What is Canford Cliffs like?
Canford Cliffs is an exclusive coastal suburb located midway between the town centres of Bournemouth and Poole. It is perhaps typical of the area as a whole: a pretty neighbourhood with delightful walks down to the promenade and the award-winning Blue Flag beaches for which the area is renowned. The handsome roads attract second-home owners, families and retirees.
As well as Canford Cliffs itself, we provide comprehensive coverage of the Poole and Bournemouth area, including Sandbanks, Branksome Park, Lilliput, Lower Parkstone, Old Town Poole, and Talbot Woods.
Property in Canford Cliffs
Canford Cliffs offers a wide variety of architecture, from traditional houses to the very latest in contemporary superhomes. The area is extremely popular with second-home owners and retirees, so apartments close to the sea or amenities are keenly sought after by buyers looking for lock-up-and-leave convenience.
Poole’s property profile is best-known for the startling waterside properties in Sandbanks, a bijou peninsula that has become one of the world’s most exclusive addresses. Here, beachfront and harbourside statement houses in a variety of striking contemporary styles command a premium.
More typical are detached family houses in the leafy and upmarket districts of Talbot Woods, Lilliput and Lower Parkstone. Generally, this is not an area for large plots; gardens of between three quarters of an acre in the Branksome Park conservation area are as large as it gets.
For prime seafront Sandbanks, head to Panorama Road and Banks Road.
For classic houses on larger plots in Branksome Park, look in Western Avenue, Bury Road and Martello Road.
The local scene
Of course, it is the coast that defines the character of the area. Wide sandy beaches stretch up towards Bournemouth, backed by cliffs with the famous Chines — little wooded valleys —leading down to the sea. In the other direction, the vast Poole Harbour is a magnet for sailing enthusiasts as well as being an important centre of heritage and wildlife: Brownsea Island, in the middle of the Harbour and owned by the National Trust, is a refuge for the red squirrel.
This is an area of wonderful landscapes. Poole is the gateway to the Purbecks and the Jurassic Coast, a classic ancient landscape accessible by car ferry from Sandbanks, which crosses to Studland. To the east, the New Forest National Park is just half an hour away.
Bournemouth has all the features you’d expect from a classic resort, including formal gardens, wonderful beaches and a pier. It also has its own university, ensuring a lively social scene.
Easy access from London and the Home Counties makes this a prime spot for weekenders and second-home owners. Direct South West Train services to London Waterloo take 1 hour 48 minutes. Bournemouth International Airport provides flights to destinations across Europe and the port of Poole provides links to Cherbourg, St Malo and the Channel Islands.