Location and outdoor space are key for property buyers in London – but prime purchasers want extravagance in their new homes

It’s no surprise that two of the most popular property requirements for London buyers are space and size.

According to new research by estate agents Marsh & Parsons, the number of bedrooms and south-facing outdoor space are the most common requests in home searches. Off-street parking and separate offices or studios closely follow this, and when it comes to interior design, wooden flooring is the most popular style trend.

Transport links, shops and London parks are the top three amenities buyers want to be close to and after outdoor space, school catchment areas are the next most important thing on the list.

However, not all requirements are so practical.  Roof terraces, squash courts and car galleries to display vehicle collections are among some of the most outlandish buyer requests Marsh & Parsons has come across recently.

Recording studios, panic rooms, staff living quarters and swimming pools or hot tubs are also in demand in prime London locations, along with the new luxury living essential, a temperature-controlled wine cellar.

‘Property wishlists are like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get next,’ says Peter Rollings, CEO of Marsh & Parsons. ‘Some buyers and tenants come to us with very unusual and specific requests, but luckily London’s rich and varied housing stock provides a wealth of choice, and properties to suit even the most particular of tastes – from staff quarters to tree-lined driveways. But no matter how lavish the requirements are, the chances are that we’ll have fielded a similar enquiry before.’

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