A regional estate agent has called the nature of the Yorkshire property market a “robust microclimate” that bears little connection with some of the reports of other parts of the country and the national market as a whole.
Tony Wright, head of residential estate agency Carter Jonas in Harrogate, recently told the Yorkshire Post that steady price growth and long-term investment in homes has meant that Yorkshire has avoided some of the “over-inflation” of property prices in London and the South East.
“This has also reintroduced the pleasure of buying property. Buyers are taking the time to consider the enjoyment of living in a property, rather than it feeling little more than a business transaction,” said Wright.
He also pointed out that stamp duty changes from a couple of years ago have not had the same effect in the region than they did in and around the capital. “For the majority, stamp duty isn’t quashing the market. Of course, irrespective of our distance from London and the South East, the property market is linked to the broader economy but Leeds, and to some extent York and Harrogate, have emerged as primary business hubs. Yorkshire’s property market is set to prosper with a level of independency and detachment from the mechanics of London and the South East.”
Meanwhile, online estate agency HouseSimple.com identified five of the ten slowest property markets in the UK to be in Yorkshire and the North East of England. Based on data from Rightmove, Sunderland properties took the longest to sell, with 14.9% of them having been on the market for more than a year. Third on the list was Bradford (10.2% taking more than 12 months), with Middlesbrough fourth (9.2%), with Huddersfield and Newcastle-upon-Tyne joint seventh (7.7%).
The new homes market across the region is seeing plenty of activity, and here are the WhatHouse? team’s favourites from Northumberland down to South Yorkshire:
Devonshire Gardens in Harrogate, West Yorkshire (Redrow Homes)
The latest phase of homes at Devonshire Gardens, off Claro Road, in the sought-after spa town of Harrogate, is located alongside a beautiful green space area with a mix of formal and informal planting. The development as a whole offers a diverse choice of house types from Redrow’s Regent and Heritage ranges, respectively inspired by Georgian and Arts & Crafts styling.
The company’s regional sales director, Patsy Aicken, says: “In terms of location, it doesn’t come much better than this. In addition to the more formal green space area, there is a wildflower meadow, wetland areas, plus trees and shrubbery, so homeowners should be able to enjoy the biodiversity and wildlife that this will encourage.”
This development is within easy reach of Harrogate’s envied collection of shops and amenities as well as the North Yorkshire countryside.
The show homes and the sales centre here are open from Thursday to Monday from 10.00am until 5.30pm.
Prices: From £319,950
Find out more about Devonshire Gardens from Redrow Homes
Blakestone Glade in Blaxton, South Yorkshire (Mandale Homes)
The village of Blaxton is a few miles east of the centre of Doncaster and close to the region’s airport, and is now the location of this collection of 34 new homes, with a range of property types with from two to four bedrooms.
In addition to an impressive standard specification, these homes can be upgraded and personalised with a range of extras and finish choices, eg kitchen colours, tiles etc, subject to the build stage at which you buy. Each home comes with a generous garden and off-street parking as standard.
Buyers with only a 5% deposit to offer can opt for the Help to Buy scheme (first-time buyers and homeowners alike) and the housebuilder runs its own Assisted Move and Part Exchange schemes available on selected plots.
Prices: From £184,950
Find out more about Blakestone Glade from Mandale Homes
Aykley Woods in Durham, County Durham (Persimmon Homes)
In all, this development will bring 230 new homes to the city, a mix of apartments and houses to suit the needs of a wide spectrum of homebuyers. Sitting on the former site of the area’s police headquarters, the first phase of this development with remember a number of fallen officers in its street names.
Christine Cooper, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Durham, says: “We’re thrilled with the progress made to deliver a high-quality housing scheme on the former police headquarters site. The initial interest has been very encouraging and we’ve sold many homes to first-time buyers and young families.”
Property hunters in the area can visit the site in person from Thursday to Monday, from 11.00am to 6.00pm.
Prices: From £159,950
Find out more about Aykley Woods from Persimmon Homes
Governor’s Gardens in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland (Lindisfarne Homes)
This development is a collection of one- to four-bedroom homes, bounded by the Elizabethan Ramparts and in the heart of Berwick’s Conservation Area. From these homes, residents can enjoy everything that this historic town has to offer and the natural beauty of unspoilt coastline and countryside either side of the England-Scotland border, including the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.
The centre of the town is only a stroll from these homes, and there’s easy access to the A1 and to the East Coast Main Line, that connects London to the North East and Scotland (Edinburgh is under 45 minutes away, London around three hours 40 minutes).
Prices: From £225,000
Find out more at lindisfarnehomeslimited.co.uk ; 01668 219175
St John’s Walk in Hoylandswaine, South Yorkshire (David Wilson Homes)
This is a countryside development of four- and five-bedroom homes in a sought-after village to he west of Barnsley and within easy reach of the M1 and the scenery of the Peak District National Park. All homes are currently within the price threshold of Help to Buy and there are also Part Exchange and Part Exchange Plus schemes to consider. The team is available at the site from Thursday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.30pm, and Monday, 12.30am to 5.30pm. Stamp duty is also being paid on some plots.
This site combines rural living with a good mix of local amenities and many others in nearby villages and the easily reach larger towns of the region.
Prices: From £369,995
Find out more about St John’s Walk from David Wilson Homes
St Andrew’s View in Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire (Barratt Homes)
There’s a range of three- and four-bedroom homes currently available at this development to the south of Leeds, with Help to Buy and Part Exchange options available to assist buyers. Though they are all sold, there are three show homes for visitors to the site to take a look around to see the build quality and layout and to be inspired by the latest interiors trends.
The town has its own good range of shops and amenities and it’s within easy reach of Leeds, which boasts one of the best shopping centres in Britain – in fact, its Victoria’s Gate centre won an award at this year’s MIPIM property industry event in mid-March.
Morley is well connected, with easy access to M62, M621 and M1, and its own station on the Leeds-Huddersfield-Manchester line.
Prices: From £238,995
Find out more about St Andrew’s View from Barratt Homes
Wynyard Grange in Wynyard, County Durham (Avant Homes)
Wynyard Grange is a development set within 230 hectares of woodland with public art and first-class facilities on its doorstep, and offers a collection of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes. The development is also easily commutable to Newcastle, Durham and Teesside, and the host of cultural, retail, sporting and heritage attractions they offer.
The development has recently opened show homes in which to see the specification first-hand, which includes designer kitchens with integrated appliances, master bedrooms with en suite and fully fitted wardrobes, and contemporary family bathrooms.
Help to Buy and Part Exchange are generally available, with a special Express Move initiative finishing at close of play today (31 March 2017).
Prices from £214,995
Find out more at www.avanthomes.co.uk ; 0844 967 8915