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    • bibek
    • By bibek 29th Jun 18, 11:49 AM
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    Buying a house in Millbrook, Southampton
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    • 29th Jun 18, 11:49 AM
    Buying a house in Millbrook, Southampton 29th Jun 18 at 11:49 AM
    Hi,

    I have recently relocated to Southampton due to a new job and currently renting. I am looking to buy a 3 bed within a maximum of 15-20 mins commute from my work (SO15 0LG)

    I have found a nice 3 bed, end of terrace nearby (5 mins drive/15 mins walk to work) but there arent many nice comments about the area online. It is a big area so not sure whether people are just generalising their comments based on smaller not-so-nice areas. I am wondering whether anyone on here can give any tips on the area. I have visited the road on a weekday evening and on Sunday evening and both times it was very quiet. Spoke to a local walking her dog who said she'd been living in the area for 36 years and it was a nice, quiet area to live in.

    The property is located on Durlston Road, SO16 9JH. I am not a snob but have looked at the councils page to see how many council properties are on the road and only a few which doesnt seem too bad. From what the vendor says, the area usually is full of elderly with both of his neighbours owning their properties for 30-40 years. They obviously claim its a nice area but I am trying to do my own fact finding.

    Any advice would be greatly aprpeciated.

    Thanks!
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    • parkrunner
    • By parkrunner 3rd Jul 18, 12:32 PM
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    Ok, so withdrew my offer on Monday for this house in Millbrook and have started looking around Bassett, Regents Park, Highfields, Upper Shirley, Bitterne Park/Bitterne, Itchen and Midanbury.
    I am assuming all of these areas have better reputation than Redbridge/Millbrook however do I need to be careful with certain parts of these areas I have mentioend above?

    Thanks.
    Originally posted by bibek

    Your now getting down to personal taste or ease of journey to where you will be working.
    • bibek
    • By bibek 3rd Jul 18, 10:13 PM
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    Those areas are within a reasonable commuting distance from my work. Yes, I do agree it does somewhat come down to a personal taste but if people who know the area well think they are generally ok then I can go out there and look comfortably without worrying about buying in a worse part of these nicer neighborhoods.
    • Holmesy999
    • By Holmesy999 3rd Jul 18, 10:38 PM
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    All depends on how you want to get to work- the postcode of your work opens up a lot to access via bike/walk (main cycle route is along Millbrook Road West/Third Avenue/Second Avenue) so Totton is an option to cycle in along a flat route. If bus is your preferred option, your work is in a bit of a hole- main bus corridor is Shirley High Street (really frequent and cheap) but then you have a walk. Millbrook Road is another bus route

    The houses around Foundry Lane should be what you are after for £250k- easy walk to work, easy walk/cycle to city centre/central train if you change jobs in the future. Good community around there and a few pubs, a few decent schools.Regents Park is more family/larger homes if that's what you are after, but more car centric commuting.

    Don't underestimate Southampton traffic if driving from other parts- some days can be rubbish if you are coming too far, and there are only three realistic river crossings, plus two roads around the common. It's such an easy city to cycle if you live close or in the flat areas (which is mainly the west side, just not north/hospital side of Winchester Road)

    You can get a feel for the better areas by looking at Ofsted ratings for schools-they really match, so use a website like locrating to get a better feal
    • bibek
    • By bibek 4th Jul 18, 12:58 PM
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    Thanks Holmesy999. I do like the look of the houses in Regents Park and have had a quick drive around the area and looks ok to me. Traffic is one of the main reasons I am a bit wary about buying somewhere in Itchen or Bitterne Park. Somewhere around Regents Park / Upper Shirly / Bassett would be nice as I would be a maximum of 10-15 mins drive away from work if that. Will keep an eye out for properites around here then.
    • Blondetotty
    • By Blondetotty 5th Jul 18, 9:30 AM
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    I was born in Southampton and lived there for 40 odd years until I moved to Manchester a few years ago. My Aunt lives in a quiet area of Millbrook and I've got family scattered all around that area. I lived in Lordswood for most of my life and then bought a flat near Regents Park so I've got some insight into that area.

    If you're working near the Docks then I'm sorry but I'd rule Basset out unless it's nearer the Docks side of the common than the Uni side. On a bad day, the drive down Winchester road in rush hour will take ages.

    Tbh if you want a 10-15 minute commute then you're pretty limited. The Docks area near Millbrook Road West gets very busy in rush hour on most days. I'd suggest limiting your search to Upper Shirley, Regents Park and also look at Lordswood, Rownhams, Nursling and North Baddesley. Possibly over the flyover and into Totton but that road can get very busy as well. Some of the roads off Winchester Road near the Sports Center are okay.

    Places to avoid (and yes I'm generalising, there are some very small pockets of okay areas within these but on the whole, avoid!) Shirley Warren, Maybush, Polygon, Freemantle, St Denys, Portswood, or Swaythling.

    Shirley and Millbrook I'm split on. There are some nice quiet roads and areas within these two areas but they are considered less desirable and have higher crime statistics. That being said, my aunt has lived on one road in Millbrook for 50 odd years and has lovely neighbours, a quiet area and has had zero problems with crime of any sort. It's hit and miss. You're really going to have to do that you've been doing. Visit the place at various hours day and evening, see what the neighbours houses, gardens and cars are like and talk to some of the locals but if you need any inside info on specific areas in west southampton feel free to pm me.
    • isplumm
    • By isplumm 5th Jul 18, 9:58 AM
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    Hi

    I am assuming that somewhere like Eastleigh, which is 10 mins from Southampton Central by train is out of the question?

    Mark
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    • bibek
    • By bibek 6th Jul 18, 8:49 AM
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    Hi

    I am assuming that somewhere like Eastleigh, which is 10 mins from Southampton Central by train is out of the question?

    Mark
    Originally posted by isplumm
    Closest station to my work is Redbridge which is 15 mins walk, so taking into account the train journey, itd probably take same duration as driving from Eastleigh to my work id think. I am open to looking around Chandlers Ford but prices seem a bit steep. Eastleigh generally has also been listed as an area to avoid on couple of forums I have visited so had kind of ruled it out.
    • bibek
    • By bibek 6th Jul 18, 8:53 AM
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    I was born in Southampton and lived there for 40 odd years until I moved to Manchester a few years ago. My Aunt lives in a quiet area of Millbrook and I've got family scattered all around that area. I lived in Lordswood for most of my life and then bought a flat near Regents Park so I've got some insight into that area.

    If you're working near the Docks then I'm sorry but I'd rule Basset out unless it's nearer the Docks side of the common than the Uni side. On a bad day, the drive down Winchester road in rush hour will take ages.

    Tbh if you want a 10-15 minute commute then you're pretty limited. The Docks area near Millbrook Road West gets very busy in rush hour on most days. I'd suggest limiting your search to Upper Shirley, Regents Park and also look at Lordswood, Rownhams, Nursling and North Baddesley. Possibly over the flyover and into Totton but that road can get very busy as well. Some of the roads off Winchester Road near the Sports Center are okay.

    Places to avoid (and yes I'm generalising, there are some very small pockets of okay areas within these but on the whole, avoid!) Shirley Warren, Maybush, Polygon, Freemantle, St Denys, Portswood, or Swaythling.

    Shirley and Millbrook I'm split on. There are some nice quiet roads and areas within these two areas but they are considered less desirable and have higher crime statistics. That being said, my aunt has lived on one road in Millbrook for 50 odd years and has lovely neighbours, a quiet area and has had zero problems with crime of any sort. It's hit and miss. You're really going to have to do that you've been doing. Visit the place at various hours day and evening, see what the neighbours houses, gardens and cars are like and talk to some of the locals but if you need any inside info on specific areas in west southampton feel free to pm me.
    Originally posted by Blondetotty
    Thanks Blondetotty, one of the main reasons behind avoiding Millbrook was so that I dont struggle when I come to sell it in a few years time. Overall house prices are coming down and if it continues to do so, that coupled with an undesirable area might put me in a very sticky situation so decided rather not take that risk. Anyway, had couple more viewings yesterday around Regents Park but the houses werent as great as they looked in the pictures. Will continue to look around and if I do fancy something, I might drop you a PM and see what you think of the area
    • OnTheLadder
    • By OnTheLadder 6th Jul 18, 9:22 AM
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    Chandlers Ford is nice but yes a bit more expensive. Hedge End is also nice but even more expensive than Chandlers Ford. They both have good train stations but don't think the line goes to Redbridge so would be a longer commute for you. Eastleigh is not the best area (i would prefer to live there than Millbrook though) but it does have good links via train and the airport is there. I think you're doing the right thing by driving to the areas you're considering, getting a feel for the area yourself. Good luck on your search and keep us updated!
    • stevenhp1987
    • By stevenhp1987 6th Jul 18, 11:26 AM
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    https://explore-uk.illustreets.com/app/where-to-live-in-england?view=HyDkP8-hx&grid=HyDkP8-hx&map=-1.4665*50.9269*14

    Personally I wouldn't ever consider moving to Millbrook. I know this based on living in Southampton (Banister Park), however the above links shows why.

    We are currently in the process of buying a property in Bitterne Park which is nice.
    • Blondetotty
    • By Blondetotty 6th Jul 18, 2:13 PM
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    Np, happy to help with generalities.

    One other thing I'd say is avoid "over the water" i.e Bitterne, Woolston, Midanbury, Bursledon, Netley etc. You've only got a couple of options getting over the water from that side including 1 motorway and a couple of bridges and tbh on a bad day you could drive from Manchester to Blackpool quicker than you could to get to/from work. I moved in with a friend briefly over the water while working at Southampton General Hospital and after a few weeks moved back over as I was spending hours stuck in traffic. Great on a quiet day but on a busy rush hour day it's a complete ****ache.

    Have fun shopping around :-)
    • spirit
    • By spirit 6th Jul 18, 2:28 PM
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    Closest station to my work is Redbridge which is 15 mins walk, so taking into account the train journey, itd probably take same duration as driving from Eastleigh to my work id think. I am open to looking around Chandlers Ford but prices seem a bit steep. Eastleigh generally has also been listed as an area to avoid on couple of forums I have visited so had kind of ruled it out.
    Originally posted by bibek


    It's not called Beastly-Eastleigh for nothing. Parts of Chandlers Ford are ok going towards Romsey.


    I lived in Winchester for 20 years before moving here. I have a friend who lives in Regents Park. It's nice there and very quiet.
    Mortgage free as of 10/02/2015. Every brick and blade of grass belongs to meeeee.
    • bibek
    • By bibek 9th Jul 18, 11:17 AM
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    Thank you all for your replies. Took the weekend off so only reading them now.

    @stevenhp1987 - Thanks for the link. That is quite handy indeed. Hopefully the data they use comes from a trustworthy source :P
    @Blondetotty - I do tend to be at work around 7am so im hoping traffic wont be too much of an issue commuting into Southampton. I tend to leave between 3:30-4 so maybe some on my way back but hopefully should be ok ?
    @spirit - Haha, beastly Eastleigh is what I read! I am on the fence regarding Chandlers Ford/Eastleigh due to bad reputation for Eastleigh/ Prices for Chandlers Ford properties. Keeping my eye on Chandlers Ford for now if anything I like/can afford comes up but not actively looking in this area.

    Another slight annoyance for me is that most of the properties around Southampton seems to have inflated prices. Zoopla values the properties significantly less than what theyre on the market for even though has over 99% confidence for the estimate. Not sure if vendors are trying their luck marketing their house for same price they were going over 6 months ago? or is Zoopla bonkers ?
    • eidand
    • By eidand 9th Jul 18, 2:06 PM
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    Thank you all for your replies. Took the weekend off so only reading them now.

    @stevenhp1987 - Thanks for the link. That is quite handy indeed. Hopefully the data they use comes from a trustworthy source :P
    @Blondetotty - I do tend to be at work around 7am so im hoping traffic wont be too much of an issue commuting into Southampton. I tend to leave between 3:30-4 so maybe some on my way back but hopefully should be ok ?
    @spirit - Haha, beastly Eastleigh is what I read! I am on the fence regarding Chandlers Ford/Eastleigh due to bad reputation for Eastleigh/ Prices for Chandlers Ford properties. Keeping my eye on Chandlers Ford for now if anything I like/can afford comes up but not actively looking in this area.

    Another slight annoyance for me is that most of the properties around Southampton seems to have inflated prices. Zoopla values the properties significantly less than what theyre on the market for even though has over 99% confidence for the estimate. Not sure if vendors are trying their luck marketing their house for same price they were going over 6 months ago? or is Zoopla bonkers ?
    Originally posted by bibek
    I would not rely on zoopla for evaluations ....
    • bibek
    • By bibek 9th Jul 18, 3:07 PM
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    I would not rely on zoopla for evaluations ....
    Originally posted by eidand
    I do mainly look at sold house prices but not all areas will have a sold price within the last 6 months to compare with. Just a tiny bit of concern how it seems to value houses in almost all areas in Southampton lower than what the vendors and EA are valuing their property for.
    • babymama89
    • By babymama89 12th Jul 18, 11:14 AM
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    Info
    Have you found a place yet or decided on a good area

    Iíve lived in Southampton for 7 years now and currently work at SGH so have a rough idea on the city ... here are my thoughts -
    Woolston - generally a good area . I moved here 4 years ago ... itís seen a lot of renovation albeit overpriced flats overlooking the water. The high street is increasingly empty on the plus side there is the library and Lidl for shopping . For traffic if you get out early before 730 u can beat the long traffic anytime after that a snail would reach work quicker than you . My husband works in otterbourne and doesnít do too bad . However closing time can be a pain regardless of when you leave . Itchen bridge traffic starts to build at 40Ēpm. If you have a family the schools are not to bad there is a CoE primary school with good fisted ratings and getting into town by public transport is fairly quick with reasonable options . Ditto for Weston

    Sholing / Bitterne Park / Bitterne - good areas with good public transport . Houses can be unite expensive

    Shirley / Millbrook/ st Maryís - avoid - dump areas
    Totton - if you can avoid
    Eastleigh - depends on the area but has good transport link and airport
    Swathling / high field - student areas ... expect occasional party animals - parking can be a pain

    Hedge end / chandlers ford - expensive but good quiet areas with good schools

    Lodge road /Avenue - reasonably priced houses may not be suitable for families . High number of students . Good access to city centre
    Regentís Park / upper Shirley - good access to city centre nice areas
    Lords wood - some areas are nice . Should be at the bottom of your list -

    Hamble / itchen - could be a stretch from city centre but quiet neighbourhood

    Bursledon - morning traffic / rush hour can be horrendous like itchen . Good transport link nice houses ; quick getaway to M27
    • bibek
    • By bibek 15th Jul 18, 9:36 PM
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    Have you found a place yet or decided on a good area
    Originally posted by babymama89
    Thank you for a detailed response. I'm currently looking at Upper Shirley/Regents Park/Bassett (unlikely due to high prices) and over the bridge my first choice is Bitterne Park then Itchen/Midanbury/Sholing.
    Glad to hear from someone who lives in Woolston as I hadn't really given much thought due to it not having as good reputation compared other parts on the other side of the bridge.
    Would not mind buying around Hedge End/Chandlers Ford however they're also further down the list as I dont have any kids and it would be a much longer commute compared to other areas mentioned above (i think..)
    Have a couple of viewings on the other side of the river this week (Millais Road, Itchen is one of them) and thankfully, lots of reduction on houses that were already up for sale with an inflated price tag so expect a buy few weeks ahead and hopefully will find something the wife fancies and will go for that!
    • eidand
    • By eidand 16th Jul 18, 11:29 AM
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    Hedge End looks like a lovely area. I am also considering it for my next move. There seem to be a lot of nice 4 bed houses for around 340k which have been sitting there for a while ...
    • bibek
    • By bibek 8th Aug 18, 9:48 AM
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    Quick update: Had our offer accepted for a property in Sholing (SO19) . Bit pricier than what I was after but its an excellent condition property and exactly what we were after.
    Now the waiting game as there is a chain. Vendors have found their property but sellers of that property are after a no chain property so hoping everything goes smoothly!
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