ritain’s most beautiful spots all surround water. Whether it’s dramatic cliffs in Kent, or a peaceful lake in Cumbria, living near water is at the top of most house-hunters’ list of desirables.
Small wonder, then, that property developers are so keen to find waterside spots for their best new projects.
Research by County Homesearch, a buying agency with more than 20 offices around Britain, shows that a water view attracts a 50 per cent premium compared to a like-forlike property inland.
Estuary views are the most popular, followed by the open sea. They hold their value over time, too. Halifax estimates that homes near water have on average more than doubled in price since 2001.
Here is our top 10 of the latest, most attractive new waterside homes on the market. LECHLADE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE This scheme, called The Lakes by Yoo, proves waterside fun can exist even inland. It is a holiday home development in 650 acres of the Cotswolds with luxury homes, ranging from three to six bedrooms. Each property is built to the owner’s specifications and comes with a terrace facing one of the lakes. There is a concierge and housekeeping service, a spa with swimming pool and treatment rooms as well as a sauna and steam room. There is even a visiting farmers’ market. £900,000 to £3m (01367 250066; thelakesbyyoo.com).
DEVON “This could be the ‘must have’ waterside address in the country,” claims a spokesman for Devington Homes, the developer transforming the 19th-century Grand Hotel into apartments overlooking Plymouth Hoe. In the Sixties, it hosted the Beatles but then became a lowly Berni Inn. After being wrecked by fire, it has been converted into 26 two and three-bedroom flats with sea views. £249,950 to £1.45m from Devington Homes (01326 211655; grandplymouth.co.uk).
CORNWALL There are two unusual elements here. First, it’s rare to find new detached waterside houses on sale, but here are three. Each with four bedrooms and a whopping 3,000sq ft of living space. Second, little of Cornwall remains undiscovered but this north-coast fishing port between St Agnes and St Ives is as close as you get to it. £775,000 to £850,000 through Charts Edge (01803 863108; chartsedge.co.uk). CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX If you are on the coast, make the most of it. This new five-bedroom house has a glass roof plus plenty of windows and balconies with views across The Solent. The garden has beach access and there is boat storage, naturally. Inland, Chichester remains a vibrant culture-vulture’s haven. £1.5m from Strutt & Parker (01243 832600; struttandparker. com). ISLE OF WIGHT For the best view of Cowes Week, try Vantage Point, twobedroom apartments each with a terrace. “The homes have been designed to maximise light, have panoramic views and are just yards from the Royal Yacht Squadron. They overlook the start of the majority of Cowes’ sailing events,” says Nicki Dennis of developer Banner Homes. £800,000 to £900,000 (01983 292193; vantagepointcowes.co.uk). SHOEBURYNESS, ESSEX This clever conversion has seen 11 homes made from a military garrison officers’ mess. It sits right on a secluded beach and offers fabulous long-distance sea views. The remaining home on sale is vast – 5,500sq ft, including four bedrooms and the former ballroom. Ideal for a housewarming party. £795,000 from Fine (01702 826037; fine.co.uk and officers-mess.co.uk). LYMINGTON, HAMPSHIRE Twelve detached houses and 130 one, two and three-bedroom apartments are for sale at Lymington Shores. They overlook the river and are accompanied by
Go with the flow: seaside towns such as Salcombe, in Devon, above, have long attracted a premium