What women want: in 2013, it’s not just location that we’re looking for, but leather walls and glass radiators, too

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  • Yes, you read that right, glass radiators are going to be, ahem, hot property in 2013 according to estate agent Knight Frank, and if your townhouse kitchen doesn't have room for an Aga, forget it...

    If you’re buying or selling a property, research from estate agent Knight Frank reveals what buyers are looking for in a property in 2013.

    Location, location, location – it’s the first thing you’ll decide on, right? And it seems more of us are moving to the country – to locations commutable to London in 90 minutes or under. And, if you’re moving to commuter-land in 2013, chances are you’ll opt for a market town or large village with shops and facilities. For families, being within walking distance of a good school will be high on the wish-list. If you can’t face the thought of commuting, then you won’t be alone, as homes with garden studios sell well.

    Homeowners who can’t bear to leave the big smoke, but crave country living, are recreating the feel of a country kitchen in the city, with Agas and farmhouse wooden tables becoming more popular.
    Town meets country: London properties with Agas are in demand  Polly Eltes
    At the upper end of the market, buyers are looking for seriously luxe living – smart interiors with leather walls and cut-out panels like apartments at One Hyde Park; glass radiators, custom-made shelving and stylish internal courtyards.

    As families use the kitchen more as the heart of the home, sleek kitchens with double kitchen islands are the order of the day. ‘Having two islands in the kitchen is an up-and-coming trend, as for large families one is simply is not enough when preparing food and needing a breakfast bar,’ says Christopher Bailey at Knight Frank. Staff accommodation, such as rooms for nannies, is more in demand at the upper end of the market.
    One is never enough: families are looking for spacious kitchens with two island units  Colin Poole/Dawie Verwey
    Shrewd buyers are looking to make the most of their investment by finding a place with secondary accommodation, which could be let or used as a B&B. And if you get on well with your loved ones, putting all your money into one pot to buy a large home that accommodates everyone could be the answer to your baby-sitting dreams.

    Found that dream home? Well you’d better get in quick. Sealed bids, where the buyer submits one offer on the property, are back – sometimes resulting in high sale prices. So making the right offer is more important than ever to secure your perfect home.

    For more information, go to knightfrank.co.uk.

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