Combining dynamic and historic cities with gentle countryside and stunning coastal spots, the South West has bags of allure for house buyers. Some areas are far more expensive than others, however, with recent figures suggesting that Dorset is the most expensive in the region, and Devon the cheapest.
Across the entire South West, average house prices are now close to £230,000, and in some places they exceed £300,000 – while average earnings remain amongst the lowest in England. This leaves many buyers facing a situation whereby they need to spend ten times their average annual household income on a home.
For those with a generous budget, there are a whole host of exciting new developments to choose from right across the South West, many offering their fair share of luxury. Other buyers sticking to a tighter budget may want to consider taking advantage of purchase assistance schemes such as the government's Help to Buy scheme.
We've brought together a few development highlights from across the South West, with options falling into varying price brackets...
Greyfriars Quarter in Gloucester, Gloucestershire (Linden Homes)
Offering a mix of contemporary houses and apartments in an enviable location in the city of Gloucester, Greyfriars Quarter has proved a big hit with buyers in the South West. The last few two-bedroom apartments are now remaining, along with newly launched three-bedroom townhouses – each of which offers a private first floor terrace garden and secure off-street parking.
All properties are finished to a high specification and come with a 10-year NHBC warranty as well as a two-year customer care warranty. Purchase assistance schemes include Help to Buy and Part Exchange.
Prices: From £159,995
Find out more at www.lindenhomes.co.uk ; 01452 404863
White Horse View in Westbury, Wiltshire (Barratt Homes)
A selection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes is available at this development in the attractive Wiltshire town of Westbury, overlooking the famous White Horse. The development is less than a mile from the town's high street, yet is surrounded by lovely countryside, and the range of properties available offers something for first-time buyers through to those planning to upsize to a more spacious home.
Westbury train station is nearby, offering trains to Bath in about 30 minutes, while Warminster is less than six miles away. Show homes are due to open on the site in 2016.
Prices: From £185,995
Find out more about White Horse view from Barratt Homes : 01702 416707
Stanley Park in Bristol (Redrow)
Part of Redrow’s innovative Cheswick Urban Village, Stanley Park offers high quality living, with a wide range of facilities purpose-built to make life easier and more enjoyable. There is a mix of four- and five-bedroom homes to choose from, part of the Heritage Collection of traditionally designed properties.
Perfectly placed for commuting, with both motorways and a mainline rail station close at hand, Stanley Park makes it easy to get to work or further afield to London.
From glorious golf to world class retail, from the history and heritage of Bristol’s harbourside to animal fun of Bristol Zoo, there is something for all ages within easy reach of this exclusive executive development.
Prices: From £340,995
Find out more about Stanley Park from Redrow ; 0117 239 8102
Shorelands in Bude, Cornwall (Bovis Homes)
Situated in the popular Cornish coastal town of Bude, and within walking distance of two gorgeous sandy beaches, Shorelands offers a range of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes.
The town's local shops and services are within easy reach, offering everything you need -- from boutiques and book shops to a large supermarket, a post office, and a department store. For families with children there are a number of nursery, primary and secondary schools in and around Bude, and for commuters the town offers easy access to Devon and other parts of Cornwall via the main A39 (‘The Atlantic Highway’).
Prices: From £224,995
Find out more at www.bovishomes.co.uk ; 01288 662011
The View in Chickerell near Weymouth, Dorset (Symonds & Sampson)
Two striking, contemporary four-bedroom detached homes are currently available in Chickerell, just a five minute drive from the centre of Weymouth, on the stunning West Dorset Heritage Coast. Chickerell is a popular area with a good range of amenities including a primary school, a post office/general store, a bus service, a chemist, a pub, a restaurant and a sports centre at the nearby Budmouth Technology College.
Featuring integral garages and plenty of living space, they will be packed with practical features designed for easy and comfortable family living, such as an open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge. Feature patio doors from the lounge open on the landscaped, enclosed back garden. Situated within walking distance of part of Chesil Beach known as the Fleet, these properties also offer well-proportioned bedrooms, including a master with en suite on the top floor that offers great views of the Fleet.
Prices: From £385,000
Find out more at www.symondsandsampson.co.uk ; 01305 251154
Cedar Court in Rockbeare near Exeter, Devon (Jameson Homes)
This luxury, gated development of just six detached four- and five-bedroom contemporary homes is situated near the village of Rockbeare, on the fringes of Exeter. Offering beautiful countryside views it is ideal for those who want to enjoy a quiet, rural setting within easy commuting distance of Exeter city centre and within easy reach of the A30, A303 and M5.
Residents will also be able to benefit from the new amenities at nearby Cranbrook, including a direct rail link on the London to Waterloo line, a new high street, a health centre, schools and a library.
Currently under construction, all the properties at Cedar Court will offer a garage and parking, and will be built to a very high specification, featuring large spacious rooms designed to be flooded with natural daylight. Jameson Homes also says all properties will deliver high energy cost savings which will far exceed current building regulations.
Prices: From £540,000
Find out more at www.jamesonhomes.co.uk ; 01395 200905
Uplands Farm in Burnett near Bath, Somerset (Ashford Homes)
Ideally located between Bath and Bristol, these five large barn conversions offer plenty of seclusion combined with superb links to the area's main cities. Featuring exposed beams, galleried landings and open spaces, these spacious family homes blend character with modern building standards and a top quality finish.
The small village of Burnett is situated in the pretty Chew Valley close to the town of Keynsham, which is about three miles away -- offering a wide choice of shops, schools and other amenities including a railway station offering regular services to both Bristol (in as little as seven minutes) and Bath (10 minutes).
Prices: From £575,000
Find out more at www.ashford-homes.co.uk ; 01225 791155
Gullacombe Valley in South Molton, Devon (Aster Homes)
This development currently has three properties available including a two-bedroom mid-terrace house as well as two three-bedroom semi-detached homes – all for sale on a Shared Ownership basis, with an initial minimum share of 40%, and reservations are being taken on an off-plan basis.
All properties come with photovoltaic panels to reduce energy bills, as well as a gas combi boiler, integrated stainless steel oven and hob, parking and a garden.
The town is near to the River Mole and a short distance from Exmoor and its National Park. The north coast of Devon is also just a 30-minute drive away making this development’s location perfect for surfers, country walkers and market town lovers.
Prices: From £64,000 (40% share)
Find out more at www.asterhomes.co.uk ; 01380 735480