Relocating to Bournemouth

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Relocating to Bournemouth

Why Bournemouth is Beckoning Big City Dwellers

Swapping the city for the golden sands of Bournemouth – it’s a dream many share. But beyond the postcard-perfect scenery, Bournemouth offers a potent blend of factors that are actively drawing in an influx of urban escapees. A recent study by Rightmove revealed that Bournemouth was the second most popular seaside town for Londoners seeking relocation, with 44% citing a desire for a “better quality of life” as their main motivation.

Schepens is a local removals company that has been helping movers relocating to Bournemouth for over a century. We know this popular destination well, so it delights us to offer this guide to the city, its surrounds, and the benefits of moving to the south coast. Let’s start by considering what exactly is it about this southern coastal town that’s turning heads and packing our removal vans?

Seaside Serenity

It’s hard to overstate the power of the sea. Bournemouth boasts seven miles of pristine coastline, with golden sands and turquoise waters beckoning sunbathers, surfers, and paddle-boarders alike. This proximity to the ocean not only offers a daily dose of wellness, but also contributes to a calmer pace of life, a stark contrast to the frenetic energy of city life.

Space to Breathe

Trading cramped apartments for houses with gardens is a major draw for city dwellers seeking more space. Bournemouth offers a variety of housing options, from Victorian villas to modern apartments, all with significantly more square footage than their urban counterparts. This translates to more room to breathe, play, and grow, a crucial factor for families and professionals alike.

A Thriving Local Community

Bournemouth isn’t just about sun, sand, and surf. It’s a vibrant town with a thriving arts and culture scene, boasting museums, galleries, theatres, and a diverse range of restaurants and bars. This lively atmosphere, coupled with the friendly and welcoming nature of the locals, fosters a strong sense of community, something often missing in the anonymity of city life (Bournemouth Echo, 2023).

A Gateway to Nature

Bournemouth is fortunate to be located in one of the most beautiful counties in the UK. The New Forest National Park, with its ancient woodlands and roaming ponies, is just a stone’s throw away, offering endless opportunities for hiking, cycling, and wildlife spotting. This easy access to green spaces provides a welcome escape from the urban concrete jungle and contributes to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

If you’re dreaming of trading the rush hour for the roar of the ocean, Bournemouth might just be your perfect escape. Buckle up, because your removal van is about to be packed with beach essentials and dreams of a brighter future by the sea.

Average Property Prices in Bournemouth

When it comes to housing in Bournemouth, there’s something for every budget and lifestyle. Here’s a quick snapshot of average house prices across three distinct areas, showcasing the spectrum of property values:

1. The Buzz of Westbourne. Nestled between the beach and bustling Bournemouth town centre, Westbourne is a trendy haven for young professionals and creatives. Boutique shops, independent cafes, and art galleries line the streets, while Victorian villas and modern apartments make up the housing scene. Average house prices here hover around £300,000, reflecting the area’s vibrancy and proximity to the beach (Rightmove, 2024).


2. Southbourne, a Family-Friendly Haven. A short hop east, Southbourne offers a charming contrast to Westbourne’s buzz. With its wide sandy beach, paddling pools, and family-friendly atmosphere, it’s popular with young families and retirees. Detached houses and bungalows dominate the landscape, with average prices falling around £400,000, making it a popular choice for those seeking a quieter pace of life by the sea (Zoopla, 2024).

3. The Clifftop Exclusivity of Sandbanks. For those seeking ultimate luxury, Sandbanks reigns supreme. This exclusive enclave boasts palatial mansions perched on cliffs overlooking the sparkling sea. Private beaches, Michelin-starred restaurants, and celebrity neighbours are par for the course, and average house prices reflect this exclusivity, soaring to a staggering £1.5 million (Savills, 2024).


Public Transport in Bournemouth

Bournemouth offers a diverse and ever-evolving network of transport options. From the convenient bus and train connections to the popular Beryl Bikes (the biggest bike share system outside of London) and e-scooters, you can navigate the vibrant town centre and surrounding areas with ease. Public transport offers regular services by bus and train to Southbourne, Westbourne, and Charminster, or across Poole Harbour to the picturesque Poole Quay and Mudeford.

Bournemouth has committed to a greener transport future. Transforming Travel, a £100m infrastructure investment, aims to make walking, cycling, and using public transport the most appealing choices, particularly for those shorter trips. For those venturing further, Bournemouth International Airport awaits with its convenient location and connections to a variety of holiday destinations, from sun-soaked Portugal to vibrant Spain.

Schools in Bournemouth

Bournemouth isn’t just about sun-kissed beaches and sparkling waves – it’s also an excellent choice for families who are looking for exceptional educational opportunities. With 85 primary schools and 39 secondary schools, finding the perfect fit for your child isn’t hard. Bournemouth has 16 ‘Outstanding’ primary schools and 10 ‘Outstanding’ secondary schools.

Whether it’s the nurturing environment of Mudeford Junior School (Outstanding Ofsted rating) or the academic rigour of Bournemouth School (Outstanding Ofsted rating), your child will be well-equipped to thrive. And with 31 sixth forms and colleges offering diverse pathways, the opportunities offered by their educational journey are assured.

Making the Move to Bournemouth

Moving can be stressful, especially when juggling school schedules and new beginnings. But with Schepens Removals & Storage by your side, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Our comprehensive services ensure a smooth and worry-free relocation for your family.

Storage Solutions for Every Need

Storage Solutions for Every Need – Whether you need temporary storage for furniture while your new home awaits, or secure storage for items that you can’t yet find space for, our local storage solutions offer the perfect solution. Our door-to-door service takes care of everything, leaving you free to focus on settling in and exploring your new home by the sea.

Removals Tailored to You – At Schepens, we understand that every move is unique. That’s why we offer a personalised approach, starting with a free online or in-person survey to assess your needs and provide a detailed quote. We offer a professional packing service, with BAR-trained professionals who will handle your belongings with care, using sustainable packing materials and with specialist expertise for artworks, antiques, or pianos.

Peace of Mind, Every Step of the Way – Your Schepens team is dedicated to making your move a positive experience. We offer state-of-the-art vehicles with air ride suspension for a smooth journey, and all your belongings are insured in transit. And for added peace of mind, you can opt for additional Accidental Damage or Extended Liability cover.

With a smile and a helping hand, your Schepens team will ensure your arrival in Bournemouth is a joyful one.

“Used Schepens for house removals. Have used in the past. Once again, on time, fast, efficient, nothing too much trouble, and took care of our belongings. Out and in by lunchtime (there were 6 of them!). Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.”

Ruth Hughes

Are you relocating to Bournemouth? Call Schepens to find out about the many ways we can support your move – 01202 377220