Lifestyle and location

Southampton is the largest city in Hampshire and is rich in history and culture.

Having been a major trading port throughout British history, home to the Spitfire and standing as one of the world’s largest natural harbours, it is no surprise that the city is home to many historical buildings and sites. Notable landmarks include the Titanic museum, Southampton’s 14th century town walls, which are the UK’s third longest example of surviving medieval defensive walls and, not to mention a plethora of locally listed buildings that act as remarkable examples of Tudor and early Medieval architecture.

However, the city centre was transformed in 2000 with the addition of West Quay shopping and dining complex. Opening its doors to the public, West Quay offers Southampton’s residents an astonishing variety of shops and restaurants in a pleasant and architecturally sound environment. Now in its second phase of development, the leisure hub offers even more opportunities for those looking to relax, such as a multiplex cinema and bowling complex.

Beside the city’s brilliant culture and vibrancy, with Southampton hosting an annual International Film Festival, today the city is also renowned for its sport. Home to the Saints, Southampton FC is a Premier League club, offering Sotonians the chance to witness the UK’s top football experiences and matches right on their doorstep. The city is also the home of Hampshire cricket, with the famous Ageas Bowl being situated in the West End, along with a David Lloyd Health & Tennis club. Southampton is an amazing sporting community where all the family can get involved.

For those appreciating the more peaceful activities life has to offer, Southampton again offers something for everyone. Located on a peninsular between the river Test and Itchen, and lying on the Solent, Southampton is a beautiful coastal city. Offering breath-taking walks, beaches and seascapes, the city is only a stone’s throw away from the New Forest and Isle of Wight, offering its residents inner city living with countryside activities in close proximity.

Located 75 miles Southwest of London, the city itself is a booming economy and business centre. Thanks to established travel infrastructure including an inner city bus service, numerous respected cab firms and a mainline train station with direct links to London Waterloo and the West, Southampton certainly is accessible. With proximity to both the M27 and M3 motorways, as well as the offer of ferry docks linked to both France and other UK ports, moving around the city and out of it couldn’t be easier.

Jackson Bailey focuses predominantly on property for sale in Southampton’s Eastern suburbs where the transport links and shopping facilities continue in force. Hedge End itself hosts an array of superstore shopping outlets including M&S, Sainsbury’s, Next, B&Q, as well as several furniture and home furnishing stores.

There are also many excellent schools in the area with Wildern, Wyvern and Bitterne Park school being very popular secondary schools, as well as excellent primary schools with good and outstanding Ofsted reports, catchment areas are nothing to worry about.