Coastal Property For Sale

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Photo showing some coastal property for sale in England.
Coastal property in the UK is usually more expensive than inland property in the same area. Photo © Andy Waddington (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Finding Coastal Property For Sale

When you set about finding coastal property for sale there are a number of things to think about that make this search a little bit different to other kinds of property searches in the UK.

Coastal property can attract premium prices and yet may have poor transport links. Additionally, coastal homes often require more maintenance than other properties due to the battering of storms and the salt air.

In this article we will look at how you can begin your search of coastal property for sale and some of the special circumstances to consider when buying a house, a flat or commercial property by the sea.

Photo showing a very small property on the coast.
This coastal property is a converted toilet block and, amazingly, is now a holiday home. Photo © Oast House Archive (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Is Coastal Property A Good Investment?

As with with other kinds of property investment, location is all important when looking at coastal property for sale.

There have in the recent past been reports showing that average property prices in coastal resorts had a sharp upturn with some areas showing an increase of 32%.

Many of these big increases were mainly for properties in the south and south-west of England and not so much for rural property in Scotland or remote property in Wales.

A property that is located within 100 metres of the shoreline can be on average worth around 12% more than one placed a mile or more inland.

Investing in coastal property for profit can be highly dependent upon which area you choose to buy.

Photo showing a cottage beside the sea in Northumberland, England.
Owning a coastal property such as a stone cottage by the sea sounds like a lovely idea, but seaside houses are exposed to the elements and take a battering from nature. Photo © Chris Heaton (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Looking For The Perfect Coastal Property

Whether you want a second home to use for holidays or are intending to permanently relocate to the seaside, finding the ideal coastal property is a matter of good research and dedication to finding the right seaside property.

If you have a certain area in mind then this makes the search simpler but not necessarily easier. It is a good plan to think carefully about the type of property and how much you can afford. Buying a property on the coast is often still a matter of making compromises.

Properties situated by the sea are usually advertised with local estate agents. You might also be made aware about properties through acquaintances or friends who live in the area.

Homes by the sea are very popular with buyers and you might find it difficult to find a coastal property for sale with your exact requirements, so be as flexible as possible.

Photo showing some coastal properties in Wales.
Despite issues, there are also a lot of benefits to living in a coastal property. Photo © Derek Harper (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Where Can I Find Cheap Coastal Property?

There are plenty of cheap seaside houses and coastal property in the UK, so if you want to live by the beach or intend to buy as a property investment you can find lots of opportunities. Property in the north west of England offer lower prices than those in southern counties.

Typically, the average price of a house in Skegness comes in at around £155,000 and the town can offer a very good quality of life. Similar prices are asked for coastal property in Wales and seaside rural properties in Scotland.

In places like Whitehead in Cumbria, which has the sea and close proximity to the Lake District, an average property costs £134,000.

A good idea is also to attend some property auctions in North East England to find even more bargain houses near or on the seaside. They sell quickly, so be prepared for competition from other buyers.

Photo showing a coastal house which could be renovated.
Sometimes it may be possible to find coastal properties, which could be renovated, such as these former stone fishing cottages in Scotland. Photo © Jennifer Petrie (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Abandoned Coastal Property For Sale

If your dream is to buy an abandoned cottage or derelict property to renovate, there are many coastal areas where you can find a bargain.

Wales has a lot of derelict stone cottages many of which are on the coast. However, some require more costly renovation work than others.

Expect to fit a new roof, windows and install plumbing if you choose something that has been left exposed to the elements for many years.

Be prepared to undertake some property renovations if you buy an older coastal property. You also need to check of the house is a listed building, as many seaside properties in the UK are older.

It is important to secure planning permission if you are intending to change the use of any abandoned property. This is especially true if you plan to renovate an older building and require listed building planning consent.

Photo showing some old seaside fishing cottages in Scotland.
Many coastal houses in the Uk, especially in rural areas, are former fishing cottages. Photo © James T M Towill (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Buying Seaside Property

One of the key advantages of buying a coastal property is simply the location. Living by the sea gives you fresh air, beautiful sea views and if you are outside of the town or village, you get peace and tranquillity.

Fans of water sports will have easy access to sailing, swimming and many other kinds of fun. Additionally, many parts of the UK boast coastal footpaths so rambling is on your doorstep.

Buying a commercial property by the sea means you can combine living and making a living with a cafe, restaurant or bed and breakfast establishment.

With all the good points of coastal living come a few reservations. Local amenities are important so look for good transport links within easy distance of the property.

Photo of a coastal cottage which is now a business.
Some coastal properties may present good business opportunities. Photo © Michael Garlick (cc-by-sa/2.0)

A cliff top home sounds amazing but you could find it difficult to get access in the winter months. Property by the coast suffers considerably from the elements so needs more maintenance than an inland home, as well as the possibility of problems from things like rising damp.

There is also the possibility of coastal erosion and flooding both of which can be devastating. All of these factors should be taken into account when you are looking at coastal property for sale.

The table below shows the average price of a family home on the coast in different parts of the UK.

LocationAverage Home Price
Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset£1,223,180
Brixham, Devon£337,129
Abergele, Conwy£234,613
Skegness, Lincolnshire£201,976
Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk£224,066
Average in Northern Ireland£180,000
Average in Scotland£191,000
Source: UK House Price Index

Beachfront Property For Sale In The UK

Photo showing some beachfront property in the UK
Owning a beachfront property in the UK can bring major advantages to quality of life, but finding a beachfront property for sale in the UK can require a substantial budget. Photo © Eirian Evans (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Whilst beachfront properties in the UK seem highly desirable in the summer, you could find your home taking a battering from storms in the winter.

Property situated directly on the seafront is much more expensive so consider looking at property for sale a little way inland and you could save up to 50% on the asking price.

You can still live very close to the sea without being right on the coast. Moving even half a mile inland can save you a fortune when it comes to buying property in a seaside location.

Although beachfront and coastal properties are very attractive, many do not have a garden or a garage. Buying a property that is even a few streets back from the seafront could save you thousands and give you more room.

Finally, an important but often overlooked aspect of beachfront an coastal properties is how easy they are to access.

The summer months often bring large amounts of tourists, especially in places like Cornwall and Devon, who can cause tailbacks or even gridlock on roads, so factor this in when looking for your ideal home by the sea.

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