With less of a severe shortage of new homes in the East Midlands than in the neighbouring West Midlands, it is possible to find a wide range of superb brand new developments to suit a variety of budgets.
The East Midlands covers Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland and most of Lincolnshire – incorporating four cities (Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham) and several other major settlements such as Northampton, plus great swathes of green, open countryside.
Our latest selection features options to suit some first-time buyers and downsizers, as well as possibilities for growing families looking to buy a larger property.
Castle Green in Hatton, Derbyshire (Radleigh Homes)
Less than a kilometre from Tutbury Castle, once home to the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots, the two-bedroom apartments at Castle Green come with beautiful views of the River Dove and the castle.
Hatton has attractive countryside on its doorstep, and a good range of amenities including shops, pubs, restaurants, a nature reserve and a primary school. John Port School for older pupils is in nearby Etwall. Commuters are close to the A511 and the local Tutbury and Hatton railway station, which is on the Crewe-Derby Line, offering services eastbound to Derby in about 18 minutes, and west to Stoke-on-Trent in 38 mins and Crewe in 63 minutes.
Prices: The remaining two-bedroom apartment is priced at £123,450
Find out more at http://radleighhomes.com; 01283 295 200
St Michael's View in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire (Barratt Homes)
This tranquil, family-friendly development in the charming village of Farnsfield in the Sherwood Forest offers a selection of two- to five-bedroom homes, although the current availability only includes three- and four-bedroom options.
Surrounded by lovely Nottinghamshire countryside, the properties at St Michael's View have been carefully designed with family living in mind, and are within the catchment area for well-respected primary and secondary schools. There are shops such as a bakery, butcher's and greengrocer's less than a mile away, while Southwell is only 12 minutes' drive away. Commuters can gain easy access to the A614 and A617, and the centres of Nottingham, Newark and Mansfield are all close by.
The larger four-bedroom properties come with Barratt's highest specification, giving buyers the chance to choose from a premium contemporary or traditional-style kitchen upgrade with fully integrated appliances.
Prices: £175,995 to £195,995
Find out more at from Barratt Homes
Treetops in Woodville, Swadlincote, Derbyshire (Taylor Wimpey)
Set in the heart of the National Forest, this collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes will combine superb interior comfort with great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
Situated in the village of Woodville, near Swadlincote and the border with Leicestershire, the homes are traditional in their architectural design, and some feature exposed rafters and green timber to reflect the heritage of the region, in keeping with the design of properties in neighbouring residential roads.
Woodville is home to a small shopping area with a convenience store, a pharmacy and a fish and chip shop, and the village also has other takeaways and restaurants as well as a village post office, further shops, a 24-hour petrol station, and various other amenities.
Families with children will find infant and junior schools in the village, while commuters have access to the A511, which passes through the village and links the towns of Coalville, Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Burton upon Trent.
Prices: £201,995 to £235,950
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk; 01283 243 041
Stenson's Quarter in Coalville, Leicestershire (David Wilson Homes)
This new community is conveniently situated just moments from Coalville’s town centre and north Leicestershire's peaceful countryside. It incorporates two-, three- and four-bedroom homes featuring locally-inspired architecture, set along tree-lined streets interspersed by open spaces, including a play area. Only three- and four-bedroom options are now available.
For house-hunters with children the development has schooling options within walking distance, and plenty of countryside walks for those who enjoy escaping into nature during their leisure time. For shopping and entertainment, Stenson's Quarter is close to Leicester, Nottingham and Derby, while commuters benefit from motorway links being nearby, including the M1 and the M42.
Prices: £209,995 to £309,995
Find out more at www.dwh.co.uk; 08442730902
Hine Park in Humberstone, Leicester (Hazelton Homes)
Hazelton Homes has created a collection of luxurious homes in the leafy Leicester suburb of Humberstone, offering a mix of brand new properties and sympathetic conversions of Victorian hospital buildings.
With Leicester's city centre just a ten minute car or bus ride away, and local amenities on its doorstep, Hine Park offers convenience and comfort. The location is ideal for golfers and those who love the outdoors, being surrounded by several golf courses, parks and natural open spaces. It is also well-suited to families, with Humberstone Infant and Junior Schools both within walking distance, and a good selection of respected private schools nearby too.
Commuters can get onto the M1 quickly at Junction 21 or 22, while the M69 offers speedy access to the West Midlands, and Nottingham is only a 45 minute drive away via the A46. Leicester’s railway station has direct services to London St Pancras, the north of England and the West Midlands.
Prices: Currently available homes include four- and five-bedroom properties priced from £280,000 to £365,000, Additional options coming soon.
Find out more at www.hazeltonhomes.com; 0844 376 7700
St. Margaret's View in Crick, Northamptonshire (Barratt Homes)
Just a short distance from a selection of schools, and with the M1 and M6 motorways close by, St. Margaret's View is likely to appeal to families, couples and commuters seeking a rural village lifestyle in a handy location.
Incorporating three-, four- and five-bedroom homes with shops, pubs, a doctor's surgery and a post office right on the doorstep, the development is close to Rugby (six miles), Daventry (9 miles) and Northampton (14 miles), while for leisure time the beautiful Grand Union Canal passes the village.
Designed to reflect the traditional architecture of the local area, the homes also provide high quality and energy-efficient modern living.
From the station in Rugby there are rail services to central London in just under an hour, and to Birmingham in 45 minutes, making it an ideal location for commuters.
Prices: £356,995 to £461,995
Find out more from Barratt Homes
Hamilton Park in Leicester (Redrow Homes)
Only five-bedroom executive homes are currently available at this development of high quality three-, four- and five-bedroom properties from Redrow's Heritage collection, situated close to beautiful Leicestershire countryside.
Designed to offer luxurious yet practical living, the homes at Hamilton Park have generous proportions and individual character, and are positioned well away from busy urban areas - yet less than five miles from the centre of Leicester.
Redrow says their finish reflects a bygone age of high quality and class, while the interiors deliver all the comforts and convenience you would expect from a contemporary family home.
Prices: Available five-bedroom homes are priced from £414,950. Early Bird deals are available on selected plots.
Find out more at www.redrow.co.uk; 0116 214 5528