Low property prices, a great local infrastructure and good transport links. Plus the best beaches in the country. Weymouth has it all.
Back in 2012, Weymouth hit the headlines as the venue for the sailing events during the London Olympics. Five years have passed since then, and while few people other than sports quiz aficionados are likely to remember that particular claim to fame, the investment that it prompted has left a legacy that has made Weymouth one of the most desirable places to live for those looking for the perfect work-life balance.
From first time buyers to retirees and from single bedroom flats at less than £100,000 to luxury, detached seven-figure houses, you need only take a glance at the variety of Weymouth homes for sale to see that there really is something for everyone. Let's find out more about what Weymouth has to offer.
The holiday that needs never end
This pretty seaside town is the third largest settlement in Dorset, and has always been regarded as one of the most popular tourist spots on the south coast. This reputation has certainly been bolstered by its recent accolade of “Best Beach in Britain.” Its close proximity to Portland, with its famous lighthouse, and to other tourist destinations in neighbouring Devon and Cornwall, mean that it serves as a great touring base as well as being an ideal holiday destination in its own right.
However, a growing number of people are gradually wising up to the fact that Weymouth can make a perfect home, meaning the holiday never has to end. The town is only seven miles from the county town of Dorchester, a journey that takes just ten minutes by train. Alternatively, Bournemouth is less than an hour away and there are even hourly services to London Waterloo.
Weymouth has also extended its internal economy beyond the traditional tourist industry in recent years, with the creation of the Weymouth Business Improvement District in 2013.
What to do in Weymouth
Award winning beaches are great, but do not make the mistake of thinking that Weymouth is a one trick pony that becomes a deserted ghost town in the winter months.
The town has a vibrant restaurant, pub and club scene all year round. And from classical theatre to the latest up and coming live music acts, there are plenty of entertainment options to cater for the diverse demographic groups that make up Weymouth's population.
There is a huge choice to suit every budget and taste in and around Weymouth. Single bedroom flats in the town centre can still be found around the £100,000 mark, while there is a wide variety of three bedroom terraced homes on the market in the sub £200,000 range.
If you are looking for something a little larger, £300,000 will buy a four bedroom detached house with a good sized garden.
In an age when people are paying £400,000 for a three bedroom renovation project in the south east, the case for a permanent extension to your summer holidays in Weymouth is a compelling one.