Seven bungalows that aren't what you might expect

The sleek Shipdham bungalow

There are lots of reasons for buying a bungalow: mobility problems, easier maintenance - maybe even just not having to vacuum stairs any more.

While they're generally associated with older people, they can make it easier to keep an eye on young children. They also tend to come with larger than average plots, making them ideal for the keen gardener.

Unfortunately, it has to be said that bungalows aren't always particularly beautiful, with unimaginative exteriors and dated decor - but this doesn't have to be the case.

We look at seven single-storey homes with all the style anyone could want.

Hampstead, London NW3

The bungalow surrounded by mansions

Most of the homes in swanky Templewood Avenue are mansions - so this modestly-sized three-bedroom bungalow is a bit of a surprise. Indeed, the agents suggest that it could be pulled down, and something much larger built. There's certainly room in the 90-foot garden. Doing that would be a real shame, though, as it's a charming home as it is, with three bedrooms, a reasonably-sized kitchen and an enormous, sunny living room. It costs £3,950,000 through agent TK International.

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Shipdham, Norfolk

The living space of the stylish Shipdham bungalow

A world apart from your usual bungalow, this stunning low-rise modern building has a curved roof and Siberian larch cladding. Inside, all is clean and modern, with sleek slate floors and a huge open-plan living space. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the view. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a walk-in cupboard to hide all the clutter. It's up for sale for £350,000 through agent William H Brown.

Robertsbridge, East Sussex

The stone-floored kitchen

Even in the home counties, bungalows don't usually cost the best part of a million - but this one's that pricey for a reason. The brick-built barn conversion has five bedrooms and loads of reception space, as well as stabling, menage and ten acres of land. There's a lovely stone-floored kitchen, and a great balance between simple modernity and period features. It costs £950,000 through agent John D Wood & Co.

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Earsdon, Tyne and Wear

The newly-converted barn

This brand-new three-bedroom former barn is a rather different proposition from the one above, as one of six new barn conversions in what's described as 'an extraordinary boutique development designed for contemporary living with a rural twist'. Built around a large open-plan kitchen/diner, it features spa style bathrooms, a bespoke designed contemporary kitchen, underfloor heating and high quality appliances. Agents Propology Boutique Properties are asking £585,000.

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

The stone bungalow in Chipping Camden

A Cotswold stone cottage on the edge of an idyllic town, with the river Cam running alongside - and all on the ground floor. This pretty home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with two receptions and a good-sized kitchen, and has a real country feel. It's on the market for £565,000 through agents Mark Annett & Company.

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Wimbledon, London SW19

The interior of the stylish Hampstead bungalow

In a private gated mews with just one other home, this stylish single-storey home is just minutes from Wimbledon Village High Street. The three bedrooms and three bathrooms are separated from the enormous open-plan living area by a decked internal courtyard; bi-fold doors give an inside/outside feel. You'll need to rustle up £2,150,000; it's on the market with Hawes & Co.

Liversedge, West Yorkshire

The 1960s Liversedge bungalow

There's a real retro style to this 1960s bungalow, built in a rather Brutalist style that's softened by the natural stone. It has a large open plan living area, as well as a games room, along with three bedrooms and three baths. There's also a very authentic pine sauna. The house has been recently refurbished, with stylish details such as a timber wall and designer kitchen. It costs £449,950 from agent Yorkshire's Finest.

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This five-bedroom, £4.5 million property was built in 2009, and designed to impress - with an indoor pool, sweeping staircase, a state of the art kitchen, feature fireplaces, a gym, and a bathroom for each of the five bedrooms. It seems to have worked, as the property had 14,000 views in a month.

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At the other end of the affordability spectrum, there’s a good chance that the attention this two-bedroom flat is getting (17,000 views in a month) has something to do with the fact that it costs just £113,000. In Newport that buys you two double bedrooms and an allocated parking space near the city centre.

This is a stunning home in Padstow, boasting six bedrooms, an impressive vaulted entrance hall, open-plan living, and an outdoor pool.

However, the most striking aspect of the property has to be the incredible views all around.

It'll set you back £2.25 million, but that hasn't put 20,000 people off viewing the property in a month.

This stunning eight bedroom property is set on an estate owned by the Crown in Oxshott in Surrey.

For your £5.5 million, you get an impressive indoor gym and pool, plenty of entertaining space, a master bedroom suite complete with mirrored dressing room, and separate staff accommodation. The grounds are fitted with extensive security and CCTV, so nobody will ever get inside. While it's on the market, of course, we all get a chance to have a look around, and in one month 34,000 people have.

This beautiful four-bedroom house on the Isle of Skye is just £100,000, which makes it a reasonable proposition as a holiday cottage or bed and breakfast.

It has been recently renovated too, so you won't have a maintenance mountain to climb before you start. It’s a great place to view while you dream of a remote island life - which may be one of the reasons why 41,000 people have viewed it in a month

This six-bedroom newbuild looks fairly traditional from the outside, but inside has opted for a sea of shiny white flooring, a shiny white kitchen, and a master suite that comes with its own (shiny white) dressing room.

It’s well worth a look - after all 42,000 people have viewed it in a month - but if you want to move in, it’ll set you back £2.65 million.

This four bedroom detached new build in Grimsby comes with some footballer essentials - including a shiny white kitchen, Bi-fold doors onto the terrace, master bedroom suite with dressing room and a free-standing bath in the family bathroom.

And because it’s in Grimsby, all this comes with a very reasonable price tag of £379,000. It’s such a good deal that 58,000 people have viewed it in a month.

This new build in Cheam, in Surrey, is advertised without a price. But given it has six bedrooms, a swanky kitchen and bathrooms, a games room, several sitting rooms, and Bi-fold doors onto an impressive garden (built for entertaining ), you can safely assume you’re looking at several million pounds. You can have a look yourself, and decide what it’s worth, after-all, 92,000 people already have in the past month.

Tucked into a cul de sac in Gerrards Cross, this five bedroom detached home (built in 2011) comes with an imposing triple garage.

For the petrol head who moves in, there are also three reception rooms, five double bedrooms (four of which are en-suite and one of which comes with a dressing room). It’ll cost you £2 million, so take your time having a look first - joining 150,000 people who have nosed around in the past month.

This five bedroom detached home in Lanark is the most viewed property in the country, with 212,000 views in a month.

Clearly people are intrigued as to how they can get an immaculate detached five bedroom home for less than £200,000 - over £500,000 less than the average asking price for a five bed house in the UK. The answer is, of course, that Lanark is home to some incredibly affordable property - so this constitutes a pricey property for the area.


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