With its beautiful, rolling countryside, impressive coastline, amenities and accessibility it is no wonder that a Hampshire home search offers an attractive solution for many buyers.
People commencing a Hampshire home search are usually drawn by a very manageable commute into London combined with a more rural and verdant setting than some of its more urban Surrey counterparts. With the areas surrounding towns like Petersfield, Winchester and Basingstoke becoming ever more popular with young families looking for a life in the country but requiring a swift run back to the city.
Most people setting about a Hampshire home search are surprised by the choice of possible lifestyles that the county has to offer. Those seeking a coastal property are able to look at towns like Lymington or hop across the water to the Isle of Wight both of which offer a fantastic array of properties and the ultimate combination of coastal lifestyle and proximity to London.
Others look to the Northern edge of the county and carry out their Hampshire home search in the triangle South of Newbury. This has become a hugely popular area with young families moving out of South West London looking for a period property close to a choice of great schools.
Many people head to Hampshire specifically to take advantage of the excellent schooling on offer. There are many great institutions to choose from with private prep schools like Highfield, Twyford, Pilgrims, Cheam or Farleigh, or excellent senior schools like Winchester College, Bedales, or St Swithuns.
Many are drawn to a Hampshire home search and the remarkable landscape that the New Forest offers with its unenclosed heathland and pastureland together with roaming ponies and livestock. Not only popular for the wonderful rural pursuits such as walking, riding and biking throughout the New Forest National Park, many are drawn to the picturesque villages such as Bucklers Hard and Beaulieu, whose architecturally beautiful period properties are matched only by the sense of community within these villages. With a reasonable commute time back to London and nearby Southampton airport providing excellent European air links, many are finding that moving further out reaps many benefits.
Always popular for a Hampshire home search is the West Surrey / East Hampshire region. With excellent road links via the A31, which serves the A3, and a good rail link back to London, the area provides much for both young families and those wanting a more rural environment. The town of Farnham and its surrounding villages such as Tilford and Frensham provide an array of character and period properties to suit all budgets, together with good schools. Moving further west towards Winchester the areas around Bentley, Alresford, Froyle and Bentworth remain popular and are considered part of Jane Austen country, with many buyers attracted by the abundant Georgian architecture of the area.