Harbour View

In winter, the colours of Cornwall appear to be rather muted greys, white and yellow. But enchanting all the same.

Yesterday I posted some photos from the harbour in St Ives, one of which was looking back up at the town which is built on the hillside. Some of you may have noticed an unusual domed structure in front of the upper row of terraced houses (right-hand side). Well this image is from the location of that structure which appears to be an observation tower on a studio on Barnoon Terrace where the houses and flats have an amazing view over the harbour and St Ives Bay towards Godrevy Lighthouse and the north Cornish coastline. 4-5 bedroomed houses here sell for well over half a million pounds and flats from £175k. Oh, if only I could have bought something before the millennium when a flat could cost as little as £30k.


  1. beetleypete says:

    House prices in hindsight? We have all been there at one time, Jude. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Even £30k would have been too much for me then… sigh.

      1. beetleypete says:

        When I separated for the second time, in 1997, I decided to rent, rather than buy. That was one of the biggest mistakes I ever made. 😦

        1. Heyjude says:

          We wasted a shed load of money in Ludlow by renting when we’d already paid off a mortgage, but we didn’t expect to be there so long and we didn’t really have a choice about moving. Fortunately we moved to Cornwall just as the landlord raised the rent by £400 a month!

  2. What a beautiful view, Jude. It seems like real estate prices are always out of reach! Hindsight is no help at all!

  3. That is a lovely view. Your are right: the muted colours and restricted palette make you appreciate the repeating structures with the buildings in keeping with the place.

  4. Sue says:

    If only….and Pete’s right

  5. BeckyB says:

    Beautiful photographs, and if only on the prices but then you wouldn’t want to be here in summer!

  6. Su Leslie says:

    I’m guessing that prices are at least partly driven by people wanting “second homes” — putting actual homes out of reach for most people. That’s the case in places like Queenstown and NZ’s popular beach settlements.

    1. Suzanne says:

      Snap! I didn’t read your comment until after I wrote mine 🙂

    2. Heyjude says:

      As I said to Suzanne,most of this row are holiday lets. Given that Cornwall is the poorest county in England and there are so many holiday lets it is an issue for locals.

      1. Su Leslie says:

        The story of “beauty spots” everywhere these days. 😦

  7. restlessjo says:

    Tssk! Always wanting what you can’t have 🙂 🙂 Did the man have a solution for the conservatory? That’s a lovely view across to Godrevy.

  8. If we had crystal balls we’d all be property magnates! The trick is to pick a place that’s not popular but will be one day. I don’t have the answer for how to do that though. 🙂 Even in winter St Ives is pretty.

  9. Suzanne says:

    Jude, are the council or other authorities still banning home buyers who were buying up houses for their holiday homes?. When we were housesitting in Camelford, it was big news, and we were following it with great interest. Hopefully, stopping of buying multi houses will reduce the prices and make it more affordable for locals, it is a worldwide problem especially in areas around Nelson, Bay of Plenty and more popular destinations.

    1. Heyjude says:

      St Ives passed some rule about second homes. Too late for this row though, they are nearly all holiday lets. Also if you buy a second home now (anywhere) you pay will pay an extra 3% stamp duty on top of the relevant standard rate band, which puts the price up.

  10. Beautiful view across to the lighthouse. Wish I had half a million pounds for house there. 😳

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, lovely views. I could look at that all day long. But a bit of a stiff climb back up from the town!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Is this where the phrase “if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger” is appropriate?

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