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POLL: Marazion is runner up in list of best places to own a second home

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

Marazion is runner up in list of best places to own a second home. Photograph by Emily Whitfield-Wicks.

Marazion is runner up in list of best places to own a second home. Photograph by Emily Whitfield-Wicks.

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Marazion has been named the second most desirable place in the country to own a second home, in a list complied by The Times.

The ancient market town near Penzance has beat off competition from other places in Cornwall such as Mousehole, St Ives and Polzeath, which arguably would have been more obvious choices.

In its explanation of what is great about the town which looks out on St Michael's Mount, The Times says: "A dreamy stretch of white sand that is popular with children and windsurfers".

The newspaper goes on to report that a prospective buyer could expect to pay up to £500,000 for a period house with a seaview.

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The only other place in Cornwall to get a mention in the list is Treyarnon Bay on the north coast near Rock, which is described as being popular with families for its "convivial" atmosphere.

Charlotte Somers, who works in Marazion, said it is a good place to be.

She said: "I concur that it is one of the most beautiful places in the UK and its diverse history (one of the oldest chartered towns in Cornwall and an important centre of commerce during the 18th Century with fishing and mine exports) coupled with it being a thriving town of artists, galleries, its own museum and post-office and lovely cafes, pubs and an award-winning restaurant – Ben's Cornish Kitchen – do make it an attractive place to live and work – and that's before we get onto the stunning views."

VisitCornwall boss Malcolm Bell said these types of list did not necessarily help the communities they hoped to promote.

"The danger with some of these lists is people go 'oh, I must buy a home in Marazion or Treyarnon," he said.

"I know these lists are popular but they are often not that well thought through because you do wonder about these two places. I would have thought other locations would have come up earlier and the danger is you create demand that was not already there."

Mr Bell said that there were a number of different types of second home and some could be beneficial for Cornish communities as long as they were not all concentrated in one place.

He added: "If you end up with two many second homes in a place, two things can happen; you tend to push the local community out or strain the local community and they can become ghost towns in winter."

The Times' 30 best places for a second home:

1. Askrigg, North Yorkshire

2. Marazion, Cornwall

3. Ilmington, Warwickshire

4. Combe Martin, Devon

5. Ashbourne, Derbyshire

6. Aviemore, Highlands

7. Hayling Island, Hampshire

8. Cookham Dean, Berkshire

9. Lavenham, Suffolk

10. Painswick, Gloucestershire

11. Freshwater, Isle of Wight

12. North Berwick, East Lothian

13. Loddon, Norfolk

14. Great Malvern, Worcestershire

15. Tenby, Pembrokeshire

16. Porthmadog, Gwynedd

17. Ambleside, Cumbria

18. Rhosneigr

19. Christchurch, Dorset

20. Market Bosworth, Leicestershire

21. Filey, North Yorkshire

22. Whitby, North Yorkshire

23. Sheringham, Norfolk

24. Rye, East Sussex

25. Seaham, County Durham

26. Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall

27. Woolacombe, Devon

28. Brockenhurst, Hampshire

29. Helmsley, North Yorkshire

30. Holy Island, Northumberland

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  • Surfergirl  |  March 23 2013, 9:46AM

    The thing to remember with all these top 30 polls is that they are all written by people whom have never been to the place in question: this particular poll is just the latest of a long series of similar polls printed recently by the Times. We've had the top 30 best towns, coolest towns, best towns to bring up your children, best seaside towns, most friendly towns, most welcoming towns etc etc… pretty much every town in the UK has appeared on one or more of the lists at some point. The reason Marazion hasn't appeared in anything until now is because it is none of the things mentioned above, and the fact that it appears in the best place to own a second home list is concrete evidence that the polls are just a nonsense. Marazion has very few houses with off-street parking: the sort of person whom does the school-run in a large black 4x4 and has their Waitrose shopping delivered twice a week by Ocado isn't the sort of person whom wants to park a mile away from their second home, then lug a matching set of Gucci luggage and two-weeks of shopping half way up Fore Street to a nice little cottage. No. For that reason Marazion has and will only ever have very few second homes, it does however, have a surfeit of holiday-lets – nice little cottages used as income generators for wealthy local people. Cornish people! Every second home and holiday-let in Cornwall was once or is still owned by a Cornish person whom sold it to the highest bidder or rents it out in the summer-months only, because they make more money that way. The house prices in Marazion although a bit higher than Penzance are much lower than many other places Cornwall and in the UK. The £500,000 mentioned is just more nonsense:- there are currently 20 properties for sale in Marazion most of which are under £300,000, some as low as £150,000, a cottage near my house has just sold for £174,000, only one house is over £500,000 and that's a large 6- bedroomed guest house. Cornwall and the Cornish people have the housing problems we've created ourselves, the answer is to build new warm efficient homes not to have a pop at the rich people who spend two-weeks a year freezing by the log-burner in damp-ridden whitewashed pile of faux-utopia.

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  • Surfergirl  |  March 23 2013, 9:45AM

    The thing to remember with all these top 30 polls is that they are all written by people whom have never been to the place in question: this particular poll is just the latest of a long series of similar polls printed recently by the Times. We've had the top 30 best towns, coolest towns, best towns to bring up your children, best seaside towns, most friendly towns, most welcoming towns etc etc… pretty much every town in the UK has appeared on one or more of the lists at some point. The reason Marazion hasn't appeared in anything until now is because it is none of the things mentioned above, and the fact that it appears in the best place to own a second home list is concrete evidence that the polls are just a nonsense. Marazion has very few houses with off-street parking: the sort of person whom does the school-run in a large black 4x4 and has their Waitrose shopping delivered twice a week by Ocado isn't the sort of person whom wants to park a mile away from their second home, then lug a matching set of Gucci luggage and two-weeks of shopping half way up Fore Street to a nice little cottage. No. For that reason Marazion has and will only ever have very few second homes, it does however, have a surfeit of holiday-lets – nice little cottages used as income generators for wealthy local people. Cornish people! Every second home and holiday-let in Cornwall was once or is still owned by a Cornish person whom sold it to the highest bidder or rents it out in the summer-months only, because they make more money that way. The house prices in Marazion although a bit higher than Penzance are much lower than many other places Cornwall and in the UK. The £500,000 mentioned is just more nonsense:- there are currently 20 properties for sale in Marazion most of which are under £300,000, some as low as £150,000, a cottage near my house has just sold for £174,000, only one house is over £500,000 and that's a large 6- bedroomed guest house. Cornwall and the Cornish people have the housing problems we've created ourselves, the answer is to build new warm efficient homes not to have a pop at the rich people who spend two-weeks a year freezing by the log-burner in damp-ridden whitewashed pile of faux-utopia.

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  • Surfergirl  |  March 23 2013, 9:45AM

    The thing to remember with all these top 30 polls is that they are all written by people whom have never been to the place in question: this particular poll is just the latest of a long series of similar polls printed recently by the Times. We've had the top 30 best towns, coolest towns, best towns to bring up your children, best seaside towns, most friendly towns, most welcoming towns etc etc… pretty much every town in the UK has appeared on one or more of the lists at some point. The reason Marazion hasn't appeared in anything until now is because it is none of the things mentioned above, and the fact that it appears in the best place to own a second home list is concrete evidence that the polls are just a nonsense. Marazion has very few houses with off-street parking: the sort of person whom does the school-run in a large black 4x4 and has their Waitrose shopping delivered twice a week by Ocado isn't the sort of person whom wants to park a mile away from their second home, then lug a matching set of Gucci luggage and two-weeks of shopping half way up Fore Street to a nice little cottage. No. For that reason Marazion has and will only ever have very few second homes, it does however, have a surfeit of holiday-lets – nice little cottages used as income generators for wealthy local people. Cornish people! Every second home and holiday-let in Cornwall was once or is still owned by a Cornish person whom sold it to the highest bidder or rents it out in the summer-months only, because they make more money that way. The house prices in Marazion although a bit higher than Penzance are much lower than many other places Cornwall and in the UK. The £500,000 mentioned is just more nonsense:- there are currently 20 properties for sale in Marazion most of which are under £300,000, some as low as £150,000, a cottage near my house has just sold for £174,000, only one house is over £500,000 and that's a large 6- bedroomed guest house. Cornwall and the Cornish people have the housing problems we've created ourselves, the answer is to build new warm efficient homes not to have a pop at the rich people who spend two-weeks a year freezing by the log-burner in damp-ridden whitewashed pile of faux-utopia.

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  • mygodlesslife  |  March 21 2013, 10:08PM

    Perhaps the headline should have read "Marazion is runner up in list of best places to occupy other people's homes"?

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  • peninsularguy  |  March 21 2013, 7:00PM

    "by irresponsible **** like this". And why was the word **** asterixed out?

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  • peninsularguy  |  March 21 2013, 6:58PM

    I should imagine it's pretty desirable for some locals too, pity they're being priced out be irresponsible **** like this.

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  • Pendeen5  |  March 21 2013, 5:26PM

    My heart sank on reading this article. Encouragement from the Times for greedy acquisitiveness by people who somehow have the money to spend up to half a million on second homes is the last thing Cornwall needs. "A dreamy stretch of white sand" indeed. Dream on, locals.

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