Darlington developments attract wide range of new homes buyers in the North East

Posted 16 September 2013

The market town of Darlington in County Durham lies at the gateway to the Tees Valley and, with a newly pedestrianised town centre and well-established indoor and outdoor markets, is one of the area's most popular retail centres.

Darlington is also well-connected for commuters, close to the A1(M) and A66(M) as well as being a key stop on the East Coast Main Line, a 393-mile-long express railway link between London, Peterborough, Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds, York, Darlington, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

For proper town centre living, Charles Church's College Gardens is right in the heart of Darlington, less than ten minutes walk from all the shops and markets. It offers a selection of four- and five-bedroom homes from £249,950, with Help to Buy, NewBuy and Part Exchange available on selected plots to help buyers purchase their home.

On the north-western edge of town, Darlington-based Bussey & Armstrong currently has homes available from £119,950 at a unique development called West Park, which has already won several prestigious awards - including the RICS Gold Award for Regeneration and the LCG Sustainable Community Award. The site, which is based around the first new park to be created in the town for a hundred years, incorporates sculptures and texts created by established artists exploring the ecology of the site. The growing development incorporates a good mix of homes, from one- and two-bedroom apartments, bungalows and cottages to detached four-bedroom family homes.

About ten miles north of Darlington in semi-rural Chilton, Bett Homes has a collection of two- and three-bedroom semi-detached and three- and four-bedroom detached homes at Discover, priced from £139,995. Chilton is a popular residential suburb with local schools and amenities, excellent road links, and more than 200 allotments. Ideal for first-time buyers, families and downsizers alike, the development is also situated just a few miles east of Bishop Auckland and a short distance from Ferryhill.

Barratt Homes has a couple of developments about 12 miles from Darlington in Stockton-on-Tees, heading north east towards Middlesbrough. Situated on the outskirts of Stockton, Barratt has a development of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes called Meadow Rise, priced from £99,995. Forming part of a large-scale regeneration of the area, the development is proving popular with young families and professionals. There is a primary school directly opposite, a general store about five minutes' walk away, and a large supermarket a mile and a half away, as well as all the shops and amenities of Stockton a short drive or bus ride away.

A couple of miles down the road from Meadow Rise, Barratt's The Elms is a quiet, family-friendly development just two miles from the centre of the village suburb of Norton, incorporating three-, four- and five-bedroom homes priced from £142,500. Norton itself is focused around a broad, tree-lined high street with a number of shops, cafés, a library, and other amenities, and The Elms has both a primary school and health centre within a two mile radius.

Finally, also in Stockton-on-Tees, Miller Homes' Kingsmoor development is only about a 15-minute walk from the bustle of the town centre, and close to the A66 for commuters to Darlington and other parts of the north east. Designed around green, open spaces and surrounded by riverside walks, the development offers three- and four-bedroom homes from £134,950, many of them already reserved.



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