Buying A Home In Winchester

By: Keith Barrett

It's no surprise that Winchester is popular with buyers. The city has a rich history and is ideally located for business and leisure. Only an hour away from London by train, with a station on the mainline route to London Waterloo, the city has become particularly popular with individuals looking to commute to the capital.

Given that the local schools here are excellent and that Winchester enjoys close proximity to the surrounding countryside and the New Forest, the city is also popular with families who like to be close to outdoor pursuits.

Winchester is a city by virtue of its large Norman cathedral and yet it is a place that still feels like a large provincial town.

Much of the historic centre remains, drawing tourists from all over the UK and Europe.

House prices here have risen rapidly over the past decade, as has been the case with much of the country. The proximity to London has ensured that the city has continued to have a high demand for housing.

Buyers often look for character properties and there are plenty of them in and around the city centre. Much of the city centre housing is Victorian, with typical high ceilings in many of the houses.

Newer properties have been built, notably in Weeke, Harestock and Badger Farm. Modern flats and apartments have also been springing up in central locations.

The key to buying a home here is to get to know the various areas of the city. Since Winchester is a relatively compact place to live, you'll find that many properties will be within walking distance of the centre and the railway station.

Take the time to find out what Winchester's all about - you're likely to fall in love with the city.

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