Moving to Fareham
Are you moving to Fareham? Situated on the South Coast of England, between Portsmouth and Southampton, Fareham is an attractive market town that dates back to the Roman era. Conveniently located for anyone working in the Southampton/Portsmouth conurbation, it forms the hub of a circle of satellite villages, including Locks Heath, Whiteley, Titchfield, Swanwick, Knowle, Park Gate and Stubbington. Travel links are good and it’s within a reasonable distance of London.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Fareham report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Fareham on the Map
The Hampshire coast is one of the most built up and commercial sections of the South East shoreline. Southampton is a major port with a population of more than 250,000 and a host of large employers. Portsmouth is one of the country’s biggest naval bases, and with 200,000 residents squeezed into a tiny space, it’s the only place in the country with a population density greater than London.
- Between these two cities, the M27 forms an artery, with Fareham, Titchfield, Locks Heath, Stubbington and Park Gate to the south, and Knowle, Whiteley, and Swanick to the north.
- To the west of Fareham lies Southampton and the M3 to London.
- To the east is Portsmouth and the A3 to London.
- The town lies on the West Coastway Line and there is a direct rail service to the capital.
- A further convenience is the proximity to Southampton Airport which offers flights to other UK destinations and Europe.
Fareham represents the central hub of a disparate grouping of villages which span the M27, though in places it can be difficult to know where one ends and the next begins.
The town came into being as the site of a ford at the northwest corner of Portsmouth Harbour.
- In 1999, Fareham town centre was renovated and now boasts a large entertainment and shopping complex. It incorporates an iron sculpture park celebrating the work of Henry Cort, an influential iron artist.
- Fort Fareham is a pentagonal defensive fortress built by Palmerstone in the 1860s as part of the country’s south coast defences.
- Just to the north of Fareham, the proposed new town of Welborne will see the construction of more than 6,000 new homes across 1,000 acres of countryside.
- Fareham’s most desirable streets include Cold Harbour Close, Droxford Road, Kingsmead, Cliff Road and Skylark Meadows.
Just north of the M27 at Junction 9, Whiteley is a small village of some 3,000 homes, along with the Solent Business Park.
- Whiteley is a new settlement, dating back only to the mid-1980s.
- The Whiteley Village outlet centre has been substantially redeveloped over the last three years and now features a combination of big-name chain stores and smaller local businesses.
- A new nine-screen cinema and restaurant development are under construction adjacent to Whiteley Village.
- The Solent Business Park is home to Zurich Financial Services, NATS, ITV Meridian, Domino Pizza, Subway, Specsavers and a host of other businesses.
- The village has a good medical centre with a GP surgery and pharmacy, a recreation ground, a leisure centre, three pre-schools, a primary school and a supermarket.
- The Skylark Golf and Country Club offers golf, tennis, swimming, fitness, bars and restaurants.
- The best addresses include Johnson View, Whiteley Lane, Bleriot Crescent, Lady Bettys Drive and Leafy Lane.
Swanwick lies just to the west of Whiteley and north of the M27.
- This residential enclave doesn’t have a village centre, so to speak, although there is a pub called the Elm Tree.
- Swanwick boasts the country’s last remaining steam-powered Victorian brickworks.
- Settlement here dates back to the Bronze Age.
- Swanwick is a centre for strawberry growing.
- Where to look in Swanwick: Walpole Lane, Swanwick Lane, New road, Botley Road or Swanwick Shore Road.
To the east of Whiteley and just north of Fareham, Knowle is a small settlement with an interesting past.
- Knowle was originally the site of the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum, which at its peak in the 1950s housed some 2,000 mentally ill patients. It was finally closed in 1996.
- After closure, the hospital was converted into apartments and new houses were built in its 53 acres of grounds.
- Look for property on Park Approach, Orchid Close, Knowle, Deergrass Walk or Charity View.
Locks Heath and Park Gate (Southampton)
South of Whiteley and the M27 and west of Titchfield, Locks Heath is a small village of some 7,000 residents. Park Gate is smaller and has virtually merged with Locks Heath in recent years.
- Named after the area of heathland surrounding Locks Farm, this was an important strawberry growing centre due to its mild climate and suitable soil.
- To support the strawberry harvest, there was a basket factory and an additional branch line.
- Although small, the village has its own library, GP surgery and community centre.
- There are several state primaries and a secondary school in the area.
- The best places to live are Victoria Close, Monterey Drive, Danehurst Place, Still Meadows or Grovebury.
Southwest of Fareham, on the River Meon, Titchfield is a historic village that dates back to the 6th century.
- In medieval times, Titchfield had a small port.
- Titchfield Abbey, now a ruin, has strong associations with William Shakespeare.
- South of the village, at the mouth of the River Meon, is the Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve – an important breeding ground for birds and wildfowl.
- The Titchfield Canal is the second oldest canal in the UK, and St Peter’s Church is one of the oldest churches in the UK.
- The village is home to one of the National Offices of Statistics.
- Look out for property on Mill Lane, High Street, Springles Lane, Common Lane or Fishers Hill.
Stubbington is a small village lying south of Titchfield and Fareham.
- New housing estates have brought the population of Stubbington up to 15,000.
- The village infrastructure includes a library, community centre, GP surgery, dentist and seven schools.
- The best streets are Anker Lane, Metcalfe Avenue, Ranviles Lane, Marks Tey Road and Farm House Close.
Who Lives and Works in Fareham
Fareham and its surrounding villages are small, quiet communities that offer fabulous opportunities for family life. Whether you prefer a hamlet with a historic centre or want the space afforded by a brand new executive home, there will be a property in this area that will tick all the boxes. And strung along the main artery of the M27, any of these spots offer easy commuting to Portsmouth or Southampton.
Former notable residents include:
- Authors Malcolm Gladwell and Robert Goddard
- Composer Sir John Goss
- Athlete Andy Vernon, European Championships Silver and Bronze medallist
- Actors Tom Oliver (Neighbours) and Stephen Marcus (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)
The Best Bits
As a whole, this is an area with so much to offer. Country villages with a good sense of community generally appeal to young families and the youthful population demographic bears this out. Modern houses and good amenities make this an attractive alternative to living in the crowded city centres of Southampton and Portsmouth, while the fast M27 makes commuting to work easy.
Of all of them, Whiteley probably has the most to offer in terms of suitable accommodation, infrastructure and recreational facilities.
Bringing the Kids
There’s plenty to recommend in the Fareham area for families with children. Small communities, spacious family houses, proximity to the sea, easy access to the countryside and plenty of local schools spring immediately to mind.
The choice of schools is astounding—there are listings for more than 80 schools in the vicinity of Fareham.
- There are 34 secondary schools within a 10-mile radius of Fareham.
- The best academically include Portsmouth Grammar, Portsmouth High School, Wykeham House School and Meoncross School.
- There are nearly 25 state-funded primary schools in the area, including plenty of Church of England and several Catholic schools.
Relocating to Fareham
The south coast of Hampshire is a busy and vibrant area, with plenty to offer from both a commercial and recreational standpoint. Southampton and Portsmouth offer a more urban existence, but the villages that stretch between them are quieter and friendlier, with great family appeal.
At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. Do you have children that need to be enrolled in school? Are the transport links convenient for your needs? Does this location fit with your expectations of London life and is the space configured in a way that suits your requirements? We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – to London and other parts of the UK. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
Fareham has country villages with a good sense of community which generally appeal to young families. Modern houses and good amenities make this an attractive alternative to living in the crowed city centres of Southampton and Portsmouth, while the fast M27 makes commuting to work easy.
Monthly Average Rent - Fareham