People flew in from overseas to reserve new luxury beachfront flats at The Dunes in Perranporth

Some people were so desperate to secure a ‘dream home’ at Perranporth’s pricey development The Dunes that they flew in from abroad to reserve one of the beachside pads.

On the very first day that the 35 open-market apartments and houses were put up for sale for up to £1.2 million, 30 of them were snapped up straight away.

As reported by Cornwall Live, people queued through the night ahead of the opening of the sales office and offering of the properties for purchase at prices as low as £160,000, with flats costing up to £850,000. Developer Acorn Blue said it had received interest from nearly 3,000 prospective buyers.

While ten of the properties were bought up by people from Cornwall, some of the others were purchased by buyers who flew in especially from outside of the UK to make sure they didn’t miss out on the chance of living on the beach in a prime Cornish location.

Acorn Blue said the response for the homes which have been built on the site of the former Ponsmere Hotel site had been “phenomenal”.

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Acorn Blue group sales director and joint regional managing director Nicola Markham said: “Demand for this development has been phenomenal.

“Interest in our beachfront schemes is always strong as it’s everyone’s dream to live next to the sea. At Perranporth it was stronger than ever and we even had some prospective buyers flying in from abroad.”

Ongoing work at The Dunes site in Perranporth

Ms Markham added: “The Dunes has attracted a real mix of purchasers, from local people wanting to downsize or first-time buyers, to retirees and those seeking a beachfront holiday home. I’m also pleased to say that a third of the purchasers are from within Cornwall.”

While the properties won’t be ready for their new owners to move in to until next year, they were officially put up for sale last week.

A launch day held at Seiners Arms in Perranporth on October 23 invited hopeful buyers to reserve their plots and all of the apartments except for one sold on the very first day they were available.

The last apartment was sold the day after the launch and in the week since all of the coach houses have also been snapped up.

An artist’s impression of how The Dunes development will look

Acorn Blue said that it now only has four plots still available out of the 35 in the development.

Marketing manager Danica Clements told Cornwall Live: “We are very surprised but it is great to see a response like that. All of the apartments are gone, all of the muse houses and coach houses are gone, we only have four beach houses still available.

“Three of the beach houses have four double bedrooms, one has five. They all have open plan living, dining and kitchen areas, they all have balconies on the second floor and an outside terrace area.”