A babbling brook, a peaceful lake, a village duck pond, a peaceful canal or a tempestuous stream add something mesmerising, relaxing and exquisite to a property. A home with a view over water comes with an intangible quality that is impossible to replicate in any other way.
Why are we drawn to views over water?
Without wishing to take the magic out of it, it turns out that scientifically, views over water make us happier.
It’s pretty remarkable. From the biologist, Dr Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind, explaining the benefits of water, how looking at the water is mildly meditative, and how it helps us escape the stresses of modern life, to the project Blue Gym which highlights that coastal dwellers are happier, there’s a growing body of research behind this.
Indeed, one fascinating study revealed that our stress levels drop when we look at photos of natural green space. Yet, the subjects were even happier when those photos had more water spots shown within them!
It turns out there’s probably something built into our evolution, as we thrived when following water, which means that even now, we want views over water. Hence we want them in our properties. Green space is lovely, but green space with the ripple of blue is powerfully incredible.
Do views over water add value to a property?
You probably know that a good view adds value to a property. However, did you know that a splash of water in that view can make that same property so desirable that it will command a sizeable price premium? Of course, figures vary, and of course, it’s challenging to compare like for like. Still, properties with a view over water tend to be valued significantly higher than a comparable property without a watery view.
The good news is that there is a wealth of properties in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire with a view over water. So let us help you find that view over water that you want.