Through the keyhole of some of the UK's most lusted-after properties

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Searches for properties with outdoor space have gone through the roof since lockdown. Photo: The Astley/Savills/Movebubble
Searches for properties with outdoor space have gone through the roof since lockdown. Photo: The Astley/Savills/Movebubble

Traditional “curb appeal” has been replaced by “lawn allure,” as searches for properties with outdoor space have gone through the roof since coronavirus lockdowns.

Searches for properties with a garden are up 193% on rental app Movebubble, compared to the week before lockdown, while searches for houses with a terrace skyrocketed have 203% — highlighting renters' newfound appreciation for the need to have access to the outdoors.

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A surge in searches for properties with bike storage, up 1,500% over the same period since mid-March also emerged, reflecting demand for mobility amid concerns about catching coronavirus on public transport. 

READ MORE: Property website Rightmove sees busiest day on record

These are some of the most sought-after alfresco properties Brits have been looking at since lockdown started to relax.

A London apartment with the ultimate rooftop playground 

This one-bed one-bath apartment is less than 30 minutes from central London. (The Gatefold Buildings/Movebubble)
This one-bed one-bath apartment is less than 30 minutes from central London. (The Gatefold Buildings/Movebubble)

Located in London’s Hayes, this £1,275 ($1,574.48) per month one-bed, one-bath apartment is offers the ultimate rooftop, with everything from hammocks to table tennis and giant chess, and also boasts a balcony and bike storage.

The building offers the 'ultimate rooftop playground'. (The Gatefold Buildings/Movebubble)
The building offers the 'ultimate rooftop playground'. (The Gatefold Buildings/Movebubble)

The building is a three-minute walk to Hayes & Harlington station, taking you to London Paddington in less than 20 mins.

There is also a front-desk concierge, bike storage, and not only is the building pet-friendly, it even offers dog-sitting.

A two-bed apartment in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

(The Astley/Savills/Movebubble)
(The Astley/Savills/Movebubble)

This newly-reburbushed two-bed flat for £1,045 a month has both a balcony and a roof terrace with a view.

The property has both a rooftop terrace and a balcony. (The Astley/Savills/Movebubble)
The property has both a rooftop terrace and a balcony. (The Astley/Savills/Movebubble)

The building has a front-desk concierge and boasts bike storage, a shared lounge with a large TV, and event space. It is also pet-friendly.

A luxury Fulham riverside apartment 

(MyLo Fulham Riverside/Greystar/Movebubble)
(MyLo Fulham Riverside/Greystar/Movebubble)

This £3,471 per month luxury riverside apartment offers a balcony, a tennis court and award-winning on-site gardens.

The on-site gardens are award-winning. (MyLo Fulham Riverside/Greystar/Movebubble)
The on-site gardens are award-winning. (MyLo Fulham Riverside/Greystar/Movebubble)

The brand new property, purposefully built for renters and pet-friendly, also comes with bike storage and a gym.

The balcony overlooks the Thames. (MyLo Fulham Riverside/Greystar/Movebubble)
The balcony overlooks the Thames. (MyLo Fulham Riverside/Greystar/Movebubble)

READ MORE: Coronavirus — UK property prices 'will take 11 months to recover'

A three-bed house hosting a private garden in Worsley Green

(The Green/Briscombe Nutter & Staff/Movebubble)
(The Green/Briscombe Nutter & Staff/Movebubble)

Just a stone’s throw away from Worsley Green, this three-bedroom house for £1,595 a month offers plenty of outdoor space, with a balcony, a terrace and a private garden.

(The Green/Briscombe Nutter & Staff/Movebubble)
(The Green/Briscombe Nutter & Staff/Movebubble)

A six-bed home in London with private patio garden 

(Carter Jonas/Movebubble)
(Carter Jonas/Movebubble)

This £9,533 per month newly-refurbished family home has it all — a beautiful balcony, a terrace and a private patio garden.

The private patio garden is lush and green. (Carter Jonas/Movebubble)
The private patio garden is lush and green. (Carter Jonas/Movebubble)

It boasts two reception rooms, a formal drawing room, an eat-in kitchen, a en-suite master bedroom with a balcony, four further bedrooms, two bathrooms and two studies — making it perfectly suited for working from home.

Figures emerged this week that asking prices for properties in England are more than £6,000 higher than before the lockdown began, according to Rightmove.

Homeowners appear to be confident of cashing in on a “flood of pent-up demand” and new interest in moving sparked by the lockdown, despite the economic fallout of the pandemic.

READ MORE: Coronavirus: House prices jump in England as estate agents overwhelmed

The site also recorded its 10 busiest ever days in May and June, with the UK collectively spending almost a million hours on the site on 6 June.

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