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After a period property? These are the 10 best places to buy one in the UK

Photo credit: Alex Robinson Photography - Getty Images
Photo credit: Alex Robinson Photography - Getty Images

We all have a checklist when searching for a new house; for many, it's a bigger garden, for others, a quiet road away from the hustle and bustle. However, for some, it's the presence of period features that really catch their eye. From historic beams and decorative cornicing, to inglenook fireplaces and sash windows, older properties are bursting with character.

The question is, where do we find these homes with history?

Luckily, a new survey from Zoopla has looked at the number of properties for sale with period features, as well as the number of properties that are listed as either Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian or Tudor, to find out which areas you should focus your search in.

And coming in at number one? London.

The capital is the region that has the most period properties for sale, with nearly one in five (19 per cent) possessing character features. In terms of borough, Haringey comes out on top, with more Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian and Tudor era properties than anywhere else in London (30 per cent to be precise).

In fact, London dominates the ranking, with seven locations in the city making it into the top 10. They include Waltham Forest and Hammersmith and Fulham.

Photo credit: Karl Hendon - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karl Hendon - Getty Images

Outside of London, seaside favourite Brighton and Hove is in fifth place, with 24 per cent of properties mentioning period features.

Elsewhere, Argyll and Bute in Scotland is one of the rural areas with a high number of properties for sale with character (15 per cent).

Incidentally, according to the Royal Bank of Scotland's quality of life survey, Argyll and Bute is in the top five places to live in Scotland. It is an area of outstanding beauty, with mountains, sea lochs, 23 inhabited islands, six main towns and more than 3,000 miles of coastline.

Photo credit: David C Tomlinson
Photo credit: David C Tomlinson

Here are the top 10 best places to buy a period property:

  1. Haringey, London - 30 per cent

  2. Waltham Forest, London - 28 per cent

  3. Hammersmith and Fulham, London - 26 per cent

  4. Richmond upon Thames, London - 26 per cent

  5. Brighton and Hove, South East - 24 per cent

  6. Merton, London - 23 per cent

  7. Bristol, South West - 23 per cent

  8. Kingston upon Thames, London - 22 per cent

  9. Hastings, South East - 22 per cent

  10. Lewisham, London - 22 per cent

If you're on the hunt for a period property of your own, as well as searching by the areas listed above, you can search for phrases such as 'period', 'Tudor', 'Victorian', 'Edwardian' and 'Georgian' in listing descriptions. You'll be lighting the fire and gazing at your original wooden beams before you know it...

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