Porthcawl and Llandudno are in the latest top ten of UK seaside property hotspots and here’s what you could buy

With the sun out and the temperatures rising, how tempting it is to daydream about living on the coast but is it really an affordable dream?

House hunters can still find a bargain seaside property, but in two Welsh towns in particular, buyers will have to be quick.

According to the latest research by property portal Zoopla, Porthcawl in South Wales and Llandudno in North Wales are in the top ten seaside towns with the highest increase in average coastal house prices over the past year.

Porthcawl sea front

The website’s research suggests that Porthcawl has experienced a 7.6% rise in house prices and Llandudno a 7.5% increase from July 2015.

Llandudno sea front

Topping the table is Margate, with a whooping 12.5 per cent increase, Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria with 10.5 per cent and Walton on the Naze, Essex at 10 per cent and Felixstowe in Suffolk with 9.5% before Porthcawl makes its impressive top ten entry at number five.

Porthcawl, South Wales

Kerry Dare-Edwards, residential sales manager at the Bridgend branch of estate agent Watts Morgan says: “It’s no surprise to us at all that the town is included in this list.

“Porthcawl has it all, miles of beautiful coastal walks, restaurants, a busy town centre, scenery and accessibility.

“And compared to other coastal areas there are still definitely opportunities to secure a good buy at Porthcawl.”

Five reasons to move to Porthcawl

1. Beaches and decent surf

2. Regenerated sea front and harbour area

3. Coastal walks along the Wales Coast Path, part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

4. Good schools

5. Commutable to Bridgend and Swansea

Under £60k

It is still possible to find a property in this seaside town under £60,000 but be prepared to do work and don’t expect a sea view, although the coast is only a stroll away.

On the market with T Elwood Deere Son

Under £130k

This first floor apartment has two bedrooms and is just around the corner from the sea front, so not far to top up the tan or buy a yummy ice cream.

For sale with Peter Alan for £135,000

Under £300k

The period building is probably one of the most unique on the Promenade of Porthcawl, and this first floor apartment offers two bedrooms and a wonderful full property width balcony.

A unique home in a unique building for £299,950 with Watts Morgan

Imagine sipping something cold and watching the sunset over the sea from this lovely balcony.

Watch the seaside world go by

Blow the budget

If a substantial budget for a seaside move is available, this gorgeous home is on one of the most prestigious roads in the town, directly overlooking the sea and beach.

For sale with Watts Morgan for £899,950

Literally ten steps away from the period property a new owner could be paddling in the water within seconds.

Sea views that come as a premium

Llandudno, North Wales

Coming in at number six in the Zoopla seaside towns with the highest average house price increase sees Llandudno as potentially the place to put your seaside property pound for a home or investment.

Five reasons to move to Llandudno

1. Award winning beaches

2. Victorian promenade including pier

3. Generally good schools

4. Coast on one side, Snowdonia on the other

5. Good outdoor and nature opportunities including the area around the Great Orme, a prominent limestone coastal headland and local landmark

Under £50k

Going to auction with a guide price of £25,000+ is this one bedroom apartment is in need of renovation but provides an opportunity for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder.

Going under the hammer with All Wales Auction on 4th August

Under £100k

Situated in the town centre, close to the shops and train station, this modernised apartment is all about location.

One bedroom apartment on the market with Bryan Davies Associates for £79,950

Under £300k

If being as close as possible to the sea front is important, then this flat may be perfect.

For sale with estate agents Bryan Davies and Associates

The sea view combined with a Promenade location makes this luxury one bedroom apartment a prestigious seaside purchase.

‘I can see the sea!’

Blow the budget

It’s got six bedrooms, five bathroom and three reception rooms and a sea view that is breath-taking.

Coastal views that are priceless

The owner of this seaside property could literally feel like they were on holiday and basking in Mediterranean sunshine (when the sun is actually out).

Six bedrooms with a sea view for sale with Jackson-Stops Staff – price on application

Under the two Welsh towns on Zoopla’s list is Ramsgate in Kent (7.1%), Hastings in Sussex (6.9%), Hayling Island in Hampshire (6.8%) and Southend-on-sea, Essex (6.8%).

Seems our two Welsh seaside towns are benefiting from regeneration and tourism from day trips and ‘staycations’ boosting the local economy and the seaside property market.

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All photographs Zoopla.co.uk and Onthemarket.com

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/welsh-homes/porthcawl-llandudno-latest-top-ten-11661263