Buying, selling or just browsing for a new home? These are the British property sites we really rate.

Whether you’re actively looking to re-locate or just having a day-dream about a characterful cottage with a sea view and fancy losing yourself in a property scroll (just us?), we’ve got the lowdown on the best UK property websites to fulfil your house-buying, or renting needs – fantasy or otherwise. There are location specialists if you’ve got a particular postcode in mind, as well as housing experts for those looking for a particular period of property. Whatever’s on your wishlist, these property search engines have got it covered.


With easy-to-navigate categories and filters – from farms and land, to student accommodation (as well as all the usual location/price/bedrooms), you can set up simple property alerts to keep you updated as soon as a relevant property comes online that matches your requirements. You can request a property valuation through the website too; simply tap in your postcode and select sales or rental valuation and On The Market will send you a list of local estate agents to choose from. Simply make your edit and On The Market will instruct them on your behalf to get in touch for an official valuation. All at the tap of a button.

Find A Hood

Self-styled as a ‘neighbourhood discovery engine’, Find A Hood is an ingenious way of opening up your search areas as it filters the ‘hoods’ that meet your 10 lifestyle criteria: are good schools important to you? Where has low crime rates? Younger neighbours? Family friendly? Low-cost housing? Tell this clever search engine your priorities and let it do the legwork to help you find your dream neighbourhood in your chosen region of England or Wales, based on statistical data. If you’re looking to relocate but are flexible on geographical locations, it might help you find a new corner of the UK you didn’t even know had your name written all over it.


Nestoria is a no-frills, yet comprehensive property portal with links to a range of rental and sale property websites. With a London-centric portfolio, you can search by borough and then hone your shortlist by all the usual filters, from size to price. Great for those searching in the capital, with other regions being added all the time.

Waterside Properties

If you’re looking for a sea view, riverside development or even a lake of your very own, Waterside Properties is, as the name suggests, a great place to start for all things waterfront when it comes to potential buyer wish-lists. It’s even got boat sales and mooring listings too, if life on the open water is beckoning…


Emoov allows property sellers and landlords to cut out the traditional bricks and mortar letting and estate agents and market their properties for a fixed-fee to potential buyers, direct. You can still get access to online property experts for a market valuation of your property, as well as professional floorplans and photography. Yet you stay in charge when it comes to viewings, with the team on-hand to advise through the negotiation process, all the way to completion. A modern way to sell your home that keeps you in the driving seat.

Property Auction Action

If you’ve got the funds and the nerve for an auction, Property Auction Action is a directory site, listing all the upcoming property auctions around the country. Simply click through to the auction house websites to view property lots and download catalogues. There are bargains to be had, yet not without an element of risk and often hidden costs. Yet if you’re up for the challenge, or looking to purchase a project you can mould into your forever home, auctions may be for you.

UK Land Directory

If you’re a frustrated Kevin McCloud with a ‘build-your-own’ dream, your first job is to find your plot of land, preferably one that’s already got planning permission. The UK Land Directory is a listing of just that; it is one of the few sites that allows you to search for free so there’s no holding you back. Simply pick your county and remember to filter for ‘residential development’ and off you go. A blank canvas to design the house of your dreams. You will also find listings for woodland, commercial properties and even grazing land for sale.

The Modern House

If you’re looking for stylish homes of architectural note, the Modern House is a beautiful site, filled with homes spanning all the architectural greats, from Georgian grandeur to Bauhaus modernism. There are historic Kent Oast houses, to industrial warehouse apartments in Hoxton. Even if you’re not an active buyer, the editorial content and interviews offer perceptive insights into the world of architecture, design and property. Prepare for guaranteed house-envy.

Smart New Homes

If you’re looking for a fresh start, Smart New Homes (part of the Zoopla Group), specialises in new-build homes and developments. With over 2,300 new properties listed across the UK, it also has great resources on the current Government property schemes, including shared ownership and help-to-buy. Perfect for those looking to get onto the first rung of the property ladder. There’s also a handy regional guide showing the number of properties listed and average house prices by area to give you a quick overview of the most affordable counties in the UK.

By Lydia Mansi
May 2020


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