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Average house prices in British seaside towns increase by 25 per cent in the past decade – £382 a month. Sandbanks in Poole is Britain’s most expensive seaside town for the second year.

During the last 10 years, the average house price in Britain’s seaside towns rose by 25 per cent from £181,060 in 2007 to £226,916 in 2017 – the equivalent to an average increase of £382 per month finds the latest Halifax Seaside Town Review.

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

Sandbanks in Poole remains Britain’s most expensive seaside town for the second consecutive year, where the average price of a home is £664,051, followed by Salcombe in South Devon (£617,743) and Aldeburgh in East Anglia (£526,689). Salcombe was the most expensive seaside town in 2015.

Outside southern England, the most expensive seaside areas are the Scottish towns of North Berwick (£314,435) and St Andrews (£300,319), together with The Mumbles in South Wales (£284,804).

Scottish seaside towns see largest growth in prices

Scottish seaside towns have seen the greatest average house price growth in the last 10 years, with the average price in Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire almost doubling (95 per cent) from £70,255 in 20061 to £136,889 in 2016, followed by Lerwick in the Shetlands (77 per cent). Shoreham by Sea on the South East coast (70 per cent) and Aldeburgh in East Anglia (67 per cent) saw the next largest rises.

Average house prices in Aldeburgh, East Anglia increased by the greatest value from £315,641 in 2007 to £526,689 in 2017 – £211,048 or £1,759 a month, followed by Sandbanks (£162,852 or £1,357 a month).

Least expensive seaside towns in Scotland and the North

Nine out of the 10 least expensive seaside towns are in Scotland; Port Bannatyne on the Isle of Bute is the least expensive seaside town in this survey, with an average price of £71,550. This is almost £600,000 lower than in Sandbanks – Britain’s most expensive seaside town.

Newbiggin by the Sea in Northumberland follows and is the least expensive seaside town in England with an average house price of £75,779.

Eight of the 10 least expensive towns are in Western Scotland including Campbeltown (£80,737), Girvan (£85,082) and Millport (£86,392).

The research found that 12 seaside towns in total have an average price below £100,000. (See Table 3)

Martin Ellis, Halifax housing economist, said: “Seaside towns are extremely popular places to live, offering sought-after views and desirable weather. Being by the sea side does come at a price – with the marked increase in house prices reflecting the demand for rooms with a ‘sea’ view. Over the past decade, house prices in the South East, especially coastal towns within commutable distance to London, have shown strong growth and have become Britain’s most expensive seaside towns. However, the strongest performing coastal towns in terms of growth have been in north of the border in Scotland, where property prices on the Aberdeenshire coastline have been helped by the oil industry more than the sunshine.”

Most Expensive Seaside Towns
Seaside TownRegionAverage House Price 2017 (£)
SandbanksSouth West664,051
SalcombeSouth West617,743
AldeburghEast Anglia526,689
LymingtonSouth East441,357
PadstowSouth West422,916
DartmouthSouth West391,775
East WitteringSouth East384,434
BrightonSouth East374,622
Shoreham By SeaSouth East373,056
Bigbury on SeaSouth West372,105
Source: Land Registry House Price Data 12 months to February 2017

Seaside Towns - 20 biggest house price increases 2007- 2017

Seaside TownRegionAverage House Price (£) 2006/ 2007b (£)Average House Price (£) 2016/2017 (£)10 Yr per cent change
Shoreham By SeaSouth East218,825373,05670
AldeburghEast Anglia315,641526,68967
WhitstableSouth East217,994347,68059
BrightonSouth East235,734374,62259
Leigh On SeaSouth East220,061337,50353
SandwichSouth East221,915334,17751
HytheSouth East232,274349,11050
NewhavenSouth East166,006244,63547
BrancesterEast Anglia216,719316,25446
East WitteringSouth East264,345384,43445
Herne BaySouth East187,014269,60144
Southend On SeaSouth East178,193255,33743
All Seaside Towns GB 181,060226,91625

Table 3: Least Expensive Seaside Towns
Seaside TownRegionAverage House Price 2017 (£)
Port BannatyneScotland71,550
Newbiggin by the SeaNorth75,779