Join us as we take a look through the history books at the famous village of Tyneham situated on the South Coast of Dorset. This small village was abandoned during World War II and has been stuck in a time warp since.
We will also be exploring the surrounding areas and discovering the local attractions of Poole, Swanage and Bournemouth. Find out why it is a popular holiday destination and discover some of the best accommodation spots.
With it being such a beautiful part of the country to live you may decide that you actually want to relocate here, so find out about local property market and the most popular areas that you may consider.
Tyneham is a small village and a parish in south Dorset on the Isle of Purbeck. It is in close proximity to Worbarrow Bay on the Jurassic Coast which was evacuated during World War II as a temporary measure by order of the War Office. It was to be used as a firing range and a training ground for troops, however the village was not returned to the residents and in 1948 a compulsory purchase order was placed on the land.
The areas of Poole, Swanage and Bournemouth has so many attractions that will appeal to tourists and locals alike. Whether you enjoy spending time at the beach, walking along the coastal paths or taking part in many of activities both on and off the water, this area has something for everyone. Whatever your budget, you will certainly find something that you will enjoy!
If you haven’t yet considered Dorset as a location for a romantic weekend break, then you need to seriously add it to your contender list! With an abundance of quaint cottages and modern hotels, rolling countryside and break taking costal scenery, Dorset could be the ideal setting for taking your loved one away for a wedding anniversary, valentines days, possibly a honeymoon or even to pop the question for the marriage proposal!
Added on 15th September 2015 by Alan
Property in Dorset has always been in demand. This beautiful area has it all, from gorgeous countryside to stunning coastlines, and from quaint villages to bustling towns. Always popular with retirees and holiday home owners, the south west has now emerged as a great base for commuters, who take advantage of the excellent road and rail links to the capital in order to enjoy the benefits of Dorset living. In towns like Poole, Weymouth and Bournemouth property sales have shot through the roof, sometimes making it difficult for local people to get a foothold in the property market.
Nevertheless, for those determined to pursue their Dorset dream, there are properties out there to suit all pockets. Shared ownership properties can be found from under £30,000 in the heart of Bournemouth, allowing first time buyers to get on the property ladder, but for those who are wary of such schemes, there are still a few one bedroom and studio apartments to be found dotted throughout the county from around £60,000.
Coastal properties will, of course, set the average purchaser back considerably more than that. But the closer a home is to the beachfront, the more demand there is likely to be. The west Dorset area, and Lyme Regis especially, has proved extremely popular with early retirees moving west from London seeking to spend their disposable income on their dream cottage.
For those with limitless pockets, the Dorset housing market has plenty to offer. Stunning rural homes commanding asking prices of up to £9 million are not unusual, and, of course, the famous Sandbanks area of Poole regularly sees properties valued at well over £1 million. However, the greatest demand is for mid-priced properties between £300,000 and £600,000 – the ideal price bracket for downsizing home counties residents looking for a slower pace of life.
Those looking for family sized homes will find that prices have increased over the last year and now a three bedroom property will cost at least £200,000 and in some areas at least double that. Over the last year, sales of detached houses in the Dorset area have increased by 13% and their asking prices have gone up by 6% over the same period, showing the extent of the demand for larger homes.
Local estate agents report that business is booming, with more sales during 2015 than last year. With the county being used as a filming location for popular TV series’ such as Wolf Hall and Broadchurch, Dorset has really burst onto the nation’s consciousness as a great place to live. With its many unspoiled rural idylls, despite the rise in prices, Dorset still represents better value for home buyers than other south west counties like Cornwall.
Increased demand for homes has led to a flurry of housing developments county-wide. Although these do include some new build homes, many of these properties are apartments in converted character properties such as the Nova Building apartments on Bournemouth’s Commercial Road. There has also been vast expansion of new homes to existing developments such as those at Poundbury and whole brand new housing projects such as those at Brewery Square in Dorchester. It is easy to see how strong the demand for these homes are, with five of the ten apartment blocks completely sold out and plenty of interest in the others which are not due for completion until next year. It’s easy to see that anyone looking to buy in Dorset will be making a wise property investment.