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The UK's happiest homeowners live in this beautiful city

House Beautiful (UK) logo House Beautiful (UK) 10/02/2019 Natalie Cornish
a house with a city in the background: Homeowners in Edinburgh are the happiest with their properties, a new study by Barclays Mortgages has found. While those in Plymouth loathe their houses the most. Find out why at Housebeautiful.com/uk. © joe daniel price - Getty Images Homeowners in Edinburgh are the happiest with their properties, a new study by Barclays Mortgages has found. While those in Plymouth loathe their houses the most. Find out why at Housebeautiful.com/uk.

Edinburgh is not only home to the speediest regional property market, it's also where the UK's happiest homeowners live – according to a new study.

Data compiled by Barclays Mortgages crowned the Scottish city top for meeting families' top 10 needs.

The research showed Edinburgh is not only affordable enough for most children to have their own rooms, unlike in other major UK cities, but also provides plenty of green space and speedy wifi.

a large clock tower towering over a city: Edinburgh Skyline, Balmoral Clocktower, Scotland © joe daniel price - Getty Images Edinburgh Skyline, Balmoral Clocktower, Scotland

And all of these factors now rank more highly when picking a dream location, when compared to proximity to family and friends, and fond memories.

Other important factors that determine how much we love our homes include the cost of council tax, how much work the property needs, neighbourhood safety, access to parking and whether the property has double glazing. Proximity to good schools and supermarkets, nice views and issues like damp or low water pressure are also important.

What we look for in a dream property also varies depending on region. One in four Liverpudlians like their home because it is near a great takeaway (compared to the national average of 16 per cent), while almost one in five parents in Sheffield said they like their home because of the local pub, compared to an average of 12 per cent nationally.

a castle like building in a city: Homeowners in Plymouth are the least happiest with their properties. © Will Blaik / EyeEm - Getty Images Homeowners in Plymouth are the least happiest with their properties.

Meanwhile in Bristol, 13 per cent said they dislike their home because of bad water pressure in the shower, compared to a national average of 8 per cent.

Overall, 83 per cent of British homeowners are happy in their home, the study found. But almost half of us would still consider moving.

Plymouth in Devon was the city where residents were the most unhappy with where they live, closely followed by Manchester and Birmingham.

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