Our guide to buying a home in Hampshire
Buying a home can be complicated at the best of times, but it's even harder if you're a little unfamiliar with area you're moving to. This week, Bobby Hall, partner (Southern Counties) at The Buying Solution explains where buyers should be looking to purchase a home in Hampshire.
Perfect for families
Good schooling and easy commutes certainly hold property values in Hampshire, particularly for families who will always require these factors when searching for a home in the country. Hampshire offers fantastic rail links, taking approximately one hour to London, and a range of highly regarded schools, with Farleigh School, Prince’s Mead, Pilgrims, Twyford and St. Swithun’s among the most popular independent schools in the area.
Something for everyone
There is a large second home market here where properties are primarily being purchased by families with young children looking to enjoy the open countryside over the weekends and holidays.
We also see downsizers relocating from London while still maintaining a base in the country. We are really witnessing both ends of the spectrum - those moving out of the country but retaining a base, and those also moving back in.
We are also seeing more lifestyle choices, with both younger and older families growing their own produce; keeping chickens and various farm animals, although this trend is often counterbalanced by a combination of infinity pools and the ever sought-after Smallbone kitchens.
Villages and market towns in high demand
Aside from educationally driven international buyers, the majority of active participants in this market are UK nationals. Important factors for buyers seeking their perfect home are peace and quiet, being on the edge of an unspoilt village and the holy grail of being near a friendly local pub and village shop.
Alton is an example of a popular market town, home to a period style high street and with great transport links via Alton station and the A31 leading up to the A3 or M3 into London. The train journey from here takes approximately 70 minutes to London Waterloo, making it a viable option for commuters. The core of the town is relatively unspoilt and includes period housing and a great range of shops, with larger superstores and modern developments on its fringes.
Alton is surrounded by the beautiful countryside known as the Hampshire Downs, making it a desirable choice for buyers looking to do more hiking, cycling and equestrian pursuits. Locals in search of more of an adrenaline type adventure can even consider gliding at Lasham airfield!
While the majority of buyers wish to benefit from the amenities offered by Alton, many would prefer to live in the slightly more rural surrounding villages of Long Sutton, Upton Grey, Wield, Bentworth or Upper or Lower Farringdon.
You can find out more about The Buying Solution at www.thebuyingsolution.co.uk, or contact Bobby Hall on 07733 314326