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Living And Working In Portsmouth

Joanna Clare

Portsmouth, in the county of Hampshire is situated on the south east coast of England. The city is the UKs only island city due to Portsea creek separating it from the mainland.

It is only 70 miles from London and is very well connected by rail, road and even sea.

Portsmouth is a port city and holds a strong affinity (which goes back centuries) with the Royal Navy which is why you will often hear Portsmouth being described as ‘Home of the Royal Navy’. The Portsmouth International Port is a major UK port and has the responsibility of both cargo and passengers.

Portsmouth Naval Base is home to many of the Royal Navy's surface ships and the base continues to be a major employer within the city.

The historic south west side of the Naval Base allows members of the public to explore and admire maritime attractions such as The Mary Rose, HMS Warrior and HMS Victory and several extremely interesting museums and galleries offer exciting insights into days gone by, often with a maritime theme. Many historic buildings are still standing, having been well cared for and maintained over the centuries.

There are five beaches that are in and around Portsmouth and Gosport is just across the harbour from Portsmouth, only five minutes on a ferry which also has a strong and interesting Naval connection.

Gunwharf Quays is a modern outlet shopping centre, both indoor and outdoor and has many shops, bars and restaurants. More traditional and high street shops are found in the ever popular Portsmouth city centre.

Although the city of Portsmouth is fairly densely populated, Portsmouth has plenty of spectacular countryside surrounding it. These include areas such as The New Forest, The South Downs National Parks and the Isle of Wight which is easily accessible by hovercraft or ferry.

Earlier this year, a major report showed that Portsmouth was one of seventeen of the strongest economies least affected by the pandemic which just proves that the economy is strong here and is only set to strengthen.

It is a world renowned and highly respected hub for marine and maritime sectors, advanced manufacturing and engineering, aerospace and defence, environmental technologies, digital and creative and of course all aspects of tourism which attracts over nine million visitors a year.

The University of Portsmouth attracts students from all over the world and excels in ‘research areas...and astrophysics to cybersecurity, forensics and sport science’ and in 2018 achieved 88% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

So, in an economically strong, vibrant city with so much to explore, that has beaches, designer shopping, historic dockyard and naval town along with its own Victorian promenade on Southsea seafront, you may be wondering how much it costs to live here.

Not as much as you may think~Rightmove stated that in the last year, the average price for a property was a little over £268,000 whilst the majority of properties selling were terraced homes averaging at slightly lower.

It is worth bearing in mind that these are ‘average’ prices and will fluctuate. There are such a wide array of stunning properties available from luxurious apartments on the waterfront to Victorian terraces that proudly retain some of their original features.

Historic Portsmouth offers the ultimate experience in living and working and definitely has something to offer everyone.  

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