South Devon Property Search? A Brief Guide To What You Can Find
South Devon Property Search
Why do people come to live here? It’s simply beautiful.
- Soft rolling countryside
- Wonderful estuaries perfect for sailing
- Totally unspoilt
- Lovely little market towns
- Stunning coastline and beaches
- Lots of rural and coastal property available
Broadly speaking the South Hams defines an area south of the A38 in Devon. The South Hams (we’ll refer to it as South Devon) incorporates a number of charming towns and villages, the principals of which are: Totnes, Modbury, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Bigbury, Dittisham, Newton Ferrers, Noss Mayo and Dartmouth.
Types of Property For Sale
There’s an eclectic mix of farm houses and cottages, coastal property, fishermen’s cottages and rural property, mixed with a growing amount of more modern property. There are also a number of oak marvellous framed homes, many designed and constructed by Carpenter Oak of Dittisham, who are the pioneers in such modern, airy buildings.
Property values in the South Hams tend to be higher than elsewhere in Devon, simply because of its charm and desirability.
It’s also less highly populated than elsewhere in Devon, so demand tends to concentrate around fewer houses and which maintain higher values.
South Devon Towns & Villages
Totnes is creative, arty, growing strong alternative cultures like Transition Towns. Nearby is Riverford, the home of Riverford Organics, the UK’s largest organic veg box business and the Riverford Field Kitchen which is well worth a visit.
Down the road, you’ll find places like Modbury a steep high street populated entirely by independent retailers who were the first town in England to ban plastic bags. Such projects are a testament to the strong ties that can be built in small communities.
I think of Kingsbridge as a good working town that benefits from the Estuary to attract visitors, but still retains a strong sense of community throughout the year.
Dittisham is a stunning village on the banks of the river Dart, looking across to Greenway, Agatha Christie’s home for many years, and inspiration for many of her books.
Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo
The twin villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo straddle the river Yealm where there is a cross section of former fishermen’s cottages with twentieth century homes climbing up the valleys behind them. There are several excellent pubs including The Dolphin and The Swan. It’s another good place for sailing.
Bigbury, Bigbury-On-Sea and Burgh Island
Bigbury, Bigbury-On-Sea and of course Burgh Island (home of the famous art deco hotel and which gets cut off by the tides daily – crossing available by the pedestrian tractor). Also on Burgh Island is the Pilchard Inn. Bigbury-On-Sea has a Links golf course and a great beach – perfect for young families.
Salcombe has become the second most expensive rural town outside the home counties, with a restaurant, café culture and retail shops to match the lifestyle.
Though very busy in Summer, you only have to go inland a little way, or visit neighbouring creeks, coves, hamlets and villages to find stunning properties which offer the best of all worlds.
Totnes is on the main London Paddington line. The A38 running from Exeter to Plymouth links direcetly to the M5. Airport connections can be found at Plymouth and Exeter. Plymouth has thriving port and ferry links to France and Spain.
Property Search Agents
We don’t need to sell Devon. The secret is out and South Devon particularly has become the retreat of choice for many with solid prices unlikely to budge much even in the deepest recession.
It’s precisely because of that (and of course significant savings in time, money, hassle, stress) that property search agents (professional property finder services) are in demand and can really make a huge difference to the property search process.
We know the lay of the land, local property trends, have carefully built trusted contact lists and unrivalled local property knowledge.
To find out if a property search agent like Recoco might help you find your dream home, call us on 01392 433 554.