Do you prefer the city with its abundance of services and amenities, or do you prefer being near the sea with more space?
It’s a question some house hunters may still be asking themselves following the ‘race for space’ property trend that emerged during the pandemic after several lockdowns.
In our latest Property Battle, we pitch a trendy city pad up against a more spacious townhouse with views of Dartmouth Harbour and fields, and ask which would you pick?
Which of these two different homes for sale with the same £550,000 asking price would you pick?
They both have a price tag of £550,000 but can be found on different sides of the country.
On the east side is the one-bedroom flat in one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods that is surrounded by shops, restaurants and bars, and excellent transport links.
And on the west side, is the four-bedroom townhouse with uninterrupted views across a character seaside town, down to Dartmouth Harbour and across to fields and woodlands.
1. One-bed flat, Notting Hill, £550k
This top floor flat on London’s Portobello Road is on the market for £550,000 via Noah’s estate agent
The leasehold flat has 114 years remaining on the lease and includes a service charge of £3,102 a year
This top floor flat is on London’s Portobello Road, putting it is at the heart of the action in trendy Notting Hill.
The leasehold flat has one bedroom and has recently been painted, while also boasting a modern bathroom and kitchen.
The lease has 114 years remaining and includes a service charge of £3,102 a year. It is being sold by Noah’s estate agent.
The Notting Hill has a modern kitchen with white base and wall cabinets and a contrasting dark worktop
The flat has one double bedroom and has been recently painted, giving it a clean and fresh look
The modern bathroom has floor to ceiling tiles as well as a modern white suite
In its marketing literature, the estate agent explains: ‘This flat is not just a place to live, it’s a lifestyle choice for those who love to be at the heart of the action.’
‘You’re just steps away from the best that Notting Hill has to offer, from eclectic hops and eateries to the famous Portobello Road Market.’
The flat is a period conversion, and has good access to transport links being 0.2 miles from Ladbroke Grove Underground Station and 0.4 miles from Westbourne Park Underground Station.
2. Four-bed townhouse, Dartmouth, £550k
This townhouse in Dartmouth is on the market for £550,000 via The Coastal House estate agents
The townhouse has a pretty terrace with space for a dining area and far-reaching views
The property has been refurbished and boasts an attractive open-plan living area with a kitchen
If you’re looking for a four-bedroom house with a view, this property in Dartmouth fits the bill.
It’s elevated position provides views down to the town’s habour and across the water to the fields and woodlands beyond.
As well as a terrace with far-reaching views, the property has been refurbished to high standard.
It includes a wood burner housed in a stone-lined fireplace and plantation shutters that highlight the sash windows.
There are four bedrooms including this double bedroom with modern plantation shutters
The property’s elevated position provides views down to the town’s harbour and across the water to the fields and woodlands beyond.
The freehold property has four bedrooms as well as two bathrooms. It is being sold by The Coastal House estate agents.
It described the property as ‘glorious’, explaining that the open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas from one ‘super sociable space’.
While Dartmouth is almost a five hour drive from London depending on the traffic on the day, the capital can also be reached by train via direct links between nearby Totnes and Paddington Station.