With its seaside setting, fantastic beaches and higher than average sunshine hours, Poole’s quality of life is one of its major strengths, but few places in Britain have such a diverse range of housing stock and Poole property prices makes finding the ideal home challenging.
Poole has metamorphized in the past 30 years from Bournemouth’s down on its luck brother, to the darling of the Dorset coast. There is glitz and glamour, and some
eye-watering house prices, in Sandbanks; modern millionaire rows in Canford Cliffs; and larger, more private plots in the Branksome Park Conservation Area. But it’s not all high prices.
As you move North from Sandbanks prices fall, and the open spaces of Whitecliff and tree-lined streets of Alum Chine offer better value for money but still great access to the beaches and amenities of Poole. Even greater affordability comes north or west of the A35 in areas such as the Old Town with its historic streets and houses, or Upper Parkstone which is a stone’s throw from glamourous Poole and has far reaching views to the Purbeck Hills.
Schooling options in Poole are mixed. There are numerous outstanding and good schools, but there are also far too many considered inadequate. As a result, there is strong competition to get into the best schools and catchment areas are very important.
The preferred route is Lilliput Infant School followed by Baden Powell Junior School, both outstanding schools. But they do not have the same catchment areas so caution is needed to futureproof your move. Elsewhere St Mary’s Catholic Primary and Oakdale Junior School are also well regarded. Independent school options are excellent, from Bournemouth Collegiate in the heart of Poole and Bournemouth, to Canford, Bryanston, and Milton Abbey just a short drive outside of the town.
Knowing where to find the best home for your budget is paramount in an area where prices vary from £2,750 per sqm in Poole’s northern suburbs to £12,500 per sqm in the most desirable sea view locations of Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks.