Originally Posted by joakimhansson
IoW, or mainland... I will start with this area.
Where is best to live on mainland? Close to the water...Not to far from Southampton? any ideas...?
Well, for my money I'd look on the East side towards the New Forest (e.g. Christchurch). Poole area is rather pleasant too but Sandbanks has the reputation for having amongst the most expensive property prices on the planet (and that's not a joke). On the West side perhaps look out towards the Chichester area. But there are (from observation) fantastic places all along the coast. Although we don't have the natural beauty to match some of the scandanavian coastline.
Those are perhaps the more picturesque areas but there has been a lot of development in Southampton and Portsmouth for more urban quayside developments. Your choice!
We might be having a bit of a property (actually mortgage availability) crisis at present but my understanding is that this had barely affected the top end of the market dominated by cash buyers! However, I'm not in that situation myself so no expert!