Withernsea makes waves as the most affordable resort for buyers
Withernsea is England’s most affordable seaside town, but what do you get for your money? Sharon Dale reports.
THE recession, followed swiftly by the age of austerity, has focused our minds on shopping around for the best prices and that applies to everything from tins of beans to property.
It’s one of the reasons there is renewed interest in Withernsea, which was recently revealed as the most affordable seaside town in England and Wales.
According to the Halifax, homes in the East Coast resort, which is 20 miles from Hull, cost an average £ 91,360 – three times local earnings.
This is bucket-and-spade bargain basement compared with the designer boutique that is Sandbanks in Dorset, where the average property costs £544, 951 – a whopping 18.9 times the average salary.
You can buy a mid-terraced house in Withernsea for around £70,000, a two-bedroom bungalow from £90,000, and a familysized semi from £115,000. The most expensive home at the moment is a six-bedroom period detached for £ 359,950.
Homes on holiday parks on Withernsea’s fringe can be even cheaper. On the Golden Sands website there are pre-owned timber chalets from around £5,000, and at the Park Resorts Withernsea Sands site there are static caravans from £6,500, though you have to factor in site fees and the fact you can’t live in the properties year round as a main residence.
So the price is right, but what about the location and the amenities? Jane Fox, a lifelong resident and founder of Goodwin Fox estate agency, says: “It’s not too far from Hull and quite a few people live here and travel to work there. My husband works in Bradford and loves it here by the sea so much that he’s happy to put up with the long journey each day.
“It’s a lovely town and a lot quieter than the larger places like Bridlington and Scarborough.”
There are no “best” areas, according to Jane, who says: “There’s a north and a south side but no divide. The north end is closer to the school and the town centre and was developed earlier. There are more terraced houses there along with some popular new-build properties by Persimmon. The south end is more semis and detacheds and the Tesco store is there.”
The town is small – just over 6,000 permanent residents – but it has good facilities including a high school, the Tesco store and a leisure centre with gym, pool, sauna and squash courts plus seaside businesses such as fish and shops, cafés and amusement arcades.
For the sporty, there’s a well--
It’s a lovely town and a lot quieter than the larger places like Bridlington and Scarborough.
organised running club, a golf club and a football team.
The town’s most prominent feature is the famous lighthouse, which towers 127 feet, and its exhibitions include a tribute to Withernsea-born Hollywood actress Kay Kendall.
Like others, she left the town to to find her fortune, but to replace those who leave is a regular flow of incomers, both transient and permanent.
Although it suffered when Dr Beeching cut the train line from Hull in 1964 and from cheap flights abroad, it has always been popular with people from East Hull and West Yorkshire. They holiday there, like it, buy holiday homes and later retire there.
Mike Ashworth, of Leonards estate agency, says: “A lot of retirees come over from West Yorkshire, but we have just had someone from Sussex, who bought a place here for a third of what he sold his house down south for.”
The main attraction is the sea, and at Withernsea it might be wild and rough at times, but it’s beautiful. The blue flag beaches are clean and are close to the Spurn Point nature reserve.
“Withernsea is affordable and it’s by the sea. Property there is excellent value for money. It makes the dream of retiring to the coast quite possible for a lot of people,” says Mike.
TIME AND TIDE: Homes in Withernsea cost an average £91,360, the best deal of any seaside town in England and Wales.
Properties for sale in Withernsea include, from left, houses in North Road (£118,000), Hollym Road (£245,000), Holmpton Road (£359,950), Alma Street (£72,5000) and South Promenade (£129,995).
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