5 most popular period property styles with home-buyers


We can reveal that Victorian homes reign supreme as the most searched-for property style on Rightmove.

Characterised by their distinct design features that stand the test of time, all of the top five home styles demonstrate that period properties hold a special place with movers who’re looking for their next home. Similarly, ‘character’ and ‘period’ both ranked in the top 20 search terms movers looked for this year.

We analysed the types of homes people are searching for using our keyword sort tool, which narrows down their search results to show available properties with a particular architectural feature or style.

Georgian homes came in second place, and Edwardian in third.

Period properties continue to be a draw for home-buyers, thanks to their historic architecture, high ceilings and large windows. These homes are often showcased in hit TV shows, from Bridgerton – which returns to our screens this week – to Downton Abbey and The Tudors.

Our property expert, Tim Bannister, says: “Home hunters continue to be captivated by the character and charm of properties that we see in period dramas. Victorian homes remain particularly popular, characterised by their historic charm, solid construction, and spacious interiors. You’ll often find Victorian houses in some of the most desirable locations which include convenient access to schools and transport links.”

Take a look at the most sought-after property styles here…

1. Victorian

Victorian homes often feature high ceilings, large windows and high-pitched roofs. Original details might include decorative ceiling roses and cornicing, as well as stained glass and ornate tiling.

Take a look inside this Victorian home:

A 5-bed Victorian home with a large garden
Bromley Common, Bromley
£1.2 million

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward – Sales, Bromley

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2. Georgian

Georgian homes are recognisable for their elegant symmetrical facades and bright, airy interiors, with rooms often arranged over multiple storeys.

Take a look inside this Georgian home:

A 7-bed home with a pool and tennis courts
Sandwich Road, Eastry, Kent
£2.25 million

Strutt & Parker, Canterbury

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3. Edwardian

With a nod to the detail-focused Arts and Crafts era, Edwardian homes often have wide, light-filled interiors and bold, red-brick exteriors with ornately carved porches and long front gardens that set the house back from the street.

Take a look inside this Edwardian home:

A 5-bed Edwardian home with character features
Harlech Road, Southgate, North London
£1.2 million

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward – Sales, Southgate

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4. Tudor

Hear the words ‘Tudor home’, and chances are you’ll think of the iconic timber beams – both interior and exterior – that are the one of the most recognisable features of homes from this era. Expect lots of characterful exterior decoration with multiple gable peaks.

Take a look inside this Tudor home:

A Tudor home set in 9 acres
Hales Green, Norwich, Norfolk
£3.9 million

Savills, Norwich

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5. Regency

Captivated by the Regency style? This latter Georgian period is known for architecture that’s classic and symmetrical. Elaborate details include wrought iron railings, curved doorways, and wooden window shutters.

Take a look inside this Regency home:

A Grade II-listed townhouse
Lee Crescent, Edgbaston

Robert Powell, Birmingham

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