By Ruth Doherty published
If you're anything like us, browsing for your dream property on Rightmove is a daily habit. But what are the most-viewed properties we're all lusting after right now?
The most popular homes of the summer all have a similar theme - oversized, luxurious, and a stylish escape, whether by the sea or in the country. And, it seems, Cornwall has emerged the most sought-after spot.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: 'There’s no getting away from the fact that, as a nation, we’re completely obsessed with property. Our homes have become more important than ever before this year, and it’s fascinating to see which properties have captured the imagination of Rightmove users this summer.
'From the music studio where everything started for Oasis, to an Essex mansion with life-size superhero figurines guarding a home cinema, these five properties are really special.'
THE 5 MOST-VIEWED PROPERTIES ON RIGHTMOVE
1. AN UPSCALE PARTY PAD IN ESSEX
This sprawling, 32,000 sqft behemoth of a mansion is the ultimate party pad for adults and you really do have to see this place to believe it.
The £9.5 million home is kitted out with not one, but two, indoor swimming pools, whilst the basement resembles a Las Vegas casino and boasts life-size waxworks of Batman and Superman, which guard the entrance to the home theatre.
Elsewhere, you’ll find a 10-seater Jacuzzi, two saunas, two lifts, an 18-seater cinema, a private dance floor and a floodlit tennis court with its very own pavilion. View the property here.
2. A GRADE II-LISTED LAKESIDE MANSION IN CORNWALL
Tregeare House is a Grade II-listed, Palladian-style mansion set in an exceptional private country estate that’s surrounded by beautiful parkland and a glorious, sweeping driveway.
You’ll find this incredible five-bedroom home in 215 acres of private land in the unspoilt North Cornish countryside. This place also has a working farm and equestrian facilities.
The secluded property boasts a rich history, too. Its first recorded owners were the Baron family and the house is believed to have been built by Jasper Baron and completed in the 1790s. View the property here.
3. A WATERSIDE GEM IN CORNWALL
This Cornish gem is a truly magical waterside getaway that has panoramic, 180-degree vistas of the water and the countryside beyond.
On the market for just shy of £3 million, this tranquil three-bedroom hilltop home – which comes with a one-bedroom guest cottage – is designed in the ‘New England’ style and is simply enchanting.
The charmingly cosy property is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and even comes with its own stone quay. No wonder it's one of the most-viewed Rightmove properties of the summer. View the property here.
4. A ROCK 'N' ROLL MUSIC STUDIO IN CORNWALL
It’s the revered music studio that’s been part of Britpop folklore for decades and now you can ensure its rich history will Live Forever.
The Old Sawmills in Cornwall is where Oasis recorded their debut album Definitely, Maybe and the iconic studio has also hosted the likes of Stone Roses, The Verve and Muse.
Now the historic seven-bedroom property, a truly unique waterside home that’s only accessible via boat or by foot, is on the market for a cool £2.25 million. View the property here.
5. A GRAND COUNTRY HOME IN STAFFORDSHIRE
Rounding up the most-viewed Rightmove properties list is this magnificent country estate. If you’re looking for somewhere that effortlessly mixes period character with modern architecture then this stunning five-bedroom country home is for you.
Grand Lodge, a Grade II-listed residence, is tucked away in the Staffordshire countryside and feels about as close as you’ll get to a 21st century castle.
This beautiful home also boasts stables for horse lovers, while outdoor adventurers will be pleased to hear that Cannock Chase, an area designated as a Place of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can trek, cycle and run, is just around the corner. View the property here.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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