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A bustling quay, some of England's best beaches and a stunning harbour make Poole the natural choice for anyone looking to move to the south coast.
And, since the early 1980s, the town has emerged from Bournemouth's shadow to create its own unique, increasingly glamorous identity.
Poole lies just west of larger, neighbouring Bournemouth, and 20 miles east of Dorchester. One of Britain's busiest ports and a tourist resort, with a rich seafaring heritage and a characterful old town, Poole offers an outstanding quality of life.
Property in Poole includes some seriously swanky properties, such as the million pound plus pads in famously expensive Sandbanks. But house prices in Poole fall the further north and west prospective buyers focus their search.
Canford Cliffs and Branksome Park are still upmarket, while areas like Hamworthy, Parkstone and Upton may prove more affordable.
While there's no escaping the fact that homes anywhere in Poole tend to be pricier than elsewhere in the region and the UK as a whole, that's more than made up for by having such a great area to live in. And there are still some property bargains to be found.
Schools in Poole are impressive, with some primaries ranked "outstanding" by Ofsted. Several secondaries, including St Edward's, Ashdown Technology College, Carter Community Sports Colllege, Parkstone Grammar and Poole Grammar all have excellent Ofsted rankings.
In all, there are eight secondary and selective grammar schools, two independent schools and Bournemouth and Poole College, which attracts more than 16,000 students annually, making it one of the largest in the country. Bournemouth University has its main campus buildings in the town.
Poole's Lighthouse arts centre is the UK's largest outside London, with a cinema, concert hall, theatre, art galleries and more. The town is also home to an excellent variety of eateries, offering diverse menus in some spectacular locations. Or there's always a night 'at the dogs' at Poole Stadium.
Transport links are excellent, with the A31 skirting the town to the north. London is only two hours away by train, Bournemouth is just a few minutes away and it takes just half an hour to get to Dorchester. The A350 is the town centre's main artery, running north from Poole Bridge along Holes Bay to the A35.
For shopping, check out the Dolphin Shopping Centre, Dorset's largest indoor retail area, with dozens of stores.
With miles of golden sandy beaches, and a host of attractions in and around Poole, from gardens and castles to theme parks to the ferry to magical Brownsea Island and watersports galore, it's no wonder they call this part of the world the "Coast with the Most!"
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This material was last updated on 01 September 2014.
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