Oh we do like to live by the bord le la mer…

The benefits of living by the sea have been recognised for millennia but coastal areas are riding on a wave again. Escaping city life has been one ‘push’, an appetite to enjoy outdoor living and fresh air another.

Being near water reduces stress and anxiety (sea swimming is especially mood-improving) and water sports offer great ways of keeping fit. So why not spend more time by the coast? Flexible working patterns mean that many people are now able to make this dream a reality. Houses near the coast tend to be in strong demand and can be great rental investments. Here are a trio of great homes near the sea.

Don’t assume you are priced out of the French Riviera. This is a great one-bedroom apartment in the Old Town of Antibes for €285,000. With attractive neutral and contemporary decor it’s ready to move right into (just bring your swim kit).

On Brittany’s sparkling Emerald Coast, this is a five-bedroom stone and slate farmhouse that is ideal as a family home. It comes with a separate studio apartment and a loft to convert so there’s bags of potential to add value or earn income.

The Vendée is a wonderful coastline of sand dunes, coves, and nature reserves along the Atlantic that often gets overlooked in favour of Brittany or the Charente-Maritime. This property consists of two three-bedroom homes – keep one and rent one out?