Coastal towns have always been on one of Britain’s characteristic features. In recent years their popularity has boomed, with several becoming hot-spots for those looking to buy a second home to escape the city. We’ve compiled a few of the most popular and pricey at the moment.
Sandbanks – Dorset
A tiny ‘millionaires playground’ and considered as one of the most expensive areas of the world to live, Sandbanks takes our top spot as the most expensive seaside town in the UK with a salty average house price of £885,731. The half a square mile that is Sandbanks boasts a population of 100, largely made up of football managers and businessmen, and fewer than a hundred properties. Redesign is synonymous with Sandbanks as many of the properties are routinely demolished and developed into more modern, stylish homes.
Photo credit – Ian West 2013
Salcombe – Devon
Otherwise known as Chelsea-on-Sea, Salcombe takes our number two spot as another incredibly popular coastal destination with its defining picturesque harbour and town. The average property costs £618,000, of which many with prime estuary views are in excess of £1.3m. Salcombe’s huge popularity causes its population to increase tenfold from a mere 1,800 in winter to an incredible 19,000 during the summer months.
Photo credit – John Alexander/Robert Harding 2017
Padstow – Cornwall
A quaint and charming fishing port nestled in a rugged coastline and one of Cornwall’s gems, Padstow completes our trio. Home to Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, it is a hive for foodies as well as thrill seekers, with surfing and sailing spots and the Camel Cycle Trail right on its doorstep. Padstow’s population of just under 3000 doubles during the summer months, yet it is estimated that there are approximately 500,000 day-visitors annually. Overall it is less of an exclusive location than Sandbanks and Salcombe, yet the average property still nears half a million at £452,392.
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