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Take 5… Homes near high streets

As many might argue that internet shopping has increased in the past year due to the pandemic, it may be assumed that the high street is something of the past. However, our research tells a different story. Strutt & Parker’s latest Housing Futures survey asked homebuyers about their wants and needs for a new home, with 76% of respondents claiming that access to shops and amenities was an important motivation.

This could be partially due to how lockdown shone a spotlight on the importance of having a range of shops and amenities on the doorstep and people wanted to support local businesses. But also without the need to commute in the same Monday to Friday patterns, workers have spent more time at home and therefore in their local area. As such, local high streets have flourished where some city centres might have been quieter, simply because workers weren’t travelling in to town as much.

In addition to being able to shop for groceries locally, access to local restaurants, bars and pubs can also be a motivating factor. Living close to a café or a neighbourhood restaurant can provide ample opportunities to get involved in the local social scene, connect with neighbours and be involved with events.

With more people wanting to able to able to cycle to their high street, walk their children to the local school and jog around the area at the weekend, take a look at our top pick of homes near the high street:

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Cutmill House, Bosham, Chichester

The historic High Street in Bosham leads to the Saxon Church depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry and to Quay Meadow, adjacent to the renowned Bosham Sailing Club. There is an arts and crafts centre, a hotel, pubs and cafes. To the north of the village there is a post office and convenience store, as well as a medical centre.

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Treaslake Farm, Buckerell, Honiton

Honiton has three major supermarkets with a wider range of shopping available along the attractive High Street. Honiton also boasts some very highly acclaimed restaurants and Inns and a number of interesting antique shops and auction houses.

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Seraph House, High Street, Debenham

The rural parish of Debenham is a popular, picturesque village with a thriving local high street and abundance of amenities; numerous independent shops, small supermarket, post office, vets, cafe, pub and doctor’s surgery.

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3 Garden Terrace, High Street, Seal

The property is set off the High Street in the sought-after village of Seal which offers a comprehensive range of day-to-day amenities including a wide variety of local shops and a restaurant, a library, public house, recreation ground and popular primary school.

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Apartment 6, Lentran House, Inverness

Inverness offers a comprehensive range of amenities including bus and train stations, cafés, bars, restaurants, high street shops and Eden Court Theatre & Cinema. It is very much the commercial and business centre for the Highlands of Scotland.


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