Victorian homes reign as most sought-after period property style

The allure of Victorian architecture continues to captivate homebuyers, as new data from Rightmove, the UK’s number one property website, unveils that Victorian homes are the most searched for period property style.

Rightmove’s Keyword Sort tool highlights the wider popularity of historic and unique properties, with ‘character’ and ‘period’ ranking in the top twenty most searched-for keywords in property criteria this year.

The success of TV show period dramas such as Downton Abbey, Bridgerton and The Tudors, also shows that the charm and character synonymous with period property holds a special place with Brits.

With their spacious interiors, ornate facades, and intricate details, Victorian homes continue to capture home movers’ attention.

Georgian properties are the second most searched-for style, while the third most popular home style is Edwardian, followed by Tudor in forth, and Regency homes in fifth.

Rightmove’s Property Expert Tim Bannister said: “Home hunters continue to be captivated by the character and charm of properties that we see in period dramas. Victorian homes remain particularly popular, characterised by their historic charm, solid construction, and spacious interiors. You’ll often find Victorian houses in some of the most desirable locations which include convenient access to schools and transport links.”

Matt Thompson, Head of Sales at Chestertons, said: “London’s property market boasts a great number of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian houses with each architectural style having its own fanbase. It is worth noting that, post-pandemic, we did see a slight spike in interest for Georgian properties as buyers were driven to find a house style that has a reputation for being more spacious and could accommodate a home office more easily. Still, as demand for properties in the capital outstrips supply, all architectural styles continue to attract buyer interest and offers.”

Robert McLaughlin, KFH Sales Director of North and Central London said: “From small, terraced houses to grand villas, Victorian properties have an abundance of character details that remain popular and in demand with today’s buyers. If we are lucky enough to market a Victorian home, demand from buyers is high as their charm never really seems to go out of fashion.”

The top five most popular period home styles are as follows:

  1. Victorian
  2. Georgian
  3. Edwardian
  4. Tudor
  5. Regency

Check out some of the homes below that match the popular styles:

A-bedroom Victorian family home in Bromley – £1,200,000

  • A beautifully presented five double bedroom Victorian family home with period features and a large garden and driveway for four cars

Grade II listed, seven-bedroom detached Georgian home in Kent – £2,250,000

  • Grade II listed, Great Walton is a 17th-century red brick, tile-hung and weatherboarded country property with 18th and 19th-century additions. The property retains an abundance of charming features, including original windows, fine feature fireplaces, tall ornately corniced ceilings and exposed timber beams.

Edwardian country property in London – £1,200,000

  • An elegant five-bedroom Edwardian family home, within the Lakes Estate conservation area in Southgate, North London

An historic Grade I listed Tudor country house – £3,900,000

  • A picturesque and historic Grade I listed Tudor country house with a magnificent Great Barn

Regency grade II listed townhouse in Edgbaston – £775,000

  • This family home is arranged over three floors and has been listed grade II for its architectural and historical importance (dating from 1830-1855)


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