Family-friendly Stoke-on-Trent offers impressive choice of new homes
Recently named the third best city in the UK to raise a family in the fourth ‘Family Hotspots’ report (2014) commissioned by Family Investments, Stoke-on-Trent also boasts an excellent choice of brand new family homes from various housebuilders.
Situated about halfway between Manchester and Birmingham, the Staffordshire city – also known as the Potteries – has several centres because it was originally formed from six separate towns (Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton) and numerous villages in the early 20th century. The six towns run roughly north to south along the A50, with Hanley widely regarded as the commercial “city centre”.
In Hanley itself, Seddon Homes has created reasonably priced two-, three- and four-bedroom homes at Ivy House Mills, constructed on the site of the old Ivy House Paper Mill (which closed in 2006). The homes form part of the City Waterside regeneration project on the Caldon Canal, and are priced from £114,950, or from £91,960 through Help to Buy. This scheme requires a deposit of just 5%, a mortgage of 75%, and then the remaining 20% of the market price is covered by a government-backed equity loan (which is interest-free for five years).
Ivy House Mills has a good choice of primary schools in the local area, and Holden High School is only a couple of miles away, making it ideal for families. Commuters have access to good rail and motorway links to Manchester and Birmingham, as well as local bus links to other towns in North Staffordshire.
Also in Hanley's City Waterside area, Ben Bailey Homes has three-bedroom family homes available at Johnsons Wharf priced from £149,995 to £151,995, alongside smaller houses and apartments and larger four-bedroom homes. Built using sustainable materials to maximise thermal efficiently, each property has triple glazing and paved areas for compost bins, sheds and water butts, which are included as standard.
Barratt Homes has a few three-bedroom homes remaining at its Pipers View development in Meir, a quiet suburb of Stoke-on-Trent, priced from £120,000 to £125,000. With the M6 close by, the development offers great commuter links as well as a good range of educational options and plenty of local attractions – but with more than 90% of the homes there already sold, prospective buyers will need to move quickly if they are interested in securing a property there.
Another popular Barratt Homes development in Stoke-on-Trent is Churchill Park in the town of Burslem, where just one three-bedroom home – ‘The Enbourne’ (plot 61) – remains available (price on application). There are a wide range of shops and restaurants nearby, as well as a large supermarket and a good choice of family leisure activities.
In neighbouring Newcastle-under-Lyme, which is part of the Stoke-on-Trent Built-up Area and less than three miles from Stoke-on-Trent itself, there is just one final plot remaining at The Greengages. Again, this small development of 37 homes from Taylor Wimpey has a good set of local amenities and schools nearby, and is close to public transport links into Newcastle-under-Lyme's centre – and commuter links to the M6 and A500. Viewings (and price details) are available by appointment only.