Southampton, known as the cruise capital of Europe, has lots to offer and is a great place to consider city living if your preference is to be by the sea but you love the hussel and bussel of a big city.
It is a diverse, cosmopolitan city and here are some of the reasons that you might want to try Southampton city living:
Location, Location, Location
Located on the South Coast, Southampton benefits from the UK mildest climate. It has lots to offer from bustling shops, busy marinas, seaside resorts, areas of outstanding natural beauty and heritage spots. It is one of the liveliest cities on the south coast and has the major benefit of being surrounded by beautiful countryside.
The availability of public transport has got to be one of the major city living benefits, and Southampton is no different.
Southampton has an International Airport making overseas travel from the city quick and easy. A definite city living advantage for the business traveller with fast easy links to major European cities.
The port of Southampton is both a passenger and cargo port. It sees cruise liners arrive and depart daily to many worldwide destinations. If a life on the open waves is not for you it is great as a spectator sport too. Enjoy watching the world go by from cafes and bars nearby.
Take to the Rails
With London only just over an hour away by train you won’t miss a thing in business or leisure. Great for business commuters, day trippers and those that need access to the larger international airports.
Accommodation and Property
Southampton offers a heap of assorted accommodation for slick city living. Apartments in Southampton are in abundance for purchase and rent, both long and short term. This is detriment to a built-up city centre and marina style living. Houses range from new build projects through to Victorian and Edwardian properties in varying sizes. Many of the larger older properties have been developed into flats, so there is a price range to suit everyone and plenty of renting opportunity too.
Some high-end, luxury properties are also available to rent as serviced accommodation on a long or short term lease. Perfect for the away from home businessman or an extended city break for families.
The sheer density of a city means that there are many more job opportunities available compared to many smaller towns. The range of companies available from established nationals and multinationals to those that are just starting out is staggering.
The largest employers in Southampton include the NHS and University of Southampton.
Shop ’til you drop.
The centre of Southampton is a shopaholics dream and home to West Quay Shopping Centre. The centre boasts top retail outlets such as John Lewis, Zara, Schuh, and Apple amongst others. Just to keep you energy levels up there is a very popular food court located on the top floor.
A great reason to choose city living over country living is having access to the Arts, and this is no different in Southampton. There is an array of galleries, museums, and theatres including the Mayflower Theatre which is the largest theatre on the South Coast. It offers a diverse selection of shows and musicals some direct from London’s West End. One of the great city living benefits.
There are many historical secrets ready to be discovered in the city. The old town boasts home to residents and visitors that include William the Conqueror, Henry V and Williams Shakespeare and is surrounded by a long stretch of medieval defensive wall.
Portsmouth, home of the Historic Dockyard, is located close to Southampton with many attractions such as the Mary Rose Museum and HMS Victory. A historian’s dream.