Great choice of new homes within 10 miles of Huntingdon
The market town of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire - famous for being the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell - is conveniently situated roughly midway between Cambridge and Peterborough, both about 20 miles away. It is home to lots of shops, schools for all ages, and superb commuter links - with frequent rail services to London Kings Cross, Peterborough and beyond.
House-hunters looking for new homes in Huntingdon and the surrounding towns and villages have a number of options available to them.
In central Huntingdon, Campbell Buchanan has launched 43 new luxury, contemporary one- and two-bedroom apartments at Park Square. With easy access to the town's shopping and leisure facilities, Park Square's apartments are designed to be spacious, airy, light and modern. With high-specification interiors, the apartments offer plenty of storage space and range from ground floor options with secluded gardens to penthouses with terraces that offer far-reaching views across the town. In early 2014 Campbell Buchanan is also set to launch 36 new houses and apartments at a development called Nightingale Mews in central Huntingdon, on the site of a former maternity hospital.
Those looking for a family home will soon have a choice of 180 new homes at Linden's Saxon Gardens, including two-, three- and four-bedroom family homes (prices yet to be released). The housebuilder expects to launch the development in the spring or summer of 2014, so buyers who are keen to move before then will need to look at alternative options.
About five miles down the road in the quaint, neighbouring market town of St Ives, David Wilson Homes has created Green Acres on the site of a former golf course. Two- to five-bedroom homes are priced from £324,995, appealing to first-time buyers right through to larger families. Professionals working in nearby Cambridge will benefit from direct links via the guided bus route, while those who enjoy cycling benefit from cycleways on both sides of the river into Huntingdon - and the Guided Busway comes with a flat, straight cycle route direct to Cambridge. St Ives is known for its narrow lanes lined with small, independent shops and its interesting bridge, which incorporates a chapel. The town also has its own primary and secondary schools, a nature reserve, a local museum, and several sports clubs and facilities.
About six miles from Huntingdon in the sought-after village of Papworth Everard, Barratt Homes' Summers Field is a spacious hilltop development of four-bedroom family homes priced from £285,995 - with lovely views over the Cambridgeshire countryside. Cambridge is just 10 miles away, while the village itself has a good set of everyday amenities including a post office; a park with an open-air paddling pool; playing fields; a combined pharmacy and doctors' surgery; a library; a veterinary surgery; a coffee shop; and a takeaway.
About 10 miles from Huntingdon on the edge of the thriving commuter town of St Neots, Charles Church Developments has The Collection, a range of two- to five-bedroom new homes. Part Exchange is available, as is NewBuy, which offers 95% mortgages. St Neots is centred around a busy marketplace that provides the focal point for special events throughout the year. With good commuter links north and south via the A1, and London Kings Cross station accessible in just under an hour by rail, the town is a popular choice for professional couples and families.