Beautiful seaside town is one of UK's best places to live and properties start at £145k


A Welsh wonder of a town has been named one of the best places to live by the sea in the UK, and properties sell from just £145,000.

19th century poet William Wordsworth said this seaside resort had “a fine sea view in front” and “mountains behind” with a “glorious estuary” that meant it could “always hold its own against any rival”.

And Barmouth, in Gwynedd, still greets poets and holidaymakers alike today with fine views of Cardigan Bay where dolphins can sometimes be spotted frolicking amongst the waves.

The town is less than 20 miles from the ever-popular walking spot of Snowdon and about the same distance from Portmeirion, a beautiful purpose-built 20th century Italian inspired village that once provided the backdrop for the TV series, the Prisoner.

A stunning railway viaduct traverses the salty sands of the Mawddach estuary to the south and on the coast huge sandy beaches hug the shoreline.

Now the Sunday Times have named Barmouth as one of the best locations in Britain for those seeking to live by the sea.

The newspaper looked at everything from house prices to local amenities and history to compile a list of some of the UK's best coastal towns and villages.

And with more and more people working from home, and nowhere in the UK being more than 70 miles from the coast, perhaps now is the time to take the plunge.

But those looking to live the holiday lifestyle all year long should expect to pay for the privilege, with the newspaper reporting figures from Savills estate agency that homes within 100m of the coast cost an average of over 20 percent higher than similar properties inland.

In Barmouth according to property site Rightmove properties in the town begin at around £145,000 to purchase a flat, £195,000 for a terrace and semi-detached abodes going for around £290,000.

Despite economic pressure house prices in the area still rose by two percent, and are up nearly a third compared to 2019.

But those seeking to snap up accommodation in the town should take note the local are Gwynedd has seen steep rises in council tax rates for people with second homes.

Up until April this year second home tax was double the normal rate, but that has now risen to 150 percent more.

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