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.