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DJ Calvin Harris puts his enormous 10-bedroom Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $25 million

Calvin Harris is putting his gigantic Beverly Hills mansion on the market.

The 38-year-old Scottish-born DJ has listed the hillside home for a whopping $25 million, which is $10 million more than he originally paid for the home.

Although the mansion boasts a gorgeous yet traditional white exterior, its new owner will be able to delight in all of the renovations that Harris put it through in recent years, which are reflected in the inflated price.

Moving on: Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, 38, has listed his massive Beverly Hills mansion for $25 million. He purchased the property in 2014 for only $15 million

Moving on: Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, 38, has listed his massive Beverly Hills mansion for $25 million. He purchased the property in 2014 for only $15 million

Harris (born Adam Wiles) is listing his property with Josh and Matt Altman, who are best known for appearing on Bravo’s reality series Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.

The musician snapped up the home back in 2014 — around the time that he released his hit album Motion — for $15 million. 

The listing notes that the once-traditional interior has been updated with ‘premier craftsmanship and executed with the finest materials.’

The home is hidden away from the outside world behind large gates, with a lengthy driveway and thick tree cover retaining its privacy. 

High profile: Harris (born Adam Wiles) is listing his property with Josh and Matt Altman, who are best known for appearing on Bravo's reality series Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles; seen in 2019 in London

High profile: Harris (born Adam Wiles) is listing his property with Josh and Matt Altman, who are best known for appearing on Bravo’s reality series Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles; seen in 2019 in London

Top notch: The listing notes that the once-traditional interior has been updated with 'premier craftsmanship and executed with the finest materials'

Top notch: The listing notes that the once-traditional interior has been updated with ‘premier craftsmanship and executed with the finest materials’

Seculded: The home is hidden away from the outside world behind large gates, with a lengthy driveway and thick tree cover retaining its privacy

Seculded: The home is hidden away from the outside world behind large gates, with a lengthy driveway and thick tree cover retaining its privacy

Driving in style: The compound boasts a separate five-car garage

Driving in style: The compound boasts a separate five-car garage

Double use: The garage also boasts a movie theater on its second floor

Double use: The garage also boasts a movie theater on its second floor

Spacious: The property is a compound comprised of five smaller buildings, with the main house boasting four bedrooms

Spacious: The property is a compound comprised of five smaller buildings, with the main house boasting four bedrooms

Room to spread out: There's also a two-story guesthouse with abundant space

Room to spread out: There’s also a two-story guesthouse with abundant space

Green thumb: The home currently has garden beds located next to the main house

Green thumb: The home currently has garden beds located next to the main house

The property is a compound comprised of five smaller buildings, with the main house boasting four bedrooms.

There’s also a two-story guesthouse with abundant space, though the music producer has currently divided the guest house into two separate recording studios where he can work on his tracks or collaborate with the most popular singers in the world.

Security is a top concern for Harris, whose property devotes another building to house security guards around the clock.

Car fans or residents looking to invite friends over won’t have any trouble storing everybody’s vehicles thanks to the compound’s detached five-car garage.

Harris, who is apparently a cinephile, had a movie theater installed above the garage so that he can screen the latest releases and classics.

It features an extra-long screen and comfy bed-like seating for the ultimate comfortable experience. 

The final building on the property is devoted to the DJ’s gym, which is filled with top-of-the-line equipment, and outside the gym is a basketball court.

Space age: A solar dome is tucked away next to the house

Space age: A solar dome is tucked away next to the house

Repurposed: The music producer has currently divided the guest house into two separate recording studios

Repurposed: The music producer has currently divided the guest house into two separate recording studios

Hitmaker: Harris is a popular producer and has also collaborated with some of the biggest singers in the world, including Rihanna, Pharrell Williams and Kylie Minogue

Hitmaker: Harris is a popular producer and has also collaborated with some of the biggest singers in the world, including Rihanna, Pharrell Williams and Kylie Minogue

It features an extra-long screen and comfy bed-like seating for the ultimate comfortable experience

It features an extra-long screen and comfy bed-like seating for the ultimate comfortable experience

Staying in shape: One of the five buildings on the property features a basketball court outside and is devoted to the DJ's gym

Staying in shape: One of the five buildings on the property features a basketball court outside and is devoted to the DJ’s gym

Top of the line: The gym is packed with state-of-the-art equipment

Top of the line: The gym is packed with state-of-the-art equipment

Safety first: The compound also has a building for around-the-clock security guards

Safety first: The compound also has a building for around-the-clock security guards

Like many luxury homes in the area, Harris’ mansion features a large outdoor swimming pool.

It eschews flashier designs in favor of a standard rectangular shape, though tower eucalyptus trees provided some much-need shade on sunny days.

Just next to the pool is a custom-built pergola, which the listing notes has space for barbecuing, and there’s also a spa area and a fire pit with seating around it to relax around on a summer evening. 

The pergola also features bar seating, so guests can unwind with a drink outdoors. 

Of course: Like many luxury homes in the area, Harris' mansion features a large outdoor swimming pool

Of course: Like many luxury homes in the area, Harris’ mansion features a large outdoor swimming pool 

Low key: It eschews flashier designs in favor of a standard rectangular shape, though tower eucalyptus trees provided some much-need shade on sunny days

Low key: It eschews flashier designs in favor of a standard rectangular shape, though tower eucalyptus trees provided some much-need shade on sunny days

Entertaining: Just next to the pool is a custom-built pergola, which the listing notes has space for barbecuing, and there's also a spa area and a fire pit with seating around it to relax around on a summer evening

Entertaining: Just next to the pool is a custom-built pergola, which the listing notes has space for barbecuing, and there’s also a spa area and a fire pit with seating around it to relax around on a summer evening

The partying can easily continue indoors, as Harris’ home boasts a full bar that’s elegantly tucked away in a corner of the living area.

It features seating around the bar that could comfortably accommodate seven people, though there’s plenty of room elsewhere to roam.

The interior is decorated with elegant white coffered ceilings, and rooms have delicate herringbone-patterned parquet floors.

Off in one corner is a set of built-in custom shelves surrounding a fireplace and a mounted television, and a sofa facing the walls makes it an ideal place to unwind with guests. 

Letting loose: The partying can easily continue indoors, as Harris' home boasts a full bar that's elegantly tucked away in a corner of the living area

Letting loose: The partying can easily continue indoors, as Harris’ home boasts a full bar that’s elegantly tucked away in a corner of the living area

Gorgeous: The interior is decorated with elegant white coffered ceilings

Gorgeous: The interior is decorated with elegant white coffered ceilings

Luxurious: The rooms have delicate herringbone-patterned parquet floors

Luxurious: The rooms have delicate herringbone-patterned parquet floors

Living area: Off in one corner is a set of built-in custom shelves surrounding a fireplace and a mounted television

Living area: Off in one corner is a set of built-in custom shelves surrounding a fireplace and a mounted television

Chilling out: A sofa facing the walls makes it an ideal place to unwind with guests

Chilling out: A sofa facing the walls makes it an ideal place to unwind with guests

Guests entering the home will be greeted by a grand entranceway featuring a marble staircase with a thick white railing.

The walls around it are decorated with brick to contrast the more stately whites and browns elsewhere in the mansion, and Harris currently has a shimmering black Steinway tucked away beside the staircase.

The brick walls continue onto the second floor, which has a fireplace in the hallway and unusual transoms above the doors for extra natural light.

Elegant: Guests entering the home will be greeted by a grand entranceway featuring a marble staircase with a thick white railing

Elegant: Guests entering the home will be greeted by a grand entranceway featuring a marble staircase with a thick white railing

Looking down: The brick walls continue onto the second floor, which has a fireplace in the hallway and unusual transoms above the doors for extra natural light

Looking down: The brick walls continue onto the second floor, which has a fireplace in the hallway and unusual transoms above the doors for extra natural light

The kitchen has everything an amateur chef could want, including two islands that are convenient both for food preparation or just to gather around for a snack.

The area is outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances, and the kitchen’s breakfast nook is nestled next to its elegant glass wine cellar.

The new owner will have plenty of space to take care of their work, including a study decorated with darker woods.

Harris currently has the room decorated with his gold and platinum records, and it features custom cabinets and minibar area. 

Fully stocked: The kitchen has everything an amateur chef could want, including two islands that are convenient both for food preparation or just to gather around for a snack

Fully stocked: The kitchen has everything an amateur chef could want, including two islands that are convenient both for food preparation or just to gather around for a snack

Pricy: It's stocked with top-of-the-line appliance

Pricy: It’s stocked with top-of-the-line appliance

Wine fan: The kitchen's breakfast nook is nestled next to its elegant glass wine cellar

Wine fan: The kitchen’s breakfast nook is nestled next to its elegant glass wine cellar

Secluded: The new owner will have plenty of space to take care of their work, including a study decorated with darker woods. Harris currently has the room decorated with his gold and platinum records, and it features custom cabinets and minibar area

Secluded: The new owner will have plenty of space to take care of their work, including a study decorated with darker woods. Harris currently has the room decorated with his gold and platinum records, and it features custom cabinets and minibar area

The master bedroom features a gorgeous vaulted beamed ceiling and a fireplace, along with plenty of windows for natural lighting. 

There are also doors with direct access to the lawn area, so the new owner can easily rise with the sun.

Harris’ bedroom is also great for couples, as it connects to dual bathrooms and dual walk-in closets.

One of the bathrooms has tasteful olive walls with a stately sink and mirror area.

This is the latest property Harris is selling, as he previously sold a ‘micro-compound’ above the Sunset Strip for $7 million in 2020.

The property took four years to unload, and he had originally listed it for $10 million before he was forced to lower his asking price.

According to Dirt, Harris is selling his enormous property because he’s spending more of his time in Europe, where he currently has a 138-acre ranch on Spain’s island of Ibiza.

Master suite: The master bedroom features a gorgeous vaulted beamed ceiling and a fireplace, along with plenty of windows for natural lighting

Master suite: The master bedroom features a gorgeous vaulted beamed ceiling and a fireplace, along with plenty of windows for natural lighting

His and hers: One of the bathrooms has tasteful olive walls with a stately sink and mirror area, and the bedroom boasts dual bathroom and dual walk-in closests

His and hers: One of the bathrooms has tasteful olive walls with a stately sink and mirror area, and the bedroom boasts dual bathroom and dual walk-in closests

Moving on: According to Dirt, Harris is selling his enormous property because he's spending more of his time in Europe, where he currently has a 138-acre ranch on Spain's island of Ibiza

Moving on: According to Dirt, Harris is selling his enormous property because he’s spending more of his time in Europe, where he currently has a 138-acre ranch on Spain’s island of Ibiza

The transformation of Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris is usually hidden behind the decks of a super club, but in 2015 the Grammy-winning Scot stepped out from behind the turntables to be unveiled as the face and body of fashion label Emporio Armani.

The handsome star seemed totally at ease in front of the camera in campaign shots released, showing off his buff body, long legs and blue steel pout – in what marked a new stylish era for the star. 

The 6ft 5in music man hadn’t always been quite so polished. 

Change: DJ Calvin Harris has drastically overhauled his appearance in the last 10 years, pictured left in 2009

New look: He is pictured in 2018

Change: DJ Calvin Harris has drastically overhauled his appearance in the last 10 years, pictured left in 2009 and right in 2018

Back in 2007, as he released his debut album I Created Disco, Dumfries-born Calvin – whose real name is Adam Wiles – was a pale and scruffy brunette who favored a battered leather jacket, hooded tops and loose jeans. 

But roll on a few years and the award-winning producer, who is signed to music company Three Six Zero, ditched the hair dye, hired a stylist and started working out. 

Living in LA seems to have helped, with him previously saying: ‘The food is fantastic over here. You can eat healthily, there’s a lot more healthy options than in the UK — that’s a fact.’ 

Transformed: He is pictured in 2014

Here he is: He is pictured in 2019

 Transformed: Calvin has showed off a handsome new look over recent years (he is pictured left in 2014 and right in 2019)

His daily routine now involves eggs for breakfast (‘egg-white omelette with smoked salmon and spinach for protein, fibre and omega-3’) and a trip to the gym before hitting the studio.

Calvin has also learned to love his height. In the past the lofty chart-topper has admitted to being bullied at school for being different: ‘It was hard being the tallest person in class. 

‘Especially when you are a teenager. You want to keep your head down. I did anyway. 

Health: Calvin has credited living in LA and the better food for his body transformation (pictured last month)

Health: Calvin has credited living in LA and the better food for his body transformation (pictured last month)

Handsome look: But the biggest difference to Calvin's look has been embracing his natural blonde hair in 2012 (pictured in 2017)

Handsome look: But the biggest difference to Calvin’s look has been embracing his natural blonde hair in 2012 (pictured in 2017)

‘When you are a spotty awkward teenager, you don’t want people to look at you. It’s a self-conscious thing. Everyone looks at you because you are extra gangly. It’s only in the last five years that I have come to terms with the fact that I am a big tall b******.’ he said in 2009.

But the biggest difference to Calvin’s look has been embracing his natural blonde hair in 2012. ‘I just don’t have time for that s*** any more in my life, and as I approach 30, I don’t think it’s a good thing for a man to be doing,’ he said at the time.

‘It’s just part of growing up, coming to terms with myself as a human being and not doing that s*** any more. I prefer my more natural look. If anyone doesn’t, they’d be preferring something that isn’t actually real — so it’s like you’re preferring an imaginary idea of someone who doesn’t exist. You either like it or you don’t like it.’ 

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Top 10 urban property hotspots: Bradford and Blackpool lead the pack

Bradford is the top urban property hotspot for the second consecutive quarter, exclusive data from OnTheMarket reveals. 

A combination of affordable house prices and growing number of buyers being priced out of nearby Leeds is helping lift Bradford’s property market, OnTheMarket said. 

Speaking to This is Money, Robert McCarthy, manager of Hunters estate agency in Bradford, said buyers were attracted to the area because properties are ‘dirt cheap.’

Hotspots: Bradford is the top urban property hotspot for the second consecutive quarter, data reveals

Hotspots: Bradford is the top urban property hotspot for the second consecutive quarter, data reveals

He said: ‘Bradford is seeing a high increase in first time buyers and investors, with properties ranging from around £70,000 for a two bedroomed terrace, £110,000-£130,000 for a three to four bedroom terrace and £120,000 to £240,000 for a three bedroom semi-detached or detached property. 

‘This gives a buyer much more for their money, while keeping the mortgage payments lower.’

He added: ‘This week we had a three bedroom semi-detached property go on the market needing some work at £100,000. 

‘We we had over 90 requests to view, with some buyers offering before a viewing at well over the asking price.

‘I personally bought a three bedroom semi-detached renovation project in the area with a large garden for £51,000 a few years ago. 

‘Now fully renovated, if I was selling to put it on the market it would be around £180,000 to £190,000.’

Mr McCarthy told This is Money that it was possible to buy a one or two bedroom flat in the centre of Bradford for between £20,000 to £60,000. 

Urban property hotspots

Blackpool, Rochdale and Plymouth came in second, third and fourth place respectively in OnTheMarket’s latest rankings, with Rochdale climbing from 23rd to third place. 

As cities like Manchester become increasingly expensive, Rochdale has ballooned in popularity with buyers.

Andrew Cardwell, manging director of Cardwells Estate Agents, said he wasn’t surprised about Rochdale’s colossal climb in the rankings.

Ample space: The property in Bradford is link detached and perfect for families

Ample space: The property in Bradford is link detached and perfect for families 

Time to eat: The dining room in this Bradford property is chic and modern

Time to eat: The dining room in this Bradford property is chic and modern 

Outdoor space: the property has a low maintenance garden perfect for entertaining

Outdoor space: the property has a low maintenance garden perfect for entertaining 

He said: ‘Earlier this year Rochdale was recognised as one of the most affordable places to buy a property, with an average house price of around £206,000. 

‘As well as offering excellent value for money, it’s within easy reach of Manchester city centre and has beautiful countryside.’

Plymouth jumped from 22nd to fourth place in the rankings. It is the only southern location to make it to the top five, OnTheMarket said. 

Plymouth is home to HMNB Devonport, the largest naval base in western Europe and the city is brimming with shops and restaurants. 

Jacob Tebb, president of OnTheMarket, told This is Money: ‘Property buying decisions continue to be heavily influenced by affordability, according to our latest hotspots index, which reveals that some of the most active or “hottest” areas also offer buyers the best value.”

He added: ‘Overall, the north/south divide is holding firm, with some of the most vibrant and cheapest locations in the north seeing the most heat in terms of housing market activity and only one southern location making it into the top ten.’

Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Swindon, Sunderland, Wakefield and Derby also made it to the top ten, while Middlesborough, Burnley and Coventry were just outside the top 10. 

Wakefield rose from thirtieth to ninth place, while Birmingham climbed from  forty-third to twenty-third place. 

Where is the market cooling? Urban property hotspots

OnTheMarket added: ‘Moving in the other direction, demand in Wigan cooled significantly, dropping from second to fifteenth place in our rankings, while Liverpool has fallen from eleventh place in the first quarter to thirtieth. 

‘Worthing, one of the few southern locations to be considered a hotspot, fell from twentieth to fifty-third place. The “coolest” hotspot on our list is Brighton.’ 

The average price of a house in Brighton and Hove was £422,000 in April, according to the Office for National Statistics. Its coastal location and proximity to London makes it popular but expensive with buyers. 

Activity in Gloucester, Norwich and Warrington is also cooling, OnTheMarket said. 

How is the London property market faring? 

OnTheMarket crunched separate data for the London property market. The data suggested there has been ‘less fluctuation nationally and very little movement’, On The Market said. 

Within the London-focused rankings, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Sutton, Redbridge and  Newham comprised the top five, followed by Bexley, Hillingdon and Enfield. Hounslow and Croydon also made it to the top 10.

However, Hounslow dropped out of the top five London hotspots in the quarter, while Lambeth, Southwark and Merton all fell four places. 

In the last few years, higher mortgage rates have put a dampener on the property market. However, the Bank of England is expected to cut interest rates this summer and some banks and building societies have already started trimming rates on their mortgage deals. 

Barclays recently upped the ante in the mortgage price war currently playing out between banks and building societies.

The mortgage lender cut rates by up to 0.33 percentage points across a wide range of deals for both homebuyers and those remortgaging, resulting in several new best-buys.

Halifax also announced it was cutting mortgage rates by up to 0.13 percentage points on selected deals.

What’s on sale now?

1.  Three-bed semi-detached house, Bradford, £190,000

This three-bedroom semi-detached house at Hopefield Way, Bierley in Bradford, is on sale via Hunters estate agency for £190,000. 

It has a light and airy living room and a spacious kitchen-diner. The property has gardens at the front and rear and comes with one driveway parking space. 

Bargain: This three-bed semi-detached home on sale via Hunters could be yours for £190,000

Bargain: This three-bed semi-detached home on sale via Hunters could be yours for £190,000

Chill time: The semi-detached house in Hopefield Way, Bierley, is light and airy inside

Chill time: The semi-detached house in Hopefield Way, Bierley, is light and airy inside 

Culinary delights: The Bradford property comes equipped with a spacious kitchen-diner

Culinary delights: The Bradford property comes equipped with a spacious kitchen-diner 

Relax: One of the three bedrooms on offer at the property in Bradford

Relax: One of the three bedrooms on offer at the property in Bradford

2. Two-bed flat, Plymouth, £220,000

Plush: This spacious two-bed flat in Plymouth is on sale via Julian Marks for £220,000

Plush: This spacious two-bed flat in Plymouth is on sale via Julian Marks for £220,000

Features: The period features at the two-bed flat in Plymouth are clear to see

Features: The period features at the two-bed flat in Plymouth are clear to see

All the mod cons: The Plymouth flat comes equipped with a newly fitted pristine kitchen

All the mod cons: The Plymouth flat comes equipped with a newly fitted pristine kitchen

Space: The Plymouth flat has a small private garden and communal grounds

Space: The Plymouth flat has a small private garden and communal grounds

This two-bedroom ground floor flat on sale via Julian Marks is set in a substantial end of terrace late Victorian-era property and is listed for £220,000.

The newly fitted kitchen is modern and stylish, and elsewhere charming period features have been retained. 

The property has been owned by the same people since 1994 and comes with use of a small private garden, as well as a communal garden.

3. Four-bed house, Rochdale, £325,000

Ideal: This four-bed detached house on sale via Hunters could be yours for £325,000

Ideal: This four-bed detached house on sale via Hunters could be yours for £325,000

Family hub: The living room in this Rochdale property is spacious and calming

Family hub: The living room in this Rochdale property is spacious and calming

Ready to go: The property in Milnrow, Rochdale, is in turn key condition

Ready to go: The property in Milnrow, Rochdale, is in turn key condition 

This  four-bedroom detached property located in Milnrow, Rochdale, is on sale via Hunters for £325,000. 

The house is in mint condition throughout with light and airy rooms. A family could move straight into this home without needing to lift a finger. There’s off-road parking, a single garage and gardens to the front and rear. 

It’s an ideal property for a growing family.  

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The top 20 property hotspots for downsizers: Dreaming of a new life in retirement now you no longer need to worry about school catchment areas, commuter links and rooms for the kids? Read our definitive guide

Choosing where to live is a decision brimming with possibility. But for downsizers in particular – freed from the strictures of school catchment areas and commuter links – it’s a time of unprecedented choice. 

Do you opt to live beside the sea or head to the countryside? Perhaps you seek small-town buzz rather than a tranquil village?

For inspiration, Wealth & Personal Finance has gone househunting in the locations with the highest proportion of over-60s moving in, according to analysis by Hamptons Research using the latest available data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), for 2022. Here’s a look at what’s behind the appeal of the most in-demand destinations.

East Lindsey, Lincolnshire

East Lindsey is the area where the highest proportion of outsiders moving in are over 60

East Lindsey is the area where the highest proportion of outsiders moving in are over 60

Downsizing homes here meet every requirement – they’re affordable and close to the coast and picturesque countryside. So it’s little surprise that East Lindsey is the area where the highest proportion of outsiders moving in are over 60. Close to a third of incomers are in this age bracket, according to the analysis by Hamptons Research.

Homes cost an average of £228,410 in East Lindsey. For well under £200,000 you can find a nice bungalow and this area offers those in spades, according to Tony Wing of the agent Robert Bell & Company. ‘People move from south-east England and Yorkshire because their money goes so much further,’ he says. ‘The area offers a nice, relaxed lifestyle.’

Retirees will find the city of Lincoln and market town of Louth to be useful hubs – and both have hospitals.

Horncastle is another popular spot, thanks to its farmers’ market and independent shops. It’s possible to find a two-bedroom terrace for around £160,000 or a bungalow for £250,000 in these places. For rural appeal look at Donington on Bain and Woodhall Spa; or for seaside charm there’s Anderby Creek with its long sandy beaches.

North Norfolk

Trendy Burnham Market is full of tempting tea rooms and bric-a-brac shops

Trendy Burnham Market is full of tempting tea rooms and bric-a-brac shops

It’s no surprise that this area is popular with downsizers; it is free of busy roads and offers a slow-living pace. In fact, 28 per cent of those moving here in 2022 were over 60, drawn by the area’s natural beauty, from pretty villages to sand dune-backed beaches such as Holkham.

Trendy Burnham Market and the Georgian market town of Holt are full of tempting tea rooms and bric-a-brac shops, while resorts such as Cromer and Sheringham offer beach huts for lease. Birdwatchers and boaters are drawn to the Norfolk Broads.

The average property price is £307,780, but you can find two-bedroom detached bungalows from £160,000. Hassle-free and eco-friendly new builds are being snapped up by downsizers, according to Spencer Cushing of the agent Sowerbys. ‘The Four Miles development has been especially popular with downsizers because it’s in the peaceful village of Docking, which has a shop and GP surgery – two key requirements,’ he says. Two-bedroom homes there cost from £495,000.

Isle of Wight

Shanklin Old Village contains some of the oldest dwellings on the island

Shanklin Old Village contains some of the oldest dwellings on the island

With its balmy microclimate and low-gear vibe, the island remains a magnet for retirees – over the past decade its population of over-65s has increased by a quarter, according to the ONS. The biggest age cohort is between 70 and 74.

It has a lot to suit retirees, says Robbie Lane from isleofwightguru.co.uk. ‘There are hundreds of miles of footpaths, plenty of dog-friendly beaches and lots for the grandchildren to do when visiting,’ he adds. 

‘But beware, the ferry can be expensive in summer – it is usually £100 to £200 in peak season but can reach nearly £300.’ Mr Lane says buses cover all the main towns and villages, but warns that public services are stretched. ‘Some outpatient appointments require an inconvenient trip to Southampton or Portsmouth,’ he adds.

Seaside villages can become very quiet in winter, but the larger town of Newport remains lively – it is a transport hub and has a hospital.

Downsizers who plan to visit the mainland regularly may prefer Ryde, with a 22-minute catamaran foot passenger service to Portsmouth. Property prices average at £282,870, but you can find a bungalow or terraced cottage around Ryde for £150,000.

Fylde and Wyre, both Lancashire

St Michael's on Wyre in Lancashire, where the average property price is £189,000

St Michael’s on Wyre in Lancashire, where the average property price is £189,000

These districts sandwich Blackpool on the north-west coast of Lancashire. Both have the Forest of Bowland area of outstanding natural beauty on their doorstep – an undeveloped playground of undulating hills, forests and quaint villages.

Retirees might choose small towns or villages with good access to Preston, Lancaster or Blackpool for amenities (keen older footballers can join the Blackpool Senior Seasiders – a walking football club with over-60s and over-70s teams).

Fylde boasts Lytham St Annes, with its famous Royal golf course and sandy beach. Property prices in Fylde average at £234,640. In Lytham St Annes you can find well-presented detached bungalows for £350,000, or for £327,500 a two-bedroom flat at The Sidings retirement development, with its gardening group, book club and takeaway nights.

Your money will go further in Wyre district, with an average property price of £189,000. Many choose the pretty market town of Poulton-le-Fylde, which has a good community feel and transport links – three-bedroom bungalows here are available for upwards of £300,000.

Arundel, West Sussex

Arundel is full of Georgian listed buildings, great restaurants and even has a medieval castle

Arundel is full of Georgian listed buildings, great restaurants and even has a medieval castle

This area surrounds the pretty market town of Arundel, which is a hot spot for downsizers with around £1.5 million, says Michelle Hendrie of the buying agent Property Acquisitions. ‘Arundel is full of Georgian listed buildings, great restaurants and practicalities like GP surgeries,’ she adds. Arun also offers coast (Littlehampton and Bognor Regis) and countryside (South Downs National Park).

Meanwhile, George Price of Michael Jones & Co suggests Rustington, roughly midway between Chichester and Brighton. ‘With a great high street – Waitrose, banks, GP surgeries and lots of free parking – it ticks all the boxes,’ he says. ‘Detached two-bedroom bungalows in the private roads south of the village are priced around £650,000.’

For an energy-efficient new build, Ryebank Gate, a new Barratt David Wilson development, offers two-bedroom homes from £299,995.

Tendring, Essex

Colourful cottages between Manningtree and Mistley, which are on the Tendring Peninsula

Colourful cottages between Manningtree and Mistley, which are on the Tendring Peninsula

Pretty villages and award-winning sandy beaches within easy reach of Colchester are a reason to seek out the Tendring Peninsula in north-east Essex.

It’s billed as the ‘Sunshine Coast’ with resorts such as Frinton, Brightlingsea and Dovercourt Bay enjoying some of the warmest temperatures in the UK – as well as Blue Flag beaches. The average property in this area is a modest £266,540 and that will get you a semi-detached bungalow in Kirby, a mile inland of Frinton and Walton.

Your money goes further outside the commuter belt, says Karl Manning of Savills. ‘Thorpe-le-Soken is just one of the lovely traditional villages, Frinton is upmarket seaside and Holland-on-Sea also pleasant.’ You’ll find a wide choice of modest or high-spec bungalows with a budget of £400,000.

Torridge, north Devon

Torridge has access to good healthcare facilities, including GP practices

Torridge has access to good healthcare facilities, including GP practices

Rolling countryside, coastal cliffs and serene river valleys – this area is perfect for retirees, says Nick Cunningham of Stacks Property Search.

‘It’s one of the most affordable parts of Devon because it’s less accessible and lacks the cachet of parts of Cornwall and South Devon.’ So that means an average price of £294,850 – or £360,000 for a four-bedroom character home with valley views in the thriving market town of Great Torrington (through Webbers).

Cunningham adds that Holsworthy, Bideford and Northam are also popular, the latter close to Westward Ho!, one of the region’s best beaches. There is also the fishing village of Appledore, or the picturesque Clovelly. ‘

Torridge has access to good healthcare facilities, including GP practices and community hospitals,’ he says.

Rother, East Sussex 

The coastal town of Winchelsea has good mainline links to London

The coastal town of Winchelsea has good mainline links to London

This area is at the top of many downsizers’ lists, thanks to National Trust properties galore, good mainline links to London and coastal delights at Rye, Hastings, Bexhill and Winchelsea. 

‘Devoid of motorways and overly large towns, it’s just a gentler pace of life where you don’t have to live cheek by jowl,’ says Gary Marples of Strutt & Parker.

It’s an easy drive to Gatwick and Dover for holidays, and has excellent hospitals such as Conquest in Hastings, says Carl Underhill at Batcheller Monkhouse. Hotspots are Ticehurst, Battle, Robertsbridge and Sedlescombe, while in Rushlake Green you can get an end-of-terrace two-bedroom cottage for £450,000.

West Devon

A Grade II-listed thatched granite cottage in North Bovey, Dartmoor

A Grade II-listed thatched granite cottage in North Bovey, Dartmoor

This thinly populated area, which includes the valleys and ancient woodlands of Dartmoor, is relatively good value, says Ed Jephson of Stacks Property Search. 

‘There are major hospitals in Plymouth, medical centres in Tavistock – a market town with a thriving high street – and Okehampton (with a Waitrose), whilst Moretonhampstead is an understated rural town with good independent shops.’

Exceptional villages include Mary Tavy, Drewsteignton or Hatherleigh, he adds. A three-bedroom bungalow in the former costs around £550,000.

New Forest

Areas around Lymington offer life near the sea

Areas around Lymington offer life near the sea 

Lush open moors, easy access to the sea and the amenities of Southampton – the New Forest is hard to beat. 

There’s an average property price of £388,810, but that buys a lot of space for those moving out of London, also offering life near the sea (around Lymington), by the Beaulieu River, or deeper into the forest (such as at Brockenhurst).

You can find detached bungalows in the market town of New Milton for around £500,000.

Dorset

Many buyers holiday in places like Mudeford and fall in love with the area

Many buyers holiday in places like Mudeford and fall in love with the area

Easy access to the New Forest is part of the draw for next-door Dorset. Here, the Christchurch, Mudeford and Highcliffe areas are a bungalow hunter’s dream. Many buyers holiday there with families and fall in love with the area, says Mike Watters of Winkworth.

‘Highcliffe has a range of homes for retirees, from bungalow estates to good-size apartment blocks, all within easy access of the high street amenities, including GP, pharmacy and over 40 leisure clubs,’ he adds. Find bungalows from around £350,000 – the average property price for Dorset.

Neighbours gave us a lovely welcome 

Glyn and Heather Coates fell in love with Dorset on several summer holidays and decided to retire there in 2022.

They are selling their five-bedroom home in Devizes, Wiltshire, for a four-bedroom chalet bungalow with a large garden to host their two grown-up children and three teenage grandchildren in the pretty coastal village of Mudeford.

‘As foodies, we love the restaurants here – in Barton-on-Sea and Chewton Glen for something classy – and we have all the practicalities nearby, in Christchurch or Southampton,’ says Glyn, 73, who used to run a modular building company while Heather, 69, previously worked in travel.

‘We found a bungalow 90 seconds from the water’s edge. The neighbours gave us a lovely welcome party – we have quickly got to know more people than we did in Devises.’

Glyn and Heather Coates liked spending time in Dorset on several summer holidays and decided to retire there in 2022

Glyn and Heather Coates liked spending time in Dorset on several summer holidays and decided to retire there in 2022

What your downsizing funds could buy you in… 

North Norfolk: One-bedroom end-of terrace cottage in Titchwell, overlooks nature reserve and has a south facing garden. 

Guide price, £450,000-£500,000, Sowerbys estate agents (sowerbys.com).

This one-bedroom end-of terrace cottage in Titchwell overlooks nature reserve

This one-bedroom end-of terrace cottage in Titchwell overlooks nature reserve

Dorset: Grade II-listed two-bedroom thatched cottage in Shaftesbury, with exposed beams and window seats. Close to high street plus nearby health centre. 

Guide price, £400,000, Strutt & Parker.

This two-bedroom thatched cottage in Shaftsebury has exposed beams

This two-bedroom thatched cottage in Shaftsebury has exposed beams 

Hampshire: Three-bedroom waterside property on Hayling Island, overlooks Chichester Harbour. 

Plenty of space for outside entertaining and sunbathing. Guide price, £975,000. Strutt & Parker (struttandparker.com).

This three-bedroom waterside property on Hayling Island, overlooks Chichester Harbour

This three-bedroom waterside property on Hayling Island, overlooks Chichester Harbour

 …and the remaining eight

Breckland, East of England 

Average house price: £272,800 Average flat price: £114,260

Conwy, Wales 

House: £215,880 Flat: £128,240

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 

House: £267,180 Flat: £126,390

East Devon, South West 

House: £352,310 Flat: £199,100

East Suffolk, East of England 

House: £294,020 Flat: £154,910

Isle of Anglesey, Wales 

House: £236,160 Flat: £146,010

Great Yarmouth, East of England 

House: £212,854 Flat: £103,430

Herefordshire, West Midlands 

House: £295,840 Flat: £134,720

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Want a home with a tennis court? Here’s what you can get from £220k to £3.5MILLION

If you’ve been watching the Wimbledon championships and want to take your tennis prowess to the next level, you might be contemplating buying a home with a court. 

And the price need not be out of reach, with the cheapest coming in at less than £220,000, according to data from OnTheMarket seen exclusively by This is Money.

Brighton and Hove, Cornwall and Buckinghamshire are the locations with the highest number of properties with tennis courts for sale.

According to OnTheMarket, there have been 7,276 homes with tennis courts listed in the year to date, against 13,436 for the entirety of 2023. 

Idyllic: Town Farm in north Norfolk is on sale via Strutt & Parker for around £1,980,000

Idyllic: Town Farm in north Norfolk is on sale via Strutt & Parker for around £1,980,000

Anyone for tennis? Town Farm is Norfolk has extensive grounds and a tennis court

Anyone for tennis? Town Farm is Norfolk has extensive grounds and a tennis court 

Back in 2022, a whopping 43,930 homes with tennis courts were listed up and down the country – as sellers took advantage of buyers’ desire for more outside space which was turbo-charged during the pandemic years. 

Houses with tennis courts are often luxurious and out of reach for many, but some more affordable properties with their own courts are available. 

West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire are the cheapest locations to buy a home with a tennis court so far this year, OnTheMarket said. 

In West Dunbartonshire, the average cost of a home with a tennis court coming up for sale is just £216,599, while in Glasgow it is £291,741. 

Westminster in London stands at the other end of the spectrum. Getting a property big enough to house a tennis court in Westminster is no mean feat and, unsurprisingly, it is very expensive. 

According to OnTheMarket, the average cost of a home equipped with a tennis court in Westminster is £4,434,566, up from £3,719,209 a year ago. 

St Albans is another pricey hotspot for homes with tennis courts, with racket-ready homes typically on sale for £3,703,913. While St Albans is the second priciest place to buy a home with a court this year, last year Elmbridge in Surrey came in second place. 

Norfolk is known for its wide-open spaces and glorious countryside and coast, so it’s no wonder properties with tennis courts here come at a hefty premium. It’s the third most expensive location to buy a home with a tennis court, the data suggests. 

Grand: The Old Rectory in Kent is on sale via Strutt & Parker with a £3,250,000 guide price

Grand: The Old Rectory in Kent is on sale via Strutt & Parker with a £3,250,000 guide price

Get active: The Old Rectory in Kent has a tennis court, gym and a swimming pool

Get active: The Old Rectory in Kent has a tennis court, gym and a swimming pool

To get a house with a tennis court in north Norfolk, a buyer will typically need to spend £3,521,153, OnTheMarket said. 

An idyllic six-bedroom house with a tennis court called Town Farm is currently on sale via Strutt & Parker for a guide price of £1,980,000. The property near Holt has over 3.7 acres of land, a fenced paddock and separate holiday cottages. 

How much does a tennis court cost? 

If the property you plan to buy doesn’t come with a tennis court and you want to build your own, Checkatrade claims the typical cost will come in at around £45,000.

There are different surfaces available, each coming with their own price tags and pros and cons. 

Savanna is one of the more expensive surface options. The synthetic grass is, according to Checkatrade, very advanced, as well as being soft and durable, providing ‘extra cushioning during play.’ 

The cost of getting a court built with a Savanna surface will be around £51,000, it added. 

It is worth remembering that if you have a tennis court at home and use it frequently, at some point it’s likely to need resurfacing, which could cost in the region of £17,000. 

This will depend on things like the size of the court, the surface material of the court and even factors like where you live. 

More homes with tennis courts for sale

Many properties with tennis courts for sale are exquisite. Here are more with courts – or overlooking the Wimbledon courts – on sale now for you to swoon at:

1. Eight-bed house, Fairbourne Lane, Maidstone, offers over £1,995,000 

Wow factor: This eight-bed pile in Kent is on sale via Knight Frank

Wow factor: This eight-bed pile in Kent is on sale via Knight Frank 

Court ready: The well-maintained tennis court will be a hit with friends and family

Court ready: The well-maintained tennis court will be a hit with friends and family

Leisure pleasure: The swimming pool at the property in Maidstone is a gem

Leisure pleasure: The swimming pool at the property in Maidstone is a gem

Plush: The eight-bed property in Maidstone has a high-end and spacious kitchen

Plush: The eight-bed property in Maidstone has a high-end and spacious kitchen

On sale via Knight Frank, this glorious country pile is set in three acres of land and comes with a tennis court and swimming pool.

The property has scope for between four to eight bedrooms and has two additional annex buildings. 

2. Six-bed house, Tismans Common, Horsham, £3.5m

Impressive: Saxes Plat in Horsham is on sale via Knight Frank for £3.5m

Impressive: Saxes Plat in Horsham is on sale via Knight Frank for £3.5m

Theme: The tennis court is adorned with the colours of Wimbledon, purple and green

Theme: The tennis court is adorned with the colours of Wimbledon, purple and green

Luxury: The bathroom has a free-standing tub and luxurious marble surfaces

Luxury: The bathroom has a free-standing tub and luxurious marble surfaces 

Saxes Plat is an impressive six bedroom arts and crafts-style country property with expansive accommodation and beautiful landscaped gardens. 

The property is understood to date from the early 1900s and has been modernised and extended by the current owners. The bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms are exceptional.

Saxes Plat has a tennis court and clubhouse and a detached outbuilding with a veranda and kitchenette, bar, underfloor heating and a wet room.

The property also comes with stables, a greenhouse and an oak-framed garage with an attached workshop. 

3.  Four-bed penthouse with views of Wimbledon, guide price of £1,500,000

Views: This four-bedroom penthouse apartment on sale via Knight Frank has an SW19 postcode

Views: This four-bedroom penthouse apartment on sale via Knight Frank has an SW19 postcode 

Outlook: The property comes with views of the the All England Lawn Tennis Club

Outlook: The property comes with views of the the All England Lawn Tennis Club

Relaxing: This SW19 property has a light, spacious and airy interior

Relaxing: This SW19 property has a light, spacious and airy interior 

This four-bedroom penthouse apartment with an SW19 postcode doesn’t come with its own tennis court. However, it boasts far-reaching views over the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Wimbledon Park. 

Inside, the property, which is on sale via Knight Frank, is spacious, light and airy and has a dual-aspect, double reception room.  

The apartment comes with a double garage, private communal grounds and a communal roof terrace with a private conservatory. 

4. Five-bed house, Strathbane, Glasgow, offers over £2,350,000

Glorious: Bracken House in Scotland is on sale via Savills for offers over £2,350,000

Glorious: Bracken House in Scotland is on sale via Savills for offers over £2,350,000

Let's play: Bracken House has a sizeable tennis court for a lucky buyer to enjoy

Let’s play: Bracken House has a sizeable tennis court for a lucky buyer to enjoy

Chic: The interior of the kitchen at Bracken House is modern and sleek

Chic: The interior of the kitchen at Bracken House is modern and sleek

Views: Bracken House has sensational views of the surrounding countryside

Views: Bracken House has sensational views of the surrounding countryside

This impressive five-bedroom house in Scotland is on the market via Savills for offers over £2,350,000.

The property, called Bracken House, dates from 1962 and occupies one of the most enviable countryside positions within close proximity of Glasgow.

The house is 5,000 square feet and has large windows throughout. Along with sweeping views of the countryside it has an astroturf tennis court.

 

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