New homes snapshot – An interesting mix of new builds in and around Bath
Posted 22 September 2016 by Keith Osborne
Loved for its Roman and Georgian heritage in particular, the Somerset city of Bath may seem an unlikely focal point for new homes but its importance within the region means that there are some exquisite new build options for homebuyers to consider in their search.
Tourism is a big part of local business here, and so is shopping, with the city's main retail area, Milsom Street, voted “Britain’s Best Fashion Street” by Glamour magazine in 2010.
Homeownership may be especially appealing to some, as recent research for housing industry expert Hometrack has shown Bath to be one of the UK’s least affordable rental markets. Two-bedroom properties range from around £800 to £1,150 per month across the spectrum of quality, with even the lowest quality four-bedroom house on commanding £1,400 per month and the best several hundred pounds more, on average.
Bath’s draft core strategy for housing, set out in 2010, indicated a target of 6,000 new homes in and around the city up to 2026, with around 3,500 aimed for its ‘central and western corridor’ (generally following the path of the River Avon) and the balancing 2,500 centred on former Ministry of Defence (MoD) land outside Bath itself, in Foxhill and Ensleigh. Around 35% of these homes are planned to be ‘affordbale’, across a mixture of tenures.
Council plans also include the creation of thousands of new jobs in this period, compensating for the loss of MoD roles with increases in the business services sector, with a target of around £1bn in the local economy by 2026. The Bath Quays regeneration in particular aims to convert a dowdy part of the central city into a thriving mixed-use scheme.
New homes currently for sale in Bath:
There is a mix of apartments and waterside townhouses available at Bath Riverside, which won housebuilder Crest Nicholson a WhatHouse? Award in 2014 for Best Landscape Design. This much-admired development offers luxury living with the rare benefit of both a waterside location and proximity to the city centre. The current range of properties is priced between £365,000 and £1.25m.
Regional housebuilder Ashford Homes (South Western) also offers property right in the centre of Bath at James Street West, where its collection of two- and three-bedroom stone-built townhouses ranges from £565,000 to £895,000. Each has a private garden and a superb specification including underfloor heating, granite worktops to the luxury fitted kitchens and advanced cabling for audiovisual systems. These properties are available through local agent Cobb Farr.
Just outside Bath, to the north-west of the village of Charlcombe, Bloor Homes is providing an impressive range of house types with two to five bedrooms, catering for a wide spectrum of homebuyer needs. Just two miles from Bath city centre, these properties offer the benefit of a countryside location and a convenient commute. Home of the Week is a three-bedroom ‘Abbey’ house from £439,950, or £351,960 up front with Help to Buy.
Kersfield Developments is marketing its Lansdown Fields development, under three miles north-west of Bath, via agent Savills, with a range of four- and five-bedroom villas and townhouses in Bath stone priced from £975,000 to £1.5m. The houses are designed by Conran & Partners, with an interior specification to match its layout and use of space. Each home has a combination of garden and terrace outdoor space and family buyers will appreciate the lifestyle and great schools the area offers.
Also in Lansdown is Prospect House, part of a new ‘contemporary quarter’ from Charlcombe Homes and the last of five exclusive detached houses to come to market. The three-storey homes as a double garage and room for further parking and is designed with extensively glazed, open-plan living in mind, with the luxury of en suite and dressing area to the master bedroom, an impressive guest suite, media room and a garden that makes the most of the sunlight and views.
Mulberry Park from Curo Group is located on Combe Down, just south of Bath, with a mix of coach houses, mews houses and townhouses to appeal to an array of buyers, with prices starting at £325,000. Residents of these new homes will also benefit from a new park and amenities including a new nursery, primary school and leisure facilities.