About the Area
Southampton is a thriving commercial port with a population in excess of 250,000 and achieved city status in 1964 due to its contribution to trade and the economy. The city centre offers an extensive range of shopping and leisure facilities ranging from small boutique outlets to major department stores including the landmark West Quay shopping mall.
Restaurants, bars and cafes cater for every taste and the Cinema de lux offers the finest film viewing experience. Numerous pleasant parks together with The Common, City golf course and sports centre offer a wide range of leisure opportunities with hundreds of acres of green open space. Premier league football is played at St Marys and the Ageas Bowl is the home of Hampshire cricket hosting domestic and international matches together with live music events. The Guildhall, Mayflower and Nuffield theatres host a wide and eclectic range of plays, opera, ballet and musicals and the public art gallery in the civic centre has a famous and acclaimed collection.
The ocean village and town quay marinas provide deep water moorings and Mayflower Park is the home of the renowned annual international boat show whilst the Red Jet hydrofoil allows access to the Isle of Wight in 20 minutes.
Southampton university is ranked within the top 100 in the world with the main campus located in Highfield and the Solent campus adjacent to the central parks. The General Hospital is a highly regarded teaching establishment found in the north-western outskirts. Excellent lines of communication are provided by fast rail links to London Waterloo and the M3 & M27 motorways link to all parts of Southern Hampshire. The international airport is found just north of the city and offers a large selection of destinations to both national and international cities.
While it’s true that Southampton had some Roman and Saxon inhabitants, the city first came to be an important port when the Normans arrived in 1066, serving as the main connection to their lands in Normandy and the South of France. The Bargate in the centre of the High Street was built as the main entrance to the medieval walled town circa 1180AD and has been judged as ‘probably the finest, and certainly the most complex, town gateway in Britain’. It has had many uses, including holding the city’s original Guildhall, where merchants gathered for hundreds of years; during World War II it was used as an air-raid shelter helping the residents survive the bombings. Much of the medieval city walls also still survive, together with the vaults where the merchants stored their wine. From the middle of the 1800’s, Southampton has been famous for being a liner port. In 1912, the world’s most famous liner, The Titanic, embarked from here on its fateful maiden voyage, carrying seven hundred Southampton residents in her crew, over five hundred of whom would never return. Hundreds of other liners connected the port with the Empire and with America, making it Britain’s ‘Gateway to the World’. The rise of the aeroplane saw much of that trade depart, but now the big ships have returned as Cruise Liners, with over 500 visiting every year.
Famous Sotonians include Jane Austin, the renowned novelist, who lived in the Old Town of Southampton from 1807 to 1809. It’s even rumoured that Southampton Water is the site where King Canute tried to hold back the tides- and there’s a plaque to ‘prove’ it!
Bassett is a popular residential suburb forming a large part of north Southampton and offering potential homeowners diversity of property as well as being a pleasant environment to live in. Excellent recreational facilities are provided by the common, sports centre and the city golf course that boast a thousand acres of green open space whilst Stoneham golf and Chilworth golf club offer further facilities for the serious enthusiast. Bassett is superbly connected with access to the M3 & M27 motorways that allow access to regional towns and cities whilst The Parkway railway station is located opposite the international airport that has a fast route to London Waterloo.
The University campus is found nearby in Highfield whilst The General Hospital is less than two miles distant. A wide variety of popular schools from nursery age upwards are found within the vicinity both in the public and private sector. Local shops for day to day needs are found in several convenient locations throughout the area whilst the city centre is easily reached via The Avenue and offers extensive high street shopping and leisure facilities including the popular West Quay shopping mall that hosts a wide range of well known restaurants and the impressive Cinema de Lux entertainment venue. Since the main building programme commenced in the early 1930's, Bassett has been an aspirational area to generations of homeowners and the introduction of the Bassett plan in July 2016 that restricts re-development, further endorses the special qualities of this leafy suburb.
Bitterne is a popular residential area located on the east side of the city with an extensive array of shops found at the precinct. The city centre is two miles distant and features attractive central parks and offers major high street facilities together with West Quay shopping mall. Excellent recreational opportunities are found at Bitterne Leisure Centre, Riverside park and Manor Farm country park whilst Royal Victoria country park at Netley Abbey has stunning views of Southampton Water. Regular buses pass nearby serving all parts of the city and the local railway station is found within the vicinity. The yachting havens of Bursledon and Hamble are a short drive away and a wide variety of renowned pubs and restaurants are located within the general area.
Chilworth is Southampton’s premier address, located just four miles north of Southampton city centre and enjoying attractive leafy avenues and lanes. It has a small community coupled with an abundance of green spaces that many crave to call home. The little village is known for its long gravel driveways and big, mansion houses but is much more than meets the eye.
Chilworth is just minutes away from the centre of the city; a short drive down The Avenue and you get to experience the vibrancy and buzz that Southampton is famous for.
For commuters, it ticks all the boxes; Chilworth is within touching distance of the M3 motorway and just a short drive through neighbouring North Baddesley to the M27.
The Chilworth Arms, a cosy public house on the main road through the village, has a large selection of food and drink and a number of event nights spread across the week.
Nearby is Chilworth Manor; a former mansion house on the Chilworth Estate, which hosts scores of glamourous events throughout the year.
The village is charming because it is surrounded by beautiful woodland and is largely designated as Forest Park, to which residents from the area and farther afield come to explore; hence it has a tranquil feel to it.
Apart from the main areas of housing, there is Chilworth Old Village, tucked away beyond the 12th Century Church. Here you will find little thatched cottages dating back to the 16th Century and delightful countryside walks.
People like to come to live in the area because of the rural feel, yet it is close to the city and has very good links via road and rail to other parts of the UK and by air to Europe; it is favoured by the business community.
Chilworth also has a village hall and football field to keep you fit and healthy. The village hall, built in the 1960’s, is available to the residents with the objective of sustaining community spirit.
The suburb of Highfield is a popular residential area and is home to Southampton's thriving main university campus. This sought after location boasts some of the finest houses that are found closest to the city centre. These are positioned around the exclusive residents' gardens that boast delightful, well tended formal lawns with mature rose beds together with hard surface and grass tennis courts and a summer pavillion that can be hired for private social functions. The additional gardens closeby comprise an informal common area with a stream and allotments. The charming Collins houses of the Uplands estate were originally constructed in the late 1920's and remain as sought after and as valuable as ever.
One or two local shops can be found in Highfield Lane and the extensive facilities of Portswood Broadway cover all your day to day needs and include a Waitrose and Sainsbury's superstore. The neighbourhood is well served with popular pubs and restaurants including The Cowherds, The Crown inn, Brewhouse and Cenos. The common is easily accessible and leads to the sports centre and city golf course in Bassett offering excellent recreational facilities whilst the city centre is approximately two miles distant. The Avenue links to the M3 to the north and Thomas Lewis Way allows access to the M27 network at junction 5 where the parkway railway station (opposite the international airport) offers a fast route to London Waterloo.
Extensive school choices for all ages in both the private and private sector are found in the vicinity. Located in University Road the Nuffield Theatre and Turner Sims host an eclectic mix of live entertainment and the Jubilee sports venue has an indoor swimming pool and gym.
North Baddesley enjoys easy access to local amenities yet is within close proximity to the historic Romsey market town with its wealth of boutique retail outlets and nationally recognised stores. A great appeal of the area is that it is within catchment of well regarded schooling including Mountbatten School and North Baddesley Primary. Excellent commuter access is available via the M27 which can easily be accessed at Junction 3.
Old Chilworth Village
Old Chilworth Village is a picturesque conservation area of just 21 character homes and cottages surrounded by open countryside and positioned approximately five miles from both Southampton and Romsey centres. The village offers a strong sense of community spirit with an active church, village hall, recreation ground and revered local pub nearby. Recreational facilities are in abundance locally with the adjacent Chilworth Golf Course, Tennis Club, Southampton Common and Sports Centre all nearby. The area is beautifully maintained as part of a conservation area and convenient shopping facilities can be found in the neighbouring village of North Baddesley with the village ideally positioned for excellent commuter links and well regarded schooling.
Nursling and Rownhams
Nursling and Rownhams is a sought after residential area perfectly positioned between the thriving city of Southampton and the market abbey town of Romsey. Comprising some 2,300 properties the traditional houses found in the original villages have been supplemented by a wide range of modern property styles to suit every buyer's needs and a monthly magazine keeps residents informed of neighbourhood news and events. Rownhams Wood is an attractive area of natural forest and is popular with dog walkers. Highly regarded schools for all ages are found within the vicinity and easy to access to the M27 and M3 motorway networks allow fast lines of communication to all areas of Southern Hampshire and beyond. Romsey golf club and St Boniface Park together with the David Lloyd tennis and leisure centre provide excellent recreational facilities whilst hundreds of square miles of The New Forest National Park are a short drive away. A number of popular public houses are found throughout the area and cater for all tastes.
Upper Shirley is a popular residential area with Hill Lane on its eastern boundary bordering The Common and Winchester Road on its western boundary leading to St James Park, both of which provide excellent recreational facilities and acres of green open space. Comprising predominantly 1930s characterful traditional houses, the area offers all styles of properties to suit every purchaser ranging from terraced and semi detached houses to substantial detached family homes. There are also flats and maisonettes from varying eras with the occasional bungalow so there really is something for everyone. Local shops, takeaways and cafes are found in St James Road and a small retail park is found on Winchester Road. The Bellemoor Tavern and Malvern public house are strategically placed on the outer perimeter roads of the suburb and provide excellent facilities. Sought after schooling for all ages from early years to renowned sixth form colleges are found within the general area and the central railway station is found just off the southern end of Hill Lane by Commercial Road.
Two bowling greens together with local parks, The Common and The Sports centre at the top of Hill lane cater for a wide host of popular leisure pursuits. The city centre is easily reached and access to the M3 & M27 networks are within easy travelling distance. Upper Shirley has proved ever popular being equidistant from The University and General Hospital.
West End is a sought after ‘village’ style suburb to the east of Southampton with excellent road, rail and air transport links. The high street hosts an excellent variety of local shops and there is a good choice of popular schooling for all ages within the vicinity. Superb leisure facilities are provided by the Itchen Valley country park whilst Manor Farm Country Park enjoys walks along the Hamble river. The nearby retail park offers superb "out of town" shopping and the nearby Ageas Bowl is the home of Hampshire cricket hosting international matches and live music events. The yachting havens of Hamble and Bursledon are a short drive away.