When looking for the best place to rent in Southsea, it may help to ask yourself the following four questions:
1. Would a house suit my needs better than an apartment?
If you’re looking for a larger living space and you’d like to consider houses as well as apartments then you probably need to be focussing your search in areas at least one kilometre north of the seafront. This area of Southsea is largely residential and dominated by Victorian terraced housing which provides excellent space and period character at a reasonable price. There is a good supply of houses to rent in this part of Southsea although a private parking space the exception not the rule. Parking is generally unrestricted but busy.
Areas in the North of the City such as Copnor or North End, will give you quicker access to the motorways and you can avoid the Eastern Road traffic jams in the morning and evenings. There is also generally a little more free parking than in Southsea and there is a little less competition for spaces.
2. How close to the sea would I like to live?
For some people, living in Southsea is all about being as close as possible to the sea. There are lots of apartment blocks along the seafront, many Victorian in character, others reflecting more recent architectural styles and most of these properties are in the rental sector. The eastern end or Eastney tends to be the quieter end of the promenade, less built up and with fewer retail outlets. The western end of the promenade towards Clarence Pier is generally busier and is a short walk to Southsea centre and Gunwharf Quays, making it a very popular choice for those looking to rent in Southsea. A reasonable number of these apartments do have private parking which may be valuable to you given that much of the seafront parking is metered during the day time.
There are some lovely rental properties available in Old Portsmouth, a sought after area full of character but in general the area is dominated by owner occupied property. Just beyond Old Portsmouth is Gunwharf Quays where most properties are apartments within attractive residential blocks. There are a reasonably good number of rental properties available in this highly sought after area, these attractive apartment blocks are a mixture of owner occupiers and renting working professionals, but it is worth noting there are a surprising number of student lets too.
3. Would I like to rent a property in Southsea with a garden?
If you are looking for a rental property with a garden then you’ll probably need to look at a house or a garden flat. Whilst Southsea gardens tend to be smaller than in many other parts of the UK, there are lots of great properties that do have a little garden that provides an outside oasis in the hot Summer weather. Alternatively if, when you see a garden you just see another set of chores then an apartment without outdoor space beyond perhaps a balcony might suit you more and there are plenty to choose from. With that being said Southsea Common is a short walk away from a number of apartments in central Southsea and many tenants are not being as put off by a lack of outside space as we have seen in previous years.
4. Where should I rent to ensure I’m in the right school catchment area?
If schools are important to you then it is worth checking out the catchment areas of your target schools. You can use the City Council’s useful guide herehttps://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/schools/infant-junior-and-primary-schools-information-and-catchment-areas.aspx
Whatever you’re looking for in a rental property in Southsea, at Dack we can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. We manage hundreds of rental properties in Southsea on behalf of their owners and so we know exactly which Southsea rental properties will suit your needs.