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WE Brits really do like to be beside the seaside as the rising demand for harbourside homes proves.

The buzzing development of Sovereign Harbour is fast transforming the once sleepy seaside resort of Eastbourne into the hottest spot this side of the Riviera.

In all, 3,000 homes are being built around Europe's biggest marina, which has pubs, restaurants, a shopping area and a leisure centre.

With 600 berths on offer in the marina, plus space for 3,000 visiting yachts, it is proving popular both with sailors seeking places to moor and landlubbers wanting to set up home in the South Downs.

The Boardwalk - Redrow Homes' new development at Sovereign Harbour - is bound to be a hit because of its fantastic sea views, unique design and enviable location.

"Ninety per cent of our apartments have views either of the sea, the harbour or both," says sales director Paul Moran. "People love living beside the water because it is so calming and tranquil.

"The design draws on nautical influences to reflect and enhance its surroundings so you feel like you are permanently on holiday."

There are 260 one and two-bedroom apartments available starting at pounds 194,000.

Westbury Homes' flagship development at Sovereign Harbour South also has a seaside theme. It boasts a pounds 2million water feature of 150 fountains which are illuminated at night to create a spectacular display.

Westbury has two, three and four-bedroom homes in Samana Cay and Mariners Quay from pounds 159,950.

Bryant Homes has seen a growing demand for larger properties in a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful scenery - but not too far from city life.

With London just 85 minutes away by train, Eastbourne has it all. Bryant's homes at Sovereign Harbour are just a short walk from the development's main facilities. Prices range from pounds 170,00 for a two-bedroom apartment to pounds 290,000 for a four-bedroom townhouse. Spectacular new developments are springing up all along the south coast. In Brighton, Gleeson Homes has converted a Grade II-listed building into Palmeira Grande. Its luxury apartments start at pounds 365,000. And overlooking the pier at Boscombe Spa in Dorset is the "architecturally extravagant" glass-fronted Litzo Building, with apartments from pounds 325,000. For something a little more affordable, Bellwinch Homes' College Heights - 44 apartments and 76 houses (from pounds 199,995) - is close to the beach and marina. It is also near the town's attractions, including the 17th Century Old Harbour and the Sea Life Park. In the North East, new seaside communities are also appearing with their own facilities and within easy reach of major cities such as Sunderland and Newcastle. In Seaham, 650 new homes are being built on the site of the former Vane Tempest colliery by the consortium Haslam, Miller and Yuill Homes. East Shore Village, on a craggy outcrop a stone's throw from the beach, has its ownpub, community facilities and recreational spaces. Prices start at pounds 150,000. On the site of another old colliery is George Wimpey's Westoe Crown Village. Due to be ready in five years, it has plans for 580 homes, a primary school, community centre and retail units. Seaside living is now so popular thatsome developers are even recreating a marina atmosphere in other areas. The Barbican, which overlooks the new marina in the Bristol Channel, has its own lighthouse in the shape of an apartment block called The Beacon. Prices start at pounds 170,000. At Port Marine - Crest Nicholson's development in Portishead, North Somerset - designers have created a Cornish-style fishing village, based on the architecture of Looe and Polperro. They already have one celebrity resident - Coronation Street's Johnny Briggs (aka Mike Baldwin). And a new phase of quayside apartments, Water's Edge, has just been released, with prices from pounds 155,000. OSOVEREIGN HARBOUR:01323 472194/; 01323 470 160/www.; 01323 472802/ OPALMEIRA GRANDE: 01273 829300/ OLITZO BUILDING:01202 31188/www.the OCOLLEGE HEIGHTS: 01305 759147/ OEAST SHORE VILLAGE0191 513 1493/; 0191 581 0434/; 0191 513 1063/ OWESTOE CROWN VILLAGE:0191 497 5744/; OPORT MARINE0808 100 6009/


BUZZING: Sovereign Harbour has transformed Eastbourne; STUNNING: Litzo (top) and Sovereign; RESIDENT: Corrie star Johnny Briggs; LIGHT FANTASTIC: The Beacon apartment block in Port Marine
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 29, 2004
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