A shore investment
Following on from my post about the model rhyncosaur who's come to live at Budleigh Salterton's Fairlynch Museum I'm prompted to write something about the property market here, inspired by the news that our ancient coastline is attracting other residents of the human variety. http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2010/03/triassic-lizard-finds-new-home-in.html
I see that Budleigh was quoted by The Sunday Times of 28 March as one of 12 English "coastal turnaround towns" along with Torquay and Sidmouth, previously described as "faltering", which are currently "feeling the ripple effect of interest" in Dorset's Jurassic Coast.
Well, it could be that our town is attracting hordes of fossil fiends hoping to excavate a tyrannosaurus skeleton lying under the pebbles.
Or it could be on the up because Budleigh was listed in December last year as one of 10 English towns where the inhabitants have the longest life expectancy in the UK following a national study of three million pension records.
Or perhaps it's the highly successful Budleigh festivals - music, literary, jazz, rock and so on - which people are talking about.
Who knows? But something is happening just as surely as spring is at last stirring now with the bursting out of the primroses, the daffodils and the camellia blooms.
This two-bedroom semi detached house makes up the end part of a substantial period residence being marketed by agents David Rhys at £275K. While having its own private entrance and spacious patio garden, Park Lodge also has extensive communal grounds. The property itself has gas fired central heating, partial double glazing and a well fitted kitchen and bathroom. Located in a highly sought after area of Budleigh Salterton and within walking distance of the town centre , Park Lodge occupies a quiet and tranquil position. There are pleasant surrounding views and none better than those enjoyed by the balcony belonging to the property which extend over the town and down towards the sea.
Only one thing worries me a bit after reading that Sunday Times property feature, and that's the apparent growth in the number of properties being acquired as holiday lets rather than homes. Martin Lamb, a director of Savills Exeter branch was quoted as saying that they now have far more buyers looking for second homes worth £2m than for modestly priced homes to live in.
It could be that Budleigh might one day come to find itself with yet one more resemblance to our sister-community of Brewster on Cape Cod, where apparently the part-time residents now comprise half of the town's residential property owners.
It's clear that many second home owners contribute significantly to an area's economy even if they are absent from it from most of the year, and Brewster's Association of Part Time Residents is keen to quote examples of how its members play their part in the life of the resort. But I wonder how Budleigh's character would change if our town went down that route that our American sister has chosen.
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