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Property: Extra space has just became more affordable

WITH many of us continuing to WFH, demand for properties with space for a study has surged, and estate agents Dexters reports that a spare room now tops the list of house hunters’ must-haves. Even on a tight budget, the stamp duty holiday and a bit of flexibility on location could get you that extra bedroom — so cast your net wide, or consider a commuter town with fast road and rail links…

Hayes Village, Hayes, UB3

Two beds from £432,000, Help to Buy available

Stamp duty: Nil

Stamp duty saving: £6,600

One, two and three-bed apartments are for sale on this former Nestlé factory site, now a major regeneration scheme (main picture). The show apartments highlight spaces that can be used as offices, and during lockdown many buyers have taken advantage of Help to Buy to purchase a home with a second bedroom. One-bed apartments are priced from £320,000.

St Michael’s Hurst, Bishops Stortford, CM23

Four-bed house £589,950, Help to Buy available

Stamp duty: £4,495

Stamp duty saving: £15,000

There’s more than a touch of boutique hotel about the master bedroom of the Blenheim, a detached four-bed family house in a new community on the outskirts of the town. It includes an en suite, built-in wardrobes and a dressing area — a rarity in a new-build.

London Square Staines, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18

Two beds from £434,950, Help to Buy available

Stamp duty: Nil

Stamp duty saving: £6,747

Purchasers of these one, two and three-bed apartments have plenty to smile about, as they offer private and shared outside space and hi-spec, generously proportioned interiors. In a new webinar on London Square’s website, interior designers Dapa Interiors discuss how to fit a study or office into a spare bedroom. One beds from £362,000.

Woodlands Green, Staplehurst, TN12

Three beds from £369,995, Help to Buy available

Stamp duty: Nil

Stamp duty saving: £3,499

Behind the 1930s-inspired exteriors of these three and four-bed houses you’ll find good-sized contemporary interiors, and space to convert a bedroom into an office.

BRX, Brixton, SW9

From £695,000 for a three-bed

Stamp duty: £9,750

Stamp duty saving: £15,000

Only a handful of one and and three-bed shared ownership apartments remain for sale in the heart of buzzy Brixton and a three-minute stroll from the Tube station. All have their own outside space and some bedrooms open out on to a balcony, also accessed from the living area. One-beds start from £120,000 for a 25 per cent share.

Quinn Lodge, Sutton, SM2

Three beds from £550,000, Help to Buy available

Stamp duty: £2,500

Stamp duty saving: £15,000

From the generous proportions to the spacious wardrobes, design is taken very seriously in this luxury scheme. Each of the remaining one and three-bed apartments has an open-plan living space and a balcony or terrace. One-beds from £345,000.

The Collection, Burghfield Common, Reading, RG7

From £549,950, Help to Buy available

Stamp duty: £2,497

Stamp duty saving: £15,000

Ideal for families with busy work and school schedules, these recently launched four and five-bed houses boast decent-sized bedrooms, all with space for an office area or the flexibility to be converted into a dedicated study.

Saxon Reach, Milton Keynes, MK17

Townhouses from £367,750, Help to Buy available

Stamp Duty: Nil

Stamp duty saving: £3,387

A collection of three and four-bed townhouses offering plenty of potential for keeping home and work life separate by using the spare bedroom as a study. You won’t be stuck for ideas as the two show homes feature spare rooms that have been transformed into offices.

Lion Wharf, Old Isleworth, TW7

Two-bed apartments from £660,000

Stamp duty: £8,000

Stamp duty saving: £15,000

Not only do these Thameside homes have bedrooms big enough to work comfortably in, but residents can benefit from a Hyperoptic broadband package, giving the internet speeds of up to 18 times faster than the national average.

Beam Park, Rainham, RM13

Three-bed townhouses from £510,000, Help to Buy available

Stamp duty: £500

Stamp duty saving: £15,000

If you prefer your bedroom to be a sanctuary rather than a crash pad, one of these three-storey houses could fit the bill. Each has a master suite taking up the entire top floor and feature an en-suite bathroom, dressing room and large storage cupboard.

All stamp duty savings calculated for first-time buyers