Living in: Surfing regions
Properties range from cottages and historic houses to modern apartments in Newquay and St Ives, while Polzeath has almost exclusively detached houses built in the 1960s and ‘70s. “The market is flat but busy in all the coastal towns,” said Morse. “There is an oversupply of flats in Newquay, but freehold [meaning you own the property in perpetuity, as opposed to a leasehold) houses are selling well.”
Prices in Newquay tend to be lower, with new apartments for under £200,000. But prices can go up to £800,000 for a beach penthouse. “An average two-bed flat in St Ives would be nearer £300,000, but a waterfront freehold flat can go for more than £1 million,” said Morse. A four-bed single-family house located far from the beach is around £500,000, and contemporary sea-view homes in Polzeath range from £450,000 to £3 million.
Newquay Voice: local news and surf reports
Western Cape, South Africa
Both South Africa’s neighbouring Western and Eastern Capes are magnets for surfers from around the world. The Western Cape includes the city of Cape Town, and its position in the south Atlantic means excellent winter swells.
Popular Western Cape towns and communities for surfers include the Cape Town suburbs of Muizenberg, Llandudno, Noordhoek, Big Bay and Blaauberg, and nearby towns such as Gordon’s Bay and Kommetjie. On the Eastern Cape, Jeffreys Bay is one of the top surfing locales and it hosts the Billabong Pro, a competition among the South Africa’s top-ranked surfers in July.Around Big Bay and Blaauberg, properties are generally apartments, while in Noordhoek and Gordon’s Bay, more houses are available. Llandudno has very upmarket properties and is priced accordingly. “Currently prices are generally flat and in most cases reflect 2007 and 2008 prices unless improvements have been made to the properties,” said Paul Reynolds, CEO of Durr Estates. Generally apartments start around 500,000 rand to the multi-millions in Llandudno.
West Cape News: regional news and photos
New South Wales, Australia
A down-under mirror image to the surfer scene in Southern California, the coast of New South Wales (NSW) is around 1,300km long, stretching from Byron Bay in the north to Ulladulla in the south and includes Sydney beaches like the famous Bondi. In the past 18 months however, the changing climate and a powerful La Nina weather pattern have created new currents that are eroding beaches at an alarming rate. Some beaches have been reduced in size to just 30ft wide and the Sydney government trucked in thousands of tons of sand to rehabilitate the eroded Narrabeen-Collaroy beach, the city’s second-longest.
There are more than 300 surfing beaches up and down the coast, and whether you are looking for less crowds and cooler temperatures on the North Coast or lots of action in the South, there is a spot for all tastes. The Australian real estate market has held steady while most of the rest of the world’s property markets has fallen (however if China reduces its growth, that will have a serious knock-on effect in Australia). Single-family homes near the beach in Coffs Harbour (which has six beaches and three surfing clubs), can start around $400,000 Australian dollars and go up from there. Luxury two-bed condos and apartments near Sydney’s Bondi Beach start at more than $500,000 Australian dollars.
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