House prices dropped in March in all regions of England and Wales apart from London and the East, according to new data from the Land Registry – which is generally considered by industry experts to be the most accurate of all the house price indices.
Some industry commentators claim the figures could warn of a period of uncertainty in the housing market. Others say that the current question marks over the UK's economic and political future could be a contributing factor in slowing down housing market activity, especially in the run-up to June’s EU referendum. This could mean that house prices are “softer” over the next few months, with more room for negotiation.
For buyers who are keen to move now, rather than hang around to see how the housing market behaves as we move through the year, there are plenty of developments to look at across the region. These will suit a variety of budgets, and there are buyer incentives available from many of the house builders.
The Heathfields near Monkton Heathfield, Somerset (Redrow Homes)
Just outside the charming hamlet of Monkton Heathfield, and cllose to Taunton, The Heathfields is a development of two- to four-bedroom homes to suit couples and families, built to incorporate traditional exterior styles combined with practical, contemporary interiors.
Set in the gorgeous Somerset countryside, this desirable location offers quick and easy access to Taunton town centre, just three miles away, and the M5 motorway, which means there are superb commuter links across the county and to other parts of the South West.
For families with children, Monkton Heathfield is home to Heathfield Community School, a state secondary school with Arts College specialist status that was rated "Outstanding" in Ofsted's latest inspection report.
Prices: Available three-bedroom homes are priced from £214,995. Early Bird deals are available on selected plots.
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Hillside Gardens in Pinhoe near Exeter, Devon (Barratt Homes)
In the village of Pinhoe, on the north eastern outskirts of Exeter, Barratt's Hillside Gardens incorporates a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes built with modern living in mind.
Targeting first time buyers, investors and growing families, the development is set in lovely countryside yet is only a few miles away from Exeter city centre (approximately an 11-minute drive away) and all of its shops, entertainment, amenities and transport links. It is an ideal location for commuters, thanks to good rail and road links, with the village's own railway station located on the main rail route from Exeter St. Davids to London Waterloo. Pinhoe itself has a post office, a butchers and a convenience store, and the local area is home to countless country walks offering beautiful views.
Prices from £229,995 to £349,995
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Heritage Park in Radstock, Somerset (Linden Homes)
Proving to be a sought-after development, Heritage Park is made up of three- and four-bedroom homes situated at the end of a nature reserve in the recently rejuvenated town of Radstock.
Situated a few miles from the major A37 road, the town of Radstock is conveniently close to several larger towns and cities – including the elegant city of Bath, nine miles away, and Bristol 17 miles away. The nearest station is in Frome, just over six miles away. At the same time Radstock also offers a good range of its own everyday amenities, including shops, supermarkets, schools, leisure facilities, play areas, and a wide choice of local walks and cycle routes such as the Colliers' Way (National Cycle Route 24).
Ideal for families who love to spend time in the countryside, combined with easy access to exciting and historic towns and cities, Heritage Park has proved to be very popular, and only one house now remains available there.
Prices: The Waldegrave, a four-bedroom detached family home, is priced at £297,995
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Coast in Bournemouth, Dorset (Taylor Wimpey)
In a sought-after seafront location, with the beach and water's edge at its feet, Coast will offer a range of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments alongside two- and three-bedroom penthouses.
The apartments will be housed in the redeveloped Bournemouth International Hotel (BIH) and Ocean Palace Restaurant, creating the East Coast and West Coast apartment buildings.
The Square and the heart of Bournemouth is a five minute walk from Coast through the town's Gardens, home to a range of leading high street chains as well as boutique shops and a variety of cafés, bars and restaurants. Coast is virtually neighbours with Bournemouth International Centre, a major venue for music concerts and other entertainment, and there are golf courses, gyms, cinemas and other venues within walking distance of the development. The station is a 20 minute walk away, from which you can catch trains to London Waterloo, some with a journey time of less than two hours.
Prices ranging from £350,000 to £950,000
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Eden Villas in Oakley near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Charles Church)
Just over a mile away from Cheltenham town centre, situated in a pleasant spot in the Oakley district, Eden Villas currently has four-bedroom homes for sale.
There are local day-to-day shops and facilities right on the development's doorstep, while at the same time the location gives residents easy access to some of the Cotswold region's most stunning countryside – as well as placing the town centre's shops, restaurants, parks and cultural attractions all within walking distance.
There is a great selection of schools in close proximity, giving Eden Villas a huge amount of appeal for families. For commuters, Cheltenham is situated towards the northern edge of Gloucestershire, offering easy access to the M5 and M50 motorways and to several major roads such as the A46 to the Midlands, the A40 to Oxford, and the A417 to Swindon and the M4. Nearby, Cheltenham Spa railway station offers superb rail links to most major UK cities including Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham and London.
Prices from £400,000
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The Park at Sutton Benger in Sutton Benger, Wiltshire (Redrow Homes)
With prices yet to be released, this development promises a semi-rural environment in an idyllic village setting combined with all the convenience of modern living.
Made up of homes from Redrow's Heritage Collection, the development will offer a traditional English feel architecturally, yet the interiors will offer everything buyers might need for practical, modern family living, including generous, open plan rooms.
Situated in the quiet and sought-after village of Sutton Benger, there is a good selection of local amenities close by including a primary school, a pub and a village hall, offering all the vital ingredients for traditional village life. There are further educational options in the area, too, including state and independent options for primary and secondary pupils. There is a wider choice of shops and facilities in nearby Chippenham, about four miles away, and commuters benefit from easy access to towns such as Swindon (less than 20 miles away), Bath (24 miles) and Bristol (26 miles).
Prices: To be confirmed.
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