ondon may have a lot to offer – if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life, after all – but the sea isn’t one of them. It’s no surprise, then, that the pandemic has sparked a wave of departures from London who have swapped the city for the coast in search of more space, fresher air and a better work/life balance. .
Demand for beachfront homes in the UK more than doubled between the summers of 2020 and 2021. The coastal market has since started to cool, but a commutable beachfront location remains a tempting prospect for working Londoners now partly at home.
From bustling Brighton (known as ‘London on Sea’) and pretty Rye in East Sussex to arty Folkestone and family-friendly Broadstairs in Kent, these 10 characterful havens within two hours from London is calling your name – and they all cost less than the £526,000 price tag of an average home in the capital.
Brighton, East Sussex
New two bedroom duplex in a private gated development located just off the sea front, close to the train station. Open-plan living room, with parking available to be negotiated.
Fox & Son, 01273 839 034
Semi-detached family home with four bedrooms and potential for expansion. South-facing garden and off-road parking, close to a nature reserve, a golf course and major schools.
Gilbert & Rose, 01702 744 263
Grade II listed cottage with two bedrooms, fireplace and courtyard style garden, just yards from the sandy bay.
Terence Painter, 01843 315 055
Rye, East Sussex
Three bedroom Georgian cottage with conservatory, wood burner and shepherd’s hut with electricity and water in the garden.
Phillips & Stubbs, 01797 720 007
Four bedroom semi-detached house with large garden, garage and driveway for several cars, within walking distance of the train station.
Burnap & Abel, 01303 473 300
Worthing, West Sussex
Modern beachfront apartment in a period terrace with two bedrooms and views of the coast. Without chain, close to the city center.
Michael Jones & Company, 01903 443 064
Eastbourne, East Sussex
Three bedroom townhouse distributed over three floors, 800 meters from the station, with garage, balcony and countryside views.
Rager & Roberts, 01323 380 012
Renovated two bedroom house with Critall windows and exposed brick, minutes from the beach and old town.
The Modern House, 020 3858 9816
Pretty five bedroom period townhouse, close to seafront and train station. Possibility of renovation, offered without chain.
Sheen’s, 01255 767 066
Hastings, East Sussex
Grade II listed end of terrace house with two bedrooms and interior garden. Location in the old town, currently a successful vacation rental.
Righteousness, 01424 578 005