There are many reasons to enjoy life in Petersfield, but we feel the sense of community is one of the most important features for people looking at property in the local area. We know many people have always understood the importance of community, but in recent times, it is fair to say it has become even more important.
As we come to terms with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and look to make our way forward, buyers will re-evaluate what is important to them. At Williams of Petersfield, we believe community features and facilities will be vital for buyers.
We know there have been studies highlighting demand from buyers for gardens and larger homes. Given the impact of the pandemic, it makes sense buyers want these things, but buyers have long wanted these features at their home. The changing issues buyers are looking for comes with the impact of remote working, and what is around people’s homes.
What is important to you at home?
We have considered the findings of a recent study by Redrow, the UK house builder. They spoke to more than 2,000 adults in the UK, and they have compiled a Top Ten of features buyers want. The Top Ten is as follows:
- A park or village green with open spaces cited by 35% of respondents
- Access to smaller shops such as grocers, baker and a Post office said by 33%
- Having a Doctor’s Surgery nearby was listed by 32% of respondents
- 31% of respondents requested bus and train routes nearby
- The importance of a large supermarket close-by was cited by 28% of respondents
- 17% of people who answered stated they wanted local cafes and restaurants
- A pharmacy was listed by 15% of respondents
- Good schools was only listed by 14% of respondents
- Pubs and bars were named by 14% of respondents
- Only 11% of respondents cited the importance of a hospital close-by
James Holmear is the Group Sales Director at Redrow, and he said; “Lockdown has changed our lives dramatically. More time spent in the home has made us reconsider how we use the space that we have, and how our homes can adapt to a more permanent change in the future. Even as more offices re-open, many people will opt to work at home, and people are planning to replace public transport with greener modes of community when they do commute.”
Buyer demand has shifted
James continued by saying; “This change has translated to huge shifts in buyer preferences on the ground. Now, we are experiencing more customers adapt their search to homes with extra space to work, and more people are looking for proximity to green space and local shops, over good schools, and cafes and restaurants.”
We believe Petersfield has a lot to offer with these aspects, and if you would like to learn more about the local community features, please get in touch.
At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.