According to the 2,000 people we asked, the ideal ‘forever home’ is a four-bedroom, detached house in the country, worth £458,000.
Among the most sought after elements were a power shower, big windows, a bath and bi-fold or sliding doors – all of which can be incorporated into any home, without the need to move.
Two bathrooms, two en-suites and two reception rooms are also key components.
A property with a driveway, a play room and somewhere to hang the washing was high on our list of priorities for the home we choose to live in for the rest of our lives.
Other must-haves include a large kitchen, breakfast room and lounge, utility room and dining room.
A double garage and conservatory are also essential, as is a study and cloakroom.
A 1,000sq ft garden is the ideal size, according to most Brits, while an ambitious one in three even went as far as to suggest their ‘forever home’ would include a swimming pool and sauna.
Location, Location, Location
Ideally, we want to live in a location just 10.5 miles from the office – and close to Mum.
Good transport links and a pub within a mile and a half are also vital elements.
We dream of spending our years in a street where we are surrounded by friendly neighbours, four of whom we are on first name terms with.
With regard to amenities, our forever home has everything we needed within a three mile radius. The Post Office, corner shop, newsagents and off-licence are considered the most important to have close by.
The Perfect View
Unsurprisingly, lots of natural light was also a must-have for homeowners – 99% said it was important. Over half said they wanted big windows, while bi-folding or sliding doors that lead out to the garden were also high on the list of features.
Over half of people chose the sea as the perfect view from their windows, followed by a countryside view of either rolling hills or a field of cows. Britain’s least chosen view from the home was, perhaps unsurprisingly, a football stadium.