Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's the Survey That's Just All at Sea; Inland Alnwick Is One of the Dearest Places to Live - by the Coast

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's the Survey That's Just All at Sea; Inland Alnwick Is One of the Dearest Places to Live - by the Coast

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Byline: Brian Daniel

IT'S been voted the best in Britain, it's certainly one of the country's gems, but the town of Alnwick certainly doesn't deserve its latest award.

For the landlocked Nothumberland market town has just been named as one of the most expensive places to live in Britain - by the sea.

Alnwick, four miles inland, was declared the most expensive seaside town to live in England and Wales outside of the South of England.

The figures, released by Halifax bank, also have Blyth listed as the sixth least expensive seaside town in England and Wales.

Notwithstanding that, the two communities and Berwick are all included in the top 50 seaside towns with the biggest increase in property prices over the last 10 years.

Last night, one estate agent based in Alnwick voiced surprise that the town was being cast as one of Britain's most expensive places to live.

The bank's research claims the average property price in the town is now pounds 220,228.

While the top 10 seaside towns are all in Southern England, Alnwick is third among all others in England and Wales, behind only the Mumbles in Swansea and Tenby, also in South Wales. The survey also put Alnwick at 26th in the table of seaside towns with the biggest house price increases.

Its average price is said to have risen by 145% from pounds 90,044 in 2001.

Last night Jane Young, associate director with Northumberland estate agent Rook Matthews Sayer and valuer at its Alnwick branch, queried why the community is included in a report on seaside towns when it is not on the coast.

She nevertheless conceded that prices in the town may have doubled over the 10-year period, but said they are now showing signs of "slipping".

Mrs Young said of Alnwick's high ranking: "I am not quite sure how that is picked up on.

"There is not many expensive properties in Alnwick.

"I would be surprised if we were the third most expensive property area in England. …

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