English Living 2020

News & Trends

With people now spending more time at home than ever, homeowners and renters have been increasingly turning their sights to fixing up their properties themselves, with over half (58%) having attempted home maintenance this year. 

London is well known for its hospitality sector and there is certainly no shortage of grand hotels for enjoying a visit whether its for business or to relax and unwind on holiday. One of the city's finest and most respected hotels is Brown's.

A new study by online estate agent Emoov reveals that more than half of workers currently living in cities like London (50.4%) would like to move to a rural location, but will they be able to adjust to a slower pace of life?  

Following a particularly unusual year, which has seen consumers spend more time in their homes than ever before, experts are predicting that 2021 colour trends will reflect the need for our living spaces to accommodate life in the new normal. With work from home considered the norm, consumers are looking to create spaces that offer dual-functionality, with homes that carry them from work to play.

As a national housing shortage has always been an issue for British homebuyers a new report released by PropertyWire says that close to 25,000 homes in London are empty. This number is the highest since 2012 with 56,000 families in the capital still relying on temporary accommodations between April and June 2019.

The never ending construction of new tall buildings and one of the latest that was finished at the end of 2019 is the Principal Tower by Foster and Partners of London.

John D Wood and Co. are delighted to announce the launch of their new Country House department. This new team, led by Vince Dennington, Country House Director will specialise in the sale of select fine country homes and estates covering Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, Sussex, Berkshire, Oxford and surrounding areas. 

Britain continues to have its residential property shortages especially for affordable homes but the plans for 300,000 new homes built by the mid-2020's may be in jeopardy without the plans and financing that are so desperately needed according to review released by PropertyWire.

New  property developments for living in a city centre especially for London has its challenges with one in particular being the available space to build much needed housing. 

A new report has found that Queen Elizabeth II, Emmanuel Macron and Moon Jae-in would be unable to afford their state residences if they were to be put on the market.

 

Property experts at Emoov estimate that Buckingham Palace is the most expensive home of a world leader, valued at £4.9bn based on a £65,000 estimate for real estate per square metre in the West End of London.

Multi generational housing which comprises two or more adult related generations residing in the same residential property is increasing with currently 1.8 million households or an increase of 38 % since 2009 in a report by Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and CBRE. The analysis finds a number of factors for the increase from supporting older family members, lack of retirement options, childcare and rising housing costs. 

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