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth city centre has an extensive array of retail, transportation and entertainment hotspots. The area of Southsea is a very up and coming area with similarities in both property style and retail shops to trendy parts of East London. Gunwharf Quays is a new development packed with a high end apartments and a wonderful shopping and entertainment centre. The whole city is connected with great transport links including mainland railway stations, an extensive bus network and a variety of maritime transport to the Isle of Wight and Europe including the hovercraft, ferry and catamaran.

The Portsmouth and Southsea market is always a thriving hub for many types of buyer, The Your Move Branch Manager Samantha Morse says the constant high level of demand and short supply drives the local property market all year round, the area is the best city to live outside of London.

Portsmouth and Southsea is an extremely popular place to live on the south coast, its diversity attracts a variety of different buyers to the area. Southsea is known as a comparatively young and trendy area with a median age of 34. Southsea is popular with first time buyers and investment buyers, however the good proximity of local primary and secondary schools allows for great family life by the coast.

Portsmouth and Southsea is home to the world’s oldest dry docks. Portsmouth still remains the headquarters for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos. Notable past and present residents of the area include Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Peter Sellers.

Jessica Rowe, Valuation Manager of Your Move Portsmouth and Southsea, says "Southsea offers it residents great choices of bars, restaurants and shops in on around Osbourne Road, Albert Road and Gunwharf Quays as well as the summer long events on Southsea Seafront, all year there's something to offer everyone who lives here".

As a popular area in Hampshire, there is a variety of different properties in the area. There is a wealth of Victorian and Edwardian age buildings, from two up two down terrace housing to larger period mansions with everything in between. Some of the most popular properties are overlooking Southsea Common and the Seafront. There is also a increasing number of more contemporary developments such as Gunwharf Quays with its waterfront location and easy transport routes making it popular for second homes for London and overseas buyers.

As one of Portsmouth and Southsea's most popular estate agents, Your Move has flats and houses for sale across the area, particularly in the popular areas of Southsea. The office also sells property further afield, as far north as North End. The most popular houses are Victorian and Edwardian type, and the most sought after location is around Southsea Seafront, Old Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. On Goodwood Road PO5 for example, two-bedroom homes sell for between £160,000 and £200,000. This area is popular due to its proximity to good local schools and the excellent local shops. The price of a four bedroom plus houses on the popular Craneswater Park start at about £500,000 and in Old Portsmouth – so-called as its original city location back in the 18th century – a three-bedroom plus house will sell for upwards of £700,000.

A lower than average proportion of property in this area is owner occupied. This suggests that there is a very healthy rental market, to which our lettings depart would vouch. Southsea and Portsmouth offers diverse rental accommodation from Luxury contemporary living to Victorian and Edwardian style feature properties.

With property rentals ranging from £525 pcm for standard studio apartments to £2000 pcm luxury homes.

Southsea and Portsmouth not only caters for young professionals but for all age ranges looking to be a part of this historical seaside town.

Among the most sought-after addresses is Eastern Parade, PO4, where Victorian and Edwardian houses range in price from £1million to £2 million; the most expensive being large double and triple-fronted villas with back gardens and Sea view's.

The Portsmouth and Southsea area benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street shops and smaller independent boutiques. These include Waitrose, Marks & Spencer’s and Asda for weekly grocery shopping. For high street and high end fashion Gunwharf Quays is known for its outlet centres. For the more chic and trendy Marmion and Albert Road in Southsea has great vintage shops such as The One Legged Jockey. The Albert Road really has it all, you can shop, stop for a coffee and cake, get a tattoo and have evening drinks all within a 50-yard stroll.

Portsmouth offers many waterfront attractions. About 2 miles from the surrounding visitor sites in the city, standing right at the entrance of Portsmouth Harbour is the Spinnaker Tower, featuring impressive panoramic views. Southsea seafront serves as the venue for a number of annual events, including the Southsea Show, Para Spectacular, Military Vehicle Show, Kite Festival and a variety of circuses including the Moscow State Circus and Chinese State Circus. The University of Portsmouth brings the town to life with its large student population. There are two main theatres: the New Theatre Royal and the Kings Theatre on Albert Road. In the spring and summer, the Canoe Lake opens for pedal boat rides. The Royal Naval and Royal Marines Museums hold historical exhibits and medals of victory.

The tranquil area of the seafront is ideal for outdoor sport and leisure activities, meaning our Portsmouth and Southsea estate agents have no trouble convincing potential buyers to make this great area their home. In Portsmouth and Southsea, the low crime rate, low council tax and close proximity to transport links in and out of the area all make property in Portsmouth and Southsea even more desirable.

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