Bloor Homes Reveals Priorities for House Hunter in Silsoe

25/01/2015 - General

The research canvassed the views of more than 2,000 homeowners across the UK and reveals the key factors that make the perfect place to live, with a sense of community, feeling safe and close proximity to family members topping the poll. 

Two thirds (67.5%) said they would be prepared to compromise on the house itself to live in the right area, highlighting the main features of an ‘ideal community’ to be friendly neighbours (77.4%), a clean, well maintained environment (35.4%) and a corner shop (31.6%), while one in 10 said living near a park was important to be able to walk the dog.  

It seems home owners in Silsoe also have very exacting requirements when it comes to defining their dream home and the wish list includes a maximum commute to work of 30 minutes (14%), country pub nearby (10.4%) and a house situated in a cul-de-sac (7.4%). 

When asked about the house itself, a lack of driveway is a deal breaker for most people (62.3%), while respondents were split on the ideal size of garden with 54% believing big is beautiful and 46% preferring something small and perfectly formed.  The majority (78.3%) will also be thinking about their family’s future needs when assessing the layout and size of the house to ensure it will be perfect for the long term. 

Vanessa Macnee, sales director for Bloor Homes South Midlands, explains: “These findings show that Silsoe really is a town of property lovers and that homeowners enjoy thinking about the attributes that come together to create the perfect place to live. Location is the one thing that cannot be changed, which is why we aspire to build communities in the most idyllic of settings, such as Silsoe Grange.”

Silsoe Grange is ideally located in the village of Silsoe, Bedfordshire, the development offers homeowners a quintessentially British lifestyle, characterised by historic local treasures including an old village church and Millennium green, whilst modern conveniences are just a short drive away. Silsoe Grange also benefits from easy access to Bedford, Luton, Ampthill and Shefford, via the A6 and the A507, making it perfectly placed for commuters.

Top 10 Characteristics of the Perfect Place to Live 
1. Small friendly community
2. Secure and safe 
3. Near to family
4. Good transport links 
5. Walking distance to shops and cafes
6. Friendly neighbours
7. The best of both worlds – close to amenities, but semi-rural
8. Living among like-minded people 
9. Maximum 30 minutes commute to work 
10. Close to a country pub 

*This research was designed by Bloor Homes, in conjunction with Censuswide, and executed by Censuswide. The research was conducted on 23 – 30 May 2014 with a representative sample of 2,018 homeowners.