Do you dream of waking up to the sound of waves rolling back and forth and the possibility of opening your windows to fill your lungs with fresh sea air?
Seaside towns were once only fully inhabited in high season, during the summer months. Over the years, as transport connections have improved and the way people work, particularly the increasing ability to work remotely, has changed more and more people have chosen to plant their roots by the sea and set up home in a seaside town.
Seaside towns tend to have much to offer residents, a good selection of amenities as standard, a sense of permanently being on holiday as there is usually some form of tourist attraction nearby and of course, the best bit, immediate access to the coast. So which seaside towns are excellent places to live in the UK? In this blog, we share our latest list of the top 5 seaside towns, and for some, what may be the best places to live in 2020.
Hove, East Sussex
In East Sussex, Hove is the lesser-known neighbour to Brighton. Hove is a tranquil more suburban place than Brighton whilst still benefitting from incredibly easy access to the next-door city. You might not want or need to venture into Brighton as these days Hove is very well established and has much to offer its residents.
Hove is filled with the stunning period property including Regency town houses which look out to sea, house hunters will also find an abundance of Victorian and Edwardian property.
Many choose to commute to London from Hove, there are regular and direct trains into London Victoria which take a little over an hour.
One of Suffolk’s gems, Aldeburgh is known for the image of its line of pastel-coloured houses serving as the backdrop to the pebble beach. The town is also incredibly well known for its fish and chips where queues have been reported to be as long as 100 people.
Residents choose Aldeburgh for its stunning coastal scenery, the pace of life and the friendly atmosphere. Naturally, as with all seaside towns, there are a number of second homes but there is a strong community spirit in Aldeburgh that isn’t always present in coastal locations.
Aldeburgh boasts a number of independent shops and galleries and for those who enjoy outdoor activities, there are many water sports possible in the area along with sailing and golf.
More specifically Sandbanks, the small peninsula which crosses the mouth of Poole Harbour is an incredibly sought after place to live. The seaside town of Poole in Dorset is well known for this small area and the desirable homes located there.
There is a misconception that Sandbanks is full of glitz and glamour, and why it might be present overall the area is peaceful, relaxed and beautiful. Families are drawn to Dorset for the access to excellent schooling, there is also a good direct train service from Poole into London Waterloo which takes just over two hours.
The waterfront property rarely becomes available to buy on the open market and buyers might wait years to find their dream home in Sandbanks with sea views and a gate from their garden onto the beach. The blue-flag beach is a key attraction, along with the large natural harbour and the sailing clubs which operate in the area.
The seaside town of Salcombe is extremely desirable, Devon is known for its coastal towns and villages and the seaside town of Salcombe is comfortably one of the best places to live in Devon. Renowned for its microclimate, Salcombe average temperatures are higher due to its protected position on the Salcombe Estuary, the town has two sandy beaches and easy access to a third via a short boat trip to East Portlemouth.
The town itself has an excellent section of shops, restaurants and pubs and there are good road connections to the M5 motorway via the A38 Devon Expressway.
What Salcombe is best known for and the images that draw homebuyers to the area are the incredibly well-positioned properties that offer far-reaching sea views. Parts of Salcombe are elevated giving many homes vantage points from which to look out to sea, completely unobstructed by their neighbours. In the heart of the town, there are many period homes and cottages hailing back to the town’s origins as a thriving fishing village.
North Berwick, East Lothian
A mere half an hour from central Edinburgh, the Scottish town of North Berwick is easily one of the best seaside towns to live in the UK. The high street is a hive of activity with many places to eat and drink as well as a fine selection of shops all within a stone’s throw of the sandy beach.
The east coast of Scotland is typically less stormy and a little drier than the rest of Scotland’s coastline but being Scotland the area is well prepared for the wetter months meaning residents can happily enjoy all that the area has to offer year-round. The local golf courses are sufficiently well-drained so that play can continue whatever the weather and the East Lothian Yacht Club runs races through the winter.
Properties with sea views are the most desirable and command premium prices, especially those that are also within walking distance of the station.
UK seaside towns
Only including 5 seaside towns was incredibly hard to whittle down – being an island the UK naturally has an abundance of places to live by the sea and there are many we’ve not included here that are well worth considering.
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