Property: 10 knockout homes for rugby fans
If you’re currently swept up in the excitement and drama of the Six Nations, there’s no time like the present for taking your passion for the sport to the next level by finding a new home close to a rugby ground or stadium.
From practical apartments to period townhouses, all these properties are on the market — so why not give one of them a try?
1. Verdant Rise, Leicester, from £187,250
You’ll find everything from two-bed bedroom apartments to five-bedroom detached houses at this 300+ home scheme.
All include a spacious open plan kitchen/living area and a balcony or garden, and some are fitted with solar PV panels that generate electricity.
Welford Road Stadium, home to the Leicester Tigers since 1892, is a short drive away. For more information get in touch with Tilia Homes.
2. Saint-Denis, Paris, France, €274,000 (£240,884)
A potential bolthole for international tournaments, this detached house is virtually within throwing distance of the Stade de France, the country’s national stadium where Six Nations matches are taking place.
It’s arranged over three levels and has two bedrooms, an open plan kitchen/living/dining room, a family bathroom with a rather fetching turquoise suite, a garden and off-road parking. Available via Kyero.
3. The Hamilton, Cardiff, £385,000
Only one two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex is left at The Hamilton, a listed Victorian villa that’s been renovated and converted into luxury apartments.
It includes a living room with a vaulted ceiling, a separate kitchen/breakfast room, a mezzanine landing and parking space.
The city centre, Pontcanna’s independent shops and cafes and the Principality Stadium are in walking distance. Contact Savills.
4. The Empire, Bath, from £385,000
Good things often come in threes — such as the trio of two-bedroom homes currently for sale in this central Grade II listed building overlooking Pulteney Bridge and Bath’s rugby ground, The Rec.
The Empire was a grand hotel until the mid-1990s when it was converted into apartments for the over-50 age group.
Residents have use of a dining room, library, cinema, sauna, exercise room and other communal facilities. On the market through Fine & Country.
5. Gloucester, £450,0000
Buy this charming five-bedroom house and you’ll never have to worry about finding a parking space on match days — or going for a drink afterwards — as Gloucester Rugby Club’s Kingsholm Stadium is a seven-minute stroll.
Inside it’s a delight, with exposed beams, a wood burning stove in the living room and a freestanding tub in the family bathroom. Find out more from Taylors.
6. Torwood House, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, from £732,000
Views of Murrayfield Stadium — a 10-minute walk away — are among the many attractions of this development.
Two semi-detached houses have been fashioned from a magnificent Victorian villa, along with three further homes in the original coach house and lodge and 23 two- and three-bedroom new-build apartments.
Each has tons of space for post-match entertaining, a balcony or terrace leading off the living room and allocated parking. Find out more from Ama Homes.
7. Exeter, £900,000
On the outskirts of a modern estate, this five-bedroom house will suit a busy family as it’s in a cul-de-sac with no through traffic and incorporates four bathrooms, a playroom, a study and a good-sized, fully-enclosed garden.
The Sandy Park ground, home to local premiership team Exeter Chiefs, is two miles down the road. Get in touch with Bradleys.
8. Twickenham, £1.75m
Not only is this early Victorian villa a feast for the eyes, but it happens to be in walking distance of Twickenham Stadium, the largest of the Six Nations venues with a capacity of 82,000.
It’s situated in a conservation area, and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a double reception room with a marble fireplace, a dining room, kitchen and study, and potential to extend. On the market through Antony Roberts.
9. Rome, Italy, €2.79m (£2,453,646)
This huge first-floor apartment is in Camilluccia 535, a new uber-contemporary residential project set in a private park filled with rare plants and convenient for the Stadio Olimpico.
Currently for sale off-plan and due to be finished this October, it comprises four ensuite bedrooms, a vast living/dining area, a kitchen and three terraces, one fitted with a jacuzzi.
There’s also a cellar, and a parking space can be purchased at extra cost. Through Sotheby’s International Realty.
10. Dublin, €3.75m (£3,301,419)
The Aviva Stadium is only a 15 minute walk from this handsome red brick Victorian house, which is arranged over four floors with period features throughout.
It includes a ground floor kitchen and dining space opening onto a terrace, a drawing room and dining room on the first floor and four bedrooms, plus a self-contained one-bedroom flat on the lower ground level. Find out more from Knight Frank.
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