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By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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LOOKING for that perfect home?

Then you'll probably find it two miles from a supermarket, 10 miles from the coast and within walking distance of a pub where the landlord knows your name.

It would also have good neighbours on both sides, be close to the countryside and a newsagent and contain at least two televisions.

On top of that it will have off-road parking, a spare room and an en-suite bathroom as well as well as a nicely maintained lawn, a study has found.

Experts say while community spirit and a close bond between neighbours is arguably a little harder to come by these days, the findings prove it's something we still view as integral to being happy with where we live.

"The research has also highlighted that even the small things like the local landlord knowing your name or having good neighbours close by that we can trust is a really important part of creating that community feel and being settled in an area," adds a spokesman.

"While physical comforts like a large bed are obviously key to home happiness, the results show having good neighbours close by strongly influences how content we are.''

The research also found feeling part of the local community and having the countryside no more than five miles away were important.

The report, which also asked those who took part to name factors which played a part in their happiness, was carried out among 2,000 homeowners.

To be happy with their home the average adult likes a corner shop within a mile and a supermarket no further than two miles away.

Unfortunately, six in10 don't feel they are a part of their local community and for these the biggest barrier was not knowing many people near them, while half were convinced there was no community spirit in their local area.

The spokesman added: "People are very realistic when it comes to the small things that make them happy at home and the formula for achieving this is hopefully quite attainable for most.

"Features like a nice dinner table were ranked highly, proving that the ability to sit down together as a family is something that's still very valued among increasingly hectic lifestyles."

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