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What are the best locations by the sea with new builds available?

If seaside living is high up on your property wish list, the latest research by Warwick Estates could make your property search a breeze.

Locations that offer the best chance of buying new-build properties by the sea were recently analysed by the property management service.

The research was conducted by analysing the availability of new-build properties across coastal towns within the nation.


In total, 45 of the best coastal towns across the nation were examined based on the number of new builds available on the current market as a percentage of all properties listed for sale.

Top destinations for new-builds by the sea

According to the study, only 5% of all homes that are available in coastal locations are new builds. Since such a small percentage of homes with these two characteristics are available, this research could be useful for those that prioritise new builds and coastal locations.

In contrast, the north coast of Cornwall is a location that could offer more opportunities for house hunters to secure a new build by the sea. In Newquay, one in five homes currently listed for sale via the new homes sector meets the criteria.

Shoreham-by-Sea has the largest quantity of new build properties located by the coast available, with new homes accounting for 12% of all homes currently on the market.

Burnham-on-Sea, a seaside town in Somerset, on the South West coast of England, and Fleetwood, a coastal town in Lancashire, are scenic locations by the sea, but they currently have no new-build homes listed for sale.

The only other coastal locations where new-builds account for more than 10% of current for sale stock include Poole (11%) and Margate (10%).

Although they have less than 10% of current new build for sale stock, Deal (9%), Exmouth (9%), Scarborough (9%), Herne Bay (8%), Falmouth (8%), and Littlehampton (8%) make the top 10.

Chief operating officer of Warwick Estates, Bethan Griffiths, concludes: “The property market DNA of many coastal locations has long been decided and the lack of available space means you will probably be hard-pressed to find a new-build with sea views.”

“However, as our research shows, some coastal favourites are home to a limited level of new-build stock and so the dream of a new-build by the sea isn’t completely out of the question.”

“While the chances are higher in some areas compared to others, those with their heart set on such a purchase should be able to find a coastal new-build contender in almost every region of the UK market.”

Below is the complete table that shows new-build availability in each coastal town based on the number of new-builds for sale as a percentage of all homes listed for sale.

Location Region Total Stock listed for sale New-build stock listed for sale Proportion of New Builds (%)
Newquay South West 373 74 19.8%
Shoreham-by-sea South East 407 47 11.5%
Poole South West 2696 290 10.8%
Margate South East 719 75 10.4%
Deal South East 462 43 9.3%
Exmouth South West 524 48 9.2%
Scarborough Yorkshire and The Humber 1017 93 9.1%
Herne Bay South East 728 61 8.4%
Falmouth South West 325 27 8.3%
Littlehampton South East 950 78 8.2%
Ramsgate South East 588 46 7.8%
Great Yarmouth East of England 1045 81 7.8%
Christchurch South West 508 36 7.1%
Felixstowe East of England 523 34 6.5%
Whitstable South East 625 40 6.4%
Folkestone South East 830 49 5.9%
Worthing South East 1895 111 5.9%
Weymouth South West 762 43 5.6%
Weston-Super-Mare South West 1561 88 5.6%
Southport North West 1374 75 5.5%
Broadstairs South East 429 23 5.4%
Torquay South West 1289 66 5.1%
Formby North West 275 14 5.1%
Clacton-on-Sea East of England 993 49 4.9%
Lowesoft East of England 1031 49 4.8%
Bournemouth South West 3777 159 4.2%
Eastbourne South East 1698 71 4.2%
Seaford South East 314 13 4.1%
Cleethorpes Yorkshire and The Humber 348 14 4.0%
Bridlington Yorkshire and The Humber 483 18 3.7%
Bexhill South East 1027 36 3.5%
Bognor Regis South East 1102 37 3.4%
Skegness East Midlands 290 9 3.1%
Southend-onsea East of England 1134 30 2.6%
Paignton South West 812 21 2.6%
Redcar South East 423 8 1.9%
Clevedon North West 275 5 1.8%
Hastings South East 1571 21 1.3%
Blackpool North West 2106 25 1.2%
Morecambe North West 561 5 0.9%
Lytham St Anne's North West 824 5 0.6%
Whitley Bay North East 340 1 0.3%
Fleetwood North West 313 0 0.0%
Stubbington South East 187 0 0.0%
Burnham-on-Sea South West 246 0 0.0%
Average 39760 2118 5.3%



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