Living in Southbourne

Southbourne is a relaxed, popular suburb of Bournemouth located next to the sea with outstanding blue flag beaches and excellent travel connections back to London. Southbourne Grove, the main shopping street has a plethora of independent, unique shops and restaurants to discover and enjoy.

Who lives in Southbourne

Southbourne is inhabited with families, retirees and young professionals alike enjoying the shopping, eating and drinking amenities, the close proximity to Bournemouth, the fabulous local sandy beaches ( dog walking allowed) , Hengistbury Head and the sought after local state and private schools.

Properties to rent and buy in Southbourne

South of Southbourne Grove is Grand Avenue, Stourcliffe Avenue and Southern Rd, which tend to have larger houses, B&B’s and Guest Houses. A lot of these have been converted to apartments, some with a luxury finish, especially if they have sea views on Southbourne Overcliff Drive. Around Southbourne Grove are older style houses of the Victorian and Edwardian era that are popular with families too.

Parks and Green Spaces

There are lots of open spaces in Southbourne, the main highlights are Seafield Gardens with a fantastic playground, football pitch, bowling  green, pond, resurfaced tennis courts, and an iconic Grade Two Listed red brick water tower. Also Fisherman’s Walk nature trail along the cliff top with café and play area is fun for children too. Kings Park and Iford Playing Fields also border Southbourne offering great expanses for walking and other sporting pursuits.

Watersports, Fitness and Sports

There is a wealth of sporting facilities in Southbourne including a popular tennis club, Southbourne Tennis Club on Iford Lane, a CrossFit gym and a traditional SHOCKK gym situated on Southbourne Grove. Pilates is offered from Dorset Pilates and Shore Pilates. Hengistbury Head Outdoor Centre offers a wide range of water sports too in a lovely setting of Christchurch Harbour.

Doctors and Dentists in Southbourne

Damira Southbourne Dental Practice is based on Southbourne Rd and there are several doctors surgeries,  Southbourne Surgery on Beaufort Rd and Marine Surgery on Bellevue Rd.Wessex Healthy Living Centre provides an extensive range of complementary and holistic therapies and there isDorset Chiropractic practice based on Southbourne Grove too.

Shopping in Southbourne

Southbourne is a fantastic place to shop with a variety of different items available to buy including beautiful houseware, clothing, funky furniture, vintage jewellery and quirky gifts. Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s Extra and Coop provide the main food shopping outlets for you too.

Hair and beauty

There is an abundance of barbers, hairdressers and beauty salons in Southbourne if you are wanting a make over! Along the main drag, there is Shampers and Sands, which offer hair and beauty and Mint and Grade 92 for barbering services.

Eating out in Southbourne

Sample the many varied delights of Southbourne’s artisan food venues, there is a restaurant for every taste. Tapas, hand made burgers, sourdough pizza  and rustic delis to name just a few. Our top recommendations would be the Larder House for a cocktail with tapas and  Velo Domestique for a coffee and snack to relax with bicycle repairs too.

Southbourne ’s transport links

Southbourne benefits from great bus links running regularly into Bournemouth Town Centre and Bournemouth Train and Coach Stations. From Southbourne you can get directly to most parts of Bournemouth and Poole, on either a Yellow or More Bus.

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