The East Midlands – a relatively affordable UK region when it comes to housing– has a growing population, with more than 4.5 million people now residing there.
This growth is supported by a strengthening local economy, a great deal of investment, and the planned HS2 high-speed railway linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester.
And while property prices have been rising in recent years, particularly in the smallest county of Rutland, there are still some excellent prospects available for first time buyers, downsizers, investors and home owners who are looking to move up the property ladder. Our latest round-up of current housing developments in the East Midlands focuses on options in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.
Somerton Meadow in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire (Lindum Homes)
In the sought-after location of North Hykeham, just four miles from Lincoln, Somerton Meadow has just one property now remaining: a one-bedroom ground floor apartment that would be ideal for first time buyers, downsizers or those looking to invest.
The development as a whole is made up of 54 one- to four-bedroom homes in a range of different house styles. With North Hykeham's local amenities close by and the city of Lincoln within very easy reach, the location has a lot to offer, including shopping, entertainment and eating options as well as good education, childcare and medical facilities. When it comes to commuting, North Hykeham is ideal for easy access to the A46 to Newark, and by road it is also handy for the A1, Nottingham and Leicester.
Prices: The one-bedroom ground floor Exeter apartment (Plot 53) is priced at £107,500.
Find out more at www.lindumhomes.co.uk or call 01522 695868
Westhill in Kettering, Northamptonshire (Kier Living Eastern)
A new four-storey, four-bedroom show home is now open at Westhill in the Northamptonshire town of Kettering. It offers house hunters the opportunity to get a feel for what it might be like to live in this new community, which incorporates a country park with play areas, orchards, accessible walkways and allotments.
“The Oak show home at Westhill is a fantastic example of the enduring quality of our properties," says Kier Living Eastern’s sales and marketing director David Thomas. "It has been beautifully decorated and furnished in order to help visitors imagine how they could settle here themselves. We look forward to receiving lots of interest in this outstanding house.”
The Oak is priced at £259,995, but this is just one of a variety of property types available at Westhill. Options to suit first-time buyers include two-bedroom apartments priced at £135,995, and two-bedroom homes available from £167,995.
Kettering is a lively town with a good choice of shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, plus local schools and good transport links. It is on the Midland Main Line, with services to London St Pancras in an hour. By road, the A14, A45, M1 and M6 are all easily accessible, while five airports (Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham International and East Midlands) are all within a 90-minute drive.
Prices: From £124,995.
Find out more at www.kierliving.co.uk or call 01536 524106
College Gardens in Leicester, Leicestershire (Kier Living)
Modern, low-maintenance two-, three- and four-bedroom homes are now available on the outskirts of Leicester at College Gardens. The homes have a high specification which includes contemporary kitchens with integrated appliances, and master bedrooms with en-suite and fitted wardrobes in selected plots.
The location enjoys easy access to the A47, the main link road between Leicester city centre and Peterborough. The M1 and M69 are also within easy striking distance, offering a direct route to the other major Midlands centres including Nottingham to the north and Birmingham to the west. In Leicester, fast train services bring commuters into central London in just over an hour, while for journeys further afield East Midlands Airport is about 30 minutes' drive away.
For families with school-aged children, there are numerous primary and secondary schools to choose from in Leicester, plus two universities (Leicester and Loughborough) for those who want to further continue their studies.
Prices: From £179,995
Find out more at www.kierliving.co.uk or call 07580 881322
Oak Tree Gardens in Donington le Heath, Leicestershire (Bloor Homes)
This rural village development is set in the scenic heart of the Leicestershire countryside, with two-, three- and four-bedroom options to suit first-time buyers, larger families and those planning to retire to the country.
“Buyers at Oak Tree Gardens will benefit from a fantastic rural location whilst still enjoying easy access to a wide range of amenities and nearby market towns,” says Michele Rose, regional sales director at Bloor Homes Midlands. “The homes have been carefully designed to reflect the character of the area and to suit a wide variety of lifestyles.”
Set within the beautiful National Forest, the village of Donington le Heath is perched on the banks of the River Sence, and is well located for visits to nearby market towns such as Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ravenstone and Ibstock.
Once it is completed the development will incorporate large areas of green, open space for the enjoyment of residents, who will also have fantastic views of the open countryside around.
Prices: Only three- and four-bedroom homes are currently available, priced between £184,950 and £334,950.
Find out more at www.bloorhomes.com or call 01530 887438
Nursery Fields in Measham, Leicestershire (David Wilson Homes)
Spring incentives are now available on selected homes at this new development in the large village of Measham in Leicestershire, close to the borders of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.
Offering a range of three-, four- and five-bedroom properties, Nursery Fields is in a leafy spot to the south of the village, just off the A42, offering good road links to other towns and parts of the region.
The village has its own shops, leisure centre and library, and there are excellent schooling options in the area as well as easy commuter links via the M42 to Birmingham and Nottingham. There are also plenty of places to explore in the surrounding area to fill up family leisure time, including 70 miles of paths in the National Forest, and shopping in nearby Ashby and Burton.
Prices: From £189,995
Find out more about Nursery Fields from David Wilson Homes
Keepers Green in Welton, Lincolnshire (Beal Homes)
Contemporary first step homes are for sale in the Lincolnshire town of Welton, including one-, two- and three-bedroom options, all built by award-winning developer Beal Homes.
Designed to suit modern lifestyles, each home has a spacious, contemporary living area and many extras included in the specification, aiming to deliver a balance of luxury, practicality and energy efficiency.
Welton is a village in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, just six miles north of the centre of Lincoln, making it popular with commuters who want to live outside of the city. It is home to preschools, a primary school and a secondary school, as well as many other amenities such as a village playing field with a sports and social club, pubs, a golf course, a Co-op store, a veterinary clinic and a village library.
Find out more at beal-homes.co.uk or call 0800 612 1216