Top of the Props: Our pick of the best new homes for sale in Devon

Posted 14 April 2015 by Keith Osborne

“In addition to beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, Devon is home to charming National Parks, rustic villages and towns, historic buildings and ruins, extreme sports and the best food and drink you can imagine,” says Edward Clarkson, partner at West Country specialist The Buying Solution (edward.clarkson@thebuyingsolution.co.uk).

“Like Cornwall, the market in Devon is driven by the families looking for holiday homes on the coast, mainly in the South Hams areas of Salcombe and Dartmouth, which are particularly popular at the top end of the market. The sub-£1m market has also done well recently and has not been too affected by the forthcoming election. Across the more rural Devon, the market is quieter at the top end, most likely due to the May election.

“Families looking at the more rural side of Devon tend to be moving from London, seeking a quieter lifestyle, generally with some land to add to the rural ‘idyll,’ where they can settle down and send their children to school. The new build market in Devon is similar to that of Cornwall where the most popular are on the coast with second home buyers.”

Environ – The penthouse at SAILS, Dartmouth

The ultra-smart three-bedroom penthouse apartment at SAILS in Dartmouth, on the market for £1.5million, offers a unique home in the heart of the seaside town in South Devon, with a striking contemporary design, inspired by an ocean-going clipper.

Designed by an award-winning architect, the apartment features a sleek open-plan living area, with oak flooring throughout. The focal point is the large glazed area and sizeable balcony with panoramic views of the harbour and adjacent park. 

Tony Dowse, chairman of developer Environ says: “We wanted to do something special with the site as the location is incredible. SAILS is unique in the area with its striking design and contemporary minimalist interiors that maximise on the views.”

Find out more at www.liveatsails.com ; 01392 214222.

Slade Properties – Watermeadow View, Payhembury

The properties at Watermeadow View complement the historic heritage of their surrounds.  These three new properties have been architecturally designed and built by talented, local craftsmen with a passion for what they do. 

They all have kitchen/diners which are fully kitted out with Rangemaster cookers, integrated Neff microwaves, wine coolers and racks. Each of the houses has four bedrooms, mostly doubles, with an en suite for the master bedroom. The reception rooms are semi-open-plan, fitted with Chesney wood burners on granite hearths. In addition, two of the three houses have a really striking feature as they have oak-framed sun rooms fitted by Prime Oak. 

The coast is within easy reach and Exeter is only 15 minutes away. Feniton train station, which makes commuting to Exeter or London very straightforward, is only two miles away and Payhembury is also within easy access of the M5. Prices start at £575,000.

Find out more at www.sladeproperties.co.uk ; 01404 45885

Poppy Developments – ‘Russet’, Hernaford Farm, Harbertonford

Priced at £335,000, ‘Russet’ is a two-bedroom property with clever contemporary design and the original character features of the old building, forming part of a newly converted range of barns with garage and parking.

Hernaford Barns are a clever combination of contemporary design and traditional materials harmonised perfectly with original character features of these old buildings, resulting truly in a unique and stylish home.

Find out more at www.poppydevelopments.co.uk ; 01803 860171

Cavanna Homes – Origins, Dartington

The ‘Yarner’ is a contemporary four-bedroom house with open-plan kitchen/dining/living space, with part vaulted ceilings, utility space and ample storage. On the first floor is a separate large living room, en suite master bedroom, and further shower room.

It is part of the Origins development which is located in Dartington, South Hams. This is one of the most beautiful and sought-after property areas in Devon and noted for its quality of food, culture and scenic beauty.

The development is located off the A385, providing good means of transport links to the surrounding areas including two of the largest cities in Devon, Plymouth and Exeter. Beautiful and well-kept beaches are also easily accessible. And nearby Dartmoor offers both tranquil and active days out exploring the open moorland. Prices from £204,950.

Find out more at www.cavannahomes.co.uk ;  01803 868911

Elan Homes – Kathleen Grange, Bideford

Houses at Kathleen Grange, which features a collection of three- and four-bedroom detached houses are all available using Help to Buy. The popular scheme enables purchasers to only need a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage, as the government provides an equity loan for up to 20% of the purchase price, which is interest free for five years.

The development comprises 11 high-specification homes, situated just off a quiet cu-de-sac, off Mines Road, within easy reach of the thriving market town, home of the historic Pannier Market.

Andrea Nippe, sales director for Elan Homes in the south, says: “We are keen to dispel the myth it’s only first-time buyers who benefit from Help to Buy. Even if you are scaling the property ladder to lofty heights – as long as the new home is less than £600,000, our customers can use Help to Buy.”

Find out more at www.elan-homes.co.uk/kathleen-grange-and-may-court ; 01237 424224

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