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Top places to live in Dorset Sandbanks

Soft white sands, sparkling clean waters, seafood restaurants, water sports, sailing ... need we go on? Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

Sandbanks, Dorset by Ibradxx from Pixabay.

WHY?

Aside from the soft white sands, sparkling clean waters, seafood restaurants, water sports, sailing ..? The British St Tropez, glitzy Sandbanks Peninsula in Poole, is said to be the UK’s most expensive coastal location. You don’t have to be a footballer’s wife to live there (but your neighbour might be). Check out Canford Cliffs and Lilliput ‘villages.

EAT

Take your pick: Rick Stein Sandbanks; across on the chain ferry The Shell Bay, and The Pig-on the beach on Studland (OMG gorgeous, with a huge garden overlooking the sea where kids can roam) . The Canford Lake Yard Yacht Club in Hamworthy. Jazzers: Jazz Cafe; cyclists: Rockets and Rascals.

SHOP

Little indies dotted about but you’re best off heading into Poole or over to Bournemouth for bigger shops and chains.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Blue Flag beaches, watersports, sailing, fishing. More beaches and wildlife on Studland. National Trust’s Brownsea Island. The Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. France – in around four hours on the ferry.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Are you sitting down? £1,143,746 in 2019, with flats, £838,746, detached, £1,759,419 and semis, £1,375,000. Estate agents include Lloyds Property Group and Key Drummond.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

Excellent. State Manorside Primary, Parkstone Grammar (girls), Winton Academy, Glenmore Academy are all ‘outstanding’, Poole High School and Poole Grammar (boys), are ‘good’. The best independents include Yarrells Prep School & Nursery (which prepares pupils for both the state grammars and independent secondaries), Bournemouth Collegiate School and Talbot Heath.

BEST KEPT SECRET

During the annual British Beach Polo championships, they race a Porsche 4×4 against the best playing pony.

COMMUTE

Bournemouth to London Waterloo from 2 hours (from Poole it’s another half hour).

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