From stairway-cupboard accommodation to golden chandeliers, it's safe to say that there is an incredible amount of variation to be found on Britain's leading property marketplace, Rightmove. Enjoying around 127m visitors per month, Rightmove decided to celebrate the festive season with a top 10 list of its most-viewed homes in 2016.
This beautiful west-London property offers the best in modern living packaged with a great respect for traditional aesthetics. The house sits proudly on the prestigious Addison Road, with a contemporary exterior that pairs nicely with a garden that was designed by a Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist. Inside, residents can enjoy a basement pool, private gym and even an indoor cinema!
Period buildings can often fetch impressive prices, but this 17th century grade two listed building requires some major, major renovation to be made liveable. The property sits on 1.66 acres of land, and once belonged to adventure novelist Rider Haggard, author of King Solomon's Mines.
This house in the world famous London district of Notting Hill seems like it would be any buyer's dream. The incredible location offers great entertainment and a number of high-end shops. This, combined with the property's personal spa, could make the house perfect for anyone who likes to relax after a shopping spree! In addition to this, the property offers eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms and four reception rooms.
Perfect for commuters, this terrace house is just a 45 minute journey from central London. Given the property's attractive price and location, you might be surprised to hear that it also comes with its own private garden area!
This unassuming two bedroom cottage hides something incredible. It happens to be one of the country's few remaining 'cave houses', and features a 650 ft cave area complete with vaulted pillars and beautiful gothic archways. Though the property has now been removed from the market, it will undoubtedly continue to attract interest in the future.
One of the most impressive parts of this incredible mansion is how far its price has been lowered. Since going on sale in October 2014, the asking price has fallen by over £6m. Offering three separate powder rooms, a 14-seat private cinema, a gym and, among other things, separate staff accommodation, this mansion has generated a "great deal of attention", at least according to the agents.
You will be no doubt be heartbroken to hear that this Bracknell house, more commonly called 'No.4 Privet Drive', has been taken off the market. Once one of the most important settings for the Harry Potter movie franchise, the house has since undergone a complete renovation, according to its agents.
Shockingly, Thorne-Island managed to make it into the top three of this list despite only being put on RightMove a month ago! The Napoleon-era fort offers ten bedrooms and three bathrooms, but will require serious renovation and a great deal of investment to make liveable. Still, it could make a perfect property for anyone who feels passionate about defending the Welsh coast.
It's said that although footballers can build or buy mansions wherever they wish, they often find trouble finding buyers when they're ready to sell. This is unfortunately the case for this mansion, which supposedly went on sale in October 2013. Belonging to Ashley Ward and wife Dawn, the property offers a hair and nail salon, games room, private cinema and, perhaps more unusual, a princess-themed bedroom. Despite the property failing to sell, there are apparently plans to extend it with conference and banqueting facilities. Provided these plans get past the objections of the unhappy neighbours, could they help the property finally exit the market?
At the top of our list we find this breathtaking London property. The gold accented interiors alone speak volumes about the level of luxury offered by this property: In addition to a private basement pool, the house features a passenger elevator, retractable glass ceilings and golden chandeliers. Unfortunately, this former-embassy has fallen victim to the general slump in London's high-end property market; in addition to its £55m price tag, potential owners would also be faced with having to pay £6.5m in stamp duty.
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