An area even Clouseau could work out the attraction of.
“With its imperial associations,” wrote Conan Doyle, “Southsea is a glorious place,” and who are we to argue?
Closest primary school: St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School
Distance: 500m, 13 min walk
Ofsted rating: Good
Closest secondary school: Priory School
Distance: 1.7km, 7 min drive
Ofsted rating: Requires improvement
Family rating: 65% (Good)
According to Property Detective, this area is an ideal place to settle and raise a family, with a score of 65 out of a possible 100, Southsea receives a ‘Good’ rating.
This seaside resort has been a popular tourist destination since the Victorian era and many well-known names have once called Southsea home.
The writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Pink Panther actor/comedian Peter Sellers are both former residents of Southsea, however you don’t need the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes to work out what attracted them to this picturesque area in the first place — even Inspector Clouseau could crack this case.
“Southsea is a unique mix of a traditional Victorian seaside resort and a contemporary artisan city aspiring to mark its spot on the South Coast in arts, culture, craft and industry,” explains Chris McKenzie, Branch Manager at Pearsons Estate Agents.
“It’s a vibrant place with a comprehensive range of leisure, entertainment, culinary and cultural pursuits to be enjoyed,” says Chris.
“The real beauty is that everything is reachable on foot.”
The unparalleled Victorian seafront at Southsea has incredible views of the coastline and the four-mile long promenade will lead you to everything from amusement arcades to an ice cream on a sunny day.
The town centre has a fantastic mix of independent and high street shops and international restaurants as well as the famous Kings Theatre to keep the whole family entertained even on a rainy day.
Southsea homes are predominantly of the Victorian/Edwardian era too, with some more recent infill from wartime bomb sites.
According to Pearsons, a 1-2 bed flat costs an average £100,000 to £180,000, but can reach £500,000 for a seafront or penthouse apartment.
Basic starter homes (2-3 bed terraced house) average £160,000 to £235,000 and a three-to-five-bed terrace/semi-detached house would average £250,000 to £600,000.
“There’s a strong community feel which makes it a popular area for first time buyers, professionals, families and retirees,” explains Chris.
“It’s the perfect location for first-time buyers who enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, the vivacious music scene and artisan eateries,” he adds.
“Families flock for the schools, the seaside and commuter links across Hampshire and railway links to London.”