Take 5… Commutable coastal homes


There is something quite idyllic about holidaying in the UK, especially if you opt for the seaside. It is perhaps one of the most glorious things about the UK being an island. Our coastline is peppered with arty enclaves, colourful harbours and dramatic clifftops. Many of us use this time for rambling walks, exploring its beaches and swimming in the sea. But, what if you could have this all year round without giving up your job in the city?

When we think of city dwellers wishing for changes of scenery, we tend to think of more obvious choices like suburbia or out in the sticks. But, demand to live in one of Britain’s commutable coastal towns continues to rise. In fact, there’s plenty of seaside towns that tick a multitude of boxes. You can have the taste of salt air and iconic views, while still having great connectivity and plenty of amenities.

Here’s five places which we think fit the bill – and properties in each location:



Located on the Kent coast, Deal has long been a proven contender in Britain’s best coastal towns. Full of colourful buildings, quaint antique shops and eclectic art galleries, it’s bursting with culture. But, aside from its obvious appeal, its connectivity is hard to be rivalled. Its railway station offers quick and regular services to Margate, Whitstable, Folkstone and Dover to name a few, and you can drive to Ramsgate, Margate and Canterbury all under an hour.
With both sea and castle views, this charming townhouse moments from the beach would be a good place to start if you’re looking to relocate.



The largest town in East Devon and often dubbed as the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, Exmouth prides itself on having excellent connectivity. There’s a regular train service into Exeter which can get you into the city in just 30 minutes or, alternatively, you can drive in just 20.
This lovely family home offer estuary views and is walkable to the train station:



If your job is based in Ipswich or Colchester, Felixstowe in Suffolk could be a great coastal option to relocate to. They both can be reached by car in under an hour. If you’d prefer your commute via train, Ipswich is still a contender, but Cambridge can also be added to the equation.
The town itself offers quiet streets of pretty houses and this penthouse in this lovely two storey property is no exception. It offers stunning sea views and is right next to plenty of amenities.



If you’re looking for great connectivity over the border, look no further than Nairn. Its great access to Inverness is the obvious appeal for commuters working in the Scottish city, but, interestingly, we are seeing more and more buyers who have hybrid jobs in London opt for the town because they can commute from Inverness airport.
Just two miles away you’ll find Kinsteary House, a beautiful country residence with 19 acres.



Beautiful, cobbled streets, gloriously Georgian buildings and row of fishing boats fill the pretty town of Lymington. If that isn’t enough to tempt you, it helps that both Southampton and Bournemouth are just over half an hour away by train.
You won’t find Downton Fields in the town centre itself but it’s only a short drive away. It means you get all the perks of a country house – it land extends to 18 acres – but can still take advantage of the town’s connectivity.

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