East Anglia was in the top three UK regions (with the North and Scotland) that witnessed the sharpest rise in house sales in September, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – but against that, the number of new instructions dropped in 13 of the past 14 months.
The RICS says UK house sales increased at their fastest rate for 16 months in September, helping to limit price growth. With a lack of properties on the market, however, buyers need to move quickly to secure their dream home – particularly in areas of East Anglia where professionals are competing for sought-after properties within commuting distance of London.
Here is a selection of the current new housing developments available in East Anglia to suit buyers on a range of different budgets:
Clements Gate in Hawkwell, Essex (David Wilson Homes)
Clements Gate offers a range of four- and five-bedroom homes set in a picturesque semi-rural location. The development has proven very popular due to its links to London (around 51 minutes by rail from Hockley station) and amenities close by.
Among the house types on offer here is the ‘Bradbury’. This house has a large kitchen/family/dining room and utility area, with feature French doors, which gives this home an ideal space for the whole family to enjoy together. The separate living room adds another reception option, whether entertaining formally or informally. Four double bedrooms give all the family plenty of personal space when they want to be on their own.
This link-detached home comes with a garage and parking space and has a ‘B’ EPC rating.
Price: From £469,995
Find out more at http://whathou.se/y50y1z ; 01702 922170
Goodlands in Boxford, Suffolk (Landex New Homes)
This mixed development of 21 brand new two- to five-bedroom homes is tucked away just off one of the main streets in the heart of the large and thriving village of Boxford in Suffolk, about six miles east of the market town of Sudbury - and within commuting distance of London.
The village's amenities are all within walking distance of the development, while there are also plenty of larger towns within easy driving distance. Ipswich is about 12 miles away, while Colchester with its main line railway station is only 11 miles away -- offering services to London Liverpool Street, with a journey time of less than 50 minutes. The surrounding area, known as ‘Constable Country’, offers plenty of tranquil beauty spots to get away from it all.
The first plots have now been released for sale and should be ready for occupation, finished to a high standard, by early 2016.
Prices: From £265,000
Find out more at www.landex.co.uk ; 01473 230800
Cherry Tree Rise in Drinkstone, Suffolk (Gipping Homes)
Just one plot is now remaining for sale off plan at this rural development in mid-Suffolk, just a short drive from the historic town of Bury St Edmunds. Made up of 11 generously-sized three-, four- and five-bedroom detached homes in the attractive village of Drinkstone Green, Cherry Tree Rise has sold out except for one last five-bedroom home, which incorporates renewable technology, underfloor heating and a double garage, amongst other features.
Residents at Cherry Tree Rise will enjoy easy access to stunning countryside, lovely walks, excellent schools, and decent pubs. A few minutes' drive takes you to the A14, with Ipswich and Stowmarket to the east and Bury St. Edmunds and Cambridge to the west. There is a main line railway station in Stowmarket, offering commuters easy access to London Liverpool Street. And for a wider range of facilities and shops the large cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds is easily accessible.
Find out more at www.gippinghomes.co.uk ; 01473 834944
Old Mill Gardens in Forncett End, Norfolk (Orchard Homes & Developments)
About 10 miles south of the cathedral city of Norwich, this development is nearing completion -- offering a collection of 10 prestigious, individually-designed family homes in the rural village of Forncett End, neighbouring the larger village of Tacolneston which is home to a primary school, a public house and a takeaway.
Each home has its own private driveway; a larger-than-average fully fenced southerly aspect garden; and high exterior and interior specifications. These include features such as handmade bricks; clay roof tiles; modern staircases with glass balustrades, oak handrails and newel caps; mood lighting; an Opus sound system; underfloor heating to ground floor; natural stone patios and paths; burglar alarm system;
The historic market town of Wymondham is about five miles away, offering a choice of shops, schools and a train station on the Norwich to Cambridge line, while the town of Diss is about 11 miles to the south, with a main line railway station offering services to Norwich and London Liverpool Street. The surrounding countryside is ideal for families who love the outdoors, with paths, cycle routes and opportunities for horse riding.
Find out more at www.orchardhomeseast.co.uk ; 01953 250005
King’s Park in Lexden, Essex (Redrow Homes)
Just a few of the 31 homes for private sale at this development on the outskirts of Colchester remain for sale.
Kerry Jenkins, sales director for Redrow Homes (Eastern) says: “King’s Park is perfect for those who want to escape the stresses of city living and raise a family somewhere quieter, as the area is well served by schools. With stiff competition for school places for the 2016/17 academic year and only a few homes available, we’d encourage buyers to contact us without delay if they want to secure one of the final properties.”
Situated just a mile from the centre of Colchester, residents of the popular Redrow development will benefit from having a wealth of amenities close to home. It will have appeal to City workers who can’t or don’t want to live in the capital, and based on rail season ticket sales, Colchester recently ranked in a Savills’ guide to the top 20 commuter hotspots within a 60-minute journey from London.
Prices: From £339,995
Find out more at www.redrow.co.uk ; 01206 615521
Papermill Lock in Little Paxton, St Neots, Cambridgeshire (Taylor Wimpey)
Combining a village lifestyle next to a nature reserve with the convenience of being close to the centre of the market town of St Neots, about a mile and a half away, Papermill Lock is also within easy reach of Huntingdon, Bedford, Cambridge and Stevenage.
The development offers modern living in one- and two-bedroom waterfront apartments with a good range of local amenities close by, including schools, shops, leisure facilities, health centre, restaurants and pubs.
Little Paxton is bypassed by the A1, which links the village by road with London to the south and Peterborough to the north, while the nearby A14 offers access to the Midlands and East Anglia.
Prices: From £183,995
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01480 279683
Maltsters' Yard in Eye, Suffolk (Bennett Homes)
Aimed at active retirees seeking a new and independent lifestyle, Maltsters' Yard is situated in a peaceful spot and is age-restricted (to the over-55s). It is also very secure, making it ideal for those who want to be able to lock up their home to go on regular holidays without any worries.
Shortlisted for NFB Awards New Build of the Year 2014, Malsters' Yard is made up of 16 low-maintenance, architect-designed homes, each of which enjoy their own private garden and garage or parking space. Arranged around a Victorian-style courtyard garden, there are two apartments and 14 cottage-style houses available, all offering two or three bedrooms.
The town of Eye offers plenty to keep retirees busy. It has plenty of good amenities, and also offers easy access to nearby attractions such as National Trust properties, as well as neighbouring towns and cities. The market town of Diss, for example, is only about four miles away, with a main line station offering regular train services to Norwich, Ipswich and London.
Prices: From £244,995
Find out more www.bennett-homes.co.uk ; 01284 766057
Woodside in Norwich, Norfolk (Badger Building)
This development of just nine three- and four-bedroom homes in seven different house styles is situated in a sought-after area of Norwich, less than three miles from the centre, and close to Thorpe St Andrews Sixth Form college. For commuters, two major roads run close by, offering easy access East or West: the A1042 and A1242.
Just three properties now remain available, including a three-bedroom detached house with parking; and two different four-bedroom detached houses each with their own garage. Help to Buy is available.
Prices: From £234,950
Find out more at www.badgerbuilding.co.uk ; 01502 583026