Living by the sea appeals to a lot of people, and for good reason. The health benefits associated with seaside living, both mental and physical, plus the work-life balance it can offer makes relocating to a coastal town a no-brainer for plenty.

There are those, however, who have their reservations. The packed tourist season, combined with what some people deem overly unpredictable weather, can be enough to make certain people think twice about whether the move would be right for them.

Ultimately, it’s a personal choice, but we know where we stand. Stephens + Stephens is a multiple award-winning property developer, and we adopt a boutique approach to every development we oversee. We really do appreciate just how lucky we are to live in Cornwall, and would encourage anyone to consider moving down here too!

Makes you happier

We have spoken before at some length about how much happier people who live by the sea can be, and the importance of this advantage must not be underestimated. Simply being around water has been proven to be extremely beneficial for our mental health, as the ‘blue mind’ state we enter in that setting releases dopamine to keep us nicely relaxed.

In truth, it’s not just the sea that has such a positive effect on us. Being near any body of water is generally accompanied by the ‘blue mind’ benefits… it’s just that being near water tends to be pretty easy when you’re on the coast! After a long day’s work, there is nothing better to aid relaxation and help us de-stress than a stroll on the beach.

Owning a property with a sea view can be much more than just a frivolous pipe dream; it can significantly improve your mental health.

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D and the seaside go pretty much hand in hand, and the benefits of Vitamin D cannot be overstated. It helps to keep teeth, muscles, and bones healthy, while it also boosts our immune systems. We’ve already discussed the mental health benefits of living by the coast, and the physical boost provided by Vitamin D means a well rounded boost to just about every aspect of our lives.

It may be an old cliche that getting outside is good for us, but there’s science behind that to really back that up. Yes, simply being by the sea is great for our mood, but it also comes with many benefits to our physical selves as well.


Work-life balance

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Another major benefit that many seaside occupants experience is the improved work-life balance. Not only are many businesses themselves independent ones, promoting healthy balances over corporate hours; it is also far easier to lead a fulfilling life throughout the week.

Imagine early morning beach runs before your 9am meeting, and the chance for a lunchtime surf followed by lunch at your desk. Add in meeting your friends at a stylish Cornish harbour restaurant and you’ve got the ideal lifestyle there for many people before even thinking about the weekends.


But what about those cons?

Some of the common concerns people have about living by the sea include the high levels of tourism, and the unpredictability of the coastal weather. Whenever we talk to anyone about these concerns, we’re able to help them see the light! Cornwall is a fantastic place to live, and these cons shouldn’t even be considered drawbacks. Allow us to explain why.



Cornwall’s popularity during the tourist season is not necessarily a negative thing – far from it. For many, the tourist season represents an opportunity to let their property out and add some passive income to their finances. Add in the overall boost to the area’s economy that the season brings, and suddenly it seems even less of a burden. Plus, Cornwall has its quiet spots; for example, Seaton, the site of our very own Southshore development, is one of Cornwall’s quietest towns. For those wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle of tourist life, you’re never far away from your own space.



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And what was that about the weather? Coastal weather is one of the biggest advantages of living by the sea; the windy, stormy conditions sometimes thrown our way provide the perfect backdrop for working from home. The rain lashes against the roof as we get stuck into a lengthy report, only for the sun to take over in time for a lunchtime surf. With the ever-changing skies, there’s never a dull moment as far as the outside conditions are concerned, and we absolutely love that unpredictability – it’s what makes living by the coast so much more than living inland.


Contact Stephens + Stephens

To find out more about the current properties we have available, and for information on our upcoming projects, get in touch with Stephens + Stephens today. You can fill in one of our online contact forms, or reach us directly on 01872 264 775.

With a stunning portfolio packed full of sea view Cornish properties, we have plenty of options to discuss with those interested in moving down here.