Top places to live in Dorset Christchurch
Lying between two rivers, the sea and the New Forest, the harbourside town boasts an idyllic location - and much more. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
The attractive riverside town, located where the river Avon meets the Stour, has the feel of a fishing village, with a natural harbour, amazing beaches and the New Forest close by. It also has excellent schools and good rail links.
You’re spoiled for choice. Enjoy seafood fine dining at the award-winning waterfront Jetty at Mudeford Quay. There are gourmet pizzas and cocktails at Soho and ditto with river views at The Boathouse. For nice nosh head over to the Georgian The King’s Arms Hotel, part of the illustrious Harbour Group and at The Captain’s Club with spa and views. Knock back natural, low intervention wines at Bodega.
There are indy boutiques in the town, with Church Street and Wick Lane having some quirky shops, including Bombshell Chic for vintage-inspired togs, and a weekly market. For all the main high street stores you’ll need to slope over to Bournemouth (but it’s only 6 miles miles away).
Bring your boat and/or fishing rod – the waterways are gorgeous. History hounds will want to head to Christchurch Castle, the Grade I listed Christchurch Priory and the gothic splendour of Highcliffe Castle. There may not be a cineplex here but the independent Art Deco Regent Centre has a rolling programme of theatre, music as well as film. The great outdoors is on your doorstep with walks, water sports and other activities (including the Stanpit Nature Reserves) around the town’s famous natural harbour. The nearby beaches are amongst the best in the UK. The heathland, trails and wild ponies of the New Forest are close by. Fancy an impromptu trip abroad? Bournemouth Airport is a mere 15 mins away.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
There’s a wide range of properties of all types with Mudeford and Highcliffe at the (much) higher end of the market. The average house price over the last year was £437,054, with detached properties going for an average £551,192, terraced for £383,873 and semis for £341,498.
The area is well served for good schools. State Christchurch Primary, Mudeford Junior and secondary Twynham School are all ‘Outstanding’. Nearby independents include Bournemouth Collegiate (day and boarding from 2-18) and Yarrells Prep & Nursery. (nursery, pre-prep and prep).
BEST KEPT SECRET
It used to be in Hampshire until 1974.
Christchurch to London Waterloo twice hourly from 1 hr 52 mins; hourly to Southampton (49 mins) and it’s only 8 mins to Bournemouth.
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