Prime Property Buyers Seek Luxury Swimming Pools

 The number of homeowners building basement swimming pools in London could be set to rise, following recent research that showed they are a particularly popular home improvement among prime property buyers.

A Direct Line Select Premier Insurance survey revealed luxury pools are the most highly sought after feature in a high-value dwelling, with 17 per cent of real estate agents reporting a rise in demand.

According to the figures, a swimming pool can add as much as 15 per cent to a property’s value. Even the 17 per cent of respondents who disagreed that a pool significantly boosts a listing’s price admitted they enhance the attractiveness and saleability of a home.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Monsoon boss Peter Simon is aiming to include a luxury pool in his designs for a major basement renovation project in London.

Swimming pools may not be the only reason to invest in a basement conversion for a property. The data also found 3 per cent of estate agents have seen demand increase for wine cellars, while 8 and 5 per cent of professionals said home spas and cinemas, respectively, are more popular.

Nick Brabham, head of Select Premier Insurance, stated that people purchasing high-end properties want the ability to pursue their favourite pastimes from the comfort of their own home.

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