Southsea Area Guide

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Local Area Guide from Reeds Rains Southsea, HampshireLocal Area Guide from Reeds Rains Southsea, Hampshire

Southsea forms the southern end of Portsea Island and the wider 'City of Portsmouth' which is the only island city in the UK. Famed as the home of the Royal Navy, the area is rich in heritage and history including HMS Nelson, the Warrior, Southsea Castle and the Royal Marines Museum amongst the many attractions.

Historically, the city dates back to 1180, but most of the area’s buildings date back to Victorian times with Southsea being a popular seaside holiday destination. Tall Victorian villas abound nestled amongst grand terraces and an impressive line of double storey buildings facing Southsea Common and the Solent.  A feature of the housing in Portsmouth is a legacy of extensive bombing during the blitz which destroyed many fine buildings especially those close to the dockyard. These sites have been redeveloped and feature a diverse mix of 1950's architecture contrasting with the bygone grandeur of older times. There are also many rows of terrace houses, appealing to both investors and first-time buyers alike.

One of the best parts of living in Southsea is that nobody really needs to use their car.  With everything on your doorstep and the vast Solent and English Channel stretching out before you, it’s hard not to be inspired.

Southsea and Portsmouth offers every type of property imaginable; from converted flats through to impressive detached Victorian villas there is something for everyone in the area.

Any visitor to Southsea will be impressed by the open spaces of Southsea Common. A huge area that often holds festivals and shows, it is set directly back from the beach and is a popular destination over the summer months.

Of particular note are some of the famous people who have lived in Portsmouth, these include Charles Dickens famous for such works as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and the Pickwick Papers; and Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes. In addition the author of Britain's best loved poem 'if' Rudyard Kipling also resided in Portsmouth.

A diverse mix of people and culture can be found in the city today.  The Royal Navy and the University ensure many short-term residents, but many of them choose to stay in the area afterwards. Gunwharf Quays is perhaps the real leisure destination, boasting world class restaurants and bars, certainly something for everyone.