Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex are very popular choices for second home buyers – especially the New Forest and along the south coast. Their perfect weekend retreat might be driven by hobbies such as sailing or other water sports, or just a place that is familiar to them through previous holidays or childhood memories.
We currently have two ongoing holiday home searches – they couldn’t be more different in terms of the type of property they are looking for. One is looking for a pad with a bit of ‘wow factor’ and great entertaining space, the other wants something with character and tucked away in a peaceful and pretty setting. However both have the same reason for the search…being by the sea to indulge in their favourite pastimes! One search is in Lymington, a bustling market town in the heart of the New Forest that is largely filled with Londoners at the weekends either visiting, sailing or spending time in their own holiday homes. The other is in the Witterings which has a far more tranquil, ‘getting away from it all’ feel, amazing sand dune fringed beaches and renowned sailing and windsurfing clubs. Both areas have a high percentage of second home owners which means fewer quality properties, and strong prices. However, due to the excellent relationships we have built with all the key agents in these areas, it does mean we are getting ‘first foot through the door’ of the new instructions and ‘low key’ houses and apartments as and when they come up.
With life getting ever more stressful for most, it comes as no surprise that more and more people look to escape from it all in their precious spare time!