Many of us dream of living by the sea. And according to the UK’s biggest property website, the lockdown is encouraging households to turn this aspiration into a reality.

Rightmove said that there has been a spike in enquiries about property by the seaside.

Many have been about holiday homes, but others are looking to change their lifestyle and move to the coast.

Rightmove said that there has been a spike in enquiries about property by the seaside with  Whitby in North Yorkshire (pictured) top of the wish list

Rightmove said that there has been a spike in enquiries about property by the seaside with  Whitby in North Yorkshire (pictured) top of the wish list

Workers realise it is perfectly possible to work from home, meaning it is not necessary to buy a property within commuting distance of the office.

Top of the wish list, says Rightmove, is Whitby in North Yorkshire, followed by Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear. 

Average asking prices there are £213,000 and £263,000 respectively.

In Cornwall, Newquay, Padstow and Bude are in the top ten, as are upmarket Salcombe and Ilfracombe in Devon.

In Scotland, Ayr and Troon – home to Royal Troon Golf Club – also make the list. As does Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk. 

At the top end, the millionaire haven of Sandbanks in Dorset – home to celebrities including football manager Harry Redknapp – has an average asking price of £1.24million. 

Newbiggin-by-the-sea in Northumberland is cheapest, with an average asking price of just £110,000. 

Miles Shipside from Rightmove said: ‘Lockdown has changed what a number of home-hunters are now looking for.’

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