After spending so much time at home, Britons are lusting over properties online more than ever before.
From a £9.5million dream-pad kitted out with life-size waxworks of Batman and Superman to a £2.25million property where Oasis recorded their debut album, there is something for everyone at the five most viewed homes on Rightmove this summer. As long as you have a few million in the bank.
Copious green spaces and options for home working are at the forefront of an ever growing number of buyers’ minds this year, and all the five properties featured here offer both by the bucket-load.
Top five: These are the top five most viewed homes online via Rightmove this summer
While most people will not have the funds to snap up any of the five properties, it seems lockdown has turned us into property dreamers.
Here are the five most viewed properties online at Rightmove’s website this summer.
1. Green Acres, Essex, £9.5m
This sprawling, 32,000 sq ft behemoth of a mansion near Benfleet railway station in Essex has been described as the ‘ultimate party pad’ for adults.
The £9.5million home, being sold by Scott & Stapleton estate agents, is kitted out with two indoor swimming pools, while the basement resembles a Las Vegas casino and boasts life-size waxworks of Batman and Superman, which guard the entrance to the private home theatre.
Party pad: Green Acres on Benfleet Road is being sold for £9.5m by Scott & Stapleton agents
Options: The Essex part pad has not one but two indoor swimming pools
Just what you need: Green Acres boasts life-size waxworks of Batman and Superman
The new buyer of this Essex pile will also be able to enjoy a ten-seater jacuzzi, two saunas, two lifts, an 18-seater cinema, a private dance floor and a floodlit tennis court with its own pavilion.
After all that partying, the new buyer of this superb mansion can reside in one of the property’s five bedrooms, which all have their own bathrooms.
2. Tregeare House, Cornwall, £4.5m
Another supremely popular property with online browsers at Rightmove this summer was Tregeare House, a Grade II-listed, Palladian-style mansion set in a private country estate surrounded by beautiful parkland and a sweeping driveway.
This five-bedroom home, up for sale via Savills esate agents, is set in 215 acres of private land in the unspoilt north Cornish countryside and has a working farm and equestrian facilities.
The secluded property boasts a rich history, too. Its first recorded owners were the Baron family and the house is believed to have been built by Jasper Baron and completed in the 1790s.
Popular: Another popular property with online browsers at Rightmove this summer was Tregeare House in Cornwall
Interior: Tregeare House, being sold by Savills, is on the market for £4.5million
Practical and chic: One of the kitchens in the Cornwall mansion is flooded with natural light
Green space: This five-bedroom home, up for sale via Savills, is set in 215 acres of private land
3. Tranquil Waters, Cornwall, £2.75m
This four-bedroom home, known as Tranquil Waters, is located near Falmouth in Cornwall and has panoramic 180-degree vistas of the water and countryside beyond.
On the market for £2.75million, this water-front property comes complete with a separate one-bedroom cottage, designed in the New England style.
Gorgeous: Savills is selling this water-front home in Cornwall called Tranquil Waters
All the mod cons: The kitchen in this Cornish home has stunning views
Keeping an eye out: The waterfront vistas of Tranquil Waters can be seen from this divine room
What a location: Tranquil Waters has everything you need for a more relaxed way of life
Here is what estate agents at Savills, who are selling this Cornish gem, have to say about the property: ‘The gardens extend to approximately 2 acres with areas of lawn, well established shrubberies and woodlands with a number of pretty areas to sit or follow the sun.
‘Across the lane from the drive are steps down to the granite quay with low branches dipping over the water, giving it ‘secrecy’ and seclusion with a small terrace area and a floating pontoon with winch, currently used to store two speed boats.
‘The property also owns approximately 3.6 acres of foreshore, with tidal mooring rights.’
4. The Old Sawmills, Cornwall, offers over £2.25m
The seven-bedroom property, on the market via Strutt & Parker for offers over £2.25million, has not been up for sale on the open market for 48 years.
Opened in early 1974 as one of the very first residential recording studios in the UK, Sawmills Studio, which forms part of the sprawling home, has developed an enviable reputation as a unique recording environment with a long list of successful clients to its name including Robert Plant, Stone Roses, Oasis, The Verve, Supergrass and Muse.
Secluded: The Old Swanmills, on sale via Strutt & Parker, can only be accessed by boat or foot
Music legends: A string of music legends, including Oasis, have recorded in the home’s studio
It could be yours: The Old Swanmills is up for sale for offers over £2.25million at present
Cosy: The Old Swanmills in Cornwall has seven bedrooms in total
Everything you need: The interior of The Old Swanmills is tranquil and calming
Examples of popular albums recorded at The Old Sawmills include Oasis’s ‘Definitely Maybe’, ‘In It For The Money’ by Supergrass, and various albums by Muse including ‘Showbiz’ and ‘Origin of Symmetry’.
The waterfront property is perfect for music lovers and those who value their privacy, as it is only accessible by boat or on foot.
5. Grand Lodge, Staffordshire, offers around £2.5m
If you are looking for somewhere that combines period character with modern architecture this five-bedroom country home could be the one for you.
This Grade II-listed property, being sold by John German estate agents, is available to buy for offers in the region of £2.5million. It is located on the aptly named Horsey Lane in Longdon, Staffordshire.
Ideal: Grand Lodge in Staffordshire is being sold by John German estate agents
It could be yours: The Staffordshire home, which balances new and old perfectly, is on sale for offers around £2.5m
Exquisite: A staircase with glass balustrade leads up to a mezzanine gallery area which leads off to the landing
What a view: One of the five bedrooms in this Staffordshire mansion has tremendous views
Time to move: There is also a separate office/study, formal dining room and a gym, pictured
The property comes complete with horse stables and heated outdoor dog kennels.
Plus, with Cannock Chase, officially a place of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nearby, keen runners, walkers or cyclists will find the location of the property ideal.
The five bedroom home was originally part of the Beaudesert Estate, owned by the current vendors since 2008 having been carefully restored and enhanced over the years to create the luxury high specification home it is today.
It was awarded the High Commendation under the Alan Key Award for Excellent in Architectural Technology in 2014.
Summing up the top five list for this summer, Miles Shipside, Rightmove’s property expert, said: ‘There’s no getting away from the fact that, as a nation, we’re completely obsessed with property.
‘Our homes have become more important than ever before this year, and it’s fascinating to see which properties have captured the imagination of Rightmove users this summer.
‘From the music studio where everything started for Oasis, to an Essex mansion with life-size superhero figurines guarding a home cinema, these five properties are really special.’