• Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

    People often dream of living by the sea, but at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth it is easy to see why so many people make it a reality. This unique waterfront development offers so much to both visitors and residents alike, with a huge range of shops, restaurants, bars – and of course the Spinnaker Tower, 170 metres tall and offering truly spectacular views over Portsmouth, the Solent, the Isle of Wight, and beyond. Portsmouth is a city with strong nautical links; its natural harbour has meant that for hundreds of years “Pompey” has been home to the Royal Navy. The nickname “Pompey” is thought to have derived from shipping entering Portsmouth harbour making an entry in their logs as Pom.P. in reference to Portsmouth Point; navigational charts also use this abbreviation.

    Gunwharf Quays was the first main ordnance yard for the Navy, established in the late 17th Century. Ships would collect their gunpowder, cannon balls and weapons before leaving Portsmouth Harbour for action at sea. The historic dock yard is open to visitors, and attractions include HMS Warrior, the Mary Rose and HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.Portsmouth boasts the birth place of Charles Dickens who was born in 1812. This modest house has miraculously survived and is now preserved as a museum furnished in the style of 1809 which is when John and Elizabeth Dickens set up the first home of their married life there. Portsmouth also has a world-renowned university, with both the Business Studies and Engineering faculties enjoying an excellent reputation.

  • Transport Links

    Portsmouth benefits from excellent transport links, including direct trains to London in under 2 hours, ferries across the Channel to several of the main north coast ports in France, and a motorway network that links all of the South Coast and the Home Counties, whilst the newly-opened Hindhead Tunnel makes London easily accessible by road. A vibrant local economy and a superb quality of life ensures that Portsmouth continues to be a magnet for those seeking either their main home by the sea or a second property.

  • Some History...

    Gunwharf Quays is a waterfront development built by Berkeley Homes about 10 years ago. They started with The Vulcan Building, Nelson’s Gate and Lock Keepers Cottage, as these fortifications had become redundant and fallen into disrepair. Nelson’s Gate, which has been retained, was built in 1803 and formed the then main entrance to the Gunwharf site, and parts of the original boundary wall extend for about six metres to the north and south of the gate. The Lock Keepers Cottage was built in 1810 and served as a guard house for the swing bridge over the central canal.

    The Old Infirmary is probably the oldest building still remaining in Gunwharf Quays. As the name suggests, it was a hospital for Royal Marines returning wounded from duty on board countless Royal Navy ships. If you look closely, there are names carved in the brickwork giving names and dates back to 1835. The Old Infirmary is on the residential side of the rejuvenated Gunwharf Quays site. The Customs and Excise House or Vernon Building (as it was also known) was built in 1811 and served as the main customs post for Portsmouth Harbour; it is now the Customs House Pub.

  • Leisure and Entertainment

    Over the years it has become the “Number 1” destination in Portsmouth, offering a vast number of factory outlet shops including Marks & Spencer, Gap, Vans, Ralph Lauren, Gull, Bose, Karen Millen, Burberry, Bench, LK Bennett, Animal, Fat Face, Ted Baker, Hurley, Nike, Adidas, Cath Kidson, Kipling, Hobbs, Fred Perry, French connection, Guess and Jack Wills. When you have “shopped until you are ready to drop”, there is a huge choice of restaurants and bars to choose from including Brasserie Blanc, Jamie Oliver’s Italian Restaurant, Loch Fyne, Tiger Tiger, Slug & Lettuce, Nandos, Yo Sushi, Strada, Frankie & Bennys, and Wagamama. Or if you prefer, there is a bowling alley, a multiplex cinema and a casino, whilst for the yachtsman, Gunwharf Quays even has its own marina – ideally located right by the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour!

    Gunwharf Quays also plays host to some of the best free entertainment in a Portsmouth including a Christmas Fair with an ice skating rink, an awesome firework display in November, a traditional French market, and a variety of arts and craft fairs – there’s something for everyone all year round!

  • Living in Gunwharf Quays

    For those who call Gunwharf Quays home, the residential sector of the development offers a safe, secure environment, with an on-site estate management team providing peace of mind to residents and visitors alike.

    The Leaders Waterside office is exceptionally well-placed to service the needs of sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants, and always has a good selection of apartments and houses for sale and for rent. As the only estate agent located in Gunwharf Quays, we can honestly say that no-one is better able to help you find your ideal home by the water in Portsmouth. The team at Leaders Waterside Properties Gunwharf Quays office have a wealth of experience in both selling and letting property in this location, and the prime position of our premises there mean that it is one of the busiest offices in the Waterside Properties Network.

    A development as large and varied as Gunwharf Quays means that there really is something for everybody here, which when combined with its vibrant atmosphere, great sea views, Spinnaker Tower, shops and restaurants, make it the first choice for many people to both live and relax.

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