Top of the Props: Our pick of the best new homes for sale in Somerset
“A county of contrasts, Somerset is known for its quintessentially English rolling hills, such as the Blackdown Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor, as well as the large flat expanses of land like the Somerset Levels which dominated the media at the end of last year due to extensive flooding. As a result of the flooding, buyers have been cautious,” says Edward Clarkson, partner and West Country specialist at national agency The Buying Solution (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Having said this, pockets of Somerset prove to be more popular than others with particular reference to Bruton, a quiet town that has been subject to significant interest lately and become a magnet for the wealthy and glamorous. With the planned electrification of the rail lines over the next few years, Somerset is likely to see further interest in the future where buyers are seeing better value for money than somewhere like Dorset.
“Buyers tend to be London families looking for more value for money, furthermore with the new super-fast broadband being rolled out; a number of these buyers are seeing Somerset as a viable option to work from home a few days a week. The new build market in Somerset is less popular than other areas but interestingly, some buyers are happier to buy a site with land and good views, and take on the building themselves – where there can also be substantial VAT savings.”
Crest Nicholson – Bath Riverside
Work to date has so far resulted in a massive transformation of what was a derelict industrial site into an area where people can now live and enjoy their leisure time. It has attracted an assortment of buyers from first timers, downsizers and professional couples.
The emphasis at the development has now switched to a series of townhouse properties which are split over a number of very distinctive phases. This includes a number of three- and four-bedroom, four-storey townhouses located on Longmead Terrace which represent a more contemporary take on classic Bath terraces. Some are available to move into by the end of April.
In addition to Longmead Terrace there are also a number of properties on an exclusive phase called Albert Crescent which comprises a limited number of waterside townhouses and villas.
Find out more at www.crestnicholson.com/bathriverside ; 01225 463 517
Ellisfields Court is an elegant development of 58 one- and two-bedroom Assisted Living apartments for the over-70s in a convenient location adjacent to Vivary Park, and ideally located for Taunton town centre.
Located on Mount Street, Ellisfields Court is close to the main shopping area which includes a number of supermarkets, major banks, a library and post office.
Prices starting from £203,950.
Find out more at www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk ; 01823 257727.
David Wilson Homes – Oatley Park, Barrow Gurney
Hamptons International is the sole sales agent for Oatley Park, an exclusive development of 43 four-, five- and six-bedroom detached homes in the Somerset village of Barrow Gurney, six miles south west of Bristol. Prices start from £625,000.
The scheme is surrounded by extensive mature woodland, which creates a tranquil and peaceful setting for residents, and benefits from close proximity to some of the region’s leading state and independent schools including Clifton College, The Downs School, Queen Elizabeth Hospital school, Badminton School, and Bristol Grammar.
Transport links close by include Junction 19 of the M5, ten miles away, and Bristol City Airport, three miles to the south.
Find out more at www.dwh.co.uk ; 0117 901 5591