Monday, 21 August 2017

Mansion tops the list of dream homes

A CONVERTED mansion is the dream home for the majority of people, according to a poll by What House? magazine.

A CONVERTED mansion is the dream home for the majority of people, according to a poll by What House? magazine.

When the property magazine asked its readers which dwelling would top their wish list, converted mansions stole the show with 44 per cent of the vote.

It appears that people love the idea of owning a building that is steeped in history, as such properties have often played significant roles in British society over the centuries. A converted mansion usually boasts a long line of previous residents, including royalty, dignitaries, literary icons and political figures.

“Living in a converted mansion house provides the unique opportunity to live in interesting and unusual apartments that embrace the building’s existing external and internal architectural features,” said Helen Moore, managing director at City and Country.

“It is the original features and unique aspects — such as the incredibly high ceilings or original wooden panelling found within these mansion houses — that give them a feeling of grandeur which people find attractive and want to be a part of.”

A city penthouse was the next most popular choice with 38 per cent, as people are conscious of the fact that these properties are considered to be one of the soundest investments. For example, penthouse apartments in London have reached record highs and are continuing to rise at an accelerated rate. People wanting to buy an apartment at The Shard would have to fork out at least £30 million. Not only do many people aspire to own one of these swanky pads, they also aspire to live in one.

Third on the list of dream properties was a zero carbon eco home, with 12 per cent of the vote, while seaside villas, waterfront apartments and country cottages all received two per cent.

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