What to Know When Buying a House in Dorset

May 26, 2022
Dorset Houses
Got your heart set on living in Dorset? Located on the stunning Jurassic coastline, Dorset is an idyllic place to call home. It may be rural, but it’s far from isolated. The region has excellent transport links to London and is close to other picturesque destinations like Cornwall and Devon

Like many other regions, house prices in the South-West have increased in recent years. But with such beautiful views and fantastic amenities, it’s easy to see why. Here, we’ll talk you through five popular areas in Dorset among house-hunters, including more affordable options too. 


The seaside town of Bournemouth may be a popular tourist destination, but it makes a fantastic home too. Bournemouth comes complete with a microclimate, meaning it often enjoys higher temperatures than the rest of the UK. This, combined with the award-winning beaches, will make you feel like you’re on holiday every day!  

The town centre has everything you need, from cafés and restaurants to shops and bars. As a busy tourist hotspot, you may want to set up camp outside the town centre. In this case, Wimborne is a great solution, and we offer fantastic brand-new properties in this area, such as our upcoming Quarter Jack Park development.



Just a few miles from Bournemouth, you’ll find another seaside town popular with visitors; Poole. Being so popular with tourists means there’s plenty to do here, from enjoying seafood restaurants that showcase local produce to exploring the great outdoors by foot or bike. You’ll feel like you’re in the Caribbean at the golden Sandbanks beach, where you can bask in the sun or even learn a new watersport!


Poole’s proximity to Bournemouth means you can easily visit the neighbouring town to experience even more amenities.



The county town of Dorset, Dorchester, has plenty to offer potential residents. This charming town boasts a high street full of independent shops, restaurants and cafés. For more familiar chains, head to the new Brewery Square shopping centre for dinner on the weekend.


Dorchester is surrounded by countryside, making it an excellent place for young families who want to immerse little ones in country life. But if you ever crave a day at the seaside, Weymouth is only a short train ride away.



Weymouth boasts both a Blue Flag beach and a quaint harbour to sit back and enjoy a traditional chippy takeaway. In addition to the usual shops and restaurants you find in towns, Weymouth also has a busy events calendar. So even during the winter months, you’ll find something to do here.


Continue walking along Weymouth’s coastline to explore the Jurassic Coast, which spans a staggering 95 miles from Devon to Dorset.



Finding affordable housing near the sea can be tricky, but Swanage is quite the hidden gem in Dorset. On average, this area is more affordable than tourist hotspots like Poole and offers a more relaxed lifestyle away from the crowds.

Swanage makes a tranquil place to call home and has plenty of activities to keep little ones entertained. Visit the Victorian pier to enjoy sea views or hop on the steam train to explore the surrounding area.


Does this sound like the ideal lifestyle for you? Then take a look at our collection of 2,3, and 4 bedroom homes on Compass Point development in Swanage. Browse our thorough buying guides with all you need to know when buying a new home. We are here to help you through your home buying journey.