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21/09/2016
Uncovered: The dream home for Brits

A detached house in the country with a large garden is the dream home for Brits – with an en-suite bathroom thrown in – according to research from Ocean Finance.

Owning a bungalow came a close second with 14% of Brits desiring a one storey home. Unsurprisingly, this was highest for those over 55+ at 25%.

When asked about which features they would most like in their dream home, extravagant features went out the window in favour of more achievable attributes. A large garden, an en-suite bathroom and access to local amenities topped the list, beating a tennis court, a wine cellar and a sauna at the bottom of the tally.

Perhaps surprisingly, gardens are the priority in the dream home of young people (aged 18-24) – with one in five voting for one as their key feature. By contrast, people age 55+ prefer the comfortable practicality of an en-suite bathroom, with the same proportion choosing it as their most desired feature.

Where we live now

Our dream home is a departure from our current abode for most Brits. One in four of the population currently live in a suburban semi-detached house, 22% of Brits live in a flat, and 21% live in a terrace house.

Just 15% of people say they live in a detached house.

Ian Williams, spokesperson for Ocean Finance, said: “It would seem that most of us have quite modest tastes when it comes to our ‘dream home’ – or maybe they are just focusing on what seems achievable.

“An en-suite is not what most people imagine would be integral in a dream home, but functional practicality is a blissful idea for busy families in 2016.”

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