A study to find Britain’s dream home has been carried out and it appears the perfect pad exists right here in East Yorkshire.
Rightmove conducted the research to discover just what people are looking for in their ideal home and while you might think swimming pools and other luxury features scored highly, it is actually the convenience of a utility room, a home office and a Tesco near at hand that help top the list of desirable attributes for us practical Brits.
From all the responses received, the dream home can now be revealed as a four-bedroom detached house in a coastal village.
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It should have two living rooms, two bathrooms, a garden, a garage and a utility room, plus an office.
Tesco is the supermarket most people want to have close by and the top non-essential amenities within walking distance are listed as a pub, a corner shop, a coffee shop and a local market.
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Village life wins out across all age groups, with most people saying they would like to live in a village close to the sea (only 18 to 24-year-olds preferred the idea of an inland settlement), while first-time buyers are more likely to want to live in a town.
A search of Rightmove has shown that Britain’s ideal property is now for sale in Holderness.
Currently on the market with Our House is this four-bedroom detached house in Main Street, Withernwick, near Hornsea.
Full of character and original features, Lynton House once served as the local village store known as Ellis’s and is now a desirable family home, set in just shy of a quarter of an acre of land.
There is a dining room with a square arch through to the living room, which has an inglenook fireplace, a dining kitchen, a snug (which could be used as an office) and a boot room on the ground floor.
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To the first floor is the family bathroom, four generous bedrooms, all doubles with two having en-suites (more than equalling the “most desired” two bathrooms) and the master bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe.
Outside, there is a parking drive to one side and a double garage to the other. The front garden is low maintenance and the private rear garden, in the agent’s opinion, is a little slice of heaven. It has been split into areas including gravelled seating areas, mature trees with feature lighting, planted borders, a hot tub area, raised beds and a firepit with stone seating, perfect for outdoor entertaining.
There are also a number of outbuildings, including four former stables which have been converted into kennels, a dog grooming room and a workshop.
Attached to the stables is the old village store. This comprises a utility area (another must on that desirable list) leading into a large store with mezzanine and doors to a covered patio area.
The vendors had intended to convert the store into a bar and this could still be used for this purpose. There is also an outside WC.
The house is on the market for £449,950.
The property ticks yet another box for the presence of a pub in the village – The Falcon Inn, Withernwick, was taken over by Beth and Matt Marshall in 2020 and offers a cosy retreat for locals and visitors alike – there is a self-catering holiday let on site – with home-made food and a variety of drinks on offer.
The Old Post Office Tearooms in Cliff Lane, Mappleton, is just four miles away, while Aldbrough and Hornsea provide a range of shops and other amenities. Hornsea also has a Tesco supermarket.
For a market, Withernwick residents can head for Skirlington, just up the coast, or south to Hedon, or west towards Beverley and Driffield.
Rightmove said: “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.
“The nation’s dream home shows the desire to live in a small, friendly community but in a detached home so as not to have the neighbours too close.”
Two living rooms was the most popular request for househunters, with the humble utility room standing out as a must-have.
With the rise in home working during the pandemic, for the 18-34 age group, a home office was their number one priority for an extra room.
“When exploring the life that could be, 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,” Rightmove said.
Tesco trumped Waitrose as the supermarket people would most want to have nearby and the pub was the most popular establishment people want nearby, nationally.
Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s property expert, said: “The study paints a fascinating picture of what a ‘dream home’ really means to people.
“Usually you might think a dream home is a mansion with swimming pools and other luxuries, but the British sense of thinking practically comes through very clearly with garages, utility rooms and home offices the order of the day.
“Perhaps it’s the thought that if you have a dream home you want to make sure you’re going to make use of everything?
“Earlier this year detached homes hit over half a million pounds nationally for the first time, aided by increased demand for more space. This means that many people looking to move right now are likely to be looking for a smaller home, but some will have their mind set on how they could eventually achieve the four-bed detached home with a garden.
“Others will be thinking about what living the coastal life in a cottage could be like, and for some that will mean their daily search on Rightmove turns into picking up the keys to their new life a few months down the line.”
The survey was conducted by Rightmove between August 18 and 24, 2021, with more than 2,020 respondents.
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