Dock Lane in Beaulieu named most expensive street in Hampshire, according to Zoopla
THREE streets in Beaulieu have been named in the top 10 most expensive places to live in Hampshire – with one topping the list with homes worth an average of £3.7m.
Online estate agency Zoopla said Dock Lane, which runs along the east side of Beaulieu River, was the millionaires’ row of the county. Buckler's Hard came second in the 10 priciest roads and Buckler's Hard Road seventh.
Dock Lane has an average house price of nearly £3.7m, Buckler's Hard £3.3 while in Buckler's Hard Road the price is around £2.23m.
Zoopla said the proximity to Beaulieu River and the New Forest has made the three streets hugely popular with wealthy buyers.
In at fourth place on the list was Lisle Court Road in Lymington where houses fetch an average of just over £2.72m.
A Beaulieu resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said the reason three of its roads have topped the list is because “we have a lot of big, old, stately home type houses and very few small ones”.
They added: “It’s an anachronism really because virtually everything is owned by the Beaulieu Estate, or privately.
“So as much as there is a need for smaller, more affordable houses to be built in the village, there is very little that can be done about it.
“The estate does as much as it can by providing housing association homes.
“If there was land that could be developed it would be right and proper to build homes people can afford.
“But really the only planning issues we have, which can be difficult, are wealthy people buying big houses then wanting to make them even bigger."
Dock Lane has 54 homes, one of which, a huge roundhouse designed by architect Seymour Harris, boasts its own lake and pontoon. It was listed for sale in 2013 for £12m.
Sold house prices reveal that in the 1990s a househunter could have bought a mansion in Dock Lane for £225,000 – it would now be worth more than £3m.
Gráinne Gilmore, head of research at Zoopla, said: "This data illustrates how the type and size of properties coupled with some of the most desirable locations around the country create prime areas, resulting in some most valuable residential streets in the country.”