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.

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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.

Pic­ture: Terry Carrott

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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