In Wales as elsewhere in the UK, the Brexit vote has introduced considerable uncertainty into the property market, with a wide spectrum of opinion as to whether homeowners and buyers should expect a torrid time, or simply face ‘business as usual’.
The latest LSL New build Index, based on figures to the end of May, shows the Welsh market for new homes improving steadily, with only new apartments seeing a very slight decline in average prices (down 0.2% annually to £138,186) and terraced homes showing the biggest annual increase (up 6.5% year-on-year, to £171,110).
Outside of the property market directly is speculation that the vote to leave the EU will effectively halt Cardiff’s early bid to be named European Capital of Culture in 2023. The role historically brings a lot of external interest and investment to the winning city, but the UK’s decision on its political future is unlikely to win many friends on the continent during the judging process.
Irrespective of the vote, demand for new homes is still high and here, we take a look at some of the top new builds for sale now through large and small housebuilders across Wales:
Cwrt Aneurin Bevan in Merthyr Tydfil (Taylor Wimpey)
Just two homes are currently available on this popular development in the south of the town, a three-bedroom semi-detached hothouse and a four-bedroom detached property. Part Exchange, Easymover and the Help to Buy Wales schemes are all options open to buyers looking for assistance in their purchase.
Just over 20 miles from Cardiff and on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Merthyr combines the best of both worlds, with good commuter links and beautiful countryside on the doorstep. The town has very good amenities and shops, as well as a range of primary and secondary schools.
If either of the current homes doesn’t meet you needs, the housebuilder is registering names for a new phase which will be available in 2017.
Prices: From £164,995
Find out more about Cwrt Aneurin Bevan from Taylor Wimpey
Retirement living in Pwllheli, Gwynedd (McCarthy & Stone)
Though without an official name at this time, planning permission has been approved for a retirement living development of apartments from the UK’s leading specialist developer for buyers in later life at this north Wales resort.
Within easy reach of the station, shops, leisure centre, coast and golf course, construction of these apartments for over-60s is due to start this summer, with the first flats becoming available from spring next year.
The surrounding Llyn Peninsula is one of the scenic gems of Wales, with dramatic coastline, lovely beaches and undulating countryside dotted with villages and resorts, making this market town the perfect base from which to enjoy free time.
Find out more about Pwllheli from McCarthy & Stone
Mawson Way in Newport (Redrow Homes)
This development comprises two-, three- and four-bedroom homes from the company’s lauded Heritage Collection of homes inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, which combine traditional architecture with thoroughly modern interior layouts and specification.
These homes lie within easy reach of Newport city centre, providing excellent retail and leisure facilities, while access to the M4, just a mile away, makes commuting along the Welsh coast and into England a breeze.
Helpto Buy Wales, Part Exchange and Redrow’s Matermove initiative are all available, while ‘early bird’ buyers on some plots will have a full range of options and upgrades to choose from to put their personal mark on their new home.
Prices: From £224,995
Find out more at about Mawson Way from Redrow Homes
Bethesda Field in Rogerstone, Newport (Llanmoor Homes)
Plot 1, a ‘Colwinston’ home, is the very last and largest design of home available on this popular, well-located development. The ‘Colwinston’ is one of Llanmoor’s most popular four-bedroom house types with room for all the family. Plot 1 is complete and ready for immediate occupation.
Situated in the delightful village of Rogerstone, Bethesda Field is just a stone’s throw from the amenities of Newport and the new Friar’s Walk development. The enviable location, within easy reach of both Cardiff and Bristol, has made Bethesda Field a popular choice for families and commuters.
The Sales Office at Bethesda Field is open Thursday to Monday inclusive, 11.00am to 5.00pm.
Find out more at www.llanmoor-homes.com ; 07534 199069
Plas Pen-y-Glyn in Flint Mountain, Flintshire (Landon Developments)
This 23-home development from a Flintsire-based regional housebuilder comprises a mix of styles, from two- and three-bedroom townhouses to four-bedroom detached homes, located in a popular village just 12 miles from the historic and well-connected city of Chester.
Some of these spacious, timber-framed homes offer views across the Dee Estuary, while all share a great standard specification and a 10-year NHBC warranty.
The village is close to the A55 and A494, making the commute to Chester, the Wirral and Liverpool very easy.
Prices: From £185,000
Find out more at www.landondevelopments.co.uk