Waterfront Homes are Proven to be Good for Your Health & Wealth


Research shows that those living beside water feel healthier than those living inland, and their homes command an average premium of 54%, according to statistics by Knight Frank.

It is not clear why, but waterfront living makes people feel calmer, more relaxed and energetic. Living where you can breathe in sea breezes helps to make you feel invigorated. It is certainly known that sea water is charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen and also help to balance levels of Serotonin, a hormone linked to mood and stress.

It could be linked to the concept of Biophilia which suggests humans have inbuilt to their DNA a connection to nature. Biophilic design in homes incorporates fresh air, daylight and natural materials, creating a visual and physical connection with nature and all living beings.

A keen advocate of these Biophilic design principals is the developer Environ who incorporate these aspects into their homes and most recently at their new waterfront apartment scheme overlooking the estuary at Dartmouth in Devon, ‘Sails’. Here natural materials such as wood for the flooring, stone for the worktops are utilised, whilst large expanses of glazing bring the outside in. And the balconies offer a perfect place from which to look over the water with green fields in the distance and the adjacent Coronation Park, and to watch the varied water birds and the changing colours of the seasons.

A home on the waterfront will always be in demand and is therefore priced accordingly. Waterfront homes in the South West command the highest waterside average premium in the UK of 66% according to the Knight Frank Annual Prime Waterfront Index. The report states that not all waterfront properties are equal, however, as properties situated on estuaries command the highest premium in terms of waterfront location with an average uplift of 82% compared to the equivalent properties a few miles inland!

Tony Dowse, Chairman of Environ Communities says: “The homes at Sails overlooking the Dart estuary would ideally suit those looking for a second home or a thriving place in which to retire. Dartmouth offers a discerning clientele a good social life with numerous cultural activities and societies, superb restaurants and delicatessens brimming with local fish and seasonal produce, all set in an historic port.”

The two bed apartments start from £640,000, the 3 bed apartments from £820,000 and the 3 bedroom penthouse with Japanese Roof Garden is £1,350,000.

For more information see:www.liveatsails.com

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Editors Notes

Environ Communities, headed up by Tony Dowse, won the ‘Best Small Developer’ Award by What House Magazine and the Civic Trust’s ‘Building for Life’ Award, amongst others.  Environ create lifetime homes with a traditional and timeless beauty: from iconic, modern homes overlooking the Atlantic to spacious, unique family homes in Kentish hamlets and even cosy and peaceful retirement homes in quiet market towns. Attention to detail, landscaped gardens and sense of place and community run through everything they do.

Environ’s modern home developments aim to achieve a true sense of that old fashioned notion of “community” and this is the reason they are called Environ Communities.

Tony Dowse has been at the forefront of innovative housing and was the first developer to introduce the highly energy efficient Super E housing from Canada that has been a major factor in promoting sustainability in the UK during the past few years.

Tony believes that housing should be “of its time” but that contemporary design can still reflect the local vernacular whilst not being a pastiche. The future form of housing will be dictated by energy and sustainability criteria but this should not rule out houses having individuality and character.

In particular Environ’s philosophy is that the inside of any house should relate to the outside space and Tony works closely with both the architects and landscape designer Julie Johnson to achieve this. Environ has been commended by the Civic Trust and a number of national landscape awards including the coveted overall UK winner of the Green Leaf Award.