Whether you want a modern home that fronts the dunes of Kent, or a 2 bed apartment to watch the sunset from, here are the most exciting contemporary coastal homes for sale right now…

1. GREATSTONE, KENT £1,100,000

Sand Castles is a detached modern house that fronts the dunes and has access to the beach. Its bright, sunny interior has four bedrooms, while outside is a garden and a large balcony with sea views across St Mary’s Bay. Phillips & Stubbs (01797 227338, phillipsandstubbs.co.uk).

Newly refurbished Verleen is a contemporary house with four double bedrooms. It faces south over the River Yealm towards Noss Mayo and is designed around outdoor living, with easy access to the garden and terraces from many of its rooms. Luscombe Maye (01752 872417, luscombemaye.com).

3. ST HELIER, JERSEY £595,000
You’ll enjoy sunsets galore from Apartment B141 Millais House, which has two double bedrooms, a good-sized balcony, a concierge service and a prime seafront location looking over the marina. Choice Properties (01534 620620, choicejersey.com).

Looking out over iconic St Michael’s Mount, St Francis is a green oak-framed house that’s a short stroll from the seafront. It has five bedrooms, two sea-facing balconies and an acre of land, and it comes with a three-bed detached letting annexe called The Sail Loft. Lillicrap Chilcott (01872 885462, lillicrapchilcott.com).

5. STRETE, DEVON £1,595,000
Built in 2010, five-bedroom Sunswept perches above this coastal village and is cleverly designed makes the most of its glorious views. The first-floor living space includes a covered veranda where you can sit and gaze out to sea. Strutt & Parker (01548 897616, struttandparker.com).

No 5 Royal William Square is a three-storey house in an eco-friendly building behind the dunes, close to the spectacular beach. There’s an open-plan living area plus two bedrooms, two balconies, geo-thermal heating, solar hot water and a landscaped communal garden. Phillips & Stubbs (01797 227338, phillipsandstubbs.co.uk).