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Finding Your Dream Home In Bishop’s Stortford

October 11th 2021
By: Intercounty
Finding Your Dream Home In Bishop’s Stortford

At Intercounty, we know many people are still dreaming about finding their dream home. If you are looking for guidance in the local housing market, or you need to find a way that helps you make the most of your next move, we are here to help.

What do you want in your next home?

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 Bishop’s Stortford, located at Northgate End, Bishop's Stortford CM23 2BA. As for Tesco, there is the Superstore, and two Tesco Express stores in Bishop’s Stortford.

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

There are some excellent pubs in the local area, including Star Bishop's Stortford, The Bridge House, Dogs Head, The Horn at Half Moon and Black Lion.

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.”

At Intercounty, we are here to assist you as best we can. We are local specialists in the Bishop’s Stortford housing market, and if you are keen to connect with likely buyers, we can assist you.

For property sector enquiries in Bishop’s Stortford, please feel free to call us on 01279 757250 or why not email us at bishopsstortford@intercounty.co.uk. With considerable experience in the local market, and free valuation services, we look forward to helping you move.