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    "How to cut the ballooning costs of living in a listed historic home

    These properties cost on average 22pc more than non-listed equivalents, and their maintenance can be pricey

    It was the neo-gothic window in the hallway that made Nancy Parker fall in love with her home, a Grade II listed house built from honey-coloured Cotswold stone and dating from the 17th century.

    “It didn’t matter that it had damp and needed new foundations and a new roof,” she said. “I just adored the charm and history of the place.”

    Ms Parker isn’t the only one falling for historic properties: 8,932 listed homes were bought in England and Wales in 2020, the highest figure for at least five years, according to Hamptons estate agency. The majority were in the South of England. The South West accounted for 24pc of sales, followed by the South East at 20pc.

    David Fell, of Hamptons, said listed property sales had been driven by the rush to relocate after lockdowns. “It has been caused by more people moving from towns and cities into the countryside in search of more space.”


    I don't think I'd ever buy a listed property. Way too much hassle when you want to make improvements. I'm glad there are people willing to take them on, though, as we have some fab architecture in this country.

    Or, to quote my brother, flatten it all and turn it into flats