Beachside bliss: spectacular coastal homes for sale this week 

Life’s a beach – particularly if you move to one of these dreamy homes.

Do you dream of waking up to the smell of salty sea air and the relaxing lapping of waves? Homes within striking distance of the British seaside are appealing to many who crave stunning scenery and re-connecting with nature through water. But did you know they could also improve your wellbeing?

The positive effects of living within striking distance of open water are sometimes called ‘blue health’. According to research by the University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment & Human Health, people who live within five kilometres (three miles) of the English coast enjoy better health than their inland peers. In the large-scale study, which used census data from 2001, it was found that to reap the benefits of coastal living, you don’t need to dip a toe in the water – even a sea view can reduce heart rates and improve mood. And if you are within 1km (under two-thirds of a mile) of the open ocean, all the better. The study found you’re more likely to take regular exercise while enjoying the changing seaside scenes. 

So, if you’re ready to enjoy improved mental health, better sleep and improved fitness (and who isn’t?), now might be the ideal time to start arranging those coastal property viewings.

Modern signle storey house near Cromer beachCredit: Rightmove/Sowerbys Holt

1. Coastal grandeur

Five-bedroom house for sale in Loe Beach, near Truro, Cornwall

Coastal property sea viewCredit: Knight Frank
Coastal property with a seaview

Guide price: £2,250,000

Spectacular sea views on your doorstep? Check. Private mooring? Check. A perfectly formed 1.22-acre woodland bursting with seasonal bluebells and wildflowers? Check, check, check! 

If this idyllic description is ticking all of your good-life boxes, then you could do a lot worse than to up sticks and take up residence in Turnstones. That’s the name of this lovely five-bedroom, four-bathroom Cornish property, built in 2006 and on sale through Knight Frank.

Coastal HouseCredit: Knight Frank
‘Turnstones’, available through Knight Frank, offers mature gardens and a direct view to the sea

Not only is this a seaside lovers’ paradise, it’s also great for motoring enthusiasts – so feel free to bring a few cars with you. You’ll need them for whizzing down your private driveway and to amply stock your five-car garage.

Beach property collageCredit: Knight Frank
The seaside lifestyle

And the big-ticket sea view we mention? That would be of Loe beach – a stretch of family-friendly coastline between Falmouth and Truro. So if you can tear yourself away from lounging in one of your three sitting rooms or manicured garden, then all the riches of the south Cornish coast are your oyster. 

For a pleasant day’s jaunt, hop in your boat (you have a boathouse to keep it in) and sail off to the local watersports centre and beach café or the Pandora Inn. If you really feel like pushing the boat out, set sail to the beautiful cathedral city of Truro, 5 miles away, and enjoy a spot of boutique shopping.

2. Slick city pad meets sandy sea

Four-bedroom chalet bungalow in Saltdean, Brighton

Coastal bungalowCredit: Zoopla / King & Chasemore
Easy access coastal living in Brighton

Guide price: £800,000

If you enjoy the city life, it can be heart wrenching to abandon the addictive buzz, even for the pleasures of living close to the sea. 

The solution? Britain’s answer to Barcelona – Brighton. 

Regularly voted ‘The Happiest Capital in the UK’ you may not have much elbow room on Brighton beach when summer arrives – but then again, those blue health benefits are for sharing. 

Also, your perfectly appointed four-bed chalet bungalow is a stone’s throw away from Saltdean beach in Brighton’s namesake coastal village. It is to this beach we would retreat when the tourists start swarming around the main drag.

Brighton propertyCredit: Hoopla / King & Chasemore
City meets coastal in this renovated property

The four bedrooms and three bathrooms in your home will come in handy for hosting extended family on those sunny summer days (and evenings). As will the sleek kitchen, which opens into a spacious sitting room. Which brings us to the open-plan bungalow format of this property, which offers easy accessibility, making it the perfect ‘forever’ home. 

When you are all frolicked out on the beach, head for the hills. One of Saltdean’s beast features is the network of footpaths giving access to South Downs National Park. 

Benefiting from the modern touch of a local interior designer, the immaculately renovated, easy-living property is offered through King & Chasemore 


3. Apartments with a view

Millendreath Beach Resort, Millendreath, Looe PL13

Coastal apartmentCredit: Zoopla / Stratton Creber-Looe
Seaside meets parkland

Guide price: two-bedroom flats from £150,000

Why should you be forced to choose between the seaside and the forest? At the surprisingly pocket-friendly Millendreath Beach Resort, you don’t have to. With this holiday home retreat you can have one foot in the sea and another in 65 acres of woodland – all in the same morning. 

And if our pictures don’t have you scurrying to the nearest mortgage adviser, then the other amenities just might. Your two-bed holiday apartment gives you access to a private beach and a coastal path that takes you right into the heart of the quaint village of Looe, Cornwall, in 15 minutes. 

Seaside propertyCredit: Zoopla / Stratton Creber – Looe
A well-priced holiday apartment where the sea meets parkland.

Unsurprisingly, these second-phase, limitedrelease flats are going, fast. Karl Hancock, estate agent at Stratton Creber, reveals that the properties are in high demand with all age ranges, but steadfast buyers tend to be in the 55+ age range. Hancock says: “This resort tends to attract older people who have the disposable income to purchase the properties. 

“This is the only park in the vicinity on the coast. There is a nice fish and ship shop called the Coddy Shack up the road and a nice restaurant called Little Barn.” 

The properties are only suitable for second-homers, as they cannot be used for residential accommodation full-time. Hancock says that the annual ground rent is £1,025 and there is a service charge of £400 per year.

4. Rooms with a view

Three-bedroom contemporary new-build near Cromer, Norfolk

Modern signle storey house near Cromer beachCredit: Rightmove/Sowerbys Holt

Guide price: £1,595,000

According to the estate agent’s particulars, this house, known as ‘End of The Road’: “could be simply described as an extraordinary new home that has been designed, built and finished to a level that is rarely seen or appreciated in our region”.

The new contemporary home was designed by local, award-winning architects SMG of Sheringham and features a sleek German ‘Hacker’ kitchen with Miele appliances, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a vast open-plan living area.

Sleek Hacker german kitchen with Miele appliancesCredit: Rightmove/Sowerbys Holt

There’s also an outdoor kitchen that makes the most of the breathtaking views, and a utility-cum-boot room that will be handy when you return from those brisk coastal walks.

The property is on sale through Sowersbys, Holt, and is just a stone’s throw from the resort town of Cromer, where you’ll find the National Trust Felbrigg Hall, stunning Victorian pier, the RNLI museum and lots of shops, pubs and restaurants. What’s not to love?

What’s the appeal of coastal living?

The lure of living by the sea

We spoke to Edward Church, head of the Strutt & Parker Canterbury office about the appeal of coastal living. He says: “It’s no secret that many people see retirement, and often the decision to downsize, as a chance to move to the coast – there’s great lure in the promise of fresh sea air, a quieter pace of life, and housing stock which lends itself well to older buyers.

“Our latest Housing Futures survey found that while only 4% of respondents aged over 66 years old currently live on the coast, 20% said they’d like to live by the coast within the next five years – this is something we find each year, which highlights that the appeal of this lifestyle is enduring.   

“With this heightened demand, it’s important to approach buying on the coast wisely.”

Edward Church’s tips for buying a house by the sea

If your heart’s not set on a particular coastal town or village, I’d suggest looking towards lesser-known spots to get more for your money – if you identify somewhere on the up, you could find yourself a bargain which will only appreciate in value.

It’s also worth considering a home which isn’t directly on the beachfront; look just a couple of streets back and again, you won’t pay the front row premiums but will still have the sea on your doorstep – plus, you’ll likely be slightly more protected from the elements, which is an important factor to consider in coastal property. 

It’s easy to get drawn to the coastal lifestyle while you’re on a summer holiday in the UK. Think you’ve found somewhere you love? Make sure you go back when it’s raining!

Lastly, consider whether the area has all the amenities that you need for everyday living – shops, restaurants, doctors and useful transport links. You may find that some seaside locations are lacking. 


Written by Joy Archer she/her