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Buying a property in Poole

Poole, Dorset, is a bustling town on the southern coast of the UK that adjoins Bournemouth to the east and clusters around a large natural harbour. Buying a property in the city provides residents with immediate access to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, the historic quayside, and the nearby Bournemouth seafront.

Property Prices In Poole

Property prices in Poole have been in flux over the last three years. Data indicate an average property price in the area of £355,402 in the previous twelve months. Prices are down 3 per cent in the past year and up 2 per cent on the 2017 peak of £347,061.

Detached properties sell for an average of £470,262 in the city, with semi-detached properties going for £295,982 and flats for £283,600.

Best Areas To Buy in Poole, Dorset UK

Poole offers several desirable residential areas, each of which provides buyers something different (and gives buy-to-let investors opportunities to make substantial returns).

Poole’s most desirable property district is Sandbanks – a millionaire’s playground located along a peninsula to the southeast of the harbour and east of Brownsea Island. Interested buyers can also find other high-value properties in Canford Cliffs, Lower Parkstone, Branksome Park, Lilliput, and Talbot Woods. Canford Cliffs which straddles Poole and Bournemouth offers a variety of property types, including both period and new homes. Owners looking for holiday homes should consider residences that line the Blue Flag beaches on the seafront.

For families looking for spacious accommodation, homes on Martello Road and Western Avenue in Branksome Park provide options. Those who require excellent rail links should consider Hamworthy – a suburb that sits beside Upton lake on a peninsula just west of Pool city centre close to the railway station.

Poole is both a residential and tourist hub and, thus, offers a wider variety of local amenities than many other similarly-sized towns. The Tower Park Entertainment centre hosts a cinema, bingo, a water park, multiple restaurants, and ten-pin bowling alleys. Just south of the harbour is the National Trusts’ Brownsea island – an excellent location for nature lovers, accessible via a ferry.

How to get a mortgage in Poole


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Things To Do in Poole

Poole sits close to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. This acclaimed geological feature runs more than 95 miles along the south Dorset Coast and features rock structures that developed as far back as the Cretaceous. Here you’ll find Durdle Door – a beautiful natural limestone arch, the strangely-formed Lulworth Cove, and the Isle of Portland with its scenic vistas.

Poole is a paradise for watersports enthusiasts. Local rental businesses provide equipment for kitesurfing, paddleboarding, sailing, and windsurfing from the harbour.

For children and families, Poole offers a range of beautiful parks. Poole Park which runs along the north shore of Boating Lake hosts an ice rink, mini railway, crazy golf with putting green, and tennis courts. Upton Country Park located out of town on the A350 offers play trails and spectacular gardens.

Like many towns of a similar size, Poole offers restaurants, bars, cafes, and restaurants. Venues by the harbour, however, take on a unique character. The quayside is the busiest part of the town and close to the old centre – a great place for history buffs to explore.


Poole offers families a range of primary, secondary, and special schools. Ofsted rated Canford Heath Infant School on Learoyd Road and Lilliput Church of England Infant School as “outstanding” in the most recent report. Longspee School for children with additional educational needs aged 5 to 14 was also rated as “outstanding.” Carter Community Secondary School on Blandford Close in Hamworthy received a rating of “good,” as did Hamworthy Park Junior School on Ashmore Crescent, Livingstone Road Infant School on Livingstone Road, and Longfleet Church of England Primary School on Jolliffe Avenue.

The most prestigious and highest-performing school in Poole is Parkstone Grammar School which received an outstanding rating from Ofsted in 2017. 97.5 per cent of students complete their main study programme at this institution, with an average grade of B.

Transport Links

Poole station connects residents of the city to London Waterloo Station, stopping at Bournemouth, Brockenhurst, Southampton, Southampton Airport and Winchester to the east and Wareham, Wool, Dorchester and Weymouth to the west. The train station is located near to the Dolphin Shopping Centre and accessible via the Holes Bay Road.

Buses run from the centre of Poole to the suburb and surrounding towns and cities, including Bournemouth and Christchurch. Getting About Cards are valid across the Bournemouth East Dorset conurbation.

National Express runs coaches to Victoria Station in London every day, as well as services to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

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