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Dreaming of detached

People’s property dreams are becoming more realistic as their priorities change … the old saying ‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’appears to be a little out-of-date and even bungalows are now more popular than castles and flats are preferred to an historic mansion (according to mortgage and loan broker Ocean Finance).

The number of bedrooms is no longer the be-all and end-all, but location certainly is. People aspire to owning a little cottage in the country, a farmhouse with its own land or a city townhouse or terrace. However the most popular choice across the UK is for a detached house.

Last year Primelocation.com surveyed 3,500 homeowners in Britain and asked what type of property they would buy if money was no object. The majority chose a Victorian or Edwardian detached house set in a rural village. So it appears that typical British reserve shines through when selecting a property as the majority of us dream of a quintessential English country house with enough room for a family. The survey revealed that39% would chose a detached property and 23% would prefer a country house as their ideal choice; 66% view a large garden as essential; while 49% would want a multicar garage and 47%want a walk-in wardrobe.

According to Ocean Finance ‘Typically we have fairly modest aspirations preferring a detached house to a ‘Grand Design’, for example, and while most of us live in urban areas, the draw of rural living in the chocolate box country cottage remains very strong’.

Posted on Saturday, 24th May, 2014
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