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Sandbanks is a reasonably prestigious area, attracting mainly residents interested in purchasing properties. However, there are a reasonable amounts of appartments, some with sea views, up for rentals, which as you can imagine, are extremely popular.
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Sandbanks is a small peninsula or spit crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour on the English Channel coast at Poole in Dorset, England. It is well known for the highly regarded Sandbanks Beach and property value; Sandbanks has, by area, the fourth highest land value in the world. The Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs Coastline area has been dubbed as "Britain's Palm Beach" by the national media. Sandbanks is connected to Studland by a chain ferry, the Sandbanks Ferry, which runs across the mouth of the harbour. The Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour (known as North Haven Lake) is widely used for water sports and by light marina craft. The north side is home to the Southern Headquarters of the Royal Yachting Association and an international sailing school. Views to the north extend across Poole Harbour and to Poole. To the south views extend across the English Channel and to the world heritage coastline of Studland and Swanage in the west.
There are exclusive homes both on Sandbanks and across the immediate region, stretching east from the Harbour to The Avenue (the eastern boundary of Poole). The adjacent areas of Lilliput, Branksome Park andCanford Cliffs, also have the largest concentration of expensive properties outside London. In 2005 a modest bungalow on the peninsula sold for three million pounds, despite its state of disrepair.The same bungalow, in the same condition, went on sale in 2007 for four million pounds, attracting further attention.
Sandbanks' properties have been adversely affected by the Financial crisis of 2007–2010, with a significant fall in house prices across the area. However, in July 2009 a 1,393-square-metre (14,990 sq ft) empty plot of land on the peninsula was put up for sale for £13.5 million – the equivalent of nearly £10,000 per square metre
Sandbanks has a small variety of shops such as convenience stores and souvenir shops and even the odd clothes shops.
Sandbanks is only a short journey from Bournemouth city centre which has more than you will ever need in the way of pubs, bars and nightclubs. Sandbanks also offers plenty of pubs and bars with lovely views of the seafront. Sandbanks also offers prestigious restaurants.
Sandbanks itself does offer one secondary school, Victoria Education centre, Sports College. Otherwise, Bournemouth offers a wide range of schools, only a short journey away from Sandbanks.
Sandbanks Ferry runs daily (timetable) has been running between Sandbanks and Studland since 1926. The Sandbanks ferry operates daily traffic across the mouth of Poole Harbour and making journey time shorter to places like Corfe Castle and Swanage from Poole by taking the direct route. Sandbanks also offers bus routes to Swanage, Poole and Bournemouth.