People are prepared to pay more to live by the sea, with house prices on the South Coast soaring, a new report says.
Nine of the top 10 seaside towns are in the South West
The report by the Halifax says house prices in seaside areas have increased at a faster rate than elsewhere.
The biggest increase in the past three years was seen in Padstow, Cornwall, with the average house rising by 144% to almost £270,000.
Withernsea, Yorkshire, followed with a rise of 143%. It was the only area in the top ten not on the South Coast.
The mortgage lender studied 100 seaside towns across the country.
Top ten coastal property hotspots
St Mawes, Cornwall
Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Lyme Regis, Dorset
The most expensive place to live is Sandbanks in Dorset with an average house costing £386,140 - over £100,000 more than the next most expensive town, St Mawes in Cornwall.
The cheapest area to buy a coastal property is in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, where house prices are averaging just under £70,000.
The Halifax report, which may be good news for people who already have property in the expensive areas, may also highlight the problem of affordable housing in the South West.
Paul Tyler, the Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall said local people can suffer because of the popularity of the area with second home owners.
He believes local services could be put under threat if many homes remain empty during the winter.
Councils across Devon and Cornwall are trying to address the issue by reducing the second home council tax discount from 50% to 10%.
There have also been some planning changes to encourage developers to build more affordable homes.
Jane Pridgeon, from the Halifax, said: "Homeowners are clearly prepared to pay a premium for living beside the sea.
"The most expensive seaside towns are located in the South West but, increasingly, Welsh and Yorkshire seaside locations are recording significant price increases as well."