Boscombe beach sunset by Roy Lloyd
Is Boscombe the new Sandbanks?
With Boscombe now seeing property priced at £1m+, and work on a surf reef - the only one in Europe - starting soon, could the Bournemouth suburb start to give its exclusive Poole neighbour a run for its money? Have your say.
Amid fears of a national house price crash, property in the seaside suburb of Boscombe seems to be bucking the trend, with some prices holding steady.
And with confirmation that Boscombe's artificial surf reef is to be finished by December 2008, property in the area is expected to only go up in value.
Although Boscombe has had its fair share of social problems involving street violence, drugs and alcohol abuse, some locals are suggesting the place is most definitely on the up.
But how high could this upward mobility reach? Could Boscombe become as desirable as its neighbouring idyllic peninsula Sandbanks?
The ferry to Sandbanks (Barry Quince)
Multi-million pound property
A few miles along the coast and close to Poole Harbour, the exclusive area of Sandbanks is home to multi-million pound property and has a reputation as one of the most expensive places to live in the world.
So BBC Radio Solent's Julian Clegg Breakfast show asked the question - is Boscombe the new Sandbanks?
Says one Boscombe resident: "Boscombe is never going to Sandbanks. It's much better than Sandbanks!"
And another view: "There's fantastic work going on down at the seafront in Boscombe - I think over the next three years you will see a marked improvement and it will become one of the best areas to visit in the county."
Listen to the audio as residents from both areas have their say - and if you've got a view to share, you can leave your comment below.
last updated: 07/07/2008 at 15:23
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