WE can dream, can't we?

Take a look at these homes for sale - according to property website Rightmove, they're the five most expensive available in Carlisle at the time of writing.

St George's Crescent, Stanwix, £675,000

News and Star: St George's Crescent, Stanwix. Yours for just £675,000St George's Crescent, Stanwix. Yours for just £675,000

This "outstanding" townhouse, on one of Carlisle's most desirable streets, comes complete with a fully self-contained, two-bed, lower ground floor apartment. The house itself has five bedrooms, one of which is en-suite, sitting room, open-plan kitchen-dining-living room, and family bathroom. It's walking distance to the city centre and possesses views across Carlisle's famous landmarks.

House and plot at Rickerby, £625,000

News and Star: House at Rickerby, £625,000. "Buy land - they're not making it anymore." - Mark TwainHouse at Rickerby, £625,000. "Buy land - they're not making it anymore." - Mark Twain

Marketed as a "development opportunity", this one's all about the land. Set in a desirable location near Rickerby Park, there's a four-bed detached family home set within a large mature 0.7 acre garden and an adjacent 0.4 acre building plot with planning permission for another four-bed detached dormer house. The house is £400,000, the plot an additional £225,000.

1 Portland Square, £595,000

News and Star: 1 Portland Square, £595,0001 Portland Square, £595,000

This five-bedroom townhouse is part of a brand new development of beautiful listed buildings. The agents say: "Surely the most anticipated new residential development in Carlisle, the first phase of Halston Homes’ Portland Square renewal is here." The entire square became the expanding headquarters of Cumbria County Council during the 1960s but gradually fell into decline. The council finally relocated to modern purpose built offices in 2017. Halston Homes Limited was formed with the mission of imagining and undertaking a total repurposing of Portland Square’s Grade 2 Listed buildings - to reinvent, reinvigorate and repopulate.

3 Alfred Street North, £550,000

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"Something extremely unique." That's how this place is described. It's an impressive six-bedroom period town house set over three floors, and has been sympathetically renovated. It possesses in excess of 3,500 square feet of living accommodation, and is located just a short distance from the town centre, once more in the Portland Square area. Outside, there is a private rear garden.

Parkland Avenue, £525,000

News and Star: Parkland Avenue, £525,000Parkland Avenue, £525,000

There's no-one overlooking you at this executive-style, six-bedroom detached home with loft conversion, separate double garage (with two doors), wrap around gardens with south facing rear garden, driveway for at least four cars and additional space for a caravan if needed. The beautifully-maintained family home is situated within Parkland Village, a desirable well established residential development south of the city, and sits comfortably at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.