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What does Britain's ideal home look like? You'll be surprised

by LLP Editor
18th Mar 16 11:30 am

Take a look at 10 criteria that make up Britain’s perfect home

No swirling staircases or private cinemas in a gazillion-pound mansion, Brits actually want a vanilla south-facing, detached property with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a small lawned garden and parking space for two cars.

According to research by Zoopla, practical Brits want a property with a central location so that their commute to work is no more than 30 minutes.

Other must have features that top the list include a garage, en-suite bathroom, parking space for two cars, and plenty of storage space.

Even when money were no object, half of those surveyed said that their ideal home would be here in the UK. Brits aren’t interested in being Lord of the manor either with only 15% wanting to own a country estate.

Brits in their twenties have lower expectations from their ideal home than older age groups. This demographic would like a modern semi-detached house with two and a half bedrooms, two bathrooms, a small grass lawn and a location within a quarter of a mile to the nearest town or city centre and up to an hour’s commute from work.

People in their forties, on the other hand, want a south facing, modern, detached house, with 3.5 bedrooms, two bathrooms with an en-suite, a garage, and a large floral garden.

Take a look at the 10 criteria that make up Britain’s ideal home

1. Modern, detached property

2. 3.5 bedrooms

3. Two bathrooms

4. Within one mile of the nearest town or city

5. South facing lawned garden

6. Conservatory

7. Garage

8. Plenty of storage space

9. Half an hour commute to work

10. Close to transport links and a local shop

Lawrence Hall of Zoopla said: “Our taste in houses say a lot about us as a nation and it seems Brits are as modest as ever. Forget chocolate-box cottages, swimming pools and sweeping drives – our ideal homes are practical and best suited for our family lives. 

“Clearly proximity to a well-connected train station or motorway is crucial as more of us are now looking to cut down our daily commute. When looking for a property, finding the right balance between a comfortable, spacious home and a convenient commute to work is evidently more of a priority for Brits than finding a mansion in France, or Malibu beach house”.  

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