Now that the new season has kicked off, how about taking your love of the beautiful game one step further and moving to a property close to your team’s home ground? Depending on who you support, you may well be on to a winner as estate agency Barrows and Forrester says the value of homes near Premier League stadiums has increased by up to 23% since the start of last season, with areas around Midlands clubs making up four of the top five places for annual price growth. From city apartments to coastal abodes, all these properties are available now.
1. Alameda by Quintain Living, Wembley Park, London HA9, from £1,560 per month
This apartment building forms part of the UK’s largest build to rent complex and is right next to Wembley Stadium, giving you the luxury of seeing some of the nation’s – and indeed the planet’s – best squads playing right on your doorstep. The studio, one, two and three-bedroom homes in this development all have a balcony or terrace, and can be rented furnished or unfurnished. Residents can take advantage of free superfast wifi, cosy lounges, a work from home area and a roof garden with a 6 metre wide outdoor screen, BBQs, seating and amazing views of the iconic arch. Contact Quintain Living for more information.
2. Glasgow G31, offers over £135,000
In move-in condition, this spacious flat is on the first floor of a tenement building convenient for the city centre and within walking distance of Celtic FC’s Celtic Park ground. It consists of a double bedroom, a large kitchen/dining room, a living room with a fireplace and a shower room, and has wooden floors, plenty of storage and a communal garden. For sale through Pacitti Jones.
3. Manchester M16, £240,000
The perfect pad for a Manchester United fan as there are views of Old Trafford – the UK’s largest club stadium – from the living area and main bedroom of this duplex penthouse. Set on the fifth and sixth floors of a modern block, it has two double bedrooms, a bathroom, open plan kitchen/sitting room with a Juliet balcony and a cloakroom, and comes with a covered parking space. On the market through Yopa.
4. Newcastle upon Tyne NE1, offers over £275,000
Exposed timbers, brickwork and iron beams, high ceilings and oak floors are just some of the features of this character-packed two-bedroom, two-bathroom loft-style apartment, which is located in a Grade II listed building in the heart of the city centre. Central Station’s round the corner, and the Magpies’ St James’ Park stadium is a 15-minute walk. Through Purplebricks.
5. Birmingham B20, offers over £350,000
Villa Park – Aston Villa’s home for the past 125 years – is only five minutes on foot from this end of terrace family house. The ground floor comprises a bay-windowed sitting room, a lounge, dining room, kitchen and cloakroom, with three bedrooms, a bathroom and study/dressing room on the first floor, and a fourth bedroom at the top. The low-maintenance paved and gravelled garden means there’s no lawn for the kids to ruin when practising their dribbling skills. Via Shipways.
6. Bournemouth, Dorset, £375,000
If you’re a Cherries supporter, why not celebrate their return to the Premier League by making it your goal to bag a home a short walk from the Vitality Stadium? This period semi is well worth a look, and includes a kitchen/dining room, separate lounge, three double bedrooms and a useful loft room which could be turned into a TV den for watching away matches in peace. Find out more from Winkworth.
7. Wimbledon Grounds, London SW17, from £460,000
Buy here and football really will be coming home, as this scheme of more than 600 one, two and three-bedroom apartments encircles AFC Wimbledon’s new purpose-built Plough Lane stadium. Virtually all have balconies and some gaze out directly on to the pitch, and residents have use of an extensive hospitality suite within the stadium, and a squash and fitness club. For more info, get in touch with Galliard.
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8. Marleigh, Cambridge CB5, from £549,950
Cambridge always scores highly in the lifestyle stakes, and just three miles from the city centre and one mile from Abbey Stadium, League One Cambridge FC’s ground, a new community is being delivered by The Hill Group – the club’s lead sponsor – in partnership with Marshall. Once complete, it will incorporate over 1,300 two to five-bedroom houses, alongside parks, a school, a nursery, allotments and sports pitches. A new phase launches next month – get the lowdown from Hill.
9. Highbury, London N5, £795,000
After Arsenal moved up the road to The Emirates stadium in 2006, its former home, Highbury, was redeveloped into a complex of 650 apartments named Highbury Stadium Square. This two-bedder, on the ground floor in the converted West Stand, is a particularly fine example, featuring full height windows and a west-facing garden which can be accessed from the large open plan kitchen/living room and both bedrooms. On the market through Marsh & Parsons.
10. Fulham, London SW6, £1.395m
Only a five-minute walk from freshly-promoted Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage – London’s oldest stadium – this big, bright and immensely tasteful maisonette is waiting to be snapped up. It’s arranged over two storeys, with the kitchen/living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, and the main bedroom, an ensuite shower room and secluded decked roof terrace above. Through Savills.
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