Bosham Hoe on the Chichester Harbour is the most expensive coastal village in which to buy a house, according to the latest research from Knight Frank.

Average house prices in the village hover at £990,172, some way ahead of the 2nd most expensive coastal area of Caldy in Merseyside which shows an average house price of £704,796.

The results might surprise some who believe that the popular coastal resorts of Cornwall and Devon would top the list: instead Thurlestone in Devon and Rock in Cornwall come in at 3 and 5. The proximity of Bosham Hoe to London is thought to add to the demand for property.

Coastal Devon succeeds in dominating the top 30 while the other hotspots are scattered throughout the West Country and East Anglia. Constantine Bay in Cornwall is the cheapest coastal hotspot for property: the average value  stands at £395,000.

1. BOSHAM HOE, Chichester
2. CALDY, wirral
3. THURLESTONE, South Hams
4. BIRDHAM, Chichester
5. ROCK, North Cornwall
6. FORMBY, Sefton
7. WEST WITTERING, Chichester
8. TREBETHERICK, North Cornwall
9. FEOCK, Carrick
10. WALBERSWICK, Suffolk
11. EXTON, East Devon
12. OTTERTON, East Devon
13. SOUTH POOL, South Hams
14. DITTISHAM, South Hams
15. LEE, North Devon
16. EAST PORTLEMOUTH, South Hams
17. NEWTON FERRERS, South Hams
18. NORTH FAMBRIDGE, Maldon
19. FISHBOURNE, Isle of Wight
20. SOUTHBOURNE, Chichester
21. BIGBURY ON SEA, South Hams
22. THORNHAM, King’s Lynn
23. STUDLAND, Purbeck
24. ST MAWES, Carrick
25. BOSHAM, Chichester
26. THORPENESS, Suffolk
27. SALCOMBE, South Hams
28. KINGSWEAR, South Hams
29. NEW POLZEATH, North Cornwall
30. CONSTANTINE BAY, North cornwall

Source: Knight Frank Residential Research