We Brits shore do love to live near the sea, despite house prices coasting to a new high...

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The cost of living in a seaside town has jumped by 25% during the past decade – the equivalent rise of £382 a month.

Average house prices in Britain’s coastal towns have increased from £181,060 in 2007 to £226,916 now, according to Halifax.

But there is a marked north-south divide in property values, with nine of the 10 most expensive seaside towns on the southern coast of England.

Exclusive Sandbanks, near Poole in Dorset, remains Britain’s most expensive seaside town in which to buy a home for the second year running.

Sandbanks, which has seafront homes such as this £2.6m property, above, has been dubbed 'Britain's Palm Beach'

Why is this happening?

Martin Ellis, Halifax housing economist, said: “Seaside towns are extremely popular places to live, offering sought-after views and desirable weather.

Homeowners are prepared to pay for the lifestyle benefits that come with living by the sea, sending house prices in these locations higher.

Many coastal towns in the south east are also within commutable distance of London, which has also contributed to rising values. 

Who does it affect?

If you want to live in a coastal town in the south, you will need deep pockets.

Sandbanks is the UK's most expensive seaside town, with the average home on the peninsula costing £664,051, followed by Salcombe in South Devon at £617,743 and Aldeburgh in East Anglia at £526,689.

But there are bargains to be found north of the border, with nine out of the 10 least expensive seaside towns located in Scotland.

Beach-lovers on a budget should head to Port Bannatyne on the Isle of Bute (as pictured below), where the average home costs just £71,550.

It is followed by Newbiggin by the Sea in Northumberland, where house prices are £75,779, while Campbeltown, Girvan and Millport, all in Western Scotland, have seaside homes for below £80,000.

Seeking a sea change? Beach lovers on a budget should also consider properties at the Isle of Bute, such as this one pictured above, advertised for £115,000 on Zoopla  

Sounds interesting. What’s the background?

Despite having cheaper properties than much of the rest of the country, Scottish seaside towns have actually seen the strongest house price growth during the past 10 years.

Property values in Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire have soared by 95% since 2006, to stand at £136,889 now.

The cost of homes in Lerwick in the Shetlands have risen by 77%, while in Inverbervie they are up 62%.

In England, homes in Shoreham by Sea have been the biggest risers, with prices up by 70%, followed by those in Aldeburgh in East Anglia at 67%.

Aldeburgh leads the field in terms of seaside towns that have seen the biggest cash jump in house prices, with property values soaring by a massive £211,048 in the past 10 years or £1,759 per month, to stand at £526,689 now.

Properties in Sandbanks have also seen strong gains, rising by £162,852 or £1,357 a month.

Going swimmingly...house prices in Aldeburgh, pictured above, have risen considerably over the past decade

Top 3 takeaways

  •   The cost of living in a seaside town has jumped by 25% over 10 years – the equivalent of £382 a month.
  •   Average house prices in Britain’s coastal towns have risen from £181,060 in 2007 to £226,916 now.
  •   Nine of the 10 most expensive seaside towns are on the southern coast of England.

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