National Parks Week – new homes in and around the South Downs
With National Parks Week ending this weekend, we take a look at one of the most popular, which in fact only achieved this status in 2011. The South Downs runs across Sussex and into the southern part of Surrey and east of Hampshire and covers some 1,600 square kilometres.
It is the National Park from which it most easy to commute into London, so it is understandably popular with house-hunters needing access to the capital but wanting a lifestyle that can benefit from the natural beauty of a protected area. The Downs also run down to the south coast, which has a host of characterful and well-connected resorts that attract homebuyer interest.
With many town and villages in and on the outskirts of the South Downs having a rail link, this is a realisable aspiration.
As with any protected areas, development within the park is very limited, though there are brownfield and previously developed sites that may be used to build new homes in some cases. Here, we show some of the new homes currently available in and around the South Downs, open to a wide range of budgets…
Millford Grange, Storrington , West Sussex
There is a range of assistance schemes offered here, including Help to Buy and Part Exchange, to help purchasers to a choice of two- to five-bedroom homes. There’s an added benefit of a nature reserve at the north side of this development, putting some of the region’s wildlife flora and fauna just outside the front door. Prices: From £304,995. Find out more about Milford Grange from David Wilson Homes.
King Edward VII Estate, Midhurst, West Sussex
This Gold winner at the WhatHouse? Awards 2015 is a superb renovation of Grade II and II* listed buildings, meticulously restored and converted into apartments, duplexes and houses. Original character features combine with stylish modern interiors and the building is complemented by the reinstated Gertrude Jekyll gardens and further landscaping. Prices: From £225,500. Find out more at www.cityandcountry.co.uk
Bramshott Place, Liphook, Hampshire
This village aimed specifically at retirees has an attractive mix of cottage and apartment homes that blend contemporary architecture and the heritage of the site. As well as offering an independent lifestyle to residents, the village clubhouse also provides a wealth of communal facilities such as a private restaurant, bar, residents’ lounge, pool and fitness centre. Prices: From £580,000. Find out more at www.bramshottplace.co.uk
Morgan Court, Petworth, West Sussex
This collection of 26 one- and two-bedroom retirement living apartments are just a stroll from the town’s market square, so shopping and leisure are easy to enjoy. Residents also have a club lounge, gardens and guest suite at their disposal, and are supported by a concierge and 24-hour emergency call system. Estate agent fees, legal fees, removal costs and stamp duty will be covered for all reservations by 31 July 2016. Prices: From £208,450. Find out more about Morgan Court from McCarthy & Stone
Meadowbrook, Storrington, West Sussex
This is a collection of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes within close proximity to the village centre and just 10 minutes from Pulborough station. Set on the edge of the village, with open countryside on the doorstep, these homes are also within easy reach of the coast and the major Sussex town of Horsham. Prices: From £324,950. Find out more at www.crestnicholson.com
‘Brownton House’, Petersfield, West Sussex
‘Brownton House’ is a one-off new home with five bedrooms and four bathrooms in Sheet, just north-east of Petersfield. It has 2,600 sq ft of accommodation, centred on an impressive open-plan kitchen/fining/family room. The specification includes an energy-efficient air source heat pump, underfloor heating, oak staircase and a large garage. Price: £1.05m. Find out more at www.henryadams.co.uk ; 01730 262801