Southsea village has charm and character but plenty of amenities.
People have been looking out to the wider world from Southsea Common since long before Henry VIII watched the Mary Rose turn turtle in 1545.
Featured area: PO4 9RE
Closest primary school: Cumberland Infant School
Ofsted rating: Good
Closest secondary school: Priory School
Ofsted rating: Good
Family rating: 47%
According to Property Detective, this area is a good place to settle and raise a family, with a score of 47 out of a possible 100. This places it in the top 60% of all places nationally.
Today, the view is dominated to the west by Palmerston’s follies, island sea forts that pair with his constructions along Portsdown Hill, the backdrop to this coastal strip of Hampshire, once intended to fend off the French.
Palmerston’s name is also linked to the commercial heart of Southsea – Palmerston Road stretches back from the Common to become the principal shopping area with big name retailers lined up alongside more specialised local businesses.
The view out to sea is what draws buyers, says Colin Shairp of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire.
“As islanders, there is an undoubted draw to the coast,” he adds. “Southsea answers that call while providing very comfortable seafront properties such as Mountbatten, a large house now being divided into five apartments and attracting huge interest.
“Behind the seafront, the liking for large villas continues in the conservation area with heavy architectural influence from Thomas Ellis Owen, who created homes that were considered the epitome of good design and luxury as the Victorian urge to build reached its peak.
“The area is known as Owen’s Southsea – and only last year I was selling a modern £850,000 home in Branksmere Terrace, created within the grounds of Branksmere House using Owen’s distinctive style.
“Hiding behind some of these magnificent period piles are smaller but no less appealing homes. Sometimes the only sign of their presence is a gate in a wall with perhaps a name plaque alongside. The maze of old thoroughfares lends itself to creating these secret corners.
“Homes in Southsea are neighbours to great schools and transport links as well as the source of bracing sea air, so it’s hardly surprising prices can easily top £1 million, although for half that you can have a comfortable home on the seafront, thanks to the many skilful conversion projects of older houses, new build schemes, or some the properties in the myriad side streets which are also lined with smaller, affordable homes.”
Featured property (pictured)
- Eastern Parade, Southsea, PO4 9RE
- Fine and Country Southern Hampshire
023 93 277 277 www.fineandcountry.com