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Seeking a property by the sea? Kent town is in No 1 spot

Number of blue flag beaches and low rainfall see Margate take the top ranking

More than ever people are taking into consideration where their next property is located, and with the weather heating up, searches for properties by the sea have risen 160%*. But which UK seaside town makes for the best properties? Interested in finding out, created a points-based system* for 50 UK towns and can now reveal all:

Taking the crown as the best UK town for a seaside property is Margate with a total of 537 points out of a possible 800. With just 107 rainy days each year, it is no wonder why Margate came first, scoring 97 points in this department. They also offer three blue flag certified beaches, the third highest of all 50 towns considered, and have an average of 1,871 hours of sunshine each year.

Following in second place is Weymouth totalling an impressive 528 out of 800. When it comes to air quality, Weymouth is among the best coming in at 16 degrees on the air quality index (AQI), contributing 91 points to their total score. However, their average property price of £277,580 is among the factors pipping them from first place, earning them a measly 39 points in this department.

Trailing behind by only four is Torquay with 524 points. The town’s high score is thanks to low average nightly Airbnb prices (£97) which scored them 91 out of 100 – it’s definitely among the more affordable options. The Devon town is also home to three blue flag beaches and a maximum temperature of 14.5 degrees, so there’s a lot to like.

Dropping down into the 400s, Porthcawl (488 points out of 800) and Southend-on-Sea (482 points out of 800) take fourth and fifth place. Separating them from each other is their air quality. While Southend scores a perfect 100 in this department, Porthcawl scores a lower 67. Another major difference can be seen in how much each destination will set you back, a night in an Airbnb in Southend-on-Sea costs £30 more as well as the average cost of a property costing an extra £28,399 compared with Porthcawl.

Completing the top 10 best UK towns for seaside properties are:

6: Great Yarmouth473 points out of 800

7: Paignton461 points out of 800

8: Skegness427 points out of 800

9: Blackpool424 points out of 800

10: Tenby415 points out of 800

On the other end of the spectrum and just reaching the top 20 is Salcombe with a total of 376 points. For the average property price factor, the city scored 0 with the highest of the 50 towns analysed at a whopping £724,661. On top of that, due to their lack of blue flag beaches they also scored 0 in this area. Their high maximum temperature of 14.5 degrees, scoring them 82 points is among the factors helping to secure their spot in the top 20.

Just ahead of them with six extra points are Scarborough, Shanklin and St Ives with a total of 382 points each. Despite having the same overall score, major differences can be found when looking at the factors considered. Scarborough tops the list for the average price of property at £185,857, followed by Shanklin at £283,170 and St Ives at £363,608. Among the three, Scarborough is the only town with a blue flag beach giving them 58 points in this department, while the other two towns receive 0.

So, when seeking a property by the sea, to be in the No 1 spot you don’t even need to leave the county. Margate, with train services to London running at around the hour-and-a-half mark, is the place to be … according to this ponits-based survey.


1. created a list of the top 50 best seaside towns in the UK using this article:

2. The following factors were then used to create a point -based system to rank which location is best: average property price, average Airbnb price, weather, quality of air, number of blue flag beaches, yearly number of visitors, annual number of rainy days, hours of sunshine, days of air frost, minimum and maximum temperature, as well as monthly mean wind speed at 10m.

3. The points were totalled for each seaside town and the top 20 taken

*According to Google trends on 30/03/2021

** The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education that a beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator meets its standards.

*** Air quality is measured with the Air Quality Index. The AQI works like a thermometer running from 0 to 500 degrees. The AQI is a way of showing changes in the amount of pollution in the air. Air quality is a measure of how clean or polluted the air is. A score of 0-50 is good, 51-100 moderate, 101-150 unhealthy for sensitive groups, 151-200 unhealthy, 201-300 very unhealthy, 301-500 hazardous.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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