New homes in Havant
Offering a brilliant location on the south coast of England next door to Waterlooville, Havant is a desirable place to live in the South East. Nestled in the south-eastern corner of Hampshire close to the border with West Sussex, new homes in Havant are just across the Langstone Bridge from Hayling Island.
With Portsmouth only six miles away and Southampton just a short drive in the car, Chichester is also less than 10 miles from town. Whether you’re staying close to home to enjoy the local seaside charms or heading over to Brighton for the day, don’t miss our developments closest to Havant below.
Welcome to Havant
Whether you’re enjoying a day out at the beach, shopping in nearby cities or taking the kids to the farm, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy in and around the Hampshire town of Havant. Located between Portsmouth and Chichester and with direct trains to London, your new home in Havant is ideally located if you’re commuting for work or travelling across the country to see family and friends.
A quick history
The history of Havant stretches right back through the ages, with the discovery of ancient human settlements and Roman buildings in the town. In the 10th century Havant was located at a crossing of coastal routes and became known for its spring. The Domesday Book records Havant as a village with around 100 residents, and by the early 13th century the town had its own market.
A fire in 1760 destroyed many of the town’s buildings, but it was gradually rebuilt with a wider through-road. In 1847, the new railway connected Havant to Portsmouth and Brighton, and the first hospital was opened in the late 19th century. There was a big population boom in the early to mid 20th century, partly due to new housing built in areas that were bombed by the Blitz during the Second World War.
Business and industry
Thanks to its water spring, industry in Havant has historically centred around water mills, brewing and parchment manufacturing. Today it’s home to employers including Fat Face and Xyratex Technology, while neighbouring Portsmouth is home to IBM United Kingdom, Zurich Insurance and National Air Traffic Services. In Basingstoke, which is nearby, you’ll find the headquarters for Game Stores Group, the AA and Shire Pharmaceuticals Group.
Things to do in the area
Havant has its own leisure centre, green spaces including Havant Park and Leigh Park, and the beautiful Staunton Country Park where you can take the kids to meet animals at the farm, adventure through the walled garden, sensory garden and Golden Jubilee Maze, and see tropical plants in the Victorian Glasshouse. The town is also near Stansted Park, with an impressive Edwardian manor house, a miniature railway, maze, farm shop and tearooms.
For seaside fun, a day out at Hayling Island Beach is a must. The island is also home to Hayling Seaside Railway and a number of watersports schools, while West Wittering Beach on the southern time of the Chichester Harbour AONB is popular for coastal walks and summer days on the sands.
Portsmouth is just a short car journey away from Havant, where you’ll find the Royal Marines Museum, Historic Dockyard and Spinnaker Tower. Neighbouring Chichester is home to Fishbourne Roman Villa, Chichester Cathedral and Chichester Festival Theatre.
The town is just a short drive from the South Downs National Park and New Forest National Park, perfect for hiking, cycling or taking a scenic road trip.
Travel and commuting
Havant is well-connected by rail, with direct trains to London, Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton. For car journeys, the A27 and A3(M) are nearby.
To get to Portsmouth, the journey from Havant takes 15 minutes by car or just five minutes by train. Southampton is 30 minutes away by car or 40 minutes away by train, while Brighton can be reached in one hour five minutes by either car or train.
If you’re commuting to London, the journey takes one hour 35 minutes by car or direct train to Waterloo. When it’s time to go on holiday or take a business trip abroad, Southampton Airport is just a 30 minute drive away.