Best areas to live in Portsmouth
A compact, quirky city, there are so many great areas to settle down in Portsmouth. Whatever your budget and requirements – whether it’s good schools, a bustling high street, or access to green space – there’s the perfect place in Portsmouth for you.
Just a 10-minute drive out of Portsmouth city centre, Southsea is popular with locals and tourists alike, due to its gravel beach, pier, and amusement park – not to mention its public volleyball and tennis courts! The average cost of a property in this part of Portsmouth is £273,712, and mainly consist of 2-3 bedroom Victorian and Edwardian houses.
The average house in Cosham will set you back by £309,844, and will typically be a 1930s semi or detached home. Located 3 miles north of Portsmouth, its great transport links makes it a hugely desirable area for commuters – with trains to Southampton taking less than 40 minutes, and London in two hours.
Situated by Old Portsmouth and near the university campus, Gunwharf Quays is one of the most sought-after areas in the city. This waterside neighbourhood offers prestigious property located in converted Navy buildings, with lots of shops, bars and restaurants located on your doorstep. Average properties here cost £293,881, and if you’re lucky, you might get to enjoy a beautiful view of the marina from your window.
Less than 2 miles out of the city centre, Fratton is a popular choice for first-time buyers, due to its lower average property rates of £178,064. Kingston Park and Great Salterns are nearby for walks, and Fratton is also home to Portsmouth Football Club. A former industrial hub, homes here typically consist of Victorian terraces, and popularity is set to increase in the area.
Home to picturesque Milton Park, Milton is located next door to Fratton, and is a 10-minute drive out of Portsmouth city centre. The area is popular with families due to the large houses offering lots of space, with average property prices standing at £240,770. Spend your weekends at popular Milton Lake, or travel over to Hayling Island for sailing and golfing opportunities.