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Deal listed as one of the most desirable places to retire to

Deal has been listed as one of the most desirable places in the UK to retire to.

A new study, conducted by housebuilder McCarthy & Stone, found that many Brits dream of retiring to the seaside.

The south east town is the only location in Kent to make the shortlist of ten - ranking eighth - with Salcombe in Devon being people's top pick.

A view of Deal from the town's pier (12806319)
A view of Deal from the town's pier (12806319)

Other hotspots coveted by the over 65s include Weymouth in Dorset, Whitby in Yorkshire and St Ives, Cornwall.

The housebuilder notes several reasons why people might consider retiring to the coast.

A spokesman said: “The UK contains over 7,000 miles of coastline, so the coastal scenery itself is one of the key drivers for those looking to retire to the British seaside.

"Deal is a breath of fresh air and the perfect escape from city life.

"The pier has been modernised to feature a restaurant instead of the typical arcades, so people can enjoy the sea view over lunch.

"The coast can also bring a variety of activities."

These include the opportunity to play golf at the likes of Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club and opportunities to swim and walk.

Deal Pier in all its glory Picture: Sean Ward
Deal Pier in all its glory Picture: Sean Ward

They continue: “Seaside destinations can also be great place for friends and family to visit, with something for every generation.

"A coastal retirement can place you in the heart of a thriving local community.

"Coastal towns and resorts are often packed with community-led events and festivals that allow you to mix with other retirees and thousands of holidaymakers alike, forging new friendships in the process."

Deal's packed summer programme of events includes the annual Walmer Car Show, Food and Drink Festival, Deal Music and Arts Festival, Deal Carnival and the very popular Marines on the Green concert.

They add: “Last but not least, who can forget the fresh and calming sea air that comes with retiring to the coast!"

Middle Street Deal has been rated 11. Picture: TripAdvisor (12806264)
Middle Street Deal has been rated 11. Picture: TripAdvisor (12806264)

It's another string to Deal's bow.

The town made it to the top in a list of 20 best places to live by the sea, according to The Times in 2017.

At the time writer Liz Rowlinson said Deal is no longer a “secret” retreat but a well linked coastal town offering long beaches and plenty of choice when it comes to dining.

She noted its links to London with the high-speed train, its two-mile pebble beach and assortment of pubs, coffee, shops and restaurants.

Deal also boasts an award-winning high street which leads to a conservation area packed with beautiful, historic homes.

The Times also listed Deal as one of the top 30 best places to visit for a weekend retreat in April 2014.

The publication commended the town for it’s Fifties vibe and mix of writers, musicians and business people.

The Telegraph also considered Deal to be one of the top 20 towns to consider relocating to.

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