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Ian Woodhouse-Smith, Lettings Manager

Here are five benefits of living in Alresford.

Stunning scenery

One of Alresford’s strongest appeals is its beauty. With a town centre that boasts charming Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and stunning rural scenery in every direction, Alresford offers views that are good enough to relocate for.

The town centre contains a mixture of medieval homes and Georgian townhouses built following a number of fires in the 17th century. There’s also an ample supply of modern houses and bungalows to the south of the old town. Chocolate-box villages around Alresford offer enviable views with oak-beamed thatch cottages and pretty village greens.

Running between New and Old Alresford are scenic river walks with clear waters and watercress beds for which the area is renowned.

Alresford residents can enjoy country walks in the nearby South Downs National Park, or head to the Candover and Itchen Valleys for spectacular views.

Strong community spirit

Alresford may be a market town, but it has a village-like community feel. With events throughout the year and weekly markets, there’s always something happening to bring the community together.

In May, the annual Watercress Festival attracts food-lovers from miles around. The summer months see Alresford play host to the Duck Race, Alresford Music Festival, County Sports Day and Alresford Agricultural Show.

In autumn, you can enjoy traditional celebrations of Apple Day and the Victorian Funfair, whilst December brings the Christmas Light Switch-On and Father Christmas visits for local children.

Good transport links

Although it has a rural feel, Alresford is a prime location for commuting. There are excellent transport links to London via the A31 and M3, plus an hour-long train ride to London Waterloo from Winchester, Alton, Basingstoke and Petersfield.

There are excellent road links to Winchester, Southampton, the Midlands, the South Coast and West Country.

Heathrow Airport is an hour's drive and Southampton Airport is half an hour.

The Watercress Line also offers traditional steam train journeys between Alresford and Alton, although the line is run by enthusiasts and is not a regular service.

Good schools

The good school offering helps make Alresford so popular with families. In Alresford itself, Sun Hill Infant School is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, and there are several popular village schools, too. For secondary school children, Perins Secondary School offers a ‘good’ education near the centre of Alresford.

Sixth form education is available at the well-respected Peter Symonds College in Winchester and Alton College in Alton.

Independent shops and restaurants

Alresford’s shopping and eating offering is a large part of its appeal. An array of independent shops line West Street and Broad Street – with a pleasing lack of large chain stores – including a butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer, bakeries, delis and florist. There are several boutique clothing and homeware shops, plus plenty of local pubs and coffee shops to keep residents well fed and watered.

Hellards have been selling and letting residential properties in Alresford and the surrounding area since 1988. Our experienced and friendly team mostly live in the Alresford area themselves and offer unrivalled market knowledge of this part of Hampshire.

If you are interested in buying, selling or renting a property in Alresford, get in touch with the Hellards team today.