5 of the best bungalows.
BUNGALOWS - they're poky little houses that you move to when you retire, right? Wrong. In fact, about half of bungalows sold in 2013 were to people under retirement age.
These single-storey dwellings are attractive propositions - they tend to be built on bigger plots, perfect if you want to extend, and they are also good investments (after the financial crash in 2007, bungalows held their value more than two-storey homes).
This style of home is sought after, but according to the National House Building Council, just one in 50 homes built in the past seven years was a bungalow, which is pushing up demand for the one-level house.
As you'll see, these one-floor properties are anything but retirement homes - they are stylish places that people of any age would love to live in.
MEAD RISE, HARBORNE Light, airy and very spacious, this detached five-bedroom home wouldn't look out of place in California.
Extending to a whopping 3,283 sqft, Mead Rise is discreetly located behind an electronic gate and a secure driveway. Described as perfect for entertaining, the property has full-height windows in the open plan living room (itself a generous 832 sq ft), which overlooks the private rear gardens and has access to the decked terrace.
Music lovers will appreciate the 7.1 surround sound system, with built-in speakers, too, so you can pump out your favourite tunes, while party food can be prepared in the deluxe kitchen, which boasts Durat work surface areas, Gaggenau appliances, wine cooler and a Mercury range cooker.
The master bedroom suite has en-suite bathroom and walkin dressing room - and if you want to make the most of your lie-in, you can open and close the blinds remotely and use the touchpad lighting controls to ensure the brightness meets your needs.
The other three bedrooms are also en-suite and there is additional living space, which can be used as a self-contained annexe, guest suite or home office. It's also where you'll find the only stairs in the property. ? This property has a guide price of PS1,050,000. For more details, call agents Robert Powell on 0121 454 6930 or see www.robertpowell.co.uk NEW ROAD, NORTON LINDSEY, WARWICK This larger than average one-floor home has spectacular views of the Warwwickshire countryside - there's no need for an elevated position to take advantage of the vista.
Open-plan living makes the most of the space and there's a conservatory from which to soak in the beautiful views. Families with more than one car can take advantage of the double garage, although the driveway can accommodate a number of vehicles, too.
This immaculate four-bedroom property also comes with an adjoining self-contained one-bedroom bungalow. ? This property is on the market for PS750,000. For more details, call agents R A Bennett on 01926 270284 or go to www.rabennett.co.uk ALDERHITHE GROVE, LITTLE ASTON An immaculate bungalow on a quiet cul-de-sac within the exclusive Roman Lane area of Little Aston, this is a one-storey home for a discerning buyer.
Beautifully decorated to an exceedingly high standard, it has four double bedrooms, including a master suite with French doors that lead to a terrace.
Those of you who like to linger in the bath will be able to enjoy the longest of soaks, for this designer bathroom with Jacuzzi incorporates a surround-sound music system.
There's a family room, which leads to a casual dining area and a new deluxe breakfast kitchen, and a conservatory that leads to the gardens.
Ideal for party people, the double garage is currently used as an entertaining suite. ? The guide price for this property is PS875,000. For more details, call agents Fine and Country on 0121 746 6400 or go to www.fineandcountry.com THE FIRS, LADY LANE, SOLIHULL This dormer bungalow has incredible gardens, with an array of trees, shrubs and well-stocked borders, orchard, plus an ornamental pool, terrace and patio - all in 0.75 acre.
As well as six bedrooms, including a master suite with bathroom and dressing room, this spacious property also has a four-car garage, perfect for the car enthusiast or which could easily be transformed into an annexe.
? The guide price for this property is PS850,000. For more details, call agents Victoria Jeffs on 01789 293000 or go to www.victoriajeffs.com FIELDWAY, LANGLEY ROAD, CLAVERDON With eight acres of stunning grounds, which includes a productive orchard and a wildlife pond, plus views of open countryside, this five-bedroom single-storey home provides deluxe, secluded living.
You get 3,249 sqft of living space in this extended dormer bungalow, into which the light floods.
There is an impressive Lshaped, dual aspect kitchen with lots of storage and integrated appliances, and a large lounge that measures 14' 1" by 23' 6" and has large windows that take in those garden views.
Two of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities and there is a study that could be used as an additional bedroom. ? This property has a guide price of PS1,250,000. For more details, call John Shepherd on 01564 783866 or go to www.johnshepherd.com
Mead Rise in Harborne (above) is a modern five-bedroom detached bungalow that wouldn't look out of place in California
with a beautiful mature garden as well as a four-car garage
Spacious bungalow in Alderhithe Grove, Little Aston, is the perfect place for entertaining