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Where to buy a second home on the coast

From historic Poole to the sought-after Sandbanks Peninsula, we round up the most desirable spots to buy a second home on the coast.

You’ve decided to act on your long-harboured dreams of buying a second home on the coast, so now the question is: on which part of Britain’s rugged and irresistible coastline do you cast your net? From Brighton’s quirky cafe scene to the illustrious golden beaches of Sandbanks, lifestyles and property markets along the coast come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Whether you’re after a summer bolthole from the city, an investment flat to let, or a nest-egg for retirement, we’ve rounded up the spots to consider when you’re ready to buy that slice of the seaside.



Leafy terraces, a wide open seafront and a happy blend of contemporary and classic come together to form Worthing, a typical south coast town that dates back to Roman times. It has an interesting history having become increasingly popular in the 18th century when doctors of the day extolled the benefits of seawater. It’s also where Oscar Wilde chose to reside as he penned The Importance of Being Earnest. Present day Worthing is a thriving town with a famous pier, a wide-open seafront, a good shopping centre and some highly-regarded theatres. Here you can go from beach to traditional tea shop, before swinging by an art studio or catching a screening at one of the oldest working cinemas in the UK. The centre exhibits a ghost of the old fishing town and a densely-packed collection of terraces and town houses, while gorgeous Victorian properties make up the area around Victoria Park. The overall house price in Worthing stands at £315,574.

Marine Parade, Worthing, West Sussex
4 bedroom house in Worthing
£1,125,000 Freehold

This four-bedroom refurbished Georgian townhouse is centrally-located on Worthing seafront and offers stunning outlooks of the south coast. In addition to luxurious bedrooms and an en-suite master bedroom, this Grade II listed home features five floors of generously-sized living spaces complete with a welcoming lobby area, kitchen and dining area, as well as a formal reception room with twin set doors leading out onto a south facing balcony. Particularly of interest is the private parking to the rear of the property in the form of a car port, a real bonus in such a central location.

Contact Winkworth Worthing or call 01903 216219 for more information.



Poole is a fascinating town famous for its award-winning blue flag beaches, thriving quayside and for cradling the world’s largest natural harbour. Its history can be traced back to the 3rd century BC with the Poole Logboat, an ancient vessel made from a single piece of oak, but the natural harbour is thought to have formed around 7,000 years ago. Today, Poole’s bustling town centre comprises both chain stores and smaller individual shops, and the seafront is home to plenty of superb waterfront cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars. Crowned Britain’s Palm Beach, the Sandbanks Peninsula is one of the most expensive and sought-after postcodes in the world, but across the board in the area, house prices average at around £367,435. Poole is ideally located for exploring the Jurassic Coast and the New Forest National Park and is popular with families thanks to its clutch of well-regarded schools.

Panorama Road, Sandbanks, Poole
4 bedroom house in Sandbanks

This four-bedroom Sandbanks property is the epitome of peninsula living. A beautifully-crafted contemporary family home, it occupies three-floors and features spacious living rooms, kitchen, dining area and a south facing garden. Along with breathtaking views, this property benefits from having award-winning blue flag beaches just a stroll away, along with nearby local shopping facilities and the widely-renowned Rick Stein restaurant, Sandbanks.

Contact Winkworth Poole or call 01202 733000 for more information.



This pretty seaside town, renowned for its castle and superb beaches has welcomed a flurry of buyers in recent years. As its name suggests, Highcliffe affords spectacular views out across the Isle of Wight and is primely located on the Dorset-Hampshire border with easy access to both Christchurch and the New Forest. Local attractions include Highcliffe Castle - an impressive, Grade I listed Victorian building which was once the home of shop mogul Mr Selfridge, and the ever-popular Avon Beach to the southwest. On the whole, the population of Highcliffe is older than the national average with 20.8% of its population aged between 45-59 years old, however a large student population towards Bournemouth and a significant number of affluent Londoners looking for a second home on the coast, make for a diverse community. In the last year, the majority of properties sold in the area were detached properties, selling for an average price of £502,638.

Hoburne Farm, Highcliffe-On-Sea, Dorset
4 bedroom house in Highcliffe
£577,000 Freehold

Built to traditional standards and styled with a modern finish, features in this lovely coastal home include large airy rooms, a spacious living area complete with French doors, generous bedrooms finished with quality oak doors and a south facing garden. The property also offers relaxed and luxurious living and is ideally situated within walking distance of the beach.

Contact Winkworth Highcliffe or call 01425 270 055 for more information.



Colourful, cosmopolitan Brighton has made a name for itself as one of Britain’s coolest hipster hangouts, famous for its eclectic nightlife, thriving art scene, independent restaurants and postcard seafront. It also offers fantastic shopping with a unique blend of vintage shops, design-led gift shops and boutiques, smaller high-end high street chains and antique shops. Good-quality housing and an alternative lifestyle are primary factors in attracting people to the seaside town, and with a generous variety in house style and price - from red brick Victorian properties to Thirties semis and candy-coloured beachfront cottages - there is a plentiful supply of second homes up for grabs. Detached properties sold for £469,997 on average last year, while flats went for an average of £315,157.

Clifton Place, Brighton, Sussex
3 bedroom house in Brighton
£1,100,000 Freehold

Positioned in the heart of the desirable Clifton Montpelier conservation area with superb views over the city and down to the sea, this house is the perfect second home, set over four charming and spacious floors. An elegant finish blends sympathetically with original period features such as large sash windows and a Juliet balcony. The first floor is made up of two good-sized double bedrooms, a contemporary fitted bathroom and separate WC, while the top floor houses the master suite and a unique open seating area from which you can enjoy the stunning views.

Contact Winkworth Brighton or call 01273 772 175 for more information.


Milford on Sea

Milford on Sea is a hive of activity offering a spectacularly wide range of shops, restaurants, pubs and things to do in all weather. It offers the best of seaside village life with unspoilt beaches, spectacular seascapes and cliff top walks and a thriving local community. Not far from Lymington, and with Bournemouth and Southampton under an hour away, the town is a well-connected hidden gem. Most of the sales in Milford On Sea over the past year were detached properties which on average sold for £726,944, while flats average at £246,634 and terraced properties £495,050.

Shinglebank Drive, Milford On Sea, Hampshire
4 bedroom house in Milford on Sea
£715,000 Share of freehold

This four-bedroom property serves as a completely modernised and remodelled Mediterranean townhouse with stunning views over the Solent and Isle of Wight. Buyers can expect comfortable living with open-plan living spaces, fully-fitted kitchen and landscaped gardens. With its own private walkway that leads to the cliff top and the beach, seaside living doesn’t get much better.

Contact Milford On Sea or call 01590 642641 for more information.


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