House Hunting Season Begins

As January slips by, increasing numbers of people are turning their thoughts to moving house. With house prices at last beginning to move in most parts of the United Kingdom it is also increasingly a good time financially to move.

Moving to The West Country and Devon in particular is a dream for many people. Some will have waited until their retirement to make the move whilst others will have made the bold decision to start a completely new lifestyle in a wonderful part of the country.

Devon is an immense county with a truly astounding diversity in terms of landscapes and communities. There are two very different coastlines, there is wild and rugged moor land, there are university cities, quaint villages both inland and on the coast and thriving towns  bursting with cultural and social activities.

The English Riviera tucked away in the very south of Devon is a well established favourite for people looking to relocate. It enjoys a remarkably mild climate, has stunning scenery and has extremely good value property for sale which would appeal to those looking for a retirement bungalow, to those looking for a family home as well as buyers in search of a luxury seaside bolthole.

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At the top end of the market are the new chic developments along Ilsham Marine Drive. These are typically of two or three ultra modern houses which have stunning uninterupted sea views. This small area of Torquay has begun to look increasingly like the uber chic Sandbanks in Dorset.  On Torquay’s main seafront The Abbey Sands Development is approaching its conclusion. This up market development of restaurants, shops and apartments is housed within a a striking building with beautiful curves  very reminscent of Deco design. Although one Penthouse has aparrently already been sold another is available for a whopping £950,000. This together with other apartments in the block is being marketed by one of Torquay’s most prestigious estate agents, John Couch.

For purchasers with a more modest budget there are thousands of other options which range from apartments in converted villas, apartments in purpose built blocks, modern houses as well as the ever popular  Victorian houses.

At the very cheapest end of the market there are still bargains to be had and it is still possible to buy a property for less than £100,000 which could serve as a holiday home or buy to let investment.

Torbay as an area might well become one of the region’s property hotspots in the next few years. The road development, which will make access to The English Riviera much easier, is due to be completed in 2015. This could well cut journey times to and from towns such as Torquay by up to 40 minutes. With this in mind property investors might well regard The Bay as a realistic commuter prospect to places such as Exeter.

Whilst many of the house hunters coming to The English Riviera have visited the area many times before, spending time in The Bay whilst viewing properties enables the prospective buyers to become familiar with the area in a very different way. The Somerville offers guests Five Star Guest Accommodation and is located in the very centre of Torquay. As such it is perefectly positioned for visitors wanting to spend their time viewing properties. Furthermore The Somerville offers discounts for longer stays at all times of year and has a late availability page for amazing last minute deals.

With boutique hotel style accommodation ranging from recently refurbished luxury suites to inexpensive standard double rooms, The Somerville has something to offer everyone.

For visitors who prefer self catering accommodation, Torquay Holiday Lettings has a variety of one bedroom holiday apartments available. With minimum rental period of only two days in winter and three or four further into the year, these make extremely cost effective bases whilst in Torquay.

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