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Southampton House Buying Guide

Want to buy a house in Southampton but unsure where? Our house buying guide will tell you all you need to know about buying in this seaside city. If you want to see how you could boost your budget, create a free Tembo plan today for a personalised recommendation, or try out our Mortgage Calculator.

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Where should I buy in Southampton?

The ideal coastal city, Southampton has a lot to offer. From its breezy seafront with a wide choice of restaurants and bars, to easy access to the Isle of Wight, the New Forest and South England, Southampton is a great place to live and put down roots. It also has a rich maritime history, a vibrant arts scene as well as being known for its thriving aerospace, defence, and advance manufacturing industries!

If you'd like to buy a home, but are struggling to find the right place to live, keep reading to find out the top 3 places to buy in Southampton below.


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With its charming village centre and romantic abbey ruins, Netley has a quaint, 'step-back-in-time' feel which attracts many newcomers. This makes it an ideal spot to put down roots if you want somewhere with a bit of history and on the quiet side. However, this old-worldly suburb has plenty of nearby walks, pubs and restaurants to keep you occupied at weekends, so you won't be bored!


Netley has its own train station, with hourly trains to Southampton and Portsmouth in under 30 minutes. You can also drive into Southampton in about 15 minutes, or cycle in 30.

Local schools

Being a small area, Netley has three schools to choose from; Netley Abbey Infant School and Netley Abbey & Butlocks Heath County Junior School, all rated 'good' by Ofsted. For older children, the closest secondary school is Weston, however it isn't considered the best. Itchen Sixth Form College and King Edward VI School are futher afield, but have higher ratings.

Property price growth

Over the last year, property prices in Netley are 15% up on the previous year.


Netley is known for its historic abbey, which was founded in 1238 but later granted to Sir William Paulet when King Henry VIII suppressed the lesser monasteries. He transformed the abbey into his private mansion, fashioning it into a stylish Tudor courtyard house. The mansion was occupied until 1704, when the owner sold it for building materials - the abbey was only saved because a demolition worker was killed, causing work to cease!

After that, the site was abandoned, but over time attracted artists and writers of the Romantic Movement as well as locals who used the area for picnics. Later on, the vegetation and debris were removed from the ruins and all Tudor additions taken down to restore the site to its 'original' design.

It wasn't until the 19th century that Netley consisted of more than the abbey ruins and two villas - Netley Castle and Netley Lodge. But the area was developed after the founding of the old Royal Victoria Military Hospital in 1856.

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