It has been said that Sandbanks is Britains answer to The Gold Coast or Palm Beach. It is the fourth most expensive place to live in the world after London, Manhatten and Moscow and the coastline at Sandbanks looking towards the Haven Hotel has 12 houses along this stretch of water with a collective value of 75 million. In 2005 a modest bungalow in need of renovation sold for 3 million, the same bungalow in the same state of repair changed hands again in 2007 for 4 million. In 2009 a 1,393 square metre empty plot went up for sale for 13.5 million which put it at nearly £10,000 per square metre. Today properties can change hands for as much as 10 million. Harry and Jamie Rednap are amongst a few notable residents and some waterfront properties not only have private moorings, but helicopter pads too. Little wonder the main road is known as ‘Millionaires Row’!
With 3 miles of soft white sand and clear clean water, the area is popular for sailing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, wind surfing and fishing. The southern headquarters of the Royal Yachting Association is based just up the road in Poole and there is an international sailing school here too. The Sandbanks chain ferry transports around 1.25 million cars across the narrow stretch of water to Studland bay and Shell Bay which is famous for its sand dunes, woodland nature trail and of course the nudist beach…
Just down the road is beautiful Swanage nestled against the dramatic Jurrasic coastline, the quaint village of Corfe and Corfe Castle. You could also hop on the ferry over to Brownsea Island which is owned by the National Trust and was home to the first camp of the Boy Scout Movement in 1907.
It has certainly changed a bit since we used to go there for family days out when I was a child but I have great memories of the soft white sand, the car ferry…and also Mums egg sandwiches with the added ingredients of egg shell and sand!