Waterfront properties worth more than inland
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Waterfront properties worth more than inland

By |Published On: 27th July 2015|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

An interesting new data release shows that prime waterfront properties are valued at around 70% higher than similar properties inland.


Knight Frank’s annual Prime Waterfront Index shows that waterfront properties in the South West have the greatest premiums of these property types in the UK.

A waterfront home here could lead to an uplift of a huge 91%, up 21% on the same period last year. The South East (44%) and East Anglia (41%) were the regions found to have commanded the next largest uplifts.[1]

Data from the report also shows that properties on estuaries command the greatest premiums of waterfront homes. On average, these homes have a 95% uplift in comparison to the same properties inland. Some of the most expensive coastal towns include Dartmouth, St Mawes and Salcombe.[1]

Properties close to a harbor have a premium uplift of around 91%, with coastal properties not overlooking an estuary or a harbor worth an average of 67% more than their inland equivalents. Homes next to a river were also found to have added value of around 67%.[1]

Average value premiums for waterfront homes by region in quarter two in 2015 were:

Average value premium for waterfront properties region to region Q2 2015
South West 91%
East Anglia 41%
South East 44%
Scotland 33%
Wales 27
Average value premium for waterfront properties with the following attributes (location type and facility) present
Estuary 95%
Coastal 67%
Harbour 91%
Riverside 67%
Lakeside 40%
Seaview 68%
Moorings 106%
Slipway 118%
Pontoon 105%
Jetty 91%
Private beach access 86%
Waterfront properties worth more than inland

Waterfront properties worth more than inland

Post-election boom

Christopher Bailey, Head of Knight Frank’s Waterfront Team said, ‘since the election, we have seen a positive rise in activity in the waterfront market. It would appear that a number of cash buyers at the higher end of the waterfront market have been waiting to see the outcome of the election and in particular whether a Mansion Tax would manifest itself.’ Bailey feels that the outcome, ‘has increased the confidence of waterfront buyers at the higher end of the market where we have seen properties exchanging relatively quickly with competitive bidding and sometimes above the guide price.’[1]

‘Equally, the waterfront market below £1m is picking up whereas the market between £1m to £2m is still quieter as buyers are still absorbing the stamp duty changes at the end of the year. The beginning of a new five government, low interest rates, and the safe sterling has all helped to strengthen the confidence of waterfront buyers,’ Bailey added.[1]

[1] http://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/property/70-premium-for-waterfront-properties.html



About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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