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10 prize-worthy homes close to top sports venues

Photo: Knight Frank
Yours for almost £8m - a London penthouse with a grandstand view of Lord's Cricket Ground. Photo: Knight Frank

To paraphrase Robert Louis Stevenson, no one stuck in traffic en route to a big match or other major sporting event ever said that travelling hopefully is better than arriving. Committed fans can reduce the risk of being late by moving close to their favourite venue – whether a football or rugby ground, racetrack or national stadium. Start by perusing these conveniently-located properties for sale as one of them’s bound to be a winner.

1. Llys y Coed, Rhosrobin, Wrexham, from £269,995

Photo: Castle Green Homes
Photo: Castle Green Homes

Since Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought then-struggling Wrexham AFC in 2020 it’s gone from strength to strength, with a promotion to League 2 and its own TV series, Welcome to Wrexham. These new-build three and four-bedroom houses are just six minutes’ drive or a half hour walk from the club's Racecourse Ground stadium. The developer is a long-time sponsor and one of the show home's bedrooms is styled with a young supporter in mind. Find out more from Castle Green Homes.

2. Silverstone, Towcester, Northamptonshire, £300,000

Photo: Brown & Merry
Photo: Brown & Merry

For a small village, Silverstone sees a lot of sporting action. It’s hosted the British Grand Prix since 1948, and there’s greyhound racing at Towcester Racecourse, a few minutes' drive away. If you fancy a piece of the action, check out this cute end of terrace cottage. Comprises a living room, eat-in kitchen, two double bedrooms, a first floor bathroom, a courtyard garden and a parking space. Contact Brown & Merry.

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3. Murrayfield, Edinburgh, offers over £350,000

Photo: Aberdein Considine/ESPC
Photo: Aberdein Considine/ESPC

A good-sized recently renovated upper – or first floor – flat a short walk from Murrayfield, Scotland’s largest stadium and home to its national rugby union team. Entered via a flight of steps leading up to its own front door, it has a spacious open plan kitchen/living/dining room, three double bedrooms, a bathroom, utility, garden and garage. Find out more from Aberdein Considine via ESPC.

4. Luna Place, Esher, Surrey, from £360,000

Photo: Chancery Homes
Photo: Chancery Homes

Enjoy the buzz of race days from these new one and two-bedroom flats, as they overlook Sandown Park racecourse. Currently available off plan, they’re arranged over two buildings and feature open plan layouts, contemporary handless kitchens with quartz worktops, private parking spaces and access to a communal wildflower garden. The first tranche of homes will be ready to move into in May. Contact Chancery Homes.

5. Wembley Park Gardens, Wembley, London HA9, from £399,000

Photo: Barratt London
Photo: Barratt London

Snap up a one or two-bedroom flat here and you’ll discover there's always something to do. For not only is Wembley Stadium on the doorstep, but also the OVO Wembley Arena, plus shops, nightlife, a theatre, pop-ups and more within Wembley Park, a vibrant new neighbourhood. Each home comes with a balcony, and there’s an on-site concierge. Via Barratt London.

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6. Newmarket, Suffolk, £625,000

Photo: Cheffins
Photo: Cheffins

You’re never far from a horse in a town known internationally as the home of racing, but this Georgian townhouse is nearer than most. Overlooking Warren Hill Gallops – part of the training course – and a few minutes' drive from the racecourse – it’s in immaculate condition with a host of period features and three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen/dining room, sitting room, study and living room arranged over four storeys. Get in touch with Cheffins.

7. Southfields, London SW18, £700,000

Photo: Tom Rothery
Photo: Tom Rothery (Tom Rothery)

This bright and airy first floor conversion comes into its own during Wimbledon fortnight, as it’s only a 10-minute walk from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, where the championships take place. Consists of a kitchen, a full width living room with a fireplace, two bedrooms a bathroom and a low-maintenance paved garden and is moments from a tube station. On the market through Carter Jonas.

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8. Home Farm, Tidworth, Hampshire, £795,000

Photo: Savills
Photo: Savills

One of seven barn-style homes in a small development, incorporating three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a 34-foot kitchen/dining/family area, a living room with a woodburner, a study and a half acre garden. It overlooks Tidworth Park Polo Club, which has long connections with the Armed Forces and where Prince Harry has played in the Rumble Cup, an annual fixture between the Army and Navy. Via Savills.

9. The Retreat, Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, £1m

Photo: Finest Properties
Photo: Finest Properties

Dating from 1812, this five-bedroom house is believed to be one of the oldest in the neighbourhood and is tucked away in a very private position. There are plenty of period features alongside contemporary updates such as underfloor heating in all three bathrooms and warm LED lighting throughout, and the lower ground floor contains a 150-bottle wine cellar and a den/games room for teenagers. Newcastle United's St James's Park stadium is 10 minutes by car. Available through Finest Properties

10. St John’s Wood, London NW8, £7.995m

Photo: Knight Frank
Photo: Knight Frank

Anyone with a penchant for cricket is guaranteed to be bowled over by this spectacular 9th and 10th floor duplex penthouse. For as well as over 2,600 square feet of living, sleeping and entertaining space and a roof garden equipped out with a bar and Jacuzzi, it boasts a picture perfect close-up view of Lord’s Cricket Ground. Howzat? For more info contact Knight Frank.

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