House prices in seaside towns more than double

House prices have more than doubled over the past decade in the majority of seaside towns in England and Wales, according to the latest research from Halifax.

During the last ten years, average house prices rose by 128% in these areas and price growth in seven out of ten seaside towns exceeds the average rise of 118% seen in the whole of England and Wales.

The largest increase is in the Cornwall town of Wadebridge where the average price jumped by almost 270% from just over £100,000 in 2001 to £370,902 in 2011. Maryport, close to the Lakes in Cumbria, was second on the list, where the average house prices rose by 192% from £40,932 in 2001 to £119,604 in 2011, followed by Tenby (186%) and Seaham (177%).

Many of the biggest prices increases during the past ten years have been in coastal towns in northern England and Wales. These towns include Whitehaven in Cumbria (172%), Caernarfon (171%) and Pwllheli (169%) in Wales, Cleethorpes on the South Humberside coast (165%) and Whitby in North Yorkshire (153%).

Seaside Towns – 10 biggest house price increases 2001- 2011

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Seaside Town Region Average House Price 2001 (£) Average House Price £ 2011 (£) 2001-2011

% change

Wadebridge South West 100,406 370,902 269%
Maryport North 40,932 119,604 192%
Tenby Wales 80,297 229,690 186%
Seaham North 41,740 115,687 177%
Padstow South West 139,894 381,916 173%
Whitehaven North 49,960 135,805 172%
Caernarfon Wales 53,103 143,786 171%
Brancaster East Anglia 91,335 245,825 169%
Pwllheli Wales 71,536 192,164 169%
Fowey South West 136,112 363,494 167%

Source: Land Registry

Southern seaside towns are the most expensive
There is a significant North-South divide in house prices in seaside towns despite the big increases in house prices in many seaside towns in the north since 2001. All ten of the most expensive seaside towns are on the couth coast with Sandbanks in Dorset coming out on top with an average house price of £532,652. Sandbanks is followed by Padstow (£381,916), Wadebridge (£370,902) and Fowey (£363,494) in the list of most expensive seaside towns.

Outside southern England the most expensive seaside towns include the Mumbles in Swansea (£263,470), Tenby (£229,690), Alnwick in Northumberland (£220,228) and Whitby (£216,190).

Not all seaside towns boast high average prices. Two of the most renowned and historically popular seaside towns in England, Blackpool (£111,003) and Cleethorpes (£117,882), make the list of the ten least expensive seaside towns.

The least expensive town in the survey is Withernsea on the North Humberside coast with an average house price of £99,153. Fleetwood on the Lancashire coast follows just behind at £102,908. Outside northern England, Rhyl (£121,838) is the least expensive Welsh seaside town, and Lowestoft (£141,097) has the lowest average house price of seaside towns in southern England.

Nitesh Patel, housing economist at Halifax, commented: “Seaside towns have always been popular places to live, but they have perhaps become even more so in recent years. This is certainly true if we take house prices as an indicator of desirability. Over the past decade, the average house price in seaside towns has risen at a faster rate than for all properties in England and Wales generally. The 270% increase in Wadebridge in Cornwall is notable, but prices have seen big rises in coastal towns across northern England and Wales too.

“Seaside towns have a distinct advantage over urban areas in offering that all important sea view, and they typically have a high quality of life and a healthy environment. There is a romance associated with living by the sea and this is evident in the high house prices seen in many of these areas.”d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);

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