Britain’s seaside towns have undergone a renaissance in recent years and places such as Newquay in Cornwall and Whitby in North Yorkshire have become desirable places to live.
With old cottages and townhouses being renovated, and seafronts, high streets and beaches getting major makeovers, there’s now a vibrant feel to plenty of places on the coast. However, as many are considered to be fairly ‘out of the way’, house prices are still often considerably below the national average, offering an opportunity to buy without breaking the bank.
Here are five of the best towns and villages anyone with a dream of living by the sea would love.
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Partly famous for the description of its abbey in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Whitby is an historic, atmospheric seaside town. Many of its streets are cobbled, and colourful houses lead down to a picturesque harbour.
However, with an average price of £179,000, according to property website Rightmove.co.uk, property in the town is considerably cheaper than the national average.
Tenby often makes it onto the English Tourist Board’s brochures as it’s so ridiculously pretty. Pastel-washed houses, surrounded by old town walls, tumble down to an almost perfect bay of golden sand. Locals tip an area called Norton, which is away from the tourist hustle and bustle, but still within walking distance of the centre.
House prices average £211,000, with some terraced houses outside the much-loved town walls coming in under the £200,000 mark.
Hunstanton very much has a hidden gem feel to it. Life moves more slowly here, with the village being out on the north Norfolk coast, miles from anywhere.
Its charm, in part, derives from impressive Victorian squares and housing, as well as the surrounding idyllic beaches and chalk-stone cliffs.
House prices are more expensive than in some seaside areas, averaging £251,000.
If a more rugged coastal landscape is more your thing, somewhere that’s very much off-the-beaten-track, then Dornoch in Scotland could be fit the bill.
Architecturally, it’s all sandstone cottages and houses dotted around village lanes. The local beach is almost Caribbean-white and goes on forever. A smattering of pubs and restaurants serve up great seafood and locally sourced produce.
The average home costs £186,000, so relatively affordable for many looking for a slightly wilder coastal paradise north of the border.
Looe is one among many great places you could choose to live by the sea in Cornwall.
Its picturesque old streets are a mix of seaside-fun and old-world charm. There’s a fiercely proud local community here which fought off a large supermarket that tried to open a few years ago (the nearest is 8 miles away). It also has a great live music scene and is still a thriving fishing port.
House prices average £230,000.
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Published 28 July 2017