Life By The Water – Why Waterfront Homes Are Drawing in Buyers

Whether it’s river, lake, canal or coast, waterfront living has never had more appeal. In the search for space, a change of lifestyle or seeking the benefits of access to ‘blue space’, many are taking to the water to find their new home. But where to start the search?

One new destination in Kent – St Mary’s Island – has seen a major transformation over the last 27 years to create a thriving waterside community. An exciting opportunity for riverside living at a more affordable price point, it’s the ideal spot for those searching for the peace and tranquillity of living by the water, yet still in the midst of the action. 

The final neighbourhood within St Mary’s Island – Azure – is now in its final phase, presenting the final chance to buy new on the island. The Final Docking is an exclusive collection of just 12 four and five-bedroom beautifully-designed houses, with stunning, far-reaching views overlooking the River Medway and across to Upnor Castle (prices start at £750,000; www.countrysideparterships.com). There’s also a range of one and two-bedroom apartments available too, with prices from £264,995.

Life By The Water – Why Waterfront Homes Are Drawing in Buyers

On the site of the former Royal Naval Dockyard, St Mary’s Island is in walking distance to all the amenities needed for day-to-day life, as well as leisure amenities including a gym, water sports centre, shopping centre and cinema, and a great range of restaurants – all surrounded by the River Medway. The island’s extensive riverside walks, parks, woodlands and marina are also all on the doorstep.

Down in Sussex, there are now just nine three- and four-bedroom houses remaining at Summer Fields, the beautiful new countryside development in Pagham, West Sussex located just moments from the South Downs National Park and miles of beautiful coastline at Pagham Beach.  

Representing the final chance to secure a home within the charming new neighbourhood, Summer Fields offers the best of coastal countryside living and a host of local outdoor pursuits, on the doorstep of some of Sussex’s best-loved towns and villages.

Life By The Water – Why Waterfront Homes Are Drawing in Buyers

Homes are inspired by their rural countryside location, designed to maximise the stunning views over the South Downs. Classic architectural style meets 21st-century comfort, perfect for modern-day living – including clever layouts designed to suit a variety of needs (prices from £430,000; www.drewsmithhomes.co.uk, 01243 684 354)

Despite its setting surrounded by Sussex countryside, Summer Fields is well located to enjoy Chichester’s impressive lifestyle offering. The city’s charming streets are rich with culture and history, and home to a great mix of high street retailers and independent boutiques alongside an impressive foodie scene that ranges from quaint coffee shops and cafés to Michelin-star restaurants. In addition, the popular seaside town of Bognor Regis is nearby, which is also home to a fantastic range of amenities.

But the opportunity for life by the water isn’t restricted to the countryside though. In the capital, a new waterside address is emerging – The Brentford Project, which sits at the meeting point of the River Thames and River Brent.

Spanning 11.5 acres, it’s fast becoming an exciting riverside destination, revitalising the townscape of Brentford and establishing an eclectic mix of dining, entertainment and shopping amenities, as well as 876 new homes and over 5 acres of landscaping and public realm. Developer, Ballymore, is making the most of the prime waterfront location too, extending the Thame Path and revitalising two docks to create new riverfront hubs.

The first, Workhouse Dock – an existing but neglected mooring on the River Brent – will be rejuvenated with 24-hour moorings, and lined with restaurants, pubs and cafés, with a new public realm including tiered seating terraces – a space to relax, spend time and enjoy life on the water. Neighbouring is Waterfront Square, a dedicated space for outdoor markets, performances and public events.

Life By The Water – Why Waterfront Homes Are Drawing in Buyers

Apartments offer the best of waterside living too, with flexible living spaces, far-reaching views and generous private outdoor spaces, as well as a range of residents’ amenities including a co-working space, outdoor heated swimming pool, gym, and wellness studio (prices from £470,000; www.thebrentfordproject.com).