Berkeleys captures local wanders for #WednesdayWanderlust fans in 2017

If you have exciting travel plans listed in your New Year’s resolutions for 2017, then you are not alone. It’s a lifestyle habit that features consistently across our many clients here at Berkeleys in Coastal Poole, Dorset.

In fact so much so, that we have decided to celebrate the love of travel this year with a regular Berkeleys #WednesdayWanderlust feature. If you live in this beautiful part of coastal Dorset, venturing out to walk, wander, explore or amble is a popular & invigorating pastime. We’ve collected tips form our clients and neighbours in order to share these  ideas for wanders.

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Poole Harbour Sunset © Orange Seaweed  2017

Here are our top five favourite local wanders; take a stroll at this time of year, and enjoy the ever-evolving season, fading light and winter colours along our dramatic coastline.

  1. Poole Bay & a New Year’s beachfront wander.

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2. Evening Hill & a January winter storm wander.

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3. Poole Quay & a boatlover’s quayside wander.

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4. Canford Cliffs  & a clifftop wander towards Bournemouth.

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5. Alum Chine Tropical Gardens & a horticultural wander.

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We’ll be featuring more of our favourite wanders across coastal Dorset throughout the seasons. You can also find more beautiful places and photos on twitter at @BerkeleysPoole on Wednesdays to celebrate #WednesdayWanderlust. See you there!

 

 

10 Reasons To Visit Our Show Home Open Day This Saturday.

With the winter weather and cold winds of February, it’s difficult to get motivated to view a dream home this week. However, if you are planning a home move in time for the summer, then you need to act now in time for the summer holidays.

We have a fabulous house OPEN DAY on Saturday 7th February 11am-1pm.

Sandbanks Road, Poole, Dorset

 

Here are 10 reasons why this dream home could be the one for you:

– All the family can fit in, with four bedrooms and two reception rooms.

– The large garden is perfect for kids, pets and outdoor dining.

– No work is needed on this contemporary new home, just move straight in.

– Wake up to sea views over Poole harbour, it’s a great way to start the day.

– Live in the catchment area of two great local state schools.

– Live beside the amazing harbour rim cycle paths of Whitecliff Park, it’s easy to keep fit every day.

– Walk to the Coast Surf Café for morning coffee and a cool surf vibe.

–  Keep the kids occupied in the school holidays, Team Theme runs a great kids football camp in the park next door 9am – 3pm daily. There’s a great playground too.

– Walk to Parkstone Yacht Marina nearby: be inspired to get a boat, moor a boat, or use a boat.

– Sip a glass of cool white wine on the Deep South Café veranda in nearby Turks Lane whilst contemplating whether this is the lifestyle for you – whilst avoiding the crocodiles of course…

Come and see this dream home on Saturday to see whether this house could be for you. You will be met with a warm and sunny welcome we promise. Tel. Berkeleys on 01202 708383 to find out more.

Coastal properties and second home owners, a Poole perspective

Coastal Poole, Dorset is a typical example of a coastal area in England with a high proportion of second home owners. According to the 2011 census, across Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs and Branksome Park in BH13, almost 18% of homes – circa 1000 homes – were designated second homes, or ‘household spaces with no usual occupants.’ Across Poole as a whole, that number drops to 4.7% of all households.

With the current debate continuing as to whether holiday home owners damage the local community, we offer a perspective from our local area. Many of our clients are indeed second home buyers, so we have first hand experience of their motives and lifestyles.

BH13 has been drawing second home owners from afar for more than a century. Looking back at the Londoners who first bought plots of land in the early 1900s, their motives mirror those of today’s second home owners: health and wellness, leisure, greater space for the family and entertaining, fresh air and a breath-taking sea view.

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Today we retain this habitual relationship with the city: the outward migration of young people in search of a first class education, highly paid employment and cool culture/leisure. The inward migration of city folk investing their wealth in second homes on the coast. Nothing new locals would say. Do the net figures balance? – no.

We are under the spotlight, because this behaviour is thought to drive up local house prices in view of the localised concentration of second homes. The limited number of homes on the cliff-top, waterfront or beachfront with a sea view is finite and in demand. Local developers are treading every inch of sand along this stretch of coastline to extract the maximum value from such desirable plots, leaving no stone unturned.

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At Berkeleys, we see many positive benefits brought to the area by second home owners, and here we uncover our five top insights:

– Almost 40% of local residents are aged 65 and above. Many have health challenges.  Second home buyers and owners are typically younger families with children. This creates a broader demographic spread across the community and draws younger generations to the area.

– Second home owners actively spend money on local leisure facilities across the area during the holiday seasons. They support local lifestyle service providers like watersports people, the café, the spa, the sports club, some of which are services that local residents are less likely to use. Each time Berkeleys sells a second home, we see local businesses benefit too – building contractors, architects, home maintenance services and private transport. All good for the local community and the local economy.

– Second home owners are typically UK residents, whereby their primary home is within driving distance from Poole. They do in fact visit out of season too, as well as in the holiday season, using local facilities and leisure amenities.

– A significant trend supporting both the local community and the government coffers, is one whereby second home owners now let their second home maybe during the winter season, or when left idle over longer periods. Berkeleys Lettings has seen strong growth in lifestyle lettings. Letting out rarely used second homes brings more in-situ residents to the community, and generates income for the home owner.

– Finally, since 2012, Poole Council has not offered a council tax discount on second homes, so these home owners are paying the 100% tax rate to local government.

As the summer holidays begin, and the local community ignites once again with the buzz and vibrancy that visitors bring, we cannot influence the weather, but a warm welcome definitely awaits here in coastal Poole.

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