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Introducing Portstewart

Ever since Victorian times, when English novelist William Thackeray described it as having an 'air of comfort and neatness', the seaside and golfing resort of Portstewart has cultivated a sedate, upmarket atmosphere that distinguishes it from populist Portrush, 6km further east. However, there's also a sizeable student community from the University of Ulster in Coleraine.

The fantastic beach is the main attraction, along with a couple of world-class golf courses – a combination that created the North's highest property prices and a large demand for holiday homes. However, concerns about overdevelopment were realised when the economic downturn of 2008 hit the North – you'll see no shortage of half-built houses and For Sale signs.