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Brooklyn Beckham, 22, and fiancée Nicola Peltz, 26, buy $10.5m five-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills

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Brooklyn Beckham and his fiancée Nicola Peltz have snapped up their starter home as a couple – a breathtaking $10.5million five-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills, California. 

In the latest step after Brooklyn, 22, proposed to Nicola, 26, in July, the couple have now secured the expansive multi-million dollar home in one of Los Angeles County’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.

The incredible property comes with impressive views and boasts a host of features typical of homes in the upscale area – including a private yoga room, gym, sauna, steam room and juice bar. 

Wow! Brooklyn Beckham and his fiancée Nicola Peltz have snapped up a beautiful $10.5million five-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Wow! Brooklyn Beckham and his fiancée Nicola Peltz have snapped up a beautiful $10.5million five-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Loved up: In the latest step after Brooklyn, 22, proposed to Nicola, 26, in July, the couple have now secured the expansive multi-millionaire pound home

Loved up: In the latest step after Brooklyn, 22, proposed to Nicola, 26, in July, the couple have now secured the expansive multi-millionaire pound home

Brooklyn, who often shares snaps of himself on social media working out, will be sure to make use of the facilities in his new home.  

According to TMZ, the couple were so keen to get their hands of the keys to the property that they paid $1million over the asking price.

The five-bedroom home is covered in enormous glass windows which allows swathes of natural light into the rooms and ensure the idyllic views can be seen from several rooms in the house. 

The property also boasts various outdoor areas, including a paved seating area and a roof top terrace. 

Expansive: The incredible home comes with impressive views and complete with a private yoga room, gym, sauna, steam room and juice bar

Expansive: The incredible home comes with impressive views and complete with a private yoga room, gym, sauna, steam room and juice bar

Expensive: According to TMZ , the couple were so keen to get their hands of the keys to the property that they paid one million over the asking price

Expensive: According to TMZ , the couple were so keen to get their hands of the keys to the property that they paid one million over the asking price

Breathtaking: When entering the property, guests are greeted by a beautiful view of the surrounding area through the floor to ceiling windows at the back of the house

Breathtaking: When entering the property, guests are greeted by a beautiful view of the surrounding area through the floor to ceiling windows at the back of the house 

Beautiful: The back of the house is covered in hundreds of floor to ceiling black frame windows which let is swatches of light

Beautiful: The back of the house is covered in hundreds of floor to ceiling black frame windows which let is swatches of light

Welcoming: The entrance of the home boasts a Smokey Quartz Crystal on a plinth which welcomes guests, helping purify and neutralise unwanted energy

Welcoming: The entrance of the home boasts a Smokey Quartz Crystal on a plinth which welcomes guests, helping purify and neutralise unwanted energy

Making the most: Brooklyn, who often shares snaps of himself on social media working out will be sure to make use of the facilities in his new home

Making the most: Brooklyn, who often shares snaps of himself on social media working out will be sure to make use of the facilities in his new home

Amazing: Included in the couple's new property, with a $10.5million price tag, was a fully-functioning wood-clad indoor sauna

Amazing: Included in the couple’s new property, with a $10.5million price tag, was a fully-functioning wood-clad indoor sauna 

Describing the home, the listing read that the house ’embodies mindfulness and wellness with the highest level of design.’

It has walls of glass to create seamless flow and transition from the inside to the outside, harmonising the surrounding landscape.

The entrance of the home boasts a Smokey Quartz Crystal on a plinth which welcomes guests, helping purify and neutralise unwanted energy. 

The listing continued: ‘Smooth lines and rounded transitions create a feng shui balance you can feel when walking through this museum-like home that features all-natural exotic wood and stone throughout.

‘The amount of detail and thought that has been put into this one-of-a-kind luxury estate is unsurmounted, one must visit to truly experience the magnitude of beauty and peace this home has to offer.’

Incredible: The five-bedroom property also boasts a relaxing massage room which can be used at any time

Incredible: The five-bedroom property also boasts a relaxing massage room which can be used at any time

The listing continued: 'Smooth lines and rounded transitions create a feng shui balance you can feel when walking through this museum-like home that features all-natural exotic wood and stone throughout'

The listing continued: ‘Smooth lines and rounded transitions create a feng shui balance you can feel when walking through this museum-like home that features all-natural exotic wood and stone throughout’

Spectacular: The five-bedroom home is covered in enormous glass windows which allows swathes of natural light into the rooms and ensure the idyllic views can be seen from several rooms in the house

Spectacular: The five-bedroom home is covered in enormous glass windows which allows swathes of natural light into the rooms and ensure the idyllic views can be seen from several rooms in the house

Outdoor bathing: Impressive images taken to promote the property also show several large outdoor bath tubs for the ultimate relaxing experience

Inviting: One of the bathrooms leads outside to a blue bath tub on a balcony

Outdoor bathing: Impressive images taken to promote the property also show several large outdoor bath tubs for the ultimate relaxing experience

Stunning: Also included with the property is a beautiful blue infinity edge pool, a barbecue and grasses area

Stunning: Also included with the property is a beautiful blue infinity edge pool, a barbecue and grasses area

Sold! The property was listed by one of the largest real estate brokerages in the US

Sold! The property was listed by one of the largest real estate brokerages in the US

It also has a white crystal quartz massage and healing room, as well as a yoga and gym room, a soaking tub, dry sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and a juice bar. 

Impressive images taken to promote the property also show several large outdoor bath tubs for the ultimate relaxing experience.

The home is decorated immaculately throughout, with modern elements mixed with Scandi interiors.

And there’s no question about whether they’d be able to afford such a grand property, as Brooklyn, son of David and Victoria Beckham, has an estimated net worth of $10million.

The website Celebrity Net Worth, which describes Brooklyn as an “English author, photographer, and social media personality”, lists his 2017 photography book What I See as one of his significant pieces of work.

Outdoor spaces: The incredible home boasts various outdoor areas, including a paved seating area and a roof top terrace

Outdoor spaces: The incredible home boasts various outdoor areas, including a paved seating area and a roof top terrace

Relaxing: Describing the home, the listing read it 'embodies mindfulness and wellness with the highest level of design'

Relaxing: Describing the home, the listing read it ’embodies mindfulness and wellness with the highest level of design’

Magnificent: The bedrooms and other areas of the home have walls of glass to create seamless flow and transition from the inside to the outside, harmonising the surrounding landscape

Magnificent: The bedrooms and other areas of the home have walls of glass to create seamless flow and transition from the inside to the outside, harmonising the surrounding landscape

Chic: The home is decorated immaculately throughout, with modern elements mixed with Scandi interiors

Chic: The home is decorated immaculately throughout, with modern elements mixed with Scandi interiors

Ideal for hosting: Inside the beautiful open-plan property boasts of several seating areas suitable for all occasions

Ideal for hosting: Inside the beautiful open-plan property boasts of several seating areas suitable for all occasions

Grand: The property boasts an all-white kitchen with built-in appliances and a breakfast bar

Grand: The property boasts an all-white kitchen with built-in appliances and a breakfast bar 

Of course, his family’s cash will also come in handy, should he struggle to get on his feet, as footballer-turned-businessman David is said to be worth an eye-watering $450million, while Victoria clocks in at the same number.

Meanwhile, American actress Nicola – who has starred in such movies as Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Last Airbender – is estimated to be worth a tidy $50million, thanks to her career and, also, family wealth.

While the Beckhams boast a sizeable fortune through their ventures in entertainment, sports, and fashion, among other areas, Nicola’s investor dad Nelson Peltz eclipses their bank balances with his $1.79billion net worth.

Father-of-ten Nelson Peltz, a founding partner at Trian Fund Management, LP, has amassed his impressive fortune through a wide range of savvy investments starting from the early 1980s.

Brooklyn had moved to New York City in 2017 to study photography at Parsons School of Design at the New School, but dropped out just one year later, with sources saying he was missing his London-based family. 

Understated: The front of the property is understated, with only one window and a sleek black gate

Understated: The front of the property is understated, with only one window and a sleek black gate

Elegant: The five-bedroom home also has an expansive walk in wardrobe with dozens of cupboards, rails and mirrors

Elegant: The five-bedroom home also has an expansive walk in wardrobe with dozens of cupboards, rails and mirrors

Enormous: The dressing room is so expansive it is possible to fit a large rug and a sofa inside

Enormous: The dressing room is so expansive it is possible to fit a large rug and a sofa inside 

Inspiration: The property will offer inspiring photographer Brooklyn plenty of photograph opportunities

Inspiration: The property will offer inspiring photographer Brooklyn plenty of photograph opportunities

Privacy: Some of the bedrooms with less beautiful views had smaller windows which were shielded by bushes for privacy

Privacy: Some of the bedrooms with less beautiful views had smaller windows which were shielded by bushes for privacy

A source told The Mirror in 2018 that Brooklyn had opted to focus instead on internships, adding: ‘It sounds as if he was truly homesick and was feeling lonely out there.’

‘He adores his family, in the end it was the lure to come back to them all that swung it – and the prospect of a terrific internship.

‘Victoria is absolutely delighted at the news and couldn’t contain herself when it was all coming to plan – to have Brooklyn back under the same roof is a dream come true for her.’ 

It comes after Brooklyn took the opportunity to share his love for his fiancée on the one year anniversary of their engagement on Wednesday. 

The aspiring photographer shared a gushing Instagram post exactly 12 months after he got down on one knee, as he gushed Nicola made him ‘a better person’

Lots of space: The front of the property has a large turning around and the home is built above a double parking garage

Lots of space: The front of the property has a large turning around and the home is built above a double parking garage

Beautiful design: The expansive home is beautifully decorated throughout

Beautiful design: The expansive home is beautifully decorated throughout

Interiors: The bedrooms are all furnished with a modern and Scandi blend of styles

Interiors: The bedrooms are all furnished with a modern and Scandi blend of styles

Huge: There will never be a shortage of places to show because the property has five bathrooms and two half bathrooms

Huge: There will never be a shortage of places to show because the property has five bathrooms and two half bathrooms

Stunning views: While swimming in the beautiful infinity pool, Brooklyn and Nicola will be able to admire the amazing surrounding views

Stunning views: While swimming in the beautiful infinity pool, Brooklyn and Nicola will be able to admire the amazing surrounding views

In the post shared with his 12.4 million Instagram followers the couple were seen smooching for the camera. 

Nicola looked stunning in a glitter dress while Brooklyn was dapper in a navy jumper paired with black jeans. 

The photographer wrote: ‘This exact day 1 year ago I asked this gorgeous woman to marry me.  

‘She makes me a better person everyday and is my best friend. I can’t imagine my life without you because you continuously make me laugh and smile x happy 1 year baby ❤️❤️’ 

Last year, Brooklyn confirmed the news he’d proposed to Nicola with a gushing Instagram post. 

Sharing a stunning snap of the couple, he wrote: ‘Two weeks ago I asked my soulmate to marry me and she said yes xx I am the luckiest man in the world. I promise to be the best husband and the best daddy one day. I love you baby xx’ 

Perfect: When entertaining, the couple will have plenty of areas to sit and chat including various seated sofa areas

Perfect: When entertaining, the couple will have plenty of areas to sit and chat including various seated sofa areas

Calming: If they want to wind down in the evening, the couple can turn on the fire and turn on their large wall-mounted television

Calming: If they want to wind down in the evening, the couple can turn on the fire and turn on their large wall-mounted television

Extravagant: In one of the many bathrooms, one impressive bath has steps leading up to it

Extravagant: In one of the many bathrooms, one impressive bath has steps leading up to it  

Peaceful: The sauna and massage rooms are based in the same room to make a day of relaxing as easy as possible

Peaceful: The sauna and massage rooms are based in the same room to make a day of relaxing as easy as possible

Luxurious: The main kitchen, where Brooklyn may spend lots of his time making his favourite meals, has a small window to let in some natural light by the double sink and incredible range cooker

Luxurious: The main kitchen, where Brooklyn may spend lots of his time making his favourite meals, has a small window to let in some natural light by the double sink and incredible range cooker 

In October it was claimed that the pair planned to exchange vows in two celebrations on both sides of the Atlantic.  

It’s thought that Brooklyn will have his brothers Romeo, 18, and Cruz, 15, as his best men for the ceremony, with proud mum Victoria designing actress Nicola’s wedding gown. 

According to The Sun, Brooklyn’s sister Harper, nine, will be chief bridesmaid for Brooklyn and Nicola’s wedding.

The two ceremonies – held in Nicola’s hometown of Florida and the Beckhams’ estate in the Cotswolds – will ensure that both Brooklyn and Nicola’s loved ones can be in attendance. 

Brooklyn’s father David will act as the master of ceremonies, with his younger sons being best men for the celebration and giving a joint speech at the reception.

Multi-purpose: The master bedroom has various sections, including a sleeping area, a sofa/seating around and a desk in the corner surrounded by floor-length windows

Multi-purpose: The master bedroom has various sections, including a sleeping area, a sofa/seating around and a desk in the corner surrounded by floor-length windows

Lavish: The cinema room doors can be closed off to create a reflective wall in the hallway or shut out the light for a true cinematic experience

Lavish: The cinema room doors can be closed off to create a reflective wall in the hallway or shut out the light for a true cinematic experience

Lush: A staircase leads down into the basement area of the property, with a large kitchen for entertaining

Lush: A staircase leads down into the basement area of the property, with a large kitchen for entertaining

Unique: Another breakfast bar is located downstairs with an unusual art installation on the wall

Unique: Another breakfast bar is located downstairs with an unusual art installation on the wall

Open plan: The spiral staircase, which lead from the entrance hall, leads to a another seated around, the cinema and a second kitchen

Open plan: The spiral staircase, which lead from the entrance hall, leads to a another seated around, the cinema and a second kitchen

A source said: ‘Brooklyn is incredibly family focused, just like his parents, and the boys are so close. They are brothers and best mates.

‘Although many assumed David would get the gig, there was really never any question of who he would choose to be his best men.’

It’s also been reported that Victoria has been given the honour of designing Nicola’s wedding dress, with the insider adding that it’s likely to be a sleek minimal design and has even considered designing a suit for the blushing bride.  

As expected the wedding will boast a star-studded guest list, with names such as Victoria’s Spice Girls bandmates Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Horner.

David’s close friend Dave Gardner and his wife Liv Tyler will also be in attendance.

Brooklyn’s godfather Sir Elton John could even take to the stage for a stellar performance.

The source added that David and Victoria are keen to contribute to the costs for a lavish nuptials, despite tradition stating the bride’s family usually cover the cost.

Pass the popcorn: The cinema room has a comfortable sofa, cow hide chair and a large coffee table for a luxury film watching experience

Pass the popcorn: The cinema room has a comfortable sofa, cow hide chair and a large coffee table for a luxury film watching experience

Bathroom goals: The couple could also enjoy a relaxing bath soaking in the water while staring out at the impressive views

Bathroom goals: The couple could also enjoy a relaxing bath soaking in the water while staring out at the impressive views

Quirky: On the roof-top terrace there is also an unusual shingle installation

Quirky: On the roof-top terrace there is also an unusual shingle installation

'She makes me a better person every day': Brooklyn shared a gushing tribute to fiancée Nicola on the one year anniversary of their engagement on Wednesday

Happy couple: The aspiring photographer shared a gushing Instagram post exactly 12 months after he got down on one knee, as he gushed Nicola made him 'a better person'

Happy couple: It comes after Brooklyn took the opportunity to share his love for his fiancée on the one year anniversary of their engagement on Wednesday as he gushed Nicola made him ‘a better person’ 

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New-build flats with communal work-from-home space are just the job 

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Whether it’s perching computers on ironing boards or struggling to find a peaceful corner in the chaos of a noisy family house, most of us have had to adapt our homes over the past 18 months.

But as the trend for flexible working looks set to continue, a new concept in housing is gaining traction.

Work from home (WFH) developments with a ‘hub’ shared by other residents are popping up across the country.

Modern living: Work from home developments with a 'hub' shared by other residents, which aim to retain the social aspect of office life, are popping up across the country

Modern living: Work from home developments with a ‘hub’ shared by other residents, which aim to retain the social aspect of office life, are popping up across the country

‘The hub is a way of retaining the social aspect of office life,’ says Karly Williams, director of Barratt North Thames. ‘Being close to home enables residents to manage domestic issues, while mixing with others staves off any sense of loneliness and alienation.’

At Barratt’s Linmere development in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, which is due to launch in December, the office hub will be surrounded by cafes, shops and green outdoor space.

WFH residents won’t feel they are missing out on the coffee breaks and sandwich lunches they used to enjoy as part of conventional office life. Barratt’s co-working offices and homes are priced from £101,000 to £439,500.

WFH developments can also be effective in regenerating rural areas where unemployment is a problem.

In the village of Lawrenny in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, planning permission has just been granted to a local farmer, David Lort-Phillips, to build a WFH development of 39 homes with shared offices. 

Lawrenny has been in steady decline since the 1980s and until recently looked like becoming little more than a cluster of holiday homes.

‘A village should be more than that; it should be a place to earn a living and to have a busy family life,’ says Lort-Phillips. ‘Many of the new WFH houses will be bought by people returning to Lawrenny, having been brought up here.

‘They will put back into the community, using local businesses and training up local young people.’

Prices of the new homes will range from £300,000 to £500,000 for two to four bedrooms, with management fees of £400 per annum.

One danger of building this kind of development in the countryside is that the new homes will jar architecturally with older, nearby properties. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

Galion Homes builds its developments in Somerset with home-workers in mind, so all the homes have offices with superfast broadband as well as nearby hubs and cafes.

‘We won’t be ugly “tack-ons” to villages,’ says Victoria Creber, sales director at Galion. ‘We build developments of no more than 50 homes, at low density, using local stone with a big nod to the local vernacular.’

Disturbing research, based on figures from the Office for National Statistics, was published recently showing 25 per cent of WFH Londoners said they had suffered reduced well-being.

Fizzy Living, which targets its rental apartments at young professionals with an average age of 32 and earning £44,000 a year, tries to make life as stress-free as possible in its East 16 block in Canning Town. 

The scheme comprises 292 apartments, each with its own balcony. Amenities include a meeting room, residents’ lounge, games area and yoga studio.

It claims to be the most pet-friendly building in London, having a specially designed dog washroom (known as the Pawder Room) and it offers a pet-friendly furniture pack for the more delinquent cats and dogs.

‘This block works for me because I can use different spaces for different activities and this combats stress,’ says designer Asher Peruscini, 37, from San Francisco.

‘I use my desk when I’m in design mode, the balcony for more creative stuff and the meeting rooms downstairs for socialising.’ Rentals are from £1,430 pcm.

For those who appreciate the zany side of life, Quintain Living has built The Robinson, a collection of three apartment blocks at Wembley Park in North-West London, in what its describes as ‘retro kitsch’ style.

Each building has a roof terrace where there are surreal delights such as a giant orange-shaped juice bar, a 50-yard row of sun loungers — reputedly the longest in Britain — and a slide that runs down to a courtyard in the floor below.

The WFH component isn’t forgotten — high-speed wifi is found in converted campervans on the terrace.

To de-stress, there is even a rentable spa caravan with a hot tub. From £1,755 furnished; £1,670 unfurnished.

Are WFH developments here to stay?

‘I don’t think working from home will ever replace the buzz of a team of people working towards one goal in the same office,’ says Harry Downes, managing director of Fizzy Living.

‘But I do foresee people being given the freedom to work at home when they need to, reporting into the office only to be kept updated on the bigger picture. It’s a new lifestyle and this type of development caters for it.’ 

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15 Stuart Hogg

Something of a flip-flop in terms of his strengths as a player as one or two misplaced passes in attack but resolute and solid in defence. A couple of glimpses of his footwork and pace but he’ll be hoping for more ball next Saturday. Rating: 6

14 Anthony Watson

He was excellent in the first half, the Lions most potent force in attack in being able to escape multiple tacklers, albeit most of the time in lifting pressure in his own 22/half. The ball didn’t run his way after the interval. Rating: 7

13 Elliot Daly

It was his first game at outside centre in Test rugby in five years and it showed. He gave away a couple of penalties, missed his trademark long-range penalty, was bested physically in the collisions and will be under pressure to retain his place. Rating: 5

Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Elton Jantjies. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Elton Jantjies. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

12 Robbie Henshaw

Shaded his physical duel with Damian de Allende, carried aggressively, was accurate in the tackle and scrambled well, highlighted by forcing a crucial knock-on from Lukhanyo Am. He made one fine break albeit losing possession and a couple of finger-tip knocks-on but generally good. Rating: 7

11 Duhan van der Merwe

A couple of snapshots of his power in the tackle but like Watson was never given the type of ball where he could impose his strength. He didn’t have many questions to answer in defence because Cheslin Kolbe got very little ball. Rating: 6

10 Dan Biggar

The Welsh outhalf kicked 14 points from the tee and in a general sense, one pulled place-kick aside, his kicking game was reasonably well directed. He didn’t really bring his backline into play at any stage, suffocated by the Boks’ defensive press but overall the ledger was appreciably positive. Rating: 7


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9 Ali Price

He looked a little overwhelmed by the pace and physicality in the first 20 minutes but he gradually settled to the task. It was his excellent box-kicking after the restart that yielded opportunities for the Lions to regain possession and wrest control. Rating: 7

1 Rory Sutherland

A late call-up to the starting team due to Wyn Jones’s unavailability he was pinged twice at the scrum and the fact that his replacement Mako Vunipola made an appreciable difference when introduced could see him struggle to be in the matchday 23 next Saturday. Rating: 5

2 Luke Cowan-Dickie

Two errant lineouts, one overthrown the other crooked, were the only real blemishes on his try-scoring performance that was accompanied by a high work-rate on both sides of the ball. Rating: 6

Tadhg Furlong appeals to referee Nic Berry during the first Test. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images
Tadhg Furlong appeals to referee Nic Berry during the first Test. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

3 Tadhg Furlong

Loves a good celebration from the lineout maul tries, he won an important scrum penalty and was an important buffer in that set-piece when the Boks chased dominance there. He carried and tackled with typical application in a robust performance over the 67 minutes. Rating: 7

4 Maro Itoje

Deserved man-of-the-match, three turnovers in the first half alone including one within a few metres of the Lions’ line that saved a try. Immense in every facet of the game, he led by example especially in defence; intelligent and unrelenting. Rating: 9

5 Alun Wyn Jones (capt)

He was very quiet in the first half but considering the injury from which he has recovered that was to be expected. He was a key figure in the Lions’ second-half revival that included work-rate and decision-making. Rating: 7

6 Courtney Lawes

A huge performance in all aspects of the game, out of touch, carrying, making an eye-catching break that took him through three attempted tackles as a pre-cursor to one of his side’s better attacking moments. Tackled with authority. Rating: 8

7 Tom Curry

There could be no faulting his desire and work ethic but in conceding three penalties he demonstrated an impetuous streak that proved a bit of a handicap to his team in that opening half. His place will be under threat. Rating: 5

8 Jack Conan

He provided illustrations of the many qualities that he brings to a team, making one of two line breaks, defending and tackling with intelligence and carried the ball more than any other Lions player. Rating: 7

Replacements

In a collective sense they, to a man, added energy and momentum at a crucial stage. Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler gave their team a rock solid scrum, forcing a penalty there to boot. Hamish Watson was lucky to avoid a card for a dangerous tackle. Conor Murray and Owen Farrell brought control and maturity for the most part. Rating: 8

Coach

Warren Gatland deserves great credit for the team selection initially as most of the big calls that he made work out superbly. His half-time recalibration of tactics and focus worked a treat as did the timing of the replacements. He’s never been afraid to change things up and that may be reflected in a couple of changes for the second Test one of which could see Bundee Aki drafted in at 12 with Henshaw moving to 13. Rating: 8

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Norfolk’s Hemsby tops the list of villages with the biggest house prices

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Seaside sun… rises! Norfolk’s Hemsby leads villages with the biggest property value boom as buyers search for coastal countryside views

  • Norfolk’s Hemsby tops the list of villages with the biggest house price increases
  • The average value of a home in Hemsby is up 22% during the past year
  • Three of the top five villages with the biggest price increases are in Norfolk

Britain’s village hotspots for homebuyers have been revealed and dominating the list are seaside locations.

The pandemic has seen a ‘race for space’ with people living in cities moving to rural and coastal areas due to more flexible working practices.

They are shunning busy city landscapes for open green spaces in the countryside and easy access to expansive sea views.

Britain's village hotspots for homebuyers have been revealed by property website Rightmove

Britain’s village hotspots for homebuyers have been revealed by property website Rightmove

This four-bedroom house in Hemsby is on the market for £300,000 via Bycroft estate agents

This four-bedroom house in Hemsby is on the market for £300,000 via Bycroft estate agents

Hemsby, just north of Great Yarmouth, tops the rankings produced by Rightmove, having seen the biggest rise in average house prices during the past year.

The typical value of a home in the Norfolk village has increased 22 per cent in the 12 months from June last year, from £221,533 to £270,144.

Three of the top five villages with the biggest house prices increases were in Norfolk, with Heacham and Caister-On-Sea also making the list.

Heacham saw asking prices increase by 20 per cent in June 2021 compared to the same period last year, while asking prices in Caister-On-Sea rose by 12 per cent.

Caister-On-Sea also saw one of the biggest rises in demand for villages, with buyer demand up 46 per cent in June 2021 compared to June 2020. Average asking prices in Caister-On-Sea are £240,909.

David Lowes, of estate agents Mr & Mrs Clark in Norfolk, said: ‘With a general “escape to the country” desire prevalent for many, the rural county of Norfolk is in high demand.

‘With its 90 odd miles of varied coastline, the added possibility of a “next-to-the-sea” lifestyle, and the simple pleasure of a stunning sunrise or sunset means the coastal villages are of particular attraction.’

Heacham saw asking prices increase by 20 per cent in the year to June 2021, says Rightmove

Heacham saw asking prices increase by 20 per cent in the year to June 2021, says Rightmove 

This four-bedroom house in Heacham is for sale for £475,000 via Sowerbys estate agents

This four-bedroom house in Heacham is for sale for £475,000 via Sowerbys estate agents

He added: ‘Hemsby and Caister in the east and Heacham in the west of the county offer some of the more affordable options thus driving strong percentage price growth. 

‘Each of these villages are close to larger towns too which helps with the transition to the countryside in terms of availability of amenities and activities.’

Rightmove defined demand as the number of enquiries it had via emails and calls to agents via its website. 

Average prices percentage increases in these villages appear to be around three times as much elsewhere. But this may be affected by villages having lower stock and fewer transactions. 

The average price of a home in Britain increased 6 per cent during the past year to June, from £317,058 to £336,073, according to Rightmove.

This four-bedroom house in Caister-on-sea is for sale for £400,000 via Bycroft estate agents

This four-bedroom house in Caister-on-sea is for sale for £400,000 via Bycroft estate agents

Rightmove revealed that six out of the top 10 villages with the biggest annual price growth in June are near the sea. House price growth in all of these villages rose at a higher rate than the national average.

Rightmove’s Tim Bannister said: ‘During the past year, we’ve spoken a lot about the changes we’re seeing in where people are choosing to live, and this data shows continued demand from buyers looking for villages and rural locations outside of traditional major cities.

‘While we have seen signs that cities are starting to make a steady comeback, particularly in the rental market, price growth across all areas of Britain continues to be strong.

‘With the summer weather finally here, we’re seeing an added drive from buyers looking for that perfect village location by the sea, which is supporting price growth in these areas.’

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