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Bourgeoning Bungalows

28th May 2013

Could the quintessential English bungalow be the answer to Britain's housing crisis? According to Policy Exchange's recent think tank, the production of more bungalows could help to solve the UK housing crisis.

Due to current planning requirements forcing developers to focus on high density developments - ultimately building at least 30 dwellings per hectare - the result has been a near complete lapse in the building of new bungalows. The consequence of this is that bungalows make up only two percent of the country’s homes, despite a Mori report which found that 30 percent of people favoured living in a bungalow, with popularity peaking among pensioners.

With an overall housing shortage, and more distressingly the issues of affordability which have first-time buyers struggling to get their foot on the property ladder, it seems that the answer may lie with the older generation downsizing to make space for younger, growing families - and the bungalow appears to be the natural option. 

Once thought of as ‘humble’, the bungalow has slowly been resurrected due to its increased desirability which spans across a range of age groups. Smaller and easier to maintain than traditional homes, it offers potential buyers a number of benefits due to its combination of price and design. Spread across a single floor with extensive outdoor space, the bungalow is a prime consolidation of unique characteristics. 

While the single story layout is ideal for those who would prefer to avoid walking up and down stairs throughout the day, it also offers residents the opportunity of open-plan living. Due to the specific manner in which they are designed and constructed, bungalow interiors are highly customisable with internal modifications being reasonably uncomplicated due to the reduced number of supporting walls. The result of which is a range of design possibilities which lend themselves perfectly to the creation of a buoyant living space with an abundance of natural light.

Internal specifications are not its only drawcard as the composition of a bungalow naturally results in a loftier plot size and ultimately greater outdoor space and increased privacy. There is an innate practicality to the bungalow - with its ease of accessibility and potential style of living it is slowly emerging as a forerunner in the property market. 

Leading Stanmore-based estate agency Preston Bennett currently has a variety of 20 bungalows available for sale. Varying in price from £359,950 to £1,600,000, there is a bungalow available to suit a range of needs and multiple requirements.

Located in Oundle Avenue, Bushey, is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom semi-detached bungalow within easy access of Bushey Heath's wide range of shops and transport facilities. Priced at £359,950, this purpose-built bungalow’s features include gas central heating, double glazing, and off-street parking.  

Temple Mead Close in Stanmore – priced at £479,000 - is a corner-positioned, 3 bedroom detached bungalow, situated in a popular turning off Gordon Avenue. Within walking distance of Stanmore's excellent shopping and countless amenities, this property offers the potential to extend, subject to required Planning Permission. Along with its spacious lounge and dining room, the neat front garden is a defining feature of the property.

At a price of £950,000, Stanmore’s Fallowfield is the perfect example of a modern bungalow. Situated off Stanmore Hill, this impressive double fronted 3 bedroom detached bungalow has unlimited potential due to its current planning permission to extend it to a substantial 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom detached chalet style house of approximately 3,900 square feet. 

With a number of bungalows to suit every need, prospective buyers are spoilt for choice.

For further information regarding any of the properties listed above, or to find out what other homes we have to suit your requirements, please contact Preston Bennett on 020 8954 0044 or visit www.prestonbennett.co.uk

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