5 Best Places to Live in Hampshire
For Londoners looking to escape the overcrowded capital, Hampshire often tops the list of potential locations. First off, it offers a ‘doable’ commute, although there’s quite a spectrum of journey times across the county. Second, Hampshire has large cities and a good infrastructure, so leaving London doesn’t mean dropping off the map. Third, it’s got stunning countryside, and the south coast!
Hampshire is an eye-watering blend of beautiful villages, bustling market towns, and port cities. The county is home to two distinguished rivers – the Test and the Meon, and the hidden gem at the eastern reaches is the New Forest woodland. At Schepens we’ve been moving families to our stunning home county for over 100 years. We thought we’d talk about the 5 locations that our clients consider the best places to live in Hampshire.
1. Winchester – Ancient Capital of England
Winchester is, without a doubt, the superstar city of the county. It regularly leads the field in ‘Best Places to Live in the UK’ lists, and offers movers a seductive blend of historic architecture, great schools, glorious countryside, High St shops and glorious countryside on the doorstep. On the downside, it’s an expensive place to live and it does get swamped by tourists, especially during the summer.
Commute – Average train journey to London – 60 minutes
2. Basingstoke – A Hub for Shoppers and Digital Technology
Not the most glamorous of the Hampshire locations, but Basingstoke is certainly a great place for families to put down roots. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, this is a hub for digital technology, and in 2019 was named one of the top 5 UK locations for investment in the sector. There’s a great music venue at the heart of the town, plus theatre, arts and an impressive range of shops.
Commute – Average train journey to London – 50 minutes
3. Portsmouth – A Historic Port City
Portsmouth is home to the Royal Navy, final resting place of some of our most famous historic ships, and a hugely vibrant 21st century city. The Gunwharf Quays offers superb shopping right on the waterfront, and there’s a great range of galleries, arts and music venues across the city. This is a location that has really come into its own over the past couple of decades and its a really popular spot for movers.
Commute – Average train journey to London – 90 minutes
4. Fareham – A Traditional Market Town
Fareham tends to be popular with retirees who want ease of access to cities, countryside and coast. It has all the charms of a traditional market town, whilst being conveniently sandwiched between Southampton to the west and Portsmouth to the east. Fareham has always been the traditional home of naval officers, and this is why there are a good many handsome Georgian properties across the town.
Commute – Average train journey to London – 105 minutes
5. Southampton – a University City
Southampton has been a trading port since Roman times and it still serves that purpose today, with cruise and cargo ships bringing the world to the city. It’s also home to 2 major universities, which lends the city its energy and dynamism. Ferries leave for the Isle of Wight regularly, and the New Forest is literally on the doorstep.
Commute – Average train journey to London – 80 minutes
Schepens Provides Removals to Hampshire
We’re a 4th generation, family run removals company in Hampshire. For over a century now we’ve been moving families to towns, ports and cities across the county. Our aim is constant; to provide families with stress-free removals in the UK. How do we do it? Our removals are tailored to each client – we don’t do standard – and every single employee is a professional, trained to industry standards.
“I want to thank you for the very good service you offered me and I recommended your company to my friends. Every step of the process was very professionally done and your crew consists of nice and competent people. Thank you very much for everything.”