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People prefer paradise to a palace as their dream home

Posh and Becks&#39s mansion, labelled Beckingham Palace, has been named one of the UK&#39s most desirable residences in a survey by Abbey National.

Its Dream Home survey of 1,000 people carried out last month asked what home people would choose to buy if they won a big jackpot on the lottery.

In response, 13 per cent said they would move into celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham&#39s property while only 2 per cent wanted to live at the real Buckingham Palace.

But Abbey says the Beckhams were pipped at the post by Necker Island, Richard Branson&#39s private tropical paradise, which 34 per cent chose as their top spot.

A swimming pool is the most sought after feature in a dream home, with 32 per cent putting that on their wish list. But Abbey says choices for a dream home are fairly modest, with 24 per cent going for a country cottage and 18 per cent preferring a bungalow.

Nearly a quarter, 23 per cent, said they would see money as no object to buy the house they want. But 40 per cent put an upper limit of £500,000 on what they would spend, even if they had new-found wealth.

Head of mortgage marketing Guy Aldwinckle says: “Owning a home is still a must for most Britons. This survey shows how most of us aspire to owning a dream property, with or without winning the lottery. With so many good mortgage deals currently available, more and more people are finding they can either remortgage on their current property or move to get a step closer to their ideal home.”

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