Coastal Property Search
The South West boasts a wealth of coastal property for sale. The South West Coastal Path alone, runs some 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset. The path travels through a diverse set of landscapes from the soporific coastline of South Devon, to the dramatic and rugged Atlantic coastlines of North Devon and Cornwall.
Coastal Property For Sale
The level of coastal property available for sale is equally diverse from ancient fishermen’s cottages to splendid manor houses as well as stunning contemporary architecture.
The varied coastline offers tremendous scope for all sorts of property buyers, from families looking for a second home, sailing enthusiasts, surfers, walkers as well as a wealth of rural property inland.
The accessibility of the South West through major road, rail and air routes, as well as a warmer climate, makes it the most desirable choice for many property buyers, particularly those in their retirement years.
For many, the idea of coastal property need not always include a sea view. Sometimes, just being close to beaches, walks and activities is sufficient to provide the lifestyle change you seek.
There is always a constant demand for waterside and coastal property. The limited supply of such property undoubtedly means higher prices but a safer investment regardless of outside influences in the property market and the wider economy.
Waterside property owned as an investment will always attract a great following for people wishing to holiday in the area. There is a market for renting out holiday properties finished to a high standard.
Devon has two very different coastlines, each with its own character and attributes. North Devon is a surfers paradise lashed by Atlantic waves, whilst South Devon has numerous coastal inlets that are havens for the yachting fraternity, now augmented by high quality, shops, restaurants, bars and amenities.
In addition, and by no means to be forgotten, is the English Riviera, the original destination in Devon for holidaymakers.
Dorset coastal property lies on the Jurassic Coast. It is officially a national park and protected by its status. The coastline offers dramatic cliffs, coastal valleys and rocky beaches. The English Channel is a gentler sea than the Atlantic, and the countryside bordering the coast reflects this, with a rolling and beautiful landscape.
Dorset is highly accessible, being that much nearer to London and, for some, is commutable.
Cornwall appeals to those looking for wild and rugged landscapes and weather. Being on the furthest promontory of the country, this is where you can distance yourself from the rat race. Again, there are definite hotspots in the coastal property market, such as the Helford Passage, Rock, Padstow, St. Ives & Fowey.
These are the areas that have traditionally appealed to the affluent, with prices to match. For those prepared to look further afield, yet still be close to these areas, there is a wealth of property offering potential without the premium property prices.
The Somerset coast is an often forgotten and bypassed coastline, with hidden gems. Bordering the Exmoor national park and hiding the Quantocks, the Brendon Hills and the Blackdown Hills, this area offers stunning rural landscapes, dramatic coastal scenes and yet is accessible via the M5 and with convenient mainline railway connections.
Starting Your Coastal Property Search
It’s important to get to know the area you want to live in before making a significant financial commitment. What attracts you to the coast? What do you want to get from your change in location and lifestyle? More often than not, starting a search, whether for coastal or any other kind of property, should begin with introspection rather than a view to the actual properties themselves.
Make a list of what you want from your life, not just your property. This single exercise can prove enormously helpful in understanding exactly what you want to be looking for and where.
Using A Property Search Agent
For those unable to spend the time or money investigating the whole of the South West, a property search agent may well prove a sound investment, identifying areas that will best suit your requirements. They will handle your search from initial enquiry, discovering your requirements and then matching them to the available properties and areas. They will handle complex price negotiations, as well as surveys and liaising with solicitors, through to completion.
Recoco have been helping clients buy property in the South West for over 10 years, with over 30 years of experience in the regional property market and a lifetime of local knowledge.
“He really does seem to know every little village in the area, and househunting went from being a bit of a headache to being an exciting adventure once again.”
Should you need further help in your property search, please call us on 01392 433 544 for an informal discussion of your requirements.