Six life-changing homes for a fresh start in 2024

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Paul Travers

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, does anything top creating the life you want in the home of your dreams?

 

Whether it’s living by the water, escaping to the country, building an eco home or downsizing to the city, nothing beats feeling in exactly the right place, every single day.

 

So as we approach the end of 2023, what better time to fantasise about the future? To get the ball rolling, we’ve put together six life-changing homes for a fresh start in 2024 – could one of them herald an exciting new chapter for you?

 

Let’s see!

 

Go with the float

life-changing homes - narrowboat in Regents Park, London NW1

Is there anyone alive who hasn’t at some point wondered about living on a boat? Alongside its famous floating communities on the River Thames, London has a number of lesser-known mooring gems along its canals, including here at the Cumberland Basin on the edge of Regent’s Park.

If you find the location surprising, wait till you see inside this wonderful two-bedroom vessel, where everything you thought about narrowboat design will be swiftly turned on its head. With an interior straight out of Wallpaper magazine, The Mothership is rich with craftsmanship and style, including walnut and oak finishes, Corian kitchen counters, underfloor heating, electric skylights and clever built-in furniture and storage.

There’s even a sun deck on the permanent mooring, so you can lounge around outside on a full-size couch while admiring your craft, soaking up the vibe, and enjoying the view.

£600,000 – click here to explore The Mothership

 

Expand your horizons

 

The roar of the ocean outside your window is the stuff of holiday heaven, but it doesn’t have to be reserved for when you go away. In fact, you can have it all the time, right here at home.

From sunny strolls along the promenade to watching the storms roll in over the sea, this 2,500 sq ft seafront Regency townhouse is perfectly placed for the pleasures of coastal life.

life-changing homes - seafront Regency townhouse in St Leonards near Hastings

Looking out over the English Channel in St Leonard’s, the location is made even better by a constantly expanding creative and culinary scene both here and in neighbouring Hastings, not to mention wonderful cliff-top walks and dramatic countryside.

£650,000 – click here to explore Marina

 

Break for the border

Imagine if getting away from it all started with the moment you set off. Forget slogging it up a motorway or schlepping to an airport, and think instead of the romance of rail and waking up in wonderland.

Picture stags in the morning mist as the sun comes up over mountains and lakes while you tuck into hearty Scottish fare and stare out of the restaurant car at the scene unfolding outside. Then, at your journey’s end, step off the train and straight through your front door.

life-changing homes - converted station house in Beasdale, Scotland

Converted from the original station building, this 600 sq ft two-bedroom house in the Scottish Highlands has a wonderful open-plan living space that’s brilliant from morning till night. Windows on three sides and skylights in the roof keep things bright by day, while a big fireplace and wood-burning stove make the perfect centrepiece for cosying up after dark.

£235,000 – click here to explore Beasdale

 

Disappear off-grid

life-changing homes - eco-home self-build project land for sale near Norwich in Norfolk

Say bon voyage to bills, forget fossil fuels, and become a true friend of the earth with this self-build eco-home project in the Norfolk countryside about 20 minutes drive from Norwich. If you dream of living a carbon-neutral life, here’s where you can make it so.

life-changing homes - eco-home self-build project land for sale near Norwich in Norfolk

Designed by the renowned fossil-free architect Dr Jerry Harrell, the house will be one of the most sustainable ever built in the UK, with a Design SAP rating of 167 that’s been independently verified by the country’s top energy assessor. As life-changing homes go,all the boxes are ticked here.

life-changing homes - eco-home self-build project land for sale near Norwich in Norfolk

The crisp layout covers 1,937 sq ft and includes three bedrooms and an open-plan living space, all with large windows looking over a pond, together with eco measures like solar panels, rainwater collection, and extraordinary heating and cooling wizardry. There’s covered parking with a charging point, and the plot covers around 0.78 acres among surrounding paddocks and fields.

£200,000 – click here to explore Dial Corner

 

Move to the city

Downsizing from a cluttered country pile to a tidy city pad can swap dodgy plumbing, draughty halls and huge bills for a fuss-free and fun-filled life – one that brims with the positive energy of being at the centre of it all.

life-changing homes - mid-century apartment in Spitalfields near Shoreditch

Spitalfields is the embodiment of London’s contemporary vibe, with atmospheric Georgian streets and a buzzing modern market bordered by the cool creative scene in Shoreditch, the flowers and food of Columbia Road, and the packed cultural calendar and brutalist brawn of the Barbican.

This one-bedroom apartment in a purpose-built mid-century building is a feast of warm minimalism, with beautiful library walls of oak shelves adding a rich hue to the living room, and paired with sleek grey floor tiles and bright white decor to create a soothing sense of calm throughout.

£525,000 – click here to explore Chance Street

 

Host on the coast

life-changing homes - b&b for sale in St Leonards near Hastings regency garden square

If you enjoy giving people a good time and sharing the best of your neighbourhood, owning a boutique B&B could well be your natural calling. But if you’re worried about starting from scratch, why not take over an already successful concern? Like here, at the last of our life-changing homes.

With seven guest rooms (including three with sea views) and a two-bedroom apartment for an owner or manager, this popular B&B on the Sussex coast has bookings all year round and is just three doors in from the promenade on a Regency garden square.

Along with its next-door neighbour of Hastings, St Leonard’s is developing an art and foodie scene that’s drawing more and more visitors. And at just a five-minute walk from direct trains to London, the 3,300 sq ft hotel is perfectly placed to take full advantage of the growing market.

£1,100,000 – click here to explore Hastings House

 

Are you inspired by any of these life-changing homes?

Whether you’re looking to sell or buy a unique home next year, call us on 020 8187 4599 or email us to tell us all about your plans – we’re here to help you make them happen! 

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