Sheffield is one of the highest-performing northern cities of the 21st century, and its economic success, together with geographical location and transport links, makes it a continually popular place to consider home.
The city itself is currently populated by over 560,000 people, but the larger metropolitan area, taking in the neighbouring town of Rotherham as well as Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield and numerous surrounding villages, exceeds 1.5million inhabitants.
With two universities, there’s a significant student population in central Sheffield, an estimated 65,000 jointly between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam. This drives a rental market that is bound to interest some buy-to-let investors. Last year, comparison site Totally Money listed Sheffield’s S1 postcode in the top ten places in the UK for rental yields
Sheffield’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment of November 2015 predicts a need for over 63,000 new homes for the area between 2014 and 2034, averaging over 3,000 new homes per year. These are proposed to be constructed in a wide variety of locations, from central brownfield sites to semi-rural places still within easy reach of the heart of the city.
One of the larger developments is in Waverley, on the Sheffield/Rotherham border close to the M1 and adjacent to the Advanced Manufacturing Park, among the city’s economic highlights and home to major employers such as Boeing and Rolls Royce. Nearly 4,000 new homes are planned for this area, with several hundred already completed by developers Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Harron Homes since the project started in 2012. This new neighbourhood will be built between parkland, lakes, woodlands and play areas and will also have new schools, shops and a health centre to serve its residents.
Among the new homes for sale in and around Sheffield now are:
Keepmoat is one of the busiest housebuilders in the region, part of the successful Sheffield Housing Company partnership, with three current developments on the go. The cheapest starting prices (£94,995) are at Brearley Forge, on the second phase of a scheme that will produce some 246 new homes in total. This phase is bringing a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom terrace and semi-detached homes to the Parson Cross area, with Help to Buy available to make the homes even more affordable.
From the same company, Cutlers View is a collection of 91 new homes just a mile south of Sheffield city centre, with a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom options priced from £129,995. These generously sized homes will appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers, from first-timers to downsizers and the city centre is easily walkable, or reached by bus/Supertram.
Prices at Birchlands, just a couple of miles from the centre, start at £154,995. Keepmoat is bringing a fantastic collection of home types, with up to six bedrooms, and again, Help to Buy is there to assist all purchasers, not just those looking for their first home.
Just ten minutes from Sheffield city centre is Taylor Wimpey at Taptonville Road, where the national housebuilder is constructing a selection of two-bedroom apartments and three- and four-bedroom houses currently starting at £174,995. These homes combine traditional exterior design with a thoroughly modern interior. Home of the Week is Plot 15, ‘The Burnett’, a four-bedroom townhouse now priced at £429,995 and available through Part Exchange.
Prices currently start at £394,950 at Avant Homes’ Sheafdale Grange in the south-western suburb of Millhouses. This development of contemporary homes features a varied array of homes with from two to five bedrooms, all within walking distance of local amenities and shops and only a ten-minute drive from the edge of the Peak District. Nearby Millhouses Park also offers fans of the outdoors a range of sports facilities together with play areas for youngsters. Show homes are now open at the scheme.
Developer Citu opened a show home at its Little Kelham development just before Christmas, with potential buyers able to arrange an appointment to view on a variety of open days. There’s a great emphasis on energy efficiency and home technology at these 153 new homes, which a complemented by new open spaces and retail units.
Part of the Waverley development is Evolution, from Barratt Homes. The latest collection of homes in this new neighbourhood is an apartment scheme with a collection of two-bedroom properties, with Help to Buy and Part Exchange available. These homes, priced from £139,995, are just minutes from the M1, for access to Leeds and the East Midlands.
Priced from just £80,000 are a range of 31 one- and two-bedroom apartments at Cuthbert Cooper Place, a gated development within easy reach of the city centre from nearby Darnall station. Noble Homes is offering Help to Buy on these properties, which are perfectly designed and specified for young professionals. A sales office is open Saturday to Monday, from 11.ooam to 5.00pm.
Stonebridge Homes is brining 118 homes to a development known as Fox Valley in Stocksbridge, about 12 miles north-west of the city centre. Priced from £89,950 is a range of one bedroom apartments, two- to four-bedroom semi-detached houses and three- and four-bedroom detached homes. Currently, the housebuilder is offering a special mortgage payment deal on selected plots. The scheme is open daily from 10.30am to 5.30pm.
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