Picturesque Drayton and Cosham are highly in the property stakes.
For those house-hunting in Portsmouth, the picturesque areas of Drayton and Cosham are highly sought-after.
Featured area: East Cosham, PO6 2PL
Closest primary school: Court Lane Infant School
Distance: 250m, 4 min walk
Ofsted rating: Good
Closest secondary school: Springfield
Distance: 0.9km, 13 min walk
Ofsted rating: Good
Family rating: 49% (Good)
According to Property Detective, this area is a good place to settle and raise a family, with a score of 49 out of a possible 100, the area receives a ‘Good’ rating on Property Detective’s family friendliness scale
Located in the catchment area for comprehensive schools on a par with those in the private sector, it’s hardly surprising families are forking out a premium for properties in this small residential village.
The spots are also popular with older people who have retired and want to be on the outskirts of Portsmouth city centre.
Colin Shairp, of local estate agent Town & Country Southern, says: “Drayton and Cosham, like nearby Farlington, have the highest number of retirees and professionals in Portsmouth — and it’s an area of wealth.
“As you find in most suburbs, the people who live here are not in Victorian terraced housing — they’ve got characterful 1930s builds with three bedrooms, good sized back gardens, and car parking. These are things you don’t get if you live in the city itself.
“There’s also very good schooling in the area. Springfield is a comprehensive that’s classed as the second best school in Portsmouth. Its two feeders are Court Lane and Solent, and they are also very highly regarded. Because of the standard of these schools, there’s a real desire among people to buy within the area, which obviously pushes up the prices.
“The majority of the properties were built in the 1930s, and then again in the 1950s — back when there was a restriction on building materials because of the First and Second World Wars. For that reason, the majority of properties were built with three bedrooms.
“The average price is £270,000, but we’ve got houses that cost £1million. The further down Drayton hill you go, the less you pay. Higher up the hill, the views are better, and so it’s more fashionable and desirable to live there — but obviously more expensive.”
As far as local amenities go, Colin says the locals are well catered for. “We’ve got all your big stores – Sainsbury’s, B&Q and so on – and there’s also smaller shops like newsagents and convenience stores. There are very few pubs, but there are quite a few good restaurants in the area.”
Featured property (pictured) UNDER OFFER
- ‘Hillview’, 23 Salisbury Road, East Cosham
- Town & Country Southern, 023 9327 7288 www.townandcountrysouthern.co.uk