10 seaside towns in Britain where you can still find a bargain

by Theo Hildebrand on 30th July 2019

With summer temperatures breaking records, many of us dream of buying a house by the sea. The good news is that it could be more affordable than you think, according to new research from online estate agent Housesimple

Analysis of the seaside property market reveals that the average price of a property in a UK seaside town currently stands at £283,088. 

Scotland might not be front of mind for a seaside holiday, however, it is the place where buying a property in the UK is most affordable. The idyllic fishing village of Gardenstown, near Aberdeen, has average house prices of £146,040. 

Scottish seaside spots Stromness (£154,207) and Lochinver (£177,254) also both boast reasonable prices for a seaside property and are the second and third most affordable seaside towns across the UK. 

One for photography fans, New Brighton in Merseyside is an affordable option for those looking to buy in the North West of England, with house prices averaging £168,898. Meanwhile, average house prices in the quaint little Edwardian seaside town of Filey in North Yorkshire stand at £170,332. 

Other regions to bag a seaside property bargain with average house prices at less than £200,000, include Portmeirion in North Wales (£171,544), Portree on the Isle of Skye in Scotland (£194,844) and Porthmadog in North West Wales (£197,310). 

The analysis by Housesimple also reveals some of the more eye-wateringly expensive seaside towns across the UK, with the majority of these located in the South West or South East of England. 

Popular tourist hotspot Salcombe on the stunning south coast of Devon is the most expensive seaside town in the UK, with an average house price of £652,653. Perched on the east coast of England, the small town of Southwold is second to that, with prices averaging £532,423.

Expect to pay in the region of £525,228 if you want to rub shoulders with the likes of Rick Stein in Padstow, while purchasing a property in trendy Brighton, Sussex is going to cost an average of £434,446. 

Our CEO Sam Mitchell thinks whether buying a holiday getaway or a permanent home, a property by the seaside can be an attractive prospect for many people. The UK boasts a stunning selection of coastlines, and for those looking to get their foot on the seaside property ladder, our analysis will help to narrow down the search. 

There is real value to be found when exploring some of the less touristy regions in Scotland and the North of England, making the dream of owning a seaside home more achievable. You can always expect to pay a premium on buying a property in the South of England’s holiday hotspots, but for those looking at it from an investment perspective these areas are likely to provide strong returns. 

10 most affordable seaside towns according to Housesimple analysis: 

Ranking

Region

Town

Average property price (£)

1

Scotland

Gardenstown 

146,040 

2

Scotland 

Stromness

154,207 

3

North West 

New Brighton 

168,898 

4

North East 

Filey 

170,332 

5

Wales 

Portmeirion 

171,544 

6

Scotland 

Lochinver

177,254 

7

Scotland 

Portree 

194,844 

8

Wales 

Porthmadog

197,310 

9

Wales 

Llandudno

202,063 

10

Wales 

Aberystwyth 

205,264 

10 most expensive seaside towns according to Housesimple analysis: 

Ranking

Region

Town

Average property price (£)

1

South West

Salcombe

£652,653

2

East 

Southwold 

532,423 

3

South West 

Padstow 

525,228 

4

South East 

Brighton 

434,446

5

South West 

Barton-On-Sea 

388,504 

6

South East 

Whitstable 

387,050 

7

South West 

St Ives 

345,545 

8

South East 

Folkestone 

343,297 

9

South East 

Margate 

339,068 

10

South West 

Weymouth

320,137 

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