Hoping to make a purchase this year? Here are the best places to buy a property in the UK right now
A new year means a fresh start and, for many, it is the perfect time to start searching for a new property. Whether you are looking to purchase a home to live in yourself or more of an investment property, Winkworth is here to help. These locations are not only fantastic places to buy but they have ranked top of Rightmove’s Happy at Home index, which rates residents’ happiness on a number of factors, including neighbours, nature and amenities. St Ives in Cornwall came top of the list, but here are five more brilliant locations to buy a happy home this year.
Voted one of the happiest places to live in the East of England, Norwich is a market town with a surprisingly young average age of below 34. It is a city that comfortably celebrates its medieval history while being truly forward thinking on the environmental front (cycling is up 40% since 2013). It was also included in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2020, and its appeal is only set to rise this year.
Located within striking distance of Norwich's city centre stands this bright and spacious home. The property has four bedrooms and is fully detached, with an impressive lounge flooded with natural light. The garden has been designed to be low maintenance and offers a high level of privacy, plus it is within easy reach of reputable local schools and amenities.
For more information contact Winkworth Poringland or call 01508 528880
Richmond Upon Thames
It is no surprise that Rightmove found Richmond Upon Thames to be the happiest place to live in London. Benefitting from good transport links into central London yet a wonderful village-like feel, Richmond combines the best of both worlds. As well as Thameside views, residents can enjoy the vast Richmond Park and plenty of good restaurants and shops.
This extraordinary Georgian period house with six bedrooms and three reception rooms has undergone total refurbishment. It is located within walking distance to Hampton Court Palace and the river, and was once the home of William Earl Johns who was a First World War pilot and writer of adventure stories.
For more information contact Winkworth Barnes or call 020 8255 0088
A welcoming and family-friendly town, Winchester is located on the edge of South Downs National Park in Hampshire and has long been a popular commuter hub. You can reach London by train in around one hour and 20 minutes, a factor which is set to attract even more buyers in the future as the rise of home-working draws people away from the city and towards more rural locations.
This three-bedroom semi-detached house is located in a new mews-style development close to local amenities and Farley Mount Country Park. The ground floor comprises a generous and stylish kitchen/dining room with French doors leading to the attractively landscaped garden.
For more information contact Winkworth Winchester or call 01962 866777
High Wycombe is a bustling market town in Buckinghamshire with a lively arts and culture scene, including the Wycombe Arts Festival in April. The breathtaking West Wycombe Park is nearby, a Georgian estate which you may recognise from several period dramas. In Rightmove’s study, Wycombe ranked highly for factors such as community spirit, leisure facilities and quality of nature.
This two-bedroom cottage in Wycombe Marsh has been remodelled and refurbished to an excellent standard. It has an open plan fitted kitchen/dining area with built in appliances and plenty of worktop space, as well as a decked patio and garden — perfect for entertaining.
For more information contact Winkworth Beaconsfield or call 01494 677978
Rightmove found that lockdown has caused over a third of people to appreciate their local area even more, and Bromley residents were among Greater London’s happiest. Located southeast of the city, over 50% of the borough is made up of green space including Crystal Palace Park. In addition, local transport has greatly improved recently with the opening of an Overground station connecting Bromley to the tube network.
This charming semi-detached 1930s home comprises two large reception rooms, a well-proportioned kitchen and three bedrooms. The property is ideally located for Ravensbourne and Shortlands stations, offering swift access into central London. Plus, Beckenham Place Park is just a short walk away.
For more information contact Winkworth Beckenham or call 020 8650 1000