Britain’s dream home: A 4-bed detached by the sea with utility room & Tesco nearby

  • The nation’s dream home is revealed today as a four bed detached home in a coastal village, with two living rooms, two bathrooms, a garden, garage, utility room and an office
  • Tesco is the supermarket most people want to have nearby, just pipping Waitrose to the post, and top four non-essential amenities wanted within walking distance are a pub, corner shop, coffee shop and local market
  • Village life wins across all ages, though 18-24 year olds would prefer to live in an inland village than by the coast, and first-time buyers are more likely to want to live in a town
  • Aldi is the most desired supermarket in Scotland and the West Midlands, Sainsbury’s wins in Yorkshire & the Humber, and Waitrose comes top in London, the South East, South West and East Midlands

A new study out today reveals what Britain’s dream home looks like, with the practicalities and convenience of a utility room and a home office winning out over luxurious swimming pools and gyms, and Tesco being crowned nationally as the supermarket most people want to have close by.

The study asked people what kind of property their dream home would be, where it would be, and what they would want on their doorstep.

The detached dream

One of the big impacts on the housing market during the pandemic has been the jump in the number of people buying a detached home. The nation’s dream home shows the desire to live in a small, friendly community but in a detached home so as not to have the neighbours too close. A cottage comes in second, fitting with the idyll of a cosy cottage by the sea.

Two living rooms is the most popular request for the number of living rooms, perhaps to have one for guests and one for everyday use. A garage and a garden are both high priority, although these days a garage may be used for extra storage rather than actually parking the car inside.

When it comes to additional rooms, the humble utility room stands out as a must-have, much higher than any fanciful notions of walk-in wardrobes, gyms or swimming pools.

The rise of working from home comes through especially in the younger age groups, with those aged 18-34 saying a home office is their number one priority for an extra room. The conservatory doesn’t start to appear as a must-have until we reach the 65+ age group, who also crave a bungalow over a bigger home. The youngest age group of 18-24 would really like a dining room, likely to have more room to entertain friends. A third bathroom, maybe for growing families, emerges in the 25-44 age group.

Escape to the coast

It has been well documented over the past year that more people than usual have been considering a move to a coastal location, and to smaller towns and villages, although there are now signs that city living is returning. When exploring the life that could be, the vast majority say they would like to live in a village by the coast, and first-time buyers are the only group who would rather live in a town.

Tesco triumphs over Waitrose

The motto that ‘every little helps’ is certainly true for Tesco today, as the chain beats Waitrose by a mere one percent, when people were asked which supermarket they would most want to have nearby. There are clear regional favourites, with the South favouring Waitrose and Sainsbury’s winning in Yorkshire & the Humber.

Looking at all property listings on Rightmove, Tesco is the supermarket that is mentioned most by estate agents in listings, followed by Waitrose. Waitrose does over-index though when you consider how many more stores Tesco has around Great Britain.

Just popping down the local…

The pub wins out as the most popular establishment people want nearby nationally, followed by a local corner shop, coffee shop and a local market. A local market wins as the number one priority in London. Bakeries and restaurants come next on the national list, and local greengrocers and butchers are a more popular choice than takeaway places, likely as people know they can rely on delivery drivers to bring it straight to their door.

Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s property expert comments: “The study paints a fascinating picture of what a ‘dream home’ really means to people. Usually you might think a dream home is a mansion with swimming pools and other luxuries, but the British sense of thinking practically comes through very clearly with garages, utility rooms and home offices the order of the day. Perhaps it’s the thought that if you have a dream home you want to make sure you’re going to make use of everything. Rather than choosing an outdoor swimming pool only to realise you can only use it a few weeks of the year, you think of a utility room that you know you’ll be using every day.

“Earlier this year detached homes hit over half a million pounds nationally for the first time, aided by increased demand for more space. This means that many people looking to move right now are likely to be looking for a smaller home, but some will have their mind set on how they could eventually achieve the four bed detached home with a garden. Others will be thinking about what living the coastal life in a cottage could be like, and for some that will mean their daily search on Rightmove turns into picking up the keys to their new life a few months down the line.”















Supermarket most wanted nearby

East Midlands Waitrose
East of England Tesco
London Waitrose
North East Tesco
North West Tesco
Scotland Aldi
South East Waitrose
South West Waitrose
Wales Tesco
West Midlands Aldi
Yorkshire & the Humber Sainsbury’s
National Tesco





Additional rooms

1 Garage
2 Utility room
3 A home office
4 Dining room
5 Walk-in wardrobe
6 Conservatory
7 Swimming pool
8 A gym/spa
9 Games room
10 Library


Rank Nearby amenities  
1 Pub
2 Corner shop
3 Coffee shop
4 Local market
5 Bakery
6 Restaurants
7 Greengrocers
8 Butchers
9 Takeaways
10 Gym



Notes to editor

The survey was conducted by Rightmove between 18th-24th August 2021. There were 2,023 respondents.

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