New homes snapshot – new build revitalising buyer appeal of the North Wales Coast
Britain’s coastal towns have retained some appeal, even as their popularity as resorts has waned, and those along the north coast of Wales are no exception. The renewal of out-of-date amenities and addition of high-quality new housing has helped raise the profile of many.
The counties from Flintshire in the east, through Denbighshire and Conwy to Gwynedd in the west, host a number of famous resorts including Mostyn, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno, and many are matching regeneration with a renewal and expansion of their housing stock.
The Welsh property market was hit hard by the economic crisis starting in 2008, but there are a range of large and small housebuilders busy in the principality right now and government action via the Help to Buy Wales scheme has offered a lifeline to cash-strapped would-be buyers and encouraged developers to continue to provide attractive new homes to the Welsh coast.
Recent figures from online estate agency emoov suggested the north-western corner of Wales would maintain its position at the top of the Welsh property market over the next 15 years. The island of Anglesey is the most expensive area, with the scenic Llyn Peninsula on Gwynedd having some of the priciest individual homes.
Separate data from Which? Mortgage Advisors looked at the performance of some of the UK’s most affordable areas and noted that Conwy was one of the best performing, having risen 37% from 2011 to 2015.
New homes for sale in Conwy, Denbighshire and elsewhere along the North Wales Coast:
Anwyl Homes is offering a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes at Parc Aberkinsey in Rhyl, with prices starting at £140,950. There are two show homes for visitors to examine, open seven days a week, with Help to Buy Wales and Part Exchange available.
There are ‘early bird’ offers at Goetre Uchaf, a development from Redrow in Bangor, with prices starting from £276,995. The Heritage Collection properties have good commuter connections and enjoy a great position from which to enjoy countryside and coast. There are a range of assistance schemes available to buyers in different circumstances.
Macbryde Homes is building 76 distinctive homes with two, three and four bedrooms at Bryn y Mor in Old Colwyn, Conwy, with far-reaching views over countryside yet just minutes from the coast. Prices start from £194,995, though the up-front price comes down considerably if you use the Help to Buy Wales scheme available here.
At Ravenscroft Homes’ Briarswood development in Colwyn Bay, just one home remains for sale. The 2,421 sq ft Plot 4 ‘Sherwood’ is in the sought-after Colwyn Heights area and has an enviable specification, including eco-friendly photovoltaic cells for energy generation. The property is priced at £475,000
Beech Developments has a future development coming to Dwygyfylchi called Gwel Y Mor, just a few miles along from Llandudno, where a collection of open-plan designed homes will offer “stunning views” across the Menai Strait to Anglesey.
Specialist developer McCarthy & Stone will be building a collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments for retirees in Prestatyn. Construction is planned to start this summer, with the first completions next spring and residents moving in shortly afterwards.