You’ll have no excuse for not keeping fit if you buy a home with a private gym, either as part of a house or shared with other residents in an apartment building.
From starter flats to multi-million pound mansions, there’s a wide selection of properties for sale with gyms of their own.
However, before exercising ensure you know how to use the equipment and that it is safe for you to do so. "Check it is fully functional and, ideally, that the vendor has left manuals or the management company has information in situ," advises Olympian Roger Black, who has his own fitness range.
"Research online regarding programmes or how to get started. Don’t just jump on a treadmill and start running at the highest speed – this can do more harm than good."
Here are the top seven properties for sale with gyms.
1. Fryerning, Essex. Price: £3.5m
Leisure and lifestyle are taken very seriously in this opulent four-bedroom country house, set in nearly six acres of woodland and including a detached fitness and spa building that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury retreat. As well as an impressive gym, it has an infinity pool with mood lighting and a steam room, a dry (infrared) sauna and a separate traditional sauna, a yoga/pilates room overlooking outdoor hot tub terraces and barbecue areas, and a bar and cinema room. See the Zoe Napier group website for more information.
2. Harcourt Gardens, South Quay Plaza, Canary Wharf, London. Price: from £720,000
Snap up a one, two or three-bed apartment in Harcourt Gardens, the latest phase in a development designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partners and you’ll automatically become a member of The Quay Club. This lays claim to some of the best fitness and wellness facilities anywhere in the capital, including the 18th floor Bamboo Sanctuary, comprising a gym, health suite and spa and hot tubs on an outdoor terrace, a co-working space with a games room and karaoke studio on the 37th floor and a 55th floor roof garden. You’ll also be able to use the amenities in neighbouring Valiant Tower, which contains another gym, a swimming pool, 56th floor bar and terrace, private screening, dining and meeting rooms, and take part in classes held in-person and online. For more information see the Harcourt Gardens website.
3. L&Q at The Silk District, Whitechapel, London. Price: from £124,375 for a 25% share of full market value £497,500
A five-minute walk from Whitechapel’s forthcoming Elizabeth line station, these brand new one and two-bed flats are available for shared ownership, a government scheme aimed at boosting affordability. It allows people to buy a share in a home and pay rent on the rest to a housing association, with the option to increase their stake later on. Unusually for a shared ownership development, homes have access to a private gym kitted out with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and a Peloton spin studio, and there’s also an on-site cinema and concierge. You can find out more on the L&Q website.
4. Stanbridge, Bedfordshire. Price: £1.2m
The gym of this substantial house occupies a workshop in the large garden, and is fitted with power, lighting and even a log burner, in case any help is needed in breaking a sweat. Accommodation extends to over 3,000 square feet and comprises a kitchen, breakfast room, dining room, family room, utility, downstairs shower room cloakroom and study, plus five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the first floor. It has views over open countryside and no upper chain. Hunters are the estate agents.
5. Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Price: £2m
An abundance of period features and beautifully finished rooms lie behind the handsome red-brick exterior of Grade II listed Goldness House. Among them are six big bedrooms, two dressing rooms, four bathrooms, four reception rooms, a country kitchen with an island and a four-room bar in the converted cellar. The star of the show, as far as fitness fans are concerned, is the huge first-floor gym which is air-conditioned and looks out over the 20 acre grounds. It's on sale with Fine & Country.
6. Welton, East Yorkshire. Price: £400,000
This modern four-bedroom house was originally a show home and is still covered by an NHBC warranty providing insurance against any structural defects. It’s in excellent condition and comes complete with an outbuilding containing a fully-equipped gym, and a pair of exercise bikes, a treadmill, a cross trainer, sauna and weights are all included in the price. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room to unwind in after a workout. It's on sale with William H Brown.
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7. Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. Price: offers over £495,000
An extended five-bedroom, three-bathroom house with a flexible layout and finished to a high standard throughout. On the ground floor there’s a large open plan kitchen/family room with a woodburning stove, leading through to the dining room, with a living room at the front. In addition it has a utility room, cloakroom and a large bedroom set up as a gym. However, the future owner might prefer to free up the space to use as an office and put cardio machines and other kit into the garden building – currently used as games room and bar – instead. It's being sold through Purple Bricks.