Many of us have visited the south coast of England on day trips or for holidays. Several counties span this area, including Kent, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. One of the most popular counties is Dorset. It forms much of the Jurassic Coast and includes favourite seaside towns Weymouth, Lyme Regis and West Bay.
West Bay has enjoyed a significant increase in tourism since the television show ‘Broadchurch‘, starring David Tennant, was filmed there. This television show was award-winning and fans flock to West Bay to see some of its most famous landmarks. Sadly some of the famous cliff was damaged in storms early in 2014, but it remains a popular walking route.
Lyme Regis is a popular seaside town that is home to dozens of independent cafes and shops. Some sell fossils and rocks from the Jurassic coast. There is also a promenade with antique stores, ice-creams and seaside trampolines during the summer. This town is also home to a theatre and museum.
Weymouth is a large seaside town. In addition to a large variety of independent shops, you can find most of your favourite high street stores. There is also a large department store. There is a multi-screen cinema and an excellent variety of well-known and independent restaurants. There is plenty for the kids to do on the seafront with a good range of seaside attractions, arcades and fun fairs. Weymouth was famously home to the 2012 Olympic Sailing events.
With this and so much more on offer, it is no wonder that Dorset postcodes attract a higher than average price tag. In late 2013 the average house price in East Dorset was approximately was nearly £292,000, but family homes for sale in Christchurch were substantially cheaper at just under £275,000 (source http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/in_depth/uk_house_prices/counties/html/county33.stm). Like many other places in the UK, property prices across Dorset continue to rise steadily in 2014.
When you are considering buying a property in a popular county like Dorset, it is worth looking at the outer edges of the area. If you compare the average price of a property in West Dorset to a property just over the border in Yeovil, you could save a whopping £75,000. Yeovil has two train stations with links to Dorset and London, so it could be worth those few extra miles to make a saving on a property.
Hopping over borders can be a money-saver but there are some towns in Dorset that are worth the premium price tag. There are some beautiful villages including Abbotsbury and Milton Abbas, and the small town of Sherborne fancies itself big on classical music festivals and its world-famous Abbey.
The Jurassic coast is a World Heritage site and spans through the coast of East Devon and Dorset. There is 95 miles of coastline to explore, and many specialists available to help in places like Lyme Regis. With so much history in a place, it is hard to find a more stunning place to live or visit.