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Britain’s seaside hotspots where property asking prices are rising fastest: Poole’s Canford Cliffs tops the list as affluent flexible workers head for the coast

  • The Dorset hotspot of Canford Cliffs saw asking values rise 24% last month compared to a year ago
  • It is followed by the fishing town of Brixton, in Devon, where asking prices are up 23% in the past year
  • The Welsh market town of Abergele, in Conwy, takes the third slot, with asking prices increasing 22%

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Britain’s house hunters continue to show their love of the coast and the affluent Poole suburb of Canford Cliffs has seen asking prices rise more than any other seaside area during the past year.

The Dorset hotspot saw newly-listed asking prices jump 24 per cent last month compared to a year earlier, reaching more than £1.2million on average, according to Rightmove.

More than two years on from the beginning of the pandemic, there seems to be no let up in desire for more open space, particularly near the seaside.

Across all seaside locations in Great Britain, asking prices are up 13.9 per cent on average compared to last year, outpacing the national average of 9.9 per cent. 

Rightmove has revealed the coastal areas where asking prices have increased the most during the past year to April

Rightmove has revealed the coastal areas where asking prices have increased the most during the past year to April

Canford Cliffs has seen coastal asking prices rise the most: This five-bed house in the affluent Poole suburb is for sale for £2.2million via Savills estate agents

Canford Cliffs has seen coastal asking prices rise the most: This five-bed house in the affluent Poole suburb is for sale for £2.2million via Savills estate agents

Residents in Dorset's affluent Canford Cliffs enjoy easy access to beautifully well-maintained sandy beaches on the south coast

Residents in Dorset’s affluent Canford Cliffs enjoy easy access to beautifully well-maintained sandy beaches on the south coast

COASTAL AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST ASKING PRICE RISES IN THE PAST YEAR
Location Average Asking Price April 2022 Average Asking Price April 2021 Average Asking Price YoY
Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset £1,223,180 £987,752 24%
Brixham, Devon £337,129 £274,944 23%
Abergele, Conwy (County of) £234,613 £191,603 22%
Skegness, Lincolnshire £201,976 £165,758 22%
Ilfracombe, Devon £266,353 £219,154 22%
Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk £224,066 £185,066 21%
Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset £298,938 £248,432 20%
Paignton, Devon £286,188 £239,183 20%
Dawlish, Devon £296,286 £249,755 19%
Ryde, Isle Of Wight £292,003 £246,454 18%
Source: Rightmove       

In second place is the Devon fishing town of Brixton, where asking prices have increased 23 per cent during the past year.

And the Welsh market town of Abergele, in Conwy, takes the third slot, with asking prices up 22 per cent in a year.

Demand for homes has outstripped the supply of homes for sale in many areas in Britain and coastal areas are no exception.

Competition for homes in seaside locations during the past year means the pace of the market has increased.

The average time to find a buyer in a seaside location is 33 days, and on average, homes are finding buyers 20 days quicker than last year.

This modern five-bed family home in Canford Cliffs is on the market for £1,695,000 and is being sold by Savills estate agents

This modern five-bed family home in Canford Cliffs is on the market for £1,695,000 and is being sold by Savills estate agents

For those with a smaller budget, this two-bed flat in Canford Cliffs is for sale for £825,000 via Key Drummond estate agents

For those with a smaller budget, this two-bed flat in Canford Cliffs is for sale for £825,000 via Key Drummond estate agents

Steve Isaacs, of Luxury & Prestige Properties in Canford Cliffs, said: ‘Like many coastal areas, we have been incredibly busy for a long time, and we’re still seeing really strong demand to move to this part of Dorset.

‘One of the key things we’ve noticed influencing moves is that working patterns have changed. We’re seeing lots of people wanting to buy larger homes now that they spend more time working from home, and we’re also seeing new types of buyers looking in Canford Cliffs from outside the area now that their work has become more flexible.

‘Whereas before the pandemic we had many people interested in a holiday home, now we’re seeing more people looking for a property they can comfortably spend a good portion of the year in and work.

With more demand than homes available we’ve seen strong competition between buyers which has contributed to a growth in prices. One advantage of Canford Cliffs is its easy access to London and other parts of Great Britain, and we’ve had some buyers choose the area because of this.’

This modern three-bed house in Canford Cliffs is on the market for £785,000 and is being sold by Tailor Made estate agents

This modern three-bed house in Canford Cliffs is on the market for £785,000 and is being sold by Tailor Made estate agents

This flat in Canford Cliffs has three bedrooms and is on the market for £555,000 via Frost & Co estate agents

This flat in Canford Cliffs has three bedrooms and is on the market for £555,000 via Frost & Co estate agents

Tim Bannister, of Rightmove, said: ‘Right at the start of the pandemic when the market re-opened, we saw a huge surge in demand for these coastal areas as people wanted a sea view or more space near the coast.

‘There have been large periods where demand has greatly outstripped supply over the last couple of years which has contributed to the significant rise in asking prices we’re seeing today.

‘Encouragingly, with new stock coming to market we are starting to see signs of a better balance of supply and demand in seaside areas than we were a year ago, and we’d expect this to filter through to the market and potentially moderate the pace of price rises in the coming months.’

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Bluewater grows its entertainment offer (GB)

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Landsec has announced the opening of a third ‘UK first’ attraction at Bluewater, Kent as the destination expands its partnership with Hangloose Adventures. Skydive, a free-fall experience not found anywhere else in Europe, and the UK’s only outdoor skydive machine has opened at the centre. It follows on from Europe’s biggest purpose-built giant swing, standing at 46-metre tall, which opened at Bluewater earlier this month.  

 

The announcement builds on a successful first year for Hangloose’s initial attraction Skywire, the longest zip wire in England, which has welcomed 30,000 guests since launching at Bluewater last June. Landsec will continue to work with Hangloose to expand its offering, with up to five more experiences set to open at the centre by 2024: a bungee tower, giant slide, clip and climb, waterdrop boulding wall, and Via Ferrata, a route-marked climb using metal rails and rungs embedded in Bluewater’s cliff walls.

 

Mark Warne, Brand Account Director F&B and Leisure at Landsec commented: “Delivering new experiences which are unique to Bluewater is central to our overall offer for guests. Hangloose’s innovative concept raises the bar when it comes to leisure attractions and draws guests from across the UK to Kent. By partnering with Hangloose to grow their business and create shared value, we’ll be able to give guests even more exciting experiences every time they visit.”

 

Brian Phelps, MD of Hangloose Adventure, said: “Since the beginning, we’ve worked closely with Landsec to grow our leisure concept and drive performance, putting us in a unique position where we’re able to expand our offer after only a year. We’ve enjoyed great success at Bluewater so far and are already thinking about how we can provide even bigger and better experiences in the future.”

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Author with immaculate house offers ten tips for a clean home

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Is this the secret to NEVER having to clean? Houseproud author claims she saves hours by sticking to a ten-step mantra – including banning chairs in bedrooms, wiping as you cook and only ironing shirts and dresses

  • UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she’s cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules – and making sure family members comply
  • She shared top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers
  • Among them are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom, not having a chair in the bedroom and cleaning  the kitchen while you cook

A houseproud author has revealed her ten essential tips for keeping a house spotless – saying simple ground rules for family members and cleaning as you go means never wasting time on dull chores. 

Writer Natali Juste Simmonds, who was born in the UK but now lives in the Netherlands, penned her top ways to keep on top of cleaning on Twitter, saying she has time to focus on her writing because she follows her own advice about dodging ‘thankless’ cleaning tasks. 

The author of a series of paranormal romance novels told her 20,000 followers on Twitter: ‘I know so many people who spend hours cleaning up after their family every day, but I refuse to. 

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UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she's cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules - and making sure family members comply

UK writer Natali Juste Simmonds says she’s cracked keeping a home clean, by sticking to a few simple ground rules – and making sure family members comply

‘It’s boring and thankless. I prefer to write. Yet my house is spotless. Here are 10 ways to keep on top of s*** so you don’t have to clean for hours.’ 

Sharing her ‘tough love’ mantra, she said that the key to keeping a home clean is making sure every family member is engaged, saying learning how to tidy is a lifeskill that everyone needs – and no-one should get away with not doing it. 

Natali wrote: ‘Train everyone in the house to do the following (cats are the exception). After a while these habits will become routine, but you MUST stick to them and make sure no one is let off the hook.’ 

Among the tips are filling a bag with things that are in the wrong place at the end of every day and placing them back where they belong. 

Tidy home, tidy mind: The Netherlands-based writer shared her top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers on Twitter - saying that making sure everyone in the house pulls their weight is key (Pictured: An office area in Simmonds' home)

Tidy home, tidy mind: The Netherlands-based writer shared her top ten tips for keeping a home spotless with her 20,000 followers on Twitter – saying that making sure everyone in the house pulls their weight is key (Pictured: An office area in Simmonds’ home)

The writer also claims having a toilet brush doesn’t help keep a loo clean and dousing it with bleach instead is a more reliable way to ensure it’s sparkling. 

And getting used to wiping down mirrors after using a sink also helps, she claims, writing: ‘Keep a dry cloth next to the bathroom sink. Every time someone uses the taps or brushes their teeth, wipe down the counter and mirror. Takes literally 2 seconds. No cleaning toothpaste stains off counters.’

Teaching kids to pull their weight around the house is key to success, and equality reigns supreme in the Simmonds house. 

Among her top tips are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom - using just bleach instead; not having a chair in the bedroom - to prevent people leaving clothes on them - and cleaning the kitchen while you cook (Pictured: Simmonds' very tidy office)

Among her top tips are ditching a toilet brush in the bathroom – using just bleach instead; not having a chair in the bedroom – to prevent people leaving clothes on them – and cleaning the kitchen while you cook (Pictured: Simmonds’ very tidy office)

‘If one kid lays the table, the other clears. If one hangs out the washing, the other collects. I don’t say “I need help with dinner” I say “who will chop the veg and who will wash up?” Its called a presumed close. I have no option, why should others in my house?’

The author, who has written books including the Indigo Chronicles trilogy and the Blood Web series, admits that having a cleaner is still useful…because they can help keep on top of areas where grime quickly builds, including fridges and ovens – but she suggests ditching a takeaway a week to cover the cost. 

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DIA Group closes 25 Minipreco stores in Portugal

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DIA Group has closed 25 Minipreco stores in Portugal, resulting in the loss of approximately 159 jobs. The retailer said the closures are the result of ‘the effort to adapt, modernise and balance the operations of DIA Portugal, with the aim of better preparing the company for current and future challenges arising from the current economic situation in the country,’ according to media reports. In the last two years, the multinational company operating in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina, accumulated losses of over €620m.

 

In Portugal, net sales reached €283.1m in the first half, 4.5% below the €296.3m generated in the same period last year, due to the reduction of stores and mobility restrictions. DIA Group confirmed its intention to continue to invest in Portugal. The company hopes to adjust its operation to the current reality in order to ensure the future success of the company.

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