It is natural that many people daydream about their ideal home, and what sort of property they would love to live in. At Atkinsons Residential, we do our best to help make dreams come true in the housing market.

As we have found in many studies in the past 18 months, people are looking for detached homes. Buyers want space, and this means this style of house is a priority for many. Some of the key requests made by buyers looking for a new home include:

• Two living rooms

• A garage

• A garden

• A utility room

For buyers aged between 18 and 34, a home office is the top priority when it comes to an additional room. It is only when you consider the needs of buyers aged 65 or older that conservatories feature. This age group is also looking for a bungalow more than a larger home.

For buyers aged between 18 and 24, a dining room is important, while for buyers aged between 25 and 44, a third bathroom is a top priority.

What supermarket comes out on top?

When asked what supermarket people want close to their home, Tesco nudged past Waitrose by a mere 1%.

Looking at all property listings on Rightmove, Tesco is the supermarket that is mentioned most by estate agents in listings, followed by Waitrose.

There is of course a Waitrose in Enfield, located at the Palace Exchange Shopping Centre. Of course, as you would expect, there is no shortage of Tesco stores in the local area. The Southbury Road superstore is the most notable local Tesco, but you also have two Tesco Express stores, a Tesco Esso Express, and a Tesco Extra in Enfield. All of which should ensure you have more than enough options to consider.

People love a pint

The most important establishment property buyers want close to their home is a pub! The order of vital establishments were as follows:

1. Pub

2. Local corner shop

3. Coffee shop

4. Local market

5. Bakeries

6. Restaurants

7. Local greengrocers

8. Local butchers

Some of the most popular pubs in and around Enfield include The Moon Under Water, O’Neills, The Stag and Hounds, Ye Olde Cherry Tree, The Red Crow, The Welsh Harp and Bohem Brewery. Therefore, you can enjoy great pint and fantastic surroundings in Enfield.

Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s property expert comments: “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. Rather than choosing an outdoor swimming pool only to realise you can only use it a few weeks of the year, you think of a utility room that you know you’ll be using every day.”

Tim Bannister continued by saying; “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 mindset 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.”

If you are looking for guidance or assistance in the Enfield property market, we can help. At Atkinsons Residential, we are estate, land and letting agent specialists, and we look forward to assisting you as best we can. If you would like to arrange a property valuation, please call us on 020 8366 0261, while you can contact us on 020 8342 1234 for all letting enquiries.