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Jurassic coast - not all about the past

Mon 30 March 2015

Stretching from Exmouth in East Devon to the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, the Jurassic Coast was England’s first natural World Heritage Site. 

Covering 95 miles of coastline, its unique geology displaying 185 million years of the Earth's history, this stunning landscape is a beautiful combination of dramatic cliffs and golden sandy bays punctuated along its length by quaint fishing villages and historic maritime towns. 

This internationally renowned beauty is not simply ‘skin deep’ though and the area is similarly rich in community, infrastructure and transport links; deeply respectful of its past but with a firm focus on the future. Scholastically local state primary and secondary schools consistently perform to a high standard with Colyton Grammar in particular regularly being in the top ranked co-educational state and independent performance tables.

Social and leisure facilities broaden further this regions universal appeal with major brands standing alongside independent specialists supporting award winning local produce and local crafts.

It is not surprising therefore to learn that the greatest percentage (53%) of house sales over the past year through the Stags office in Honiton occurred to buyers already residing within the East Devon/Dorset region. This has resulted in confident local movement and steadying prices. In conjunction with this, The Jurassic coast continues to appeal to the retirement and second/holiday home sectors of the market. 

With the growing strength and reliability of internet based technology and flexible home working, blue chip employment is no longer limited to the established business centres of the Country. Buyers from London, the Home Counties and the South have all been attracted by the obvious benefits of the coastal lifestyle accounting for a not insignificant 28% of sales agreed by Stags Honiton office over a 12 month period. 

This ‘external’ investment hasn’t overly influenced prices however with the Land Registry only reporting a ‘re-assuring’ 5% rise averaged out over the two counties.  Philip Cox notes that ‘setting a sensible price therefore, coupled with the right presentation and strategic marketing across all sectors remains the key to a successful sale’.

Stags saw a significant increase in activity throughout 2014 across all price ranges but found the biggest growth in sales within the upper end of the market, reporting a marked difference upon the previous year. 

Continuing in that vein, Stags Honiton are pleased to offer two unique and contrasting homes within that sector both having been recently launched and fresh to the 2015 Spring market.

Offered for sale at a guide of £850,000, Charton Rise is a beautifully presented country house in an archetypal Jurassic Coast setting within striking distance of Lyme Regis and nestled amidst rolling emerald countryside with views to the sea. With a versatile total 5 bedrooms, Boutique bed and breakfast options and the further potential of a detached barn with permission to convert, Philip Cox of Stags, enthuses; ‘this is an idyllic lifestyle opportunity in a picture postcard setting’. 

West House is part of the historical Rousdon estate, a Grade II listed Victorian mansion sympathetically restored and respectfully divided into an exclusive number of unique character dwellings. With approaching 5,000 sq feet of accommodation over five floors, this stunning home, situated within 350 acres of estate parkland, takes full advantage of its coastal setting with access to a private beach and the famous ‘Undercliff’. West House features 4 capacious bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms and is offered to the market at a guide of £795,000.

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