Bournemouth forms part of the South East Dorset conurbation. The South East Dorset conurbation starts in Poole and as you move eastwards there is Branksome, Canford Cliffs, Westbourne, West Cliff, East Cliff, Boscombe, Pokesdown, Southbourne, Tuckton and Christchurch. Further inland, the suburbs of Bournemouth includes Charminster, Winton, Wallisdown, Moordown, East Howe, West Howe and Ensbury Park.
Bournemouth forms the eastern end of the Jurrasic coast; a 96 mile stretch of Dorset and Devon coastline that is a World Heritage Site. In February 2018, TripAdvisor crowned Bournemouth as the UK's best beach, fifth best in Europe and fifteenth best in teh world!
A little over 200 years ago, Bournemouth was a deserted heathland occasionally visited by fishermen and smugglers (there are still many fisherman cottages in Southbourne). It was marketed as health resort and with the arrival of the railway it became a recognized town in 1870.
Bournemouth was historically part of Hampshire and joined Dorset as recently as 1974.
Places to visit in Bournemouth
Bournemouth beach of course! There is rock climbing and children rides at the end of the pier. There is the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum has some fascinating exhibitions, a wonderful art gallery with great facilities for children. The Oceanarium is not to be missed with some wonderful sea creatures in impressive display tanks. There are lovely pine cloaked valleys and cliff tops to enjoy walking along.
Commuting from Bournemouth
The train journey from Bournemouth to London Waterloo takes about 1 hour 50 minutes and an annual season ticket costs £6,500 (as of 26 September 2017).
Schools in Bournemouth
There is a wide selection of schools in the Bournemouth area. There are two grammar schools in Bournemouth – Bournemouth School for Girls and Bournemouth School for Boys. There is also Avonbourne, St Peter’s Catholic Comprehensive, Glenmoor Academy. There are private schools such as Bournemouth Collegiate School, Talbot Heath, and The Park Preparatory School.
Property market in Bournemouth
Bournemouth has a vibrant and mixed property market with properties to suit all tastes and incomes. Bournemouth is best known for its seven miles of golden sand and homes in the coastal suburbs of Westbourne, West Cliff, East Cliff, Boscombe, Southbourne, Tuckton and Hengistbury Head usually command a premium.
Home.co.uk details the average selling price for a detached home in Bournemouth as £497,433 (as of November 2017). The Dorset Magazine stated in an article written in January this year that the property market has mostly been flat with fewer house sales than previous years. The lack of good housing stock on the market is reflected in the stable prices.
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