Living in Southbourne

An affordable location, Southbourne is increasingly popular with younger people. If you’d like to know more about houses here, contact one of our experienced estate agents.

Southbourne is a suburb of Bournemouth with a funky high street, which was featured on Phil n Kirsty’s “Location, Location, Location” programme in 2014. Since then, the area has really been up and coming, with the number of guest houses in the area on the decline and the working professional & young families moving in. You get a lot more house for your money here than in certain areas of Poole and Bournemouth, and for that reason it is increasingly popular with younger buyers.

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Location & geography

Located directly on the South Coast, to the East of Bournemouth, Southbourne is a bustling suburb, situated between Boscombe and Christchurch.

Historical Facts

This area was previously known as Stourfield, and was the creation of a young physician called Thomas Compton. He had set up a general practice in Bournemouth in 1866 as he could see the area's potential as a health resort.

Southbourne was founded on the clifftop land that had previously been a part of Tuckton Farm. Its location is where the piggeries had once stood.

This area of clifftop land was purchased by Dr Compton in 1871 and was, ten years later, developed by a building company of which he was the main shareholder.

More building took place in the 1930’s and many of the properties in Southbourne are from this period with features such as fireplaces & higher ceilings In recent years there has been an increase in the construction of modern apartment buildings and holiday homes on the cliff top.


Like most of these South Coast villages, Southbourne is perfectly located for water sports enthusiasts. The Blue Flag beach is less crowded than nearby Bournemouth which is great for holiday makers and the prevailing south westerly breeze makes it popular with windsurfers and kite surfers.

A popular destination for day trippers and holiday makers, Southbourne is close to many family attractions. The Beach and nature reserve at Hengistbury Head is one of the best, and also a great place to walk the dog!

Drinking and shopping worth a mention

Southbourne Grove has a great parade of shops, this is a vibrant little area that is going from strength to strength due to support from the locals.

The Ludo lounge and the Larder House are lovely destinations for a night out and everyone else seems to be raising the bar in terms of variety and service levels. There are a number of new delis and coffee shops which are proving popular too.

If you like quality food produce you can frequent a local butcher, grocer and fishmonger as well as delis.

This is the type of high street where you can get almost anything you desire, even if you can’t drive or don’t want to make a trip to an out of town shopping centre.

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