To wonder WTF is so special about Sandbanks?

(61 Posts)
PatPig Fri 28-Jun-13 15:03:57

The beach is decent enough, but there are plenty better in the UK, it's a long slog to London by train, it's choked by traffic on a sunny day, no motorway, little in the way of shops, and so on.

MummyMastodon Fri 28-Jun-13 15:05:43

And if sea levels rise they are screwed

GerardWay Fri 28-Jun-13 15:08:15

On hot summer weekends it can take at least 2 hours to drive to your house due to the horrendous traffic jams for the car park and the ferry.

squoosh Fri 28-Jun-13 15:10:15


It all looks a bit too 80's and Howard's Way for me.

It is beautiful there.
And the 2nd largest harbour in the world - 2nd to Sydney harbour, I believe.
I love it there.

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 28-Jun-13 15:24:27

We went last year. To say I was underwhelmed would be an understatement.

Jan49 Fri 28-Jun-13 15:25:56

It's near to Swanage which is the loveliest place in the entire world. But don't tell anyone else.

There's more to life than being near London.

PatPig Fri 28-Jun-13 15:25:59

I prefer it on the other side of the harbour. I like to cycle past the queue of traffic and get on the ferry.

I'm sure there are better beaches in Norfolk or somewhere like that.

They'll bypass the queues with a helicopter!

soverylucky Fri 28-Jun-13 15:32:50

It is lovely but it is sinking and its a bugger to get to.

Bloody hell, just clicked on the link. There's no room for a helicopter!

HRHwheezing Fri 28-Jun-13 15:35:16

It's one of the few places that you can get a house next to a beach, I mean walk out your door and the beach is there.

usualsuspect Fri 28-Jun-13 15:37:03

I was underwhelmed with Sandbanks too, I wondered what all the fuss was about.

I've been to far better beaches in the uk

Fenton Fri 28-Jun-13 15:42:49

A bit silly of the other residents to complain about rebuild plans when you see the state of what's there now. It does rather let the area down as it is.

diddl Fri 28-Jun-13 15:43:51

All that money to be so close to neighbours!

The houses either side are pretty horrible imo.

I think that the middle house is lovely & if it was mine, I'd just want to renovate & keep it looking mainly as it is-although the precedent has been set by the neighbours!

Never been though-but a house that you could just step onto the beach-sounds great-but not at any cost!

Lurleene Fri 28-Jun-13 15:46:36

I live down the road from there, and the thing that gets me is that when someone buys a multimillion pound house there, they always seem to demolish it and build a new one in it's place! It seems such a waste.

FobblyWoof Fri 28-Jun-13 15:49:13


It's often misquoted as being the world second largest natural harbour, behind Sydney, but Syndey's has been extended so there's so contention about which is actually the largest smile Can you tell where I'm from? wink

With the peninsular the price is all about the double vista. You've got uninterrupted sea on one side and on the other the harbour, which is so big that the water almost streaches as far as you can see. I would pay for that view if I had the money (though, admittedly still not as much as that couple paid!).

I'm not going to sell the area to you but the beaches are good, seven miles of blue flag and if you know where the tourists aren't going to be its lovely! But there's also the historic part of the coast line.

Unfortunately, having lived in Poole for all my life I can see its decline around me. There seems to be a lot more social problems creeping in to everyday life here, and Bournemouth has just turned into stag and hen do heaven <gag>

But it depends where you are in Poole I suppose. Sandbanks is just a couple of roads and Canford Cliffs isn't a huge area either. The centre of Poole can be a bit rough but the rest of it is just like any other normal town.

PatPig Fri 28-Jun-13 15:49:52

I can only imagine that people don't live in these houses most of the time.

It's like the £millions properties in London where they just fly in from Russia or Dubai for a couple of weeks in the year, it's a possession/status symbol more than a home.

But at least in London your tiny little strip of land is within a few minutes of 3* Michelin restaurants, Harrods, and lots of other billionaires' amenities.

I can't really fathom why you would want to live sandwiched together otherwise.

Remotecontrolduck Fri 28-Jun-13 15:52:07

Massively over rated! I go to Bournemouth/Poole often and venture down there. Why it's so popular is beyond me. I can imagine living so close to the sea wouldn't be such a good thing in the event of a big storm!

TwasBrillig Fri 28-Jun-13 15:53:40

Sandbanks was on harbour lives the other night. Apparently most people buy cash and don't bother with a survey. I guess as they'd rebuild!

It is a beautiful part of the world to be, the beaches between Poole and Bournemouth are lovely, similarly studland, swanage way. Poole harbour itself is spectacular, and a good base for sailing. Several of the sandbanks homes have a helipad.

I think its mainly overpriced as its a status thing though, they rarely live there -its a summer house for true billionaires, alongride a London house, houses abroad etc.

PatPig Fri 28-Jun-13 15:53:51

Central Bournemouth is really vile with the vomit and beer cans on the beach. But the beaches uptowards Southbourne are nice.

Poole has a rough estate or two, and the worst school in the country:

I'm not sure Sandbanks is large enough to sustain a private school for the millionaire's kids. Not sure where they go, if there are any people actually living there....

PatPig Fri 28-Jun-13 15:55:17

Seems a bit of a bizarre status symbol though, would have thought the money better spent in central London, and then get a beach property in the south of France or somewhere with dependably decent weather rather than a country that gets a day of sunshine in April and that's it for the year.....

TwasBrillig Fri 28-Jun-13 15:57:22

Poole has a mix of not great schools and incredibly good schools. The local primary is lilliput and outstanding, similarly some outstanding middle schools, grammar schools etc

. To be honest they would probably go private. Dumpton and castle court are nice. Claysmore and canford school nearby if people wanted local rather than to board.

SirChenjin Fri 28-Jun-13 15:58:29

No idea. We went there on holiday in the 70s and it was nice enough - went back there about 5 years ago and I really couldn't see what the fuss was about. The property market's equivalent of Harry Enfield's I Saw You Coming shop, I think.

TwasBrillig Fri 28-Jun-13 15:59:41

Its people like Harry rednap (current owner), cliff Richard (former owner), so presumably people in those circles. I expect most have London houses as well!

I'm amazed people would spend that much for so little ground space when there are beautiful Dorset villages nearby, but the rich and famous aren't bound by money!

TwasBrillig Fri 28-Jun-13 16:02:00

Its one of the most expensive places to buy in the world. (which I think is nuts!)

FauxFox Fri 28-Jun-13 16:03:47

I live in Poole not far from Sandbanks and it is a completely wonderful place to live, beach after school on sunny days or for breakfast at the weekend before any crowds turn up, fabulous schools, I run by the sea three times a week for free instead of going to the gym, the sea air, the people are lovely, the kids will have an amazing time hanging out at the beach, sailing/windsurfing etc as they get older, it has everything I want. The only thing is house prices are so high that we rent just now but we'll save up eventually. I hope I never have to leave smile

TwasBrillig Fri 28-Jun-13 16:04:06

I certainly wouldn't want to be so close to other people and nearby canford cliffs would be much nicer, but wouldn't have direct harbour access as many of those do.

pollywollydoodle Fri 28-Jun-13 16:04:11

we've been there a couple of times, it's pleasant enough witth good accessibility to the beach via boardwalks but nothing special...

I live down the road and it is a beautiful part of the country to live in.

Most of the houses are 2nd homes from what I can gather.

I definitely don't know anyone who lives there.grin

FauxFox Fri 28-Jun-13 16:22:07

I don't either pete grin

FrenchRuby Fri 28-Jun-13 16:37:00

I live 5 mins away and it's lovely in the summer, especially in the evenings when all the massive crowds have g

FrenchRuby Fri 28-Jun-13 16:37:31

Ooops pressed post by accident.
Especially when the big crowds have gone home.

notJenkins Fri 28-Jun-13 16:39:09

It is lovely when there are no tourists here !

reelingintheyears Fri 28-Jun-13 16:54:56

I don't mind the tourists ,prefer Studland beach though and Middle beach.
We were over in Swanage and Corfe on Tuesday and were watching the SBS parachuting into Poole bay from Middle beach,the tourists were loving it.
Shame they're moving to Plymouth soon.

At the Bournemouth end of the bay Southbourne and Hengistbury head would be my preference for beaches.

reelingintheyears Fri 28-Jun-13 16:59:22

The nearest people I know to live there are in Sherwood Avenue just off Sandbanks road,they have fantastic views over the harbour to the Purbecks.

SoggySummer Fri 28-Jun-13 17:07:27

Its been ruined by all the millionaire imo. Was a lovely little place 20/30 years ago.

Not much community anymore and just a load of rich idiots following each other like sheet because its the current "in" place!

SoggySummer Fri 28-Jun-13 17:08:01

OMG - my typing is awful.

I meant like SHEEP not sheets!!!

MrsLouisTheroux Sat 29-Jun-13 07:49:08

All 3 houses look pretty awful to me! The two either side look like holiday apartment blocks in Blackpool and the squished one in the middle just looks neglected.
The 'gardens' don't look very nice. Are people mad?
<goes to google sandbanks to see if there is anything nice about the place>

MrsLouisTheroux Sat 29-Jun-13 08:49:03

Just had a look on right move! There are a lot of properties for sale for such a small area! I wonder why so many houses are for sale?

notaverynicemum Sun 30-Jun-13 09:29:17

I expect so many are for sale because they have never been homes - just status symbols for rich idiots who now want their cash to "invest" in the latest trendy status symbol.

tupuedes Sun 30-Jun-13 09:51:11

The attraction is that it is very expensive. So you can buy a place there knowing you don't have to mix it up with the plebs.

I love sandbanks, becasue when you are in sandbanks you know you are only a short way from swanage and that is where all the happiness in the world lives.

harryhausen Sun 30-Jun-13 09:57:19

I'm an Anglesey girl (lots of great beaches) and I'd rate Sandbanks. We camped in a fantastic campsite Poole when dd was little. I thought the beach was great. Lovely atmosphere, great feel.

If I had the money I definitely would.

mummylin Sun 30-Jun-13 10:00:36

I live in Bournemouth and its about15 mins from where I live, I love Sandbanks and especially " millionaires row " you can't actually see many of the houses because they are quite far back from the road or there are trees there. It is a lovely place to be and the views from their back gardens must be spectacular.
However I agree with the poster who said Bournemouth town centre is a hen and stag area. I don't very often venture down town any more as there are hordes of people around. But we have a beautiful beach and the gardens are beautiful.
But they do say that eventually Sandbanks will be under water !

mummylin Sun 30-Jun-13 10:02:29

Just as another bit of info. John lennons aunt Mimi had a house at sandbanks, it's now demolished and another house built in its place !

Mummylin- I never go out into Bournemouth on a Saturday night anymore. It's become horrendous.

I went out in Christchurch last night and there were 3 hen parties which I quite surprised about but not on the scale of Bournemouth.

mummytime Sun 30-Jun-13 10:32:16

My Geologist would never let me spend that much on land which is going to disappear sooner rather than later.

It is very beautiful, but if I was that rich there are places in the world I'd much rather live/own a second home.

Floppityflop Sun 30-Jun-13 10:36:13

If I could afford to I would certainly not mind living in Sandbanks, but it's a problem I don't have to worry about for now. :-)

mummylin Sun 30-Jun-13 10:49:46

petercambell I'm with you. The only time I go down town is if I am going to BIC or Pavilion for a show. I find the large groups of people queuing to get in the nightclubs a bit intimidating.
My dd lives near Chritschurch and goes there now and again on a Sat night. I love All round the area there. If I could pick a place to live I think Corfe is lovely. May go into Poole today as there is a folk festival on the quay I think.

EliotNess Sun 30-Jun-13 10:53:07

its the seaside innit

Plus other wealthy folk

Satnightdropout Sun 30-Jun-13 11:00:43

I live 5 mins up the road from sandbanks and must admit we don't fully appreciate it as we've lived there all our lives.
It's a nice beach but gets ridiculously crowded in summer. I usually take my son down to Hamworthy park instead - the beach isn't as nice but it's got a decent park, huge paddling pool and the fields are spacey.

EliotNess Sun 30-Jun-13 11:01:08

i like alum chine.

I love Corfe. I imagine the house prices are pretty massive there too.

Christchurch is still quite nice and quiet compared to Bournemouth. We're very lucky.

I also love Alum Chine. It's very pretty.

fashionlover76 Sun 30-Jun-13 11:46:39

I have many happy memories of Sandbanks as all our childhood holidays were there in the 70s & 80s. Back then it was just a regular 'bucket & spade' seaside holiday destination. I think it has been totally spoilt now, it's so flashy.
We go to Swanage instead. The lovely National Trust beaches at Studland are beautiful and unspoilt, and Swanage is brilliant, a proper old-fashioned seaside town. In fact I just got back from a week there and I have post-holiday blues now!

mummylin Sun 30-Jun-13 11:55:53

I also love Swanage ! I think all our surrounding areas are just lovely. We are lucky I think to live here, but don't always appreciate it as its just normal for us. Roll on aug for the air show !!!

noddyholder Sun 30-Jun-13 11:58:49

My son is going to Bournemouth uni in Sept We have been several times and tbh I didn't like it at all and Sandbanks which is up the road is especially horrible!

GobbySadcase Sun 30-Jun-13 12:01:57

There are far nicer places on the Sussex/Dorset/Devon and Cornwall coasts tbh.

Not full of flashy monstrosities. No idea why that plan was rejected, it's entirely in keeping with what others have done there.

soverylucky Sun 30-Jun-13 12:13:26

Swanage is lovely and I also love barnton on sea - a little further east.

Latara Sun 30-Jun-13 13:39:30

Southbourne / Fisherman's Walk is lovely. So is Alum Chine up to Canford Cliffs.

If i had the money i'd live in Branksome Park where the same money buys a huge house with a pool and large grounds.

Or i'd live in a big house in the New Forest near Lymington or Burley; or in the Purbecks.

jollygoose Sun 30-Jun-13 16:13:10

actually sandbanks has been exclusive for more than 60 years. When my dps got married they were offered a house there, the sale price was £450 but they needed £50 deposit which was way out of their range. Shame I would have enjoyed growing up there but made do with Southbourne which is still lovely.

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