According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the North West of England underwent the biggest average property price rises in the UK between March and April.
The UK House Price Index showed a 2.3% increase in the region in just a month, showing an overall average price of £145,149. By comparison, the national average change was a rise of just 0.6% in the month, brining the property average value to £209,054 across the nation as a whole.
The North West’s performance was just ahead of the West Midlands (up 2.2% in the month) and considerably better than some parts of the UK, such as the North East, Wales and South West, which saw a fall.
Lindsay Judge, senior policy analyst at Resolution Foundation, told Select Property Group: “Despite the turbulent political background, house prices continue to rise sharply. Hopes that the house price hare would slow down and allow tortoise-paced income growth to catch up are not showing up in this data.”
Here’s our pick of current new build homes in the region, with our favourites from Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire…
Lawson Rise in Whalley, Lancashire (Redrow Homes)
Redrow is building 38 large four- and five-bedroom detached homes here, with only a few left on the market.
Claire Jarvis, sales director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), says: “Sitting on the banks of the River Calder, Whalley is an absolutely charming village with independent shops, cafes, wine bars and restaurants; while being surrounded by the most idyllic Lancashire countryside, close to the historic town of Clitheroe and within easy reach of other north-west towns and cities.”
Still to come are 16 smaller two- and three-bedroom properties which will be built to resemble rural terraces and which will be offered via a housing association.
The show home and marketing suite on Clitheroe Road are open every day except Tuesday, between 10.00am and 5.30pm.
Prices: From £389,995
Find out more about Lawson Rise from Redrow Homes
The Links in Seascale, Cumbria (Persimmon Homes)
Situated on the Cumbrian coast, with the peaks of the Lake District in one direction and the Isle of Man and Scotland in the other, is this collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties.
The government-backed Help to Buy scheme is a popular option with buyers, as is Persimmon’s own Home Change initiative, where the housebuilder helps the buyer sell their existing property. A straightforward Part Exchange scheme is also offered on some plots.
The region is world-renowned for its natural beauty and is complemented by manmade activities such as the Coast Aquarium in Maryport, the Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and Treetop Trek Aerial Adventure near Windermere.
Prices: From £141,995
Find out more about The Links from Persimmon Homes
Gilbert’s Cross in Sandbach, Cheshire (David Wilson Homes)
The mix of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes here means there’s a home for families of every size at this development, as well as appeal for single buyers and couples. With a nature reserve, farm and pottery barn all within easy reach, together with good schools and transport links, this area has a lot to offer many different types of homebuyer.
Help to Buy is, of course, an option here and there’s a special offer on the housebuilder’s Home of the Week, the four-bedroom ‘Layton’ on plot 115, which is available to move into right away with stamp duty paid and the chance to Part Exchange an existing home.
Sandbach also boasts excellent transport links, with Manchester an hour by rail and London two hours.
Prices: From £264,995
Find out more about Gilbert’s Cross from David Wilson Homes
The Orange Grove in Fallowfield, Greater Manchester (Aspen Woolf)
Located next to the largest of Manchester’s university campuses is this collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, offered by this investor specialist. The University of Manchester is receiving £200m investment to create a new student village, which will further reinforce the area as being the prime location for students to live in Manchester.
With this huge student rental population, the area has strong appeal for buy-to-let purchasers and Aspen Woolf is offering a 7.5% annual yield guaranteed for the first year, with full management of the scheme included. A furniture pack comes with the price, meaning these homes can be let straight away on completion.
Prices: From £135,000
Find out more about The Orange Grove from Aspen Woolf
Dane Court in Congleton, Cheshire (McCarthy & Stone)
This leading developer of age-exclusive retirement property only has a few units left for sale at this riverside development, with landscaped grounds that are professionally managed, allowing residents to enjoy the surroundings without having to put in the hard work.
The apartments themselves have been given a specification to suit older buyers and can be purchased with the assistance of the developer’s Smooth Move or Part Exchange options on a current home.
Congleton is a quaint English market town located just six miles east of the M6 and within an hour's drive of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Chester, Warrington, Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe and Macclesfield.
Prices: From £136,500
Find out more about Dane Court from McCarthy & Stone
The Woodlands in Halewood, Merseyside (Oriel Living)
The Woodlands comprises a selection of two- and three-bedroom homes, including detached and semi-detached properties, with a range of affordable buying options including Shared Ownership and Help to Buy on some plots.
The Woodlands is adjacent to 28-acre Halewood Park, or ‘The Triangle’ as it is known by the local community. There are a good range of local shops and restaurants, and several good schools, within easy access of these new homes in South Liverpool.
The development is less than 10 miles from the city of Liverpool, with local rail links and within easy reach of the M62, providing links to the M57 and M6.
Prices: From £135,250
Find out more at www.oriel-living.co.uk ; 0151 290 7891