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Old 18 August 2013, 17:05   #1
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Moving to Southampton - advice!!!

In 3 weeks I start a new job in Southampton - hence need to move from sunny Northern Ireland to Southampton!
Initially I will be in rented accommodation until we get the house sold here, find and buy over there. I will go over alone initially with wife and 3 young kids following when property sorted.
My wife is from Hampshire, and went to Uni in Southampton many moons ago, I did a few courses at Warsash over the years and came up and own the Solent many times - so not totally blind but in truth we have little knowledge of the City and hence my post here as I know a pretty big forum following from in and around the Solent.

Areas - we have (internet based) narrowed our search to I suppose three particular areas - each with their own advantages/disadvantages bearing in mind I will be working/based in pretty much the centre of Southampton.

1) Hedge End/West End
2) Chandlers Ford
3) Portchester (I know this not technically Southampton!)

With regards to transport links/property prices/social life/crime/schools would be really interested to hear from any of you on those particular areas - feel free to pm
When I get over there in a few weeks I of course intend driving about, going to particular areas day and night to have a look and et a feel for particular areas.

Boating - I intend bringing the RIB over with me (probably not straight way though) - have looked at various RIB storage options (all a lot more expensive than Ireland), more than likely for a variety of reasons - local knowledge/handiness/ease of use/lack of help etc I will go down the dry stack route and Steve at KB Drystack has been very helpful and more than likely that is where the boat will go. It seems ironic that I bought this boat from Hampshire, brought it all the way back here - and am now going to take it all the way back!
Aware this would have the boat in Portsmouth but believe good road network so even if living in Southampton boat not too far away and does away with sped limit restrictions on Hamble. If end up in Portchester then obviously this an ideal base for the boat?
I would hope that the social side of boating/ribbing will enable making new friends and acquaintances particularly with the social side of ribnet!

Fishing - I do a lot of fishing! Will in due course looking for some marks for the best bass/cod and plaice fishing on the Solent

So basically any local knowledge much appreciated - and thanks.
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Old 18 August 2013, 17:13   #2
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my kids live with the ex in Porchester....and have just finished/ are finishing school there.

I've no experience of Chandler Ford, but have spent time in Hedge end which felt a little 'cold' to me.

Porchester for me has more appeal due to its age/history and of course has the dry stack in it.
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Good luck with the move!

If you keep the rib on the Portsmouth side then you have plenty of good fishing around the forts and it is only a short run for you
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Don't know much about the desirable areas in Southampton but have recently researched some properties in West Totton which seems to be very popular and an easy commute into Southampton.

This dry stack seems to be quite reasonable and were very helpful when I was looking for a place to store my RIB Southampton Dry Stack - Boat Storage, Launching, Marina, Solent, Southampton Water, UK
Located centre of Southampton so easy to get there. Also found their rates very competitive. They are based on the Itchen so not too far to go before you can open the throttle.
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In 3 weeks I start a new job in Southampton - hence need to move from sunny Northern Ireland to Southampton!
Initially I will be in rented accommodation until we get the house sold here, find and buy over there. I will go over alone initially with wife and 3 young kids following when property sorted.
My wife is from Hampshire, and went to Uni in Southampton many moons ago, I did a few courses at Warsash over the years and came up and own the Solent many times - so not totally blind but in truth we have little knowledge of the City and hence my post here as I know a pretty big forum following from in and around the Solent.

Areas - we have (internet based) narrowed our search to I suppose three particular areas - each with their own advantages/disadvantages bearing in mind I will be working/based in pretty much the centre of Southampton.

1) Hedge End/West End
2) Chandlers Ford
3) Portchester (I know this not technically Southampton!)

With regards to transport links/property prices/social life/crime/schools would be really interested to hear from any of you on those particular areas - feel free to pm
When I get over there in a few weeks I of course intend driving about, going to particular areas day and night to have a look and et a feel for particular areas.

Boating - I intend bringing the RIB over with me (probably not straight way though) - have looked at various RIB storage options (all a lot more expensive than Ireland), more than likely for a variety of reasons - local knowledge/handiness/ease of use/lack of help etc I will go down the dry stack route and Steve at KB Drystack has been very helpful and more than likely that is where the boat will go. It seems ironic that I bought this boat from Hampshire, brought it all the way back here - and am now going to take it all the way back!
Aware this would have the boat in Portsmouth but believe good road network so even if living in Southampton boat not too far away and does away with sped limit restrictions on Hamble. If end up in Portchester then obviously this an ideal base for the boat?
I would hope that the social side of boating/ribbing will enable making new friends and acquaintances particularly with the social side of ribnet!

Fishing - I do a lot of fishing! Will in due course looking for some marks for the best bass/cod and plaice fishing on the Solent

So basically any local knowledge much appreciated - and thanks.
Hi Paul

Go on then, spill the beans and PM me who your gonna be working for....

Im only around the corner if you need any help btw.

Simon

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If you have three young kids, I'd respectfully suggest you look into the local schools in your target locations (if you haven't already), or get the opinions of those on here who may have kids of school age in those areas.

Better to have to drive a few miles extra to get to the boat (and/or work) than find yourself wanting to move half a mile just to get into the catchment area of a better school in a year or two's time.

There are three Local Education Authorities (LEAs) in the Solent region, Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth.

Look out for properties advertised as being "in the catchment area of XYZ school" - they tend not to do that if the local school is carp! ;-)
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From Portchester the M27 in the morning rush hour is quite busy as is the traffic into Southampton. Chandlers Ford down the M3 into Sarfhampton just as busy. The sensible option would be a mountain bike and the train from Portchester, about 25 minutes from memory.

Cams Hill just to the West of Portchester next to Fareham had a good reputation as a school. Fareham is another option to Portchester and a mix of new and old houses. Older Fareham houses likely to have sufficient room to park the rib at home as many peeps on here do.

Don't stray over the Portchester border into Paulsgrove, not a nice area. Had a great view from my house in Portchester up on the hill and could see Hayling Island to Calshot on a good day.

Chandlers Ford has a lot of new housing so small houses with tiny gardens. Tends to be a bit of an overflow from Winchester.

Hythe opposite Sarfhampton is another option if you are happy to catch the ferry across the water each day.

Hedge End another overflow for Southampton and Portsmouth with lots of modern housing. West End has some older housing stock so bigger houses often on steep hills.
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Gents - that's brilliant information so far. Thank you and keep it coming!
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Moving to Southampton - Advice

Why not try further West of Portchester and look at Stubbington, Lee on the Solent or Locksheath. I commute into Southampton centre each day from Stubbington and in term time it takes 40mins, school holiday times about 30mins.
All the above places are nice and near to the water and have some good schools, property prices not too bad either.
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Why not try further West of Portchester and look at Stubbington, Lee on the Solent or Locksheath. I commute into Southampton centre each day from Stubbington and in term time it takes 40mins, school holiday times about 30mins.
All the above places are nice and near to the water and have some good schools, property prices not too bad either.
I'd second that, and add Warsash, Hamble and Whiteley (though the first two of those can be a bit more pricey depending on position and what sort of property you're looking for).
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