Poole Harbour is becoming famous not just in the UK but internationally for its riverside living, featuring properties by major house builders and bespoke architect commissioned designs. This has led to dramatic rises in the number of apartments being available for sale matched only by the equally high number of detached properties available. This sought after area has seen house prices rise and a 5 bedroom house can sell for over £7,000,000, it is not surprising that new developments have been increasing with a good supply of brand new homes readily available to the market. The population of Poole is approaching around 145,000 and is projected to grow by 3 to 4 percent by 2016, but there will only be a comparatively small number of people renting due to the lack of rental property with the exception of flats and detached houses. The rental costs are not inexpensive with a 4 bedroom house capable of attracting £6,000 pcm, while in the exclusive Sandbanks area this can rise to over £8,000 pcm. For these reasons there has been a growth in the number of millionaires living in Poole including footballers from the nearby Portsmouth football club. Poole also has some quite stunning sandy beaches with Sandbanks beach having been awarded a blue flag for beach cleanliness 17 times.