Why would you want to live anywhere other than Havant?
The market town of Havant can trace its roots back to the Roman times but after a fire ripped through the town in 1760, only the church and late 16th century cottages were left. Nowadays however it’s a popular commuter town with plenty of new developments for young families.
Featured area: PO9 3NS
Closest primary school: Bidbury Infant School
Distance: 1km, 15 min walk
Ofsted rating: Outstanding
Closest secondary school: Crookhorn College
Distance: 1.6km, 7 min drive
Ofsted rating: Good
Family rating: 70% (Outstanding)
According to Property Detective, despite a ‘limited’ range of schools, the quality of those in the immediate vicinity and the abundance of nearby facilities for families means that this postcode receives an ‘outstanding’ rating on family friendliness
There are a lot of new developments in the area also though.
“Large swathes of housing sits in the estates of Leigh Park, West Leigh, Warren Park and Bedhampton which offer well-built two-and three-bedroom homes with excellent family and first time buy accommodation,” explains Steve Mullins, director at Chapplins estate agents.
“Outside of these areas you’ll find numerous three-bed semi-detached homes built in the 1930s and 1950s, along with three-and four-bedroom detached housing. Naturally we also have a number of 1960/70s-built houses, especially by the Denvilles areas, but are also seeing a lot of new development too.”
There’s still a trace of a time gone by though. “There are some stunning Edwardian and Victorian properties, terraces, semi’s and some lovely detached homes,” adds Steve.
According to Rightmove most of the sales in Havant over the past year were terraced properties which on average sold for £192,543. Semi-detached properties had an average sold price of £244,617 and detached properties averaged at £396,250.
The location is one of the factors that makes this quaint town so popular with buyers. “We have the lovely Chichester Harbour on our doorstep, and you can reach London in just over an hour and fifteen minutes,” says Steve, who adds:“There is so much to do in the area.”
The town has a great array of shops and facilities close to hand and plenty of walks, especially down by the Billy Lane for seaside views. Or, if you’re the captain of the team or just a spectator, there’s plenty happening for sport fans.
“Havant provides good sporting facilities with local leisure centre with swimming pool,” Steve adds. There’s also cricket, rugby and hockey clubs, a couple of bowls clubs and the facilities at Chichester Harbour for the sailing community. “So where else would anyone want to live?” Steve wonders.
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- 29 Brooklands Road, Bedhampton Havant Hampshire, PO9 3NS
- Chapplins 02392 482261