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Hotspot vs not-hot spot property battle: Margate flat vs Middlesbrough house


East coast property battle! Would you choose a flat with sea views in trendy hotspot Margate or a family house in value-for-money Middlesbrough?

  • Which property would you choose in our latest Property Battle series? 
  • The first property is a £310k flat in Margate, Kent, with glorious sea views 
  • The second is a £220k detached house in North Yorkshire’s Middlesbrough
  • Margate was named as the hottest property location in the UK over a decade
  • In Middlesbrough, however, asking prices rises are the lowest over 10 years


It’s the property hotspot verses the not-so-hot spot: Two locations on England’s east coast have been identified as having the biggest and smallest increases in property asking prices during the past decade.

In one corner is the Kent town of Margate, where average asking prices are up 102.5 per cent to £294,209 since 2012, says Rightmove.

In the other is Middlesbrough, in North Yorkshire, which has seen the lowest increases at just 6.2 per cent in an entire decade, reaching £132,792 on average. 

As part of our property battle series, we take a look at a home for sale in each of these locations and ask which one would you prefer?

The biggest asking prices rises are in the Kent town of Margate (pictured) which are up 102.5 per cent to £294,209 since 2012

The first is a two-bedroom flat in Margate’s pretty Royal Crescent, with sea views and a price tag of £310,000.

The second is a four-bedroom detached family home in Middlesbrough with an extended driveway and private garden, costing £220,000.

1. Two-bed flat, Margate, Kent £310k

This two-bed flat in Margate, Kent, is on the market for10,000

This two-bed flat in Margate, Kent, is on the market for £310,000 via Miles & Barr Cliftonville estate agents

The flat has access to shared gardens that lead to the beach and boasts glorious sea views

The flat has access to shared gardens that lead to the beach and boasts glorious sea views

The property requires some updating but has the potential to be an attractive penthouse

The property requires some updating but has the potential to be an attractive penthouse

The first property in our latest property battle is a two-bed flat in Margate with glorious sea views and a price tag of £310,000.

The flat is part of a stunning block called the Royal Crescent, which is in the popular Westbrook area of the Kent town.

As well as sandy beaches, Margate boasts an art gallery, the Dreamland pleasure park and good transport links to London via the M2 and its own train station.

The flat has access to shared gardens that lead to the beach and is for sale via Miles & Barr Cliftonville estate agents.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘This penthouse apartment is brimming with potential and boasts an enviable location in the heart of Margate, a stone’s throw away from bustling shops, restaurants and the beach.

‘The property would also be a good investment for commuters to London, with direct links from Margate station to London Victoria and St Pancras.’

2. Four-bedroom detached house, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, £220k

This four-bedroom detached house is in North Yorkshire's Middlesbrough and is being sold for £220,000 by Strike estate agents

This four-bedroom detached house is in North Yorkshire’s Middlesbrough and is being sold for £220,000 by Strike estate agents

The property has a good sized kitchen with integrated appliances and a modern feel

The property has a good sized kitchen with integrated appliances and a modern feel

Outside, there is a generous garden at the rear of the property, which is ideal for a young family

Outside, there is a generous garden at the rear of the property, which is ideal for a young family

The second property is this four-bedroom detached house in North Yorkshire’s Middlesbrough and the buyer could save enough money for a beach hut compared to the Margate flat

Outside, there is a generous garden at the rear of the property and the extended driveway has space for several vehicles.

The North Yorkshire town is on the River Tee’s southern bank and is perhaps best known for its football club. It is five miles from Redcar Lifeboat Beach.

The house has good links to the motorway and is being sold by Strike estate agents.

Mr Copley said: ‘This spacious property would make the perfect home for a growing family due to its excellent location within walking distance of local schools, large rear garden and extended driveway. 

‘The property also provides easy access to local parks and South Bank train station.’ 

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