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The green, green grass of a new home can be a big lure for homebuyers, says RICHARD BROOKS of Savills


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ome may value a garden as a retreat for rest and relaxation, some as a sporting venue and others for the sheer pleasure of


tending and nurturing the plants. Many aim for a mixture of all three. Outdoor spaces at our current


instructions range from roof terraces, courtyards and kitchen gardens at some of our period properties to access to the former Botanical Gardens at the new-build Overton Court development. Outdoor space is almost invariably high on our buyers’ wish lists, whether they are after a town or country property.


“Swimming pools, for example, tend to provoke strong feelings”


The scale varies depending on personal preference and need, but it’s rare to find someone who has no interest at all in owning a patch of green. What goes onto that patch is also a


very personal matter. Swimming pools, for example, tend to


provoke strong feelings, with purchasers divided into two camps: those that definitely want one and those that really do not. With all things property, presentation is important when it comes to selling, and while a fabulous looking pool may be very tempting, one that is poorly maintained may be viewed as a potential drain on resources. Something that requires less upkeep is


a tennis court, a popular feature and one that can provide hours of entertainment – especially among newly enthused future champions. At first glance, outbuildings may not


appear to occupy the most glamorous position in a garden, but appearances can be deceptive and their appeal should not be underestimated. Today’s outbuildings come in many


Hatherlow in Backwell, on the market for £799,000


guises from simple potting sheds to all- singing, all-dancing party barns, ancillary living accommodation and places of work. At their most basic they can provide valuable storage, which is often a sought-after commodity, and increasingly structures that may be unprepossessing on the outside are transformed inside to house impressive gyms or other games and leisure facilities. Of course not everyone has the space


for anything more than a few pots in their garden, but the importance of these, too, should not be overlooked. Well-planted and watered, they can make an enormous difference to the visual appeal of a property. CL


For more information or to arrange a market appraisal of your property please call Savills in Clifton on 0117 933 5800


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Savills Clifton 20 The Mall, Clifton 0117 933 5800 savills.co.uk


www.mediaclash.co.uk Clifton Life 113 Richard Brooks


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