Thriving Preston has heaps to offer new homes buyers in the North West
Housebuilders in the historic city of Preston in Lancashire currently have a fantastic offering of new homes to suit most budgets - many with special offers to give buyers an added incentive.
It is more than a decade since Preston beat off tough competition to gain city status - a success that reflects its importance as the traditional administrative centre of Lancashire, and its modern transformation from an industrial town into a dynamic urban centre. With its regenerated centre, Preston is an attractive town in which to live and work.
It is home to the large and well-established University of Central Lancashire, and offers great transport links across the north west and beyond - with the nearby M6 giving a direct motorway link to Manchester and Birmingham. The city has some lovely parks, while seaside resorts such as Southport and Blackpool are within easy reach.
Redrow has a couple of developments in the area, both offering excellent options for families. Three- and four-bedroom homes are available from £219,995 at The Chase, Walmer Bridge, a popular residential location six miles from Preston's centre. Situated just off the main A49 Preston-Liverpool road, The Chase is a short drive from the North West motorway network (with access to the M6, M61 and M65). Down the road in Longton there is a supermarket, while a few miles on is everything that Preston has to offer.
For buyers with a more generous budget, Redrow's Foxlow Manor offers a selection of impressive, substantial four- and five-bedroom homes priced from £404,995, in the popular village of Longton, five miles from central Preston. There is a choice of primary schools nearby, while for secondary education there are many excellent options in the wider Preston area.
On the outskirts of the city in the sought-after village of Broughton, The Hawthorns is a semi-rural development from Wainhomes. Surrounded by lovely walks and pretty villages, the family homes at The Hawthorns benefit from being in a good catchment area for local schools, and there are excellent transport links to Preston and the motorway network. Wainhomes' own Movemaker and Part Exchange schemes are available, as is the government's NewBuy scheme, facilitating the return of 95% loan-to-value mortgages.
Less than two miles from Preston's centre in the village of Walton-le-Dale, Persimmon Homes has created Pear Tree Gardens, a development of two- to four-bedroom family homes. There are some well-equipped out-of-town shopping and entertainment centres nearby, and lovely woodland walks virtually on its doorstep. Half a mile down the road, the suburban village of Bamber Bridge has a railway station offering services to Blackpool, Blackburn, Burnley and Preston.
Miller Homes has couple of developments coming soon just outside Preston, including one in Bamber Bridge, three miles from Preston's centre. Gate House Fold will be made up of 42 houses including three-bedroom mews and semi-detached homes and four- and five-bedroom detached houses. Miller's new Romans Crossing development will be situated in the small town of Longridge, eight miles northeast of Preston at the western end of Longridge Fell, and will be made up of 58 houses comprising three-, four- and five-bedroom detached homes. Prices for both developments are yet to be announced.