‘Does it have a home office?’ - Forget the kitchen, 2021 is all about the dream home office.
15th March 2021
15th March 2021
Property Trends Spring 2021
Trends change constantly for buyers looking for their perfect home, beautiful kitchens, big gardens and off-road parking are all key selling points. Little did we know just a year ago, that we were about to undertake one of the biggest changes society and the property industry has known in decades, which would dramatically change the way we use our home.
Even as lockdown 3.0 eases it seems the working from home trend is here to stay and at the top of the tick list for our buyers is, ‘does it have a home office?’.
The Guardian reported in October last year that; “Before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the now ubiquitous term “working from home” or WFH already applied to about 5% of us … this rose to 50% when the lockdown was at its severest.”
Three months into 2021 and studies show that 1 in 3 have made the home working a permanent solution, the ‘WFH’ phenomenon has created a huge shift in our buyers needs as families struggling to find space in big cities are moving to the South West for a better work-life balance. For anyone looking to sell their property, this trend should be considered when presenting your home for buyers, box rooms, garden rooms and loft conversions can all be transformed into the perfect WFH space.
But what makes a dream office? We took some time to talk to our team of Sale Negotiators to see which properties we currently have on the market with WFH spaces and what buyers are looking for to make working from home, quite simply, work.
1 Lunchtime swim while working from home?
Godwell Court, is a beautiful barn conversion in Ivybridge and truly is the home office dream, not only does it have a study so you can work from home without disruptions, but also an indoor pool and garden room, to de-stress after a long day in front of a screen. Set in half an acre, perfect for lunchtime strolls this property is a true retreat, with good access to the A38 and train station it will also make short trips to London for meetings stress free.
2 Cosy study snug
Harbour Cottage, Dartmouth, is a beautiful town house situated in the very heart of the historic sailing town and less than a minutes' walk from the River Dart. perfect for lunchtime strolls by the water. Once inside the property you are greeted by a stylish and contemporary, open plan living area which includes a cosy study area. The Study area still enjoys the brightness of the open plan living, while being tucked away.
Guide price £795,000
3 Studio Room looking onto Garden
Not all home offices are about work, some are multi-purpose or in some cases shared. Newlands, study space, looks out onto the garden and the large tranquil space could easily double as the perfect place for morning yoga, or perfect for anyone in the creative sector who needs space for more than one workspace. Just a short drive from local beaches, post work summer evenings can be enjoyed on the coast rather than a busy commute.
Guide Price £400,000
4 Home office for sailing enthusiasts near Salcombe
Keen sailors may find Orchard Drive their perfect property, newly built and close to the sailing town of Salcombe, the property features a home office, meaning you can finish your working day and if the winds are right head out for a sail from Salcombe, or explore the beautiful local beaches of North and South Sands, each with golden sands and blue waters, you’ll have to pinch yourself you’re still in the UK.
Guide Price £750,000
5 Grade II listed Mezzanine study
Staverton Mill Totnes, is a Grade II listed modern home occupying a unique position on the banks of the River Dart with the historic steam train station located in front. Beautifully renovated the property hosts a mezzanine above the main living space, flooded with natural light it makes the perfect home office location. Totnes train station is in close proximity and will get you into London Paddington within 3 hours for those monthly meetings.
Guide Price £325,000
6 River views and woodland walks between zooms?
Yealm Wood is a beautiful apartment overlooking the natural harbour of Newton Ferrers and River Yealm. This property has a few locations that would work at a home office space, each commanding views over this truly spectacular and quiet part of the South Hams. The development has its own pontoon which gives you access to the water, a private woodland for lunchtime walks and an extensive private roof terrace and balconies for those post work sunsets.
Guide Price £1,450,000
For more information on properties with home offices look for the home office icon on our property listings or call one of our six branches to help you find the right property. www.marchandpetit.co.uk