Gone are the days when you would only browse a property website when actively searching for a home to buy. Sometimes we just can’t help ourselves from having a snoop around the property market, checking out what the going price is for houses in our area. We’re also guilty of gazing at photos of gorgeous homes, dreaming that one day they could be ours.
Well, it seems a lot of people enjoy property prowling. The popularity of Selling Sunset is evidence enough, but now Rightmove has revealed its most-viewed houses online. Surprise, surprise, they’ve all got pretty hefty price tags. Tim Bannister, a property expert from Rightmove, suggests our desire for these epic houses is down to lockdown fantasies.
‘This year in property has really been like no other,’ says Tim. ‘We’ve seen people imagining the life that could be in the countryside, looking at what’s on offer by the coast, and more recently, reigniting their curiosity about the city.
‘All of this is apparent in our most-viewed homes of the year, where there really is a dream home for everyone, from a London manor house just yards from Hampstead Heath to a coastal escape with direct access to the sea in Cornwall.
‘Britain continues to have a real fascination with property this year, and a passion for homes of varying designs, layouts and locations.’
With that in mind, let’s have a nosy at the Rightmove houses everyone else was eyeing up this year…
Aspen House in Chigwell, £15 million
This epic Essex mansion has five bedrooms, a private gym, a cinema room, 52 acres of private land, and its own spa.
Five-bedroom house in Cornwall, £2.5 million
Cornwall has been a hotspot for people looking to move out of cities since the pandemic and with views like this, we can totally see why. This is the first time this property has ever been on the market, too.
Six-bedroom house in Stockport, Manchester, £4.75 million
This house has 9,792 square feet of space, a massive private garden, a cinema room, pool and hot tub – perfect for hosting!
Compton Bassett in Wiltshire, £6.75 million
Compton Bassett house isn’t just visually impressive, but it’s got an impressive ownership history, too. It previously belonged to Robbie Williams! The seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion comes with two extra flats, a cottage, and a leisure complex, all of which spans over 72 acres.
The Chanters House in Ottery St Mary, £5.95 million
Chanters House dates back to the 14th century, and features an actual library. The Great Library is the largest library west of Salisbury and is home to around 22,000 books.
Skiddaw House in Keswick, £1.5 million
Skiddaw House might not be as visually amazing as the other homes on the list, but it has the accolade of being the most remote home in England. The six-bedroom house is set 1,500 feet above sea level and is only accessible by foot or 4×4 vehicle.
10-bedroom mansion in Highgate, London, POA
This house comes with views over Hampstead Heath, a glass elevator, indoor pool, spa facilities and billiards room.
Five-bedroom house in Knutsford, £7.5 million
This country estate has award-winning gardens and parkland, with its own lake, tennis court and a tree-lined driveway. Inside you’ll find a swimming pool, a home gym, spa area, steam room and swirly wine cellar.
Five-bedroom apartment in Knightsbridge, London, £26.5 million
It’s not too surprising to see the most expensive property in this year’s list is in London. Set in Knightsbridge, this triplex apartment with high ceilings and ornate wood flooring also has its own cinema room.
Four-bedroom house on Evening Hill in Poole, £5.5 million
This unique home offers sweeping views over Poole Harbour. It has a cinema room, home office, outdoor bar and gym.