Dominic Parravani, Managing Director of Durrants, looks at bungalows – a property market sector that offers buyers bags of often overlooked potential.
Let’s speak up in favour of the bungalow. Those who live in these stairless homes understand what many others do not; that life is beautiful in a bungalow.
Single-storey dwelling is easy and convenient, and in essence, is like living in a superb apartment but with huge benefits – no one above and below you and your own front door and parking area.
Plus, as bungalows can occupy a larger footprint than storied houses and often enjoy wide plots, there is usually a sizeable garden to use as a sophisticated outdoor room for relaxing and entertaining.
Bungalows are not just for the older generation; they can often be easily altered to provide an effective and modern open-plan style of living for all age groups, including families.
Many house buyers are just that – buyers of houses. Most don’t think to add bungalows to their search. They should, as even the humblest bungalow can often offer more lifestyle options than one might think.
Of course, subject to planning permission, one could always add another floor and double the living space or, in the case of some poorly constructed inter-war bungalows built on great plots in wonderful locations, one could knock the place down and start again.
Then there are the thousands of bungalows built in seaside towns when those of pensionable age wanted little more from life than to retire to the coast. Some retirees still do, but their go-to bungalow option is now starting to register with a wider group of buyers.
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