Emsworth is bursting with period character.
Positioned at the top of Chichester Harbour, Emsworth is a historical market town with lots to do.
Featured area: PO10 7AY
Closest primary school: Emsworth Primary School
Distance: 1.3km, 5 min drive
Ofsted rating: Good
Closest secondary school: Bourne Community College
Distance: 1.6km, 7 min drive
Ofsted rating: Good
Family rating: 59% (Good)
According to Property Detective, this area is a good place to settle and raise a family, with a score of 59 out of a possible 100, the area receives a ‘Good’ rating on Property Detective’s family friendliness scale
“Popular. Charming. Beautiful. Emsworth is a really lovely little semi-rural town by the water,” explains Matthew Inker, manager at Henry Adams. “It really is a perfect little place.”
With direct links to the A27 and railway lines, Emsworth is an easy two-hour commute for those travelling into London. The town started as a small Saxon village and still maintains some of the character from a time gone by.
“Central Emsworth has much older property styles but there are modern flats and new developments springing up,” Matthew says.
According to Henry Adams the starting price for a one or two bedroom property is around £200,000. Prices can reach up to £1 million in more central locations though. “There is a real mix of residents in Emsworth too. In the centre there are a lot of retirees but further out from the centre there are a lot of young families because of the two thriving primary schools.”
Emsworth town centre is a haven for foodies too. Besides a scrumptious mix of cafes, restaurants and pubs, the area is fortunate enough to maintain a high number of locally run, independent shops – butchers, fishmongers, delicatessens, florists, greengrocers and more line the streets of this quaint town centre.
You can also expect some sensational flavours coming from the annual Emsworth British Food Fortnight and nearby farmers markets.
However if you’d rather explore the seven seas than the local menus, Emsworth’s coast line is very popular with residents and tourists alike. “There’s plenty of opportunity to set sail down the coast too. Water sports are a big thing around here,” Matthew explains.
Founded in 1919, The Emsworth Sailing Club is the oldest sailing club in the Chichester Harbour and allows juniors and experienced sailors membership. “And if you fancy a rest afterwards,” Matthew says. “The Blue Bell down by the water is a great local for a quick pint.”
Featured property (pictured)
- The Jetty, 3 John King Shipyard, Emsworth, PO10 7AY
- Henry Adams 01243 377773 www.henryadams.co.uk