9:42 AM, 28th April 2021, About A year ago
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live our lives drastically and perhaps affected the way we live at home the most. Everyone spent more time at home and it gave us time to think about what we like and dislike, about our spaces.
With some travel restrictions in place and outdoor activities put on hold during the height of lockdown, people across the UK turned to their outside space for a sense of escapism. This week, Google searches have reached an all-time high for ‘houses with a garden’ as people look to trade in their home for more green space.
But one in eight (12%) households in Great Britain have no access to a private or a shared garden during the global pandemic.
Research by online estate agent, Emoov, has reported a 233% increase in Brits searching for rented properties with a garden and outdoor facilities in the last week.
City dwellers have begun contemplating moving to the coast or the countryside for more greenery and garden space, with 14% of Londoners wanting to leave the city. The top cities where people are moving for green space are:
Naveen Jaspal, COO of online estate agent Emoov said:
“There has been a big shift in the housing requirements during the pandemic, those living in the city are wanting to relocate to the periphery and rural regions. If this change for cities across the UK materialises, it could have a huge impact on the housing market.
“Moving out of the city has never been more accessible as more companies opt for a completely remote working environment. As people are confined to their homes with limited space, they have reassessed their lives completely – a lot of people renting in the city centres have grown an interest in gardening, growing things and doing physical activities.”
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