The research was carried out by car and van leasing company Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, who duly created an off-street parking index to show which towns and cities in the UK were best placed.
The index showed the areas boasting the most affordable housing with off-road parking – and Mansfield was positioned as high as third with a score of 87 out of 100.
Of the 168 properties for sale in the Mansfield area at the time of the survey, March this year, 57 per cent had a garage and 64 per cent had a driveway. The average price of a house with off-street parking was £268,189.
Mansfield was pipped only by Warrington in Cheshire (89 points) and Dudley in the West Midlands (88 points), but they both had fewer properties with a garage or driveway.
Of 1,219 Nottingham properties for sale at the time of the survey, 45 per cent had a garage and 54 per cent had a driveway. The average price of a property with off-street parking was £307,820.
The survey found that houses with off-street parking can be more expensive and more in demand. In fact, 84 per cent of home-buyers stated they wouldn’t buy a house without a driveway.
Keith Hawes, director of Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, said: “It’s great to have somewhere to park your car safely off the road. It makes your home more attractive and easier to sell.
"Buying a house can be a daunting task. Many search high and low to find the perfect home that comes with everything they desire, including a suitable place to park their vehicle.
"Given that the vast majority of cars spend most of their time stationary, off-street parking is a big desire for safety, peace of mind and insurance costs.
"Parking is an issue in many places, with council restrictions increasing, so it’s only natural for home-buyers to want off-street parking.”
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