A buyer's guide to Hampshire, with Hatchards Homefinders

Posted 8 April 2015

The prospect of relocating to a new area can seem intimidating, especially if you’re not yet sure exactly where you want to live. Hampshire is one of the UK’s relocation hotspots, with buyers flocking here for a more relaxed lifestyle, great schools and excellent transport links. Hatchards Homefinders are expert search agents who guide buyers smoothly through the property market, and here, Katie Sutton and Robbie Massey give us the basics on what kinds of homes potential buyers might find around the county.

North Hampshire

Those who need to commute daily are drawn to this area for the tranquil and unspoilt landscapes, within an hour of London Waterloo. West of Basingstoke, Overton and Whitchurch boast a range of properties, from thatched cottages to large country homes. To the east, villages like Rotherwick and Newnham offer the perfect compromise between town and country. These detached properties appeal to families needing more space, and prices are typically around £1.5 million.  The Hart District, around Fleet, has been voted Britain’s most desirable place to live, and features a wide range of housing, with modern four-bedroom detached homes selling for around £500,000.

East Hampshire

Buyers can consider the vibrant town of Petersfield for four-bedroom terraces at around £350,000 or detached six-bedroom townhouses for £2 million.  Surrounding villages such as Froxfield, Steep and East Meon offer beautiful rural properties for under a million.

The villages around Alton appeal to commuters. Stunning new-build homes with a traditional feel give buyers the best of both worlds - an energy-efficient property with a period feel. Further down the A31 you reach Alresford, a handsome Georgian town of colour-washed houses, reputable eateries and old fashioned pubs.  The surrounding villages of Cheriton and Beauworth are very appealing and quintessentially English. Rail commuting may take a little longer, but clients who are able to work more flexibly or who don’t need to travel by train, are drawn here for rural living, value for money and great schools.

South Hampshire

Winchester, often nicknamed ‘little London’, is hugely popular with re-locators seeking a cosmopolitan lifestyle. This small city has it all: fantastic restaurants, cinema and theatre, endless events, Farmers’ Markets and concerts in the Cathedral. Winchester is also a popular choice with ‘downsizers’ who don’t need huge gardens. Housing here varies from Victorian terraces to Georgian mansions, and there are some terrific new developments in the city centre appealing to investors and first-time buyers. Twyford, Shawford and Hursley offer village life only minutes from central Winchester.  These areas offer great local schools and a vibrant social life for young families.

Travelling further south brings you through small farming villages like Upham, Owlesbury and Meonstoke to Bishops Waltham. Within the triangle of large hospitals, this area is popular with medics who can live close to work and buy superior properties at London prices.

West Hampshire

The New Forest National Park, with 145 miles of wild heathland, is home to secluded hamlets such as Sway, Bramshaw and Brook.  These areas cater for those who want to ‘get away from it all’, and enjoy walking and sailing. On the coast, you will find the delightful Lymington, which is renowned for its market and fishing.

The Test Valley, with Stockbridge at its heart, is a stunning town with specialist shops and galleries. Romsey, a bustling medieval town with a beautiful abbey, boasts properties ranging from three-bedroom terraced houses for £250,000 to four-bedroom detached houses for £650,000.

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