Property hunters from the city increasingly search for homes by the sea, with Margate, Skegness and Swansea proving popular
- Residents in half of Britain’s biggest cities are looking to move to seaside towns
- Margate, Angus, Swansea and Skegness some of the highly sought-after options
- This is Money takes a look at some of the seaside properties currently on offer
Property hunters are increasingly searching for homes by the coast when looking to move away from big cities, according to new data from Zoopla.
More and more city-dwelling Britons from London, Liverpool, Cardiff and Edinburgh, are searching for property on the coast – with seaside destinations such as Margate, Angus, Swansea and Skegness proving to be some of the most highly sought-after options.
Zoopla looked at property searches over the past 12 months and found that residents in nearly half of Britain’s top 10 largest cities are looking at properties in seaside towns, either to buy or daydream over.
This 7-bedroom terrace in Margate is going for £450k – just 150 feet away from the beach
Top of the list for those in London is Margate, Kent – dubbed ‘Shoreditch-on-Sea’ – having benefited from the Dreamland reopening in 2015, the property hotspot continues to prove popular.
It could be that Londoners are looking at what they may get for their money, with the typical home there nearly a quarter of that in the capital.
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Elsewhere, Liverpudlians are most looking to relocate east to the holiday resort of Skegness, while those in Cardiff are looking west to Swansea.
Further north, residents of Edinburgh are also considering a coastal move north to Angus in Scotland and those in Newcastle, south to Peterlee.
Returning to the capital, movers in London looking to stay within the city want to move to the suburbs of Wimbledon or Docklands.
Meanwhile, Brummies want to relocate to Droitwich or Stratford-upon-Avon.
However, those looking at property within their existing city are focussing on Northfield, Erdington or Selly Oak.
Mancunions and Liverpudlians – following Skegness and Warrington – are both considering a move west to Wallasey, on the Wirral.
Meanwhile, those in Leeds are most keen to emigrate west to Bradford or Halifax.
In Scotland, aside from an escape to the coast, househunters in Edinburgh are looking to move out to quieter Dunfermline and Leven, or further afield to Aberdeen.
This detached house is going for £799,950 – sitting just 500 yards from Langland Bay, Swansea
Lawrence Hall, spokesperson for Zoopla, said: ‘This analysis paints an interesting picture of where in the country people are searching for property.
‘In particular, it’s interesting to see how the data indicates that many city-dwellers are keen to escape to the coast.
‘It perhaps comes as little surprise that many people living in Britain’s busiest cities are looking for a slower pace of life in the suburbs or countryside.’
What’s on offer in Margate, Skegness and Swansea?