Recent figures from the Halifax indicated that two Leicestershire areas, Melton and Harborough, have been among the best-performing districts in the UK in respect of property price rises. They saw average house prices increase by more than earnings in 2013 and 2014, with gains in excess of earnings by £9,358 and £6,938 respectively.
Knight Frank highlighted another town in the county where property values have soared in recent year. With house prices up 23% on six years ago, Ashby-de-la-Zouch is a real property hotspot within the county. It has a ruined 12th-century castle and used to be a centre for leather-making before adopting a new identity as a popular spa town.
New homes are very much in demand in Leicestershire. The government recently announced a £9.4m deal to kick-start a 4,200-home development at New Lubbesthorpe, near Leicester will provide 4,200 homes as well as shops, schools and a health centre. A further 1,500 new homes have been approved for a site northwest of Market Harborough, to take shape over the next 10 to 15 years.
Cameron Homes – Queens Court, Ravenstone
Tucked away along a private driveway off Church Lane, Queens Court offers a selection of 27 three-, four- and five-bedroom properties.
The 11 different property layouts each include a sleek kitchen with integrated appliances, an elegant bathroom and an inviting master bedroom with an en suite shower room. Selected homes also feature a garage or car port, a study or even an open-plan dining and family room with bi-fold doors.
With such a range of properties to choose from, each finished to an exacting specification, Queens Court offers homes to suit a variety of lifestyles.
Find out more at www.cameronhomes.co.uk; 01543 671818
Redrow – Thorpe Meadows, Countesthorpe
Just six miles from Leicester, Redrow’s Thorpe Meadows development offers three- and four-bedroom homes in an aspirational village setting.
Designs are from the housebuilder’s much-admired Heritage Collection, combining Arts & Crafts inspired architecture with high-specification, modern interiors including well equipped kitchens and sleek bathrooms and en suites.
Current prices are from £334,950 or £267,960 with Help to Buy. There are good schools nearby, plus shops that cater for homeowners’ daily needs. Fosse Shopping Park is easily accessible, plus with the M1 and M69 within easy reach, it’s also a great commuter base.
Find out more at www.redrow.co.uk/thorpe ; 0116 319 5051
Miller Homes – Windsor Gate, Market Harborough
Ten minutes walk from the town centre of Market Harborough, celebrated for its picturesque waterways and traditional High Street, this prestigious development of contemporary, energy-efficient three- and four-bedroom homes is set in a popular, well-established residential area close to open green areas and countryside.
Farndon Fields Primary, set in beautiful grounds around 15 minutes’ walk away, is a popular school with strong community links, and other primary schools within easy walking distance include St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy and Little Bowden School. Welland Park Academy is also just a few minutes walk from the development.
The area around the nearby Leisure Centre also contains a medical practice, a dental surgery and a pharmacy.
Find out more at www.millerhomes.co.uk ; 0808 250 9577
David Wilson Homes – Glenfield Park, Glenfield
Glenfield Park is a new development of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes on the edge of Leicestershire village Glenfield. This popular location is a great choice for those looking to embrace the tranquillity of village life, without compromising on the convenience and buzz of Leicester. The M1, A46 and M69 are all close by, making this a perfect commuter location.
Glenfield is a close knit village centred around traditional pubs and greens, coupled with an edge-of-city location just a few minutes from the centre of Leicester. With Leicestershire’s open countryside on the doorstep, including Bradgate Country Park which is just a few miles away, you could live a relaxed lifestyle, whilst enjoying the convenience of nearby motorway links and high street shopping.
Find out more at www.dwh.co.uk ; 0844 811 5544