Littledown was originally a small settlement to the south of Holdenhurst Village and for centuries it existed as a huddle of farm buildings on the edge of heathland. As the town of Bournemouth expanded, Littledown remained as a farming community with areas of open fields on the town's northern edge, with the Cooper-Dean family residing in Littledown House. Eventually however the only Cooper-Dean descendants were two spinster sisters who sold Littledown House, with the surrounding farmland, to Bournemouth Council in the early 1980s. After public discussion on what the Council would do with the area, eventually much of the land was sold off for housing, although a large section was set by for a park, a sports centre and Bournemouth Hospital.
Work began on what is now known as the Littledown Estate in the mid 1980's, with houses of all sizes being built. Notable buildings include the Chaseside Campus of JP Morgan, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth County Court and the Littledown Leisure Centre.
To the immediate south of the Littledown Estate is old Littledown, a small area of just 9 roads predominently consisting of large detached houses and Bungalows.
Properties in Littledown typically range from £300,000 to £800,000 whilst in Old Littledown a detached house ranges from £550,000 to £1,000,000.
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