WELCOME TO WINCHESTER

Ancient monuments and historic buildings dot Winchester's skyline, but it's down on the ground where this historic city in Hampshire comes into its own

Toby Gullick

Senior Negotiator, Head of City Sales in Winchester office toby.gullick@knightfrank.com

Winchester is a small but ancient city in the county of Hampshire, with a strong community, well-regarded state and independent schooling options and quick travel times both to London and the coast.

There are plenty of green spaces throughout the city and is close to two National Parks, the South Downs and the New Forest, which lie immediately to its east and a short journey to the South West, respectively. Winchester's proximity to the coast is also a big draw, with The Solent being little under 30 minutes away.

Culture within the city has long been cultivated by its residents, with a full calendar of public events and festivals centred around the historic Cathedral, Theatre Royal and Discovery Centre.

There are a broad range of High Street and independent shops on offer within the town, and the dining options are varied with everything

from Michelin-starred fine dining, to more casual choices, as well as farmers’ market.

There are a lot of young families moving out of London (especially South West London) that do not want to be in a rural location. They tend to have friends who have previously made the move to Winchester or have family already in the area. The most popular neighbourhoods are St Cross, Fulflood and Hyde.

Direct trains to London Waterloo take about an hour; to Southampton Airport (which has a range of national and European flights) about 10 minutes; to Oxford about 65 minutes.

Toby Gullick

Senior Negotiator, Head of City Sales in Winchester office toby.gullick@knightfrank.com

Winchester is a small but ancient city in the county of Hampshire, with a strong community, well-regarded state and independent schooling options and quick travel times both to London and the coast.

There are plenty of green spaces throughout the city and is close to two National Parks, the South Downs and the New Forest, which lie immediately to its east and a short journey to the South West, respectively. Winchester's proximity to the coast is also a big draw, with The Solent being little under 30 minutes away.

Culture within the city has long been cultivated by its residents, with a full calendar of public events and festivals centred around the historic Cathedral, Theatre Royal and Discovery Centre.

There are a broad range of High Street and independent shops on offer within the town, and the dining options are varied with everything from Michelin-starred fine dining, to more casual choices, as well as farmers’ market. There are a lot of young families moving out of London (especially South West London) that do not want to be in a rural location. They tend to have friends who have previously made the move to Winchester or have family already in the area. The most popular neighbourhoods are St Cross, Fulflood and Hyde.

Direct trains to London Waterloo take about an hour; to Southampton Airport (which has a range of national and European flights) about 10 minutes; to Oxford about 65 minutes.

Winchester in numbers

The average price of a property sold by Knight Frank in Winchester (2019)

£755,871

How old are buyers in Winchester?

• 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+

The historic city centre is well-known for both its historic high streets and a wealth of artisinal and independent businesses.

Winchester is home to a great array of high street shops, but with over 90 independent shops throughout the city, shopping never need to follow a predictable pattern. From vintage clothes at Stardust Years to one-of-a-kind Italian wines from Toscanaccio, there's a wonderfully eclectic mix of the boutique, the quirky and the artisinal on your doorstep. If you’re a foodie who likes to shop, be sure to seek out the wonderful farmers’ market every second and final Sunday of the month. Officially the largest farmers market in the UK with over 95 stalls it's hard to miss. Fine-dining options include the Michelin-starred The Black Rat, known for its excellence in modern British cooking, while wholesome fare can be found at Tom’s Deli.

Who lives here?

Thanks to its south central location, buyers largely come from the immediate area with a heavy slant towards professional and agricultural professions.

• South East South West

Where do buyers come from?

What are Knight Frank buyers' professions?

• Agricultural

Professional

Where do buyers come from?

• South East South West

What are Knight Frank buyers' professions?

• Agricultural Professional

City-centre educational institutes and plenty of green space makes the city perfect for young families.

There are a wealth of renowned educational institutes around Winchester. Winchester College ­– the oldest public school in the UK – promises convenience as well as a high level education thanks to its heart-of-town situation, while St Swithun’s for girls is also well-regarded for top-quality tuition and central location.

Green spaces are plentiful in and around Winchester. The South Downs Way national trail can be picked up just outside of the city and St Catherine’s Hill offers pleasant walks with picturesque views from the city centre. You can also explore one of Keats’s favourite routes alongside the idyllic water meadows, behind the Cathedral.

North to south, east to west, Winchester is perfectly positioned to enjoy a variety of lifestyles.

Winchester is a popular spot for big-city commuters, with great access to the M3 and direct trains to London Waterloo from around 60 minutes. If you want to get out of town for a day, then jump on the train and you’ll find excellent links to the rest of the country, with Southampton a 30-minute journey by rail and car, where ferry links to the Isle of Wight can be picked up from. The New Forest National Park is around 40 miles from Winchester to the south west, where moors, forests and walking trails can be enjoyed by lovers of the outdoors.

What can you get for your money in Winchester?

St Paul's Hill, SO22

Guide Price: £725,000

4 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom 2 Reception rooms

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Hinton Fields, SO23

Guide Price: £925,000

4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms 4 Reception rooms

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Dean Lane, SO22

Guide Price: £1,945,000

5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms 3 Reception rooms

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All property has been sold by Knight Frank within the past 12 months. The guide prices shown are representative of their appraised pricing and not their final sale price.

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