Our Sales Director Tony Wing DipSurv MRICS FNAEA reports on a tide that has turned in the post-pandemic property market.
Suburbs were a great idea: so good in fact that during the 1930s over four million new suburban houses were built in England, Scotland and Wales - making the UK at the time the most heavily suburbanised nation in the world.
The suburbs offered space, health and a new life to millions of people who felt tired, squeezed and vulnerable living in inner cities. Suburbs became the lungs of cities, places where people could breathe, live in well-designed, comfortable homes and enjoy their gardens.
Human tides have flowed back and forth into our cities and out again since the industrial revolution. The latest wave out to the suburbs has undoubtedly been triggered by pandemic. In post-Covid Britain suburbs are again in vogue, with a generation wanting to leave the city but still wishing to be within easy reach of metropolitan work, culture, sport and entertainment.
Now a new generation is following in the footsteps of their forefathers and learning that the suburbs have so much to offer - from room to breathe to reasonably priced homes offering space and versatility. Suburban homes were and are still being built with families in mind. They are ideal for second or third-steppers, adaptable for growing families and often providing room to extend and the opportunity to modernise.
In Lincoln we are fortunate. As locals, we all moan and groan about the traffic, but for most of us, we are still only a ten-minute drive away, more or less, from access to the city centre and all its service, or even the cultural-historic heart of uphill. A suburban resident in Nottingham would say that we are rather spoilt! And later in 2020 we will have the new Eastern Bypass making it even easier for us suburbanites to access routes both north and south around the city. If you are looking to buy a home in Lincoln, which suburb would you choose?
The Robert Bell & Company Sales Team