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WhatHouse.co.uk's news editor Marc Da Silva takes his regular look at affordable housing projects across the UK.
With over half the county designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three-quarters of its coastline as a World Heritage Site, it's hard to imagine a more idyllic part of the world to call home than Dorset. Bordering Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, Dorset has long been an alternative choice for South West holidaymakers and those looking to settle down with all the benefits of the English Channel coast.
With a world-famous coastline and a relatively balmy climate by British standards, Dorset is packed with natural beauty and desirable places to live. From trendy contemporary apartments for younger couples to new-build family homes and specialised retirement properties, Dorset currently offers a fantastic portfolio of new developments for different buyers.
Thousands of over-60s in the UK move to purpose-built retirement developments to cut down on household maintenance worries and costs, and enjoy a hassle-free, independent lifestyle. A new-build retirement property in Dorset promises fresh sea air all year round, relaxing strolls along the Jurassic coastline, and a choice of pretty towns to visit.
Home to the popular seaside resort of Bournemouth and the historic county town of Dorchester, Dorset is a largely rural and pleasantly uncrowded county with a gorgeous coastline and a strong tourism industry. Plenty of people also dream of settling down in new homes in Dorset rather than just enjoying their holidays there - and developments are springing up across the county to meet this demand.
Dorset's stunning coastline is home to one of the most expensive pieces of land in the world, at exclusive Sandbanks, and the area surrounding this part of the south coast is certainly no stranger to luxury property developments.