Are you thinking of relocating to Dorset?
Read the latest DOMVS blog written by Tim Grainger, Associate Director, giving an insight into relocating from London to West Dorset!
I was brought up in the leafy suburbs of Hertfordshire, an area not so different from the villages surrounding Dorchester. When I turned 25, my partner and I decided that if we were going to get married and start a family, there was no better place to do so than in West Dorset, an area we both knew and loved. When saying goodbye to our London-based friends, most of them asked us how far from the sea we’d be living and were astonished we could afford to live in such close proximity – having never heard of the places we were considering. As someone who had been visiting Dorset for most of my life, it made no sense to me. While living by the sea is one of life’s luxuries, in my mind, it didn’t have to come with a huge financial burden, so why did they see it that way?
Upon moving here, I began to understand why living by the coast is seen by so many as an unrealistic dream. The magazines you see in dentist’s waiting rooms show large, lavish houses in Sandbanks that mere mortals can only dream about. The lifestyle advertised alongside them is one that portrays huge yachts moored on private jetties, and sports cars on the drive. And yet, only days into my new life, I saw properties with, in my opinion, better views and I met people for whom living anywhere but ‘beside the seaside’ was not even a consideration. To top it all off, I started working in a town where normal, everyday people would walk the world-renowned South West Coast Path on their commute to work. Weymouth is a mere 25 miles from Sandbanks and is a vibrant, well-connected town, which, unlike many others by the sea, doesn’t completely shut down over the winter.
According to Land Registry, the average freehold property price in the area covering Preston, Sutton Poyntz and Osmington is £357,000. In comparison, in Parkstone in Poole (a densely populated area not within touching distance of the sea), the average price for a freehold property is £474,000. To a certain degree, it’s safe to say that Weymouth and the surrounding area is still very much one of Dorset’s best kept secrets, especially from those who currently reside in Greater London. Below are a few properties that prove what various budgets could buy on this remarkable stretch of coastline:
Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth – Offers Over £920,000
An impressive family home set in just under half an acre and positioned just a few hundred metres from the beach. This delightful home has five double bedrooms, three reception rooms, a light and spacious kitchen/breakfast room and a spectacular orangery. Outside are generous lawned gardens and a spacious DOUBLE GARAGE with studio space above.
Coombe Valley Road, Weymouth – £475,000
A characterful three bedroom detached family residence in one of the most desirable locations in Weymouth. The property benefits from a garage and plentiful parking, with generous and light reception spaces throughout.
Churchward Avenue, Preston – Offers Over £325,000
A well-presented family home benefiting from three double bedrooms, generous gardens and stunning sea views, situated in this ever popular location.
Hambro Terrace, Preston, Weymouth – £259,950
A beautiful character cottage located in a secluded position on the outskirts of Sutton Poyntz, offering two bedrooms, a generous garden and parking for two cars.