Fresh air, golf, breath-taking scenery, a laidback lifestyle close to Edinburgh - East Lothian is a beautiful part of the world and a highly desirable place to live. Recent house price data backs up this view. The Seaside Towns Review (based on house price data from Registers of Scotland) has found that the average price of a house in North Berwick is now more than £327,000. This makes it Scotland's most expensive seaside town for properties.
The Bank of Scotland said the average price of a home in the East Lothian town rose by 11% last year to £327,124.The study also suggested that over the past 10 years house prices in Scottish coastal towns have grown faster than prices in seaside towns across the rest of the UK.
St Andrews was found to be the second most expensive seaside location, with an average house price of £302,536.
Here are more details from the list:
Most expensive Scottish seaside towns in 2015
- North Berwick, East Lothian - £327,124
- St Andrews, Fife - £302,536
- Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire - £245,507
- Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire - £236,057
- Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire - £213,468
Least expensive Scottish seaside towns in 2015
- Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute - £77,132
- Girvan, South Ayrshire - £91,912
- Campbeltown, Argyll - £91,938
- Saltcoats, North Ayrshire - £93,479
- Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway - £96,476
(average price) Source: Registers of Scotland
Seven of the top ten coastal towns with the biggest house price increases between 2005 and 2015 are located in Aberdeenshire. House prices shot up by nearly 140% in Fraserburgh over the 10 years to 2015, according to the review - this is incredibly high growth.
The top five most expensive properties are located on the east of the country - North Berwick, St Andrews, Newtonhill, Stonehaven and Inverbervie.
Speaking to the BBC, a spokesperson from the Bank of Scotland commented: "Living on the coast offers many attractions, including a typically high quality of life and attractive surroundings.
"As a result, property in seaside towns is often very popular with homebuyers.
"Whilst property in seaside towns can be more expensive than elsewhere, exceptional value for money can still be found for those searching to realise their dream of living near the sea."
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