Fancy a day at the races? You won’t have far to go if you buy a home close to a racecourse, though according to estate agency Benham & Reeves you’ll typically pay a 12% premium compared with the wider area to live on the doorstep of a famous equestrian venue. However it’s a safe bet that you’ll be able to command a similar uplift in price when you eventually sell. Get your search off to a galloping start with this section of properties for sale.
1. Golwg Gwendraeth, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, from £199,995
A development of two, three and four-bedroom houses next to the Ffos Las Racecourse, which opened in 2009 and hosts 23 fixtures over the year. Currently being sold off-plan, homes will have flexible open plan living rooms, allocated or off-road parking and sweeping views over Carmarthen Bay. Kidwelly’s town centre and station are a 10-minute drive. Find out more from Dandara.
2. Liverpool, £240,000
There are unobstructed views of the hallowed turf of Aintree – gearing up for this weekend’s Grand National – from this deceptively spacious semi-detached house. It includes a kitchen/diner, living room, conservatory, utility, three first floor bedrooms and a family bathroom, plus a fourth bedroom on the ground floor that could easily be turned into an office or playroom. Get in touch with Yopa for more information.
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3. Newmarket, Suffolk, £300,000
You’re never far from a thoroughbred in a town that’s renowned as the home of horseracing – and this charming Victorian terraced house is a case in point. A short walk from Tattersalls – the UK’s leading racehorse auctioneer – and convenient for the Rowley Mile and July racecourses, it comprises a through sitting/dining room with a bay window and fireplace, a galley kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom with a rolltop tub and shower cubicle, and a low-maintenance paved garden. Contact Pocock & Shaw.
4. Doncaster, offers over £375,000
Doncaster Racecourse – one of the oldest in the country and home to the St Leger Festival, held in September – is just down the road from this traditional semi-detached house. A hallway, lounge, dining room, kitchen, adjoining family room and a utility/cloakroom are on the ground floor, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms above. The windows and driveway have recently been upgraded, and there’s potential to convert the loft space into further accommodation. Via Purplebricks.
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5. The Chase @ Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire, from £440,000
Homes don’t get much closer to the action than these as they’re built around Newbury Racecourse, giving residents grandstand views from the comfort of their sofas or balconies. Three, four and five-bedroom houses are currently available, all with open plan living areas, ensuites off the main bedrooms, plenty of storage and parking. Newbury town centre’s in walking distance, and two local schools are rated outstanding by Ofsted. By David Wilson Homes.
6. Sunninghill Square, Sunninghill, Berkshire, from £775,000
Victorian-inspired three and four-bedroom houses are on the market at this boutique scheme, just a five-minute drive from Ascot Racecourse and complete with its own village green and play area. They’re beautifully finished, featuring handcrafted kitchens with Siemens integrated appliances, vintage-style bathroom tiles and turfed back gardens. Visit Sunninghillsquare.co.uk.
7. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, £1.025m
The largest apartment in Grafton Lodge, a Grade II listed building on a tree-lined street convenient for Cheltenham Racecourse and the prestigious Gold Cup race, held in March. All rooms are a good size, and the kitchen, two bedrooms and drawing room look out over the well-maintained, mature communal gardens. A third bedroom is in the elegant orangery extension at the side, previously used as an art studio. For sale through Knight Frank.
8. Esher, Surrey, £1.55m
Built in the 1930s, this Art Deco style house is in an enviable position directly opposite Sandown Park, providing instant access to racing and other live events held throughout the year. At the moment it incorporates four bedrooms, two reception rooms, a study, kitchen, bathroom and cloakroom, and planning applications have been approved to build a single storey rear and side extension and/or a two-storey extension at the front, substantially increasing its size. Via Savills.
9. Strettington, Goodwood, West Sussex, £2m
Make an offer on five-bedroom Oak House and if you’re first past the post you could be in by August, when Glorious Goodwood takes place. Its proximity to the racecourse – a five-minute walk away – already reaps rewards as the property comes with a detached one-bedroom annex which is run as a successful holiday let business for racegoers and visitors to other events such as the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival. Through Fine & Country.