Rightmove recently conducted a survey on what the general public’s dream home would look like, where it would be and how many rooms it would have.
According to the results, the UK is a pretty practical nation when it comes to the type of property we dream of living in! Forget the fancy walk in wardrobes, bespoke at-home gyms or luxurious swimming pools, the convenience of a utility room and home office are far more important to the 2,000+ people who responded.
In fact, the nation’s dream home (according to Rightmove) is a four-bedroom detached property in a coastal village, with two living rooms, two bathrooms, a garden, garage, utility room and office.
Lets break down Rightmove’s findings…
Space, practicality and a coastal breeze, please
Rightmove’s study paints a fascinating picture of what a ‘dream home’ really means to people.
Usually you might think that a dream home is a mansion with swimming pools and other luxuries, but the British sense of thinking practically comes through distinctly with garages, utility rooms and home offices being the top choices.
At Boxall Brown and Jones we think that the it is the thought that if you have a dream home, you want to make sure that you make use of everything. Rather than choosing an outdoor swimming pool that can only be used a few weeks of the year, people now think of a utility room that we know will be used every day.
The detached dream
One of the big impacts on the housing market during the pandemic has been the jump in the number of people buying a detached home with a garden. In fact, we have seen a record number of people search for homes with gardens this year!
According to the research, a home set among a small, friendly community is sought after, living in a detached property means they you have neighbours, but not too close. A cottage comes second place, fitting the idea of having a cosy cottage by the sea.
Two living rooms were most popular for the number of living rooms, suggesting that one may be used for guests and the other for every day use. A garage and garden are both a high priority too, although these days a garage may be used for extra storage rather than actually parking the car inside.
The rise of working from homes comes through especially in the younger age groups, with individuals aged between 18 and 34 saying a home office is their number one priority for an extra room. Conservatory’s do not start to appear as a must have until the 65+ age group appears, who also would choose a bungalow over a large house.
The youngest age group (18-24) would also like a dining room, suggesting that they may want extra room to entertain friends. A third bathroom, perhaps for growing families emerges within the 25-44 age group.
|Additional Rooms Ranked:|
|2. Utility Room|
|3. Home Office|
|4. Dining Room|
|5. Walk-In Wardrobe|
|7. Swimming Pool|
|8. A Gym/ Spa|
|9. Games Room|
Escape to the coast
It has been documented that over the last year more people than usual are considering moving to a coastal location, and to smaller towns or villages. However, there are now signs that city living is making its return.
When exploring the potential for a dream house, the vast majority say they would like to live in a village by the coast, and first-time buyers are the only group who would rather live in a town.
Tesco Triumphs Over Waitrose
When respondents were asked which supermarket they would most want nearby, Tesco won by a mere one percent over Waitrose.
According to Rightmove, Tesco is the supermarket that is mentioned most by estate agents in listings, followed by Waitrose.
However, there are clear regional favourites, with the South favouring Waitrose and Sainsbury’s winning in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Just Popping Down the Local…
According to the research, a local pub on the doorstep is the top choice, followed by a local corner shop, coffee shop and a local market. A local market wins as the number one priority in London to have locally, perhaps because there are plenty of pubs to choose from across the city.
Bakeries and restaurants come next on the list, and local greengrocers and butchers are a more popular choice than takeaway place, as many people know they can rely on delivery drivers to bring it straight to their door.
Despite the Derbyshire area being very central, we certainly have properties right now that would meet the needs of the nations dream property! Head over to our property search page to explore our fantastic properties available now.