Amanda has worked in estate agency in the Southeast of England in both residential and commercial property sales.
Buying a Hampshire Property in 2022
So you've set your sights on a house in Hampshire. Who can blame you? It's a beautiful county with the New Forest National Park at its heart and a great stretch of spectacular coastline facing out towards the Isle of Wight. It is a county of great contrasts, and this is certainly reflected in the property prices. The north of the county is firmly within the London commuter belt, and house prices have risen sharply in recent times as people flee the capital to search for more affordable locations with an easy train commute. The chocolate box villages within the Forest are also at a premium, as are the chintzy coastal hamlets facing the yachting lanes off the Hamble river. Yet the larger towns remain surprisingly affordable by comparison.
Prices for Basic 3-Bedroom Homes in January 2022
|Up to £250,000||£250,001 to £350,000||£350,001 plus|
Sockbridge & Houghton
Three-bedroom homes in this north Hampshire town start at around £340,000, which is not too bad considering that Aldershot is firmly within the London commuter belt and lies on a direct train route into London Waterloo (approximately 50 minutes journey time). The New Year (2022) has brought a flurry of price reductions on older listings, so keep an eye out for bargains.
Aldershot is traditionally linked with the British Armed Forces. The first permanent Army training camp was built here at the time of the Crimean War in 1854, and the town has been involved in the life of the military establishment ever since.
Aldershot has both state and private schools through to sixth form, a comprehensive shopping centre, and plentiful sports and leisure facilities.
Alton is a traditional market town in East Hampshire. Located on the southwest source of the River Wey, it is the highest town in the county. Handily placed on a direct railway line to London Waterloo (approx 1 hour and 15 minutes journey time), the town is a great spot for commuters looking to raise a family. Alton has good schools through to secondary level, a sixth form college, and is within easy reach of three universities. Basic, terraced, three-bedroom homes start at a little under £325,000, and you might find the occasional 'DIY project' house or small, terraced property for quite a lot less if you're quick!
In 1086, the Domesday Book recorded that Andover had 107 male inhabitants, making It quite a good-sized settlement by the standards of the day. As you might imagine, the town has grown considerably since then, and modern-day Andover is a flourishing location within the London commuter belt (One hour and around fifteen minutes on a direct rail route to London Waterloo). The town has good employment opportunities, especially in connection with the Ministry of Defence, which has a large presence locally. Three-bedroom houses start at around £240,000 (January 2022).
The London and South Western Railway arrived in Basingstoke in 1839, connecting it to the capital, and within a year, the line had extended to Winchester and Southampton. Soon branch lines from Reading and Salisbury were also established. With such an excellent network of transport links firmly in place, Basingstoke's future as a Victorian centre for commerce and industry was secure.
Modern-day Basingstoke is still a thriving town and is the largest urban development in Hampshire. Situated in the North-East of the county, it is close enough to London to be attractive to commuters (under an hour to Waterloo station), but with so many employment opportunities locally, residents may simply choose to work closer to home. A simple three-bedroom property can be bought here for a little under £250,000 (January 2022). With good schools, and a full selection of local amenities, the town is a popular choice for families.
Bishop's Waltham has a handsome centre with many historic Georgian buildings alongside the Norman parish church. The ancient bishops of Winchester built a Palace here in medieval times, and its picturesque ruins remain, now under the protection of English Heritage. The town retains a unique character, and the price of property here is, therefore, a pleasant surprise. A three-bedroom house can be secured from as little as £300,000, but you may have to be vigilant as lower end houses are not always available.
Although there is no longer a railway station in Bishop's Waltham, commuters can catch a direct train into London from nearby Botley (an hour and a half journey time from Botley to London Waterloo).
What's not to like about pretty Brockenhurst? Nestled in the heart of the New Forest, one of Britain's favourite National Parks, this lovely old village has the benefit of a great location with the added bonus of being on a mainline railway link with London Waterloo (one hour 40 minutes) and Southampton (less than half an hour). The largest village by population within the boundaries of the Forest, Brockenhurst has schools through to sixth form and is an ideal location for lovers of the countryside who still wish to be close to the wide range of facilities that larger towns such as nearby Southampton and Bournemouth, have on offer. Basic 3-bedroom properties can be bought for around £485,000 in Brockenhurst, but these seldom come on the market, and a more realistic budget would be £550,000 plus.
Eastleigh lies between Southampton and Winchester. Once little more than a village, the town first saw substantial development with the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century. Modern-day Eastleigh is home to many businesses, and work is plentiful here. The town grew up along the banks of the River Itchen, a designated site of Special Scientific Interest and a favoured spot for fly fishing. A one-hour and 20-minute rail journey will take you from Eastleigh into London Waterloo.
With local schools through to sixth form, and two further education colleges at hand, Eastleigh is a great location to buy a family home, so it's good to know that a three-bedroom house can be bought here from approximately £250,000.
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Fareham's iron sculpture park was created in 2001 to celebrate the work of Henry Cort, who had an iron rolling mill on the outskirts of the town. Henry Cort Community College in the town also bears his name. Aside from monuments to famous residents, the historic High Street at the heart of Fareham contains a mixture of independent specialty shops and businesses, pubs and restaurants, offices and chain stores. There are good schools and sports and leisure facilities as well as an attractive waterfront. The town lies at the northwest tip of Portsmouth Harbour, between the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton. £285,000 is sufficient to buy a basic three bedroom accommodation here.
Well known for its Airport and Air Show, Farnborough is a town in north east Hampshire. Founded in Saxon times and mentioned in the Domesday Book, it is a historic location with a number of noteworthy landmarks within its boundaries, including St Michael's Abbey, the final resting place of Emporer Napoleon lll and his wife and son. Farnborough is well served by both road and rail links. A typical rail commute into London Waterloo will take around 40 minutes on a direct route from the town's main station. With good local schools through to sixth form, and excellent local amenities, three-bedroom house prices in the town begin at around £300,000.
The arrival of the Esso oil refinery in 1921 transformed Fawley from a tiny village to a thriving small town. The oil refinery and its related chemical works remain a major local employer. Houses in Fawley itself don't exactly flood onto the market, and there is quite a range of property types. If you're very lucky, however, you might see a basic three-bedroom property for sale from around £285,000, but realistically budget for £325,000 plus to ensure a chance at buying a property here.
Located in the north east of Hampshire, Fleet is part of an area voted the best place to live in the UK by the Halifax Quality of Life study in four consecutive years. Factors included were the relative affluence of the population, weather and health conditions, and access to leisure space and the countryside. Fleet is also locally famous for Fleet Pond, the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire.
The town has an attractive High Street with many old buildings still in evidence, schools through to sixth form, and easy rail access to the capital (Fleet to London Waterloo in under an hour) Budget a minimum of £400,000 to secure a basic family home in this desirable location. Smaller, cheaper terrace properties do come up from time to time, but you need to keep a keen eye on the market to find one.
£420,000 should be sufficient to buy a basic three-bedroom house in this lovely New Forest town, although lower-end properties are few and far between in Fordingbridge. Once home to the famous Welsh artist Augustus John (1878-1961), Fordingbridge lies on the banks of the River Avon. The first Great Bridge, from which the town received its present name, was built in mediaevall times and is a major feature of the town. The bridge's seven graceful arches form a picture-perfect backdrop to the town’s the riverside park.
In the first week of June 1944, convoys of vehicles that had been carefully concealed from German discovery in areas away from the coast moved into position on the quayside at Gosport in preparation for loading onto landing craft that had been built in readiness for a Channel crossing. The initial plan was for the invasion of France to begin on 5 June, but bad weather delayed plans by one day, and in the end, it was June 6th that would be remembered in history as D Day. Gosport still remains strongly connected with the Navy and the other armed forces. A naval firepower museum and a submarine museum stand alongside the harbour and are part of Gosport's proud maritime heritage.
With all the amenities you would expect in a large, built-up area, Gosport has the added bonus of an attractive waterfront and excellent transport links. A simple three-bedroom house in the town can be bought for as little as £180,000, making it a very affordable location in an otherwise expensive county.
Havant is a town in the southeast corner of Hampshire, about halfway between Portsmouth and Chichester. Havant has direct rail links to Portsmouth, London and Brighton from Havant railway station. There are good local schools through to sixth form and a wide range of retail and leisure facilities in the area. Three-bedroom homes in Havant start at around £260,000.
The grave of Princess Yourievsky (1878-1959) a member of the ill-fated Russian Royal family may be found in St. Peter's churchyard on Hayling Island. The lady made her home on the island after escaping the Russian Revolution. She is just one of many interesting characters to succumb to the seaside charms of this pretty spot just off the Hampshire coast, near Portsmouth. It is connected to the mainland via a road bridge, and £325,000 should be just about sufficient to land yourself a standard three bedroom place here.
Kings Worthy and Headbourne Worthy
You'll need in excess of £435,000 to guarantee a shot at buying a basic three bedroom house in the popular villages of Kings Worthy and Headbourne Worthy. Realistically a budget of £460,000 is probably nearer the mark, although there are a few, smaller, cheaper terraced houses that occasionally come on the market. Kings Worthy lies about two miles north-east of Winchester, and has its own primary school.
Lymington is renowned as a sailing resort; it has two large marinas and two sailing clubs. There is a real maritime flavour to the town, and this is a consistent theme in the many boutique shops in and around the town centre. Close to the harbour is an open-air seawater bath that was built in 1833.
If you love boats and water pursuits in general, there is plenty to do and see here. The fine old High Street has a pleasing mix of traditional independent traders interspersed with chain stores, and most everyday needs are catered for. Basic three-bedroom homes can be bought in Lymington from around £360,000 upwards. These are few and far between, however, so budget a minimum of £500,000 and be prepared to pay quite a lot more.
This handsome town is known locally as the "Capital of the New Forest", and much of the Forest's administration is organized from here. Many of the town centre buildings are quaint and historic, and the church of St. Michael and All Angels, built in the 1860s, contains a fresco by Frederic Lord Leighton and stained-glass windows by other renowned Pre-Raphaelite artists, including William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.
Although Lyndhurst itself does not have a railway station, it is only 3 miles from Ashurst New Forest station and four miles from Brockenhurst, where direct line trains can whisk you to London Waterloo in one direction and Southampton in the other. Property prices in this glorious location are far from cheap. Certainly not cheap enough for the average first-time buyer. Expect to spend a minimum of between £385,000 and £450,000 for a three-bedroom house here, but be prepared to pay quite a lot more to guarantee a home in lovely Lyndhurst.
Portsmouth is one of the cheapest locations in Hampshire, and with so much going on in the town, £230,000 for a basic three-bedroom house sounds like a very reasonable price. Portsmouth Historic Dockyards are home to Henry Vlll's flagship, 'The Mary Rose', as well as Nelson's flagship, 'The Victory'. The dockyards are a fascinating warren of museums and exhibits and well worth a visit. The main harbour continues to shelter naval vessels, and there is a strong maritime connection locally, with the Royal Navy and other allied services providing a great many employment opportunities in the area.
As a location to live in, the town has everything you would expect in terms of schools, leisure facilities, and other amenities. Yes, it is very built-up and crowded, but it is also incredibly convenient for both the seaside and countryside and has excellent transport links in all directions.
Located on the banks of the River Avon, Ringwood is an historic market town situated on the edge of the New Forest, close to the county's southwest border with Dorset. There has been a weekly market in Ringwood since the Middle Ages, and the town centre has a mellow, laid-back, ageless charm about it. With a good sprinkling of shops covering most everyday essentials, good local leisure facilities, and a range of local schools through to sixth form, including a Steiner school, the town would be a pleasant spot to raise a family. Three bedroom properties can be bought here from upwards of £330,000.
The Vikings sacked Romsey in 993 in an orgy of destruction that included burning down the church. The villagers were resilient, however, and they soon commenced rebuilding. The Normans created the large stone abbey at Romsey in around 1140, bringing extra security and wealth to the surrounding parishes. The local community flourished, and a weekly market was established. The success of the local wool industry ensured Romsey's growth during the Middle Ages, and the town continued to prosper off the back of the wool trade right through to the mid-1700s.
Modern-day Romsey is a pleasant market town surrounded by beautiful countryside. Three-bedroom homes may be bought in this very lovely and historic location from around £290,000.
Southampton is the largest city in Hampshire and is situated 75 miles (121 km) southwest of London. It is a major port on the south coast, lying at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the meeting point of the River Test and River Itchen, and it is the setting-off point for many cruise ships, including some of the largest vessels sailing today.
With plentiful local employment opportunities, educational establishments through to the university level, excellent transport links, and an extensive shopping centre, there is a great deal to like about Southampton, not least the very reasonable house prices. A small three-bedroom family home can cost little more than a very affordable £190,000 in this South coast city.
Stockbridge & Houghton
Budget a bare minimum of £360,000 if you're hoping to bag a basic three-bedroom terrace house in this picturesque location nestled amongst densely wooded hills. Cheaper-end houses rarely come on to the market here, however, so you'll need to be vigilant.
Set in the Test Valley, the small town of Stockbridge and its very close neighbour, the village of Houghton, are close to attractions such as the historic house and gardens of Mottisfont Abbey, Longstock Water Gardens, Danebury Hill Fort and the Museum of Army Flying.
Stockbridge has schools through to sixth form, good leisure facilities (especially trout fishing) and reasonable road links. There is, however, no mainline railway station.
£260,000 should suffice to buy a first family home in quaintly named Waterlooville. Legend has it that the name derived from a pub named Heroes of Waterloo that once stood at the centre of the village, which was previously known as Wait Lane End. Somehow, over time, the name 'Waterlooville' developed and came into such common usage that the old name for the village was abandoned. In more recent times, the village has become a thriving town, with schools through to sixth form level. The nearest train station is in Bedhampton, but there is a good public bus service linking the Waterlooville to other nearby towns.
Once named in the Sunday Times as the best city to live in, in the UK, Winchester has definite star quality. In fact, the historic cathedral city was called "practically perfect" by the Sunday Times Best Places To Live guide, thanks to its outdoor spaces, community spirit and quality of living. With all this in mind, it will come as no surprise that basic three-bedroom homes start at around £350,000.
The city of Winchester lies on the edge of the South Downs National Park. It’s known for its Castle, University, and medieval Cathedral. The city has an attractive, historic shopping centre at its heart, and the housing stock is a mix of old and new. Winchester lies on the mainline rail route into London Waterloo, and a typical commute takes a little over an hour.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2016 Amanda Severn
Amanda Severn (author) from UK on April 01, 2016:
Hi Bob, good to hear from you! This is my first hub in ever such a long time. I always intended to complete all the different counties, and an unexpected pause in my regular work has given me some time to crack on with it. Hope the hubs are treating you kindly! love, Amanda
diogenes from UK and Mexico on April 01, 2016:
I am not likely to buy a house in Hampshire, not even Bradford where perhaps I could afford one. But your article should appeal to the well-heeled. Now we have to sign in to comment? Not a bad idea, keeps the idiots at bay.
Well, from one of the old-timers to another...keep on keying!
Love Diogenes (Bob)