A new study has revealed what Britain’s dream home looks like. Rightmove has carried out research to reveal what the nation’s favourite home would be, with practical rooms taking over luxuries such as gyms and swimming pools – with home offices, utility rooms and garages top of people’s wish list.
The pandemic resulted in an increase in demand for larger detached family homes in more rural settings. A cottage by the sea was the second most popular property type after a detached home. Two living rooms were the most popular request – one for guests and one for every day. In addition, a garage and garden were in high demand, with a garage used for either an additional room or storage space rather than somewhere to park the car.
A utility room was a must-have rather than walk-in wardrobe, gym or swimming pool showing that people have practical rather than luxurious requirements.
Working from home as a result of the pandemic has meant that people have a home office on their wish list and so require an extra room, whereas a conservatory is only popular among those aged 65 and over with this age group also desiring a bungalow rather than a large detached home.
The youngest age group of 18-24 of those surveyed wanted a dining room to entertain friends and in the next age group (24-44) a third bathroom was the most desirable feature.
Surprisingly, Tesco has overtaken Waitrose as the most popular supermarket to live close to – although there were regional variations with more people in the south wanting to be close to a Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in the North.
When it comes to property listings on Rightmove, Tesco is the supermarket that is mentioned most by estate agents in listings, followed by Waitrose.
The most popular establishment to be near to the home was the humble pub followed by a local corner shop, coffee shop and a local market. Bakeries and restaurants were next on the national list, with local greengrocers and butchers being more popular than a local takeaway given the popularity of delivery companies such as Just Eat and Deliveroo.
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