The most viewed homes for sale in Britain this year have been revealed – and they all reflect the wider shift that has taken place during the pandemic, as well as our desire to daydream about spending a huge windfall.
As more space became a highly sought-after commodity during lockdown, homebuyers prioritised larger homes in the countryside rather than small chic city abodes.
There is not a single luxury penthouse in the list of Rightmove’s most popular homes for sale this year.
Instead, they are all mansions with mega-price tags that run into eight figures.
The only exception is a house where the price is not advertised – although it is believed to cost a similar amount of money.
The estate agent has applied the term ‘price on application’ on this particular property listing, which could suggest that if you need to ask the price that you probably can’t afford it as it that expensive.
The five most viewed properties on Rightmove this year include a 10-bedroom mega-mansion sat in an impressive 30 acres of parkland with a £30million price tag.
There are also properties with vast entertainment complexes with games rooms, indoor swimming pools and glass ceilings.
Tim Bannister, of Rightmove, said: ‘We’ve seen many new trends unfold this year as home-movers have reassessed their housing needs and reprioritised what’s important to them.
‘However, one thing that’s remained constant is the nation’s curiosity to look inside the most amazing homes currently on the market and there’s no mistaking that these five properties are the crème de la crème this year.
‘Although what’s really interesting about this year’s annual round-up is that there aren’t any penthouse apartments in the list, which reflects a national trend of people wanting more space – both when they’re browsing dream homes as well as when they’re searching online or something a little more affordable.’
Top five most viewed homes on Rightmove in 2020
1. Ten-bed mansion, Surrey, £30m
The most popular home on Rightmove is a 10-bedroom mega-mansion sat in an impressive 30 acres of parkland in Surrey’s wealthy Godalming.
The property also boast its own indoor two-lane bowling alley with disco lighting, a tennis court, stables or an indoor as well as a separate outdoor swimming pool.
The house is approached via a sweeping drive to reveal a colonnade entrance and a Georgian style façade.
It is on the market for £30million, with estate agents House Partnership.
2. Ten-bed mansion, London, £40m
This extravagant home has a glass lift to each of its three opulently decked out floors and is for sale for an eye-watering £40million via estate agents Knight Frank.
The 10-bedroom property in North London’s Highgate also has panoramic views over Hampstead Heath and beyond, with its two acres of land incorporating a tennis court and an indoor swimming pool.
There is a self-contained staff lodge, a home gym and spa, a billiards room and a garage for several cars.
3. Five-bed house, Essex, ‘POA’ (price on application)
This five-bedroom home in the Chigwell, Essex, is set in 52 acres and has its own Olympic-sized equestrian centre.
There is an underground car port – big enough to accommodate a fleet of ten supercars.
There is also an indoor swimming pool, complete with a waterfall and jacuzzi, as well as a sauna, steam room, cinema room, and a home gym.
The property is for sale via Keller Williams estate agents, which reveals the price for those making serious enquiries about buying the property.
4. Seven-bed house, Surrey, £22.49m
Nestled in almost four acres of perfectly manicured lawns, this new build property is in the prestigious enclave of St George’s Hill in Surrey’s Weybridge.
The seven-bedroom mansion was designed by architect Julian Bicknell and it’s on the market for £22.49million via estate agents Knight Frank.
Inside, the property has been luxuriously furnished, and some of the eye-catching features include a doomed and galleried entrance hall, a cinema room, a beautiful semi-circular orangery that links to the swimming pool, a sauna, a spa, and a gym.
5. Eight-bed mansion, London, £28.5m
Tucked away in one of the trendiest postcodes in London, this glorious eight-bedroom mansion is nestled in the heart of Primrose Hill.
Just a short stroll from the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground and Abbey Road studios, this ultra-modern property comes with a host of incredible features.
To name just a few, the impressive home boasts a wine cellar, a cosy private movie theatre, a games room, a gym as well as its own private bar.