Taking a look at property in East Devon

16 Haven View Road, Seaton

16 Haven View Road, Seaton - Credit: Archant

East Devon Property with Nigel Bishop, of Recoco.

Tudor Cottage Seaton

Tudor Cottage Seaton - Credit: Archant

Nudging the Dorset border the Axe estuary is passed by on the way east or west to larger towns so for those that do stop they are in for a treat.

The South West Coast Path is the best way to arrive taking in the stunning scenery of the East Devon Heritage Coast but for the less energetic, the road from Axminster takes you past the tidal estuary, wading birds and the harbour.

The presence of several good pubs is a draw in itself. There is a distinct sense of a calm, unhurried lifestyle here. Turning the corner is Seaton, a bustling little town often overlooked but with a strong community and infrastructure.

Going on over the hill, the romantic fishing village of Beer will often find itself the subject of calendars, and host to television programmes.

Four Farthings Colyford

Four Farthings Colyford - Credit: Archant

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Lying just to the north is Colyton, an ancient town of flint houses, interesting church, narrow streets and artisan shops. Widely known as host to the high-achieving grammar school that draws people to buy property from far and wide. Fiercely competitive to retain its high standards, it does instil confidence in the East Devon property market.

Fortnam Smith and Banwell (01297 23939) are selling 16 Havenview Road, in Seaton. A striking 1930s five-bedroom house with annexe – perfect for the growing family and walking distance to the beach! In Colyford, Gordon and Rumbsy (01297 553768) are the agents for Four Farthings, a surprisingly large four-bedroom bungalow with excellent two- to three-bedroom annexe -another perfect family home and potential income.

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Maybe the family home with school in mind isn’t needed and a truly character Devon cottage is appealing. Pennys (01297 22224) are selling Tudor Cottage, a character thatched Grade II listed cross passage cottage in Fore Street, Seaton. Despite its age, it has been sympathetically updated incorporating modern facilities- yet retaining the character throughout -all just walking distance to shops, seafront etc. Perfect retirement or second home.

What makes an area appealing - well beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. What works for one doesn’t for another so when looking for a house, it is a good idea to explore different areas – don’t just Google everything – go and feel it! You may well be surprised at what draws you -don’t always judge a book by its cover!

Home is, after all, where the heart is – “it’s all about coming home”.

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