The West Midlands was one of just two UK regions to buck August's property price slowdown trend – and, with the beginning of autumn, an increasing number of prospective house buyers and movers will return to their search, following the traditional summer lull.
As competition for homes potentially heats up over the coming months, many buyers will be keen to get ahead and secure their home in plenty of time to settle in for Christmas.
Our latest selection of brand new housing developments in the West Midlands offers plenty of variety for buyers in the region – ranging from one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom starter homes right through to luxurious five-bedroom executive pads in affluent villages.
Abbey Walk in Shrewsbury, Shropshire (Lovell Homes)
Brand new two- and three-bedroom homes are for sale at Abbey Walk, a ready made community near Shewsbury's lively town centre, situated on the town’s north-west rural fringes.
“It’s a great place to live, under a mile from the town centre, as well as a brilliant chance to secure a brand-new home in this historic and picturesque town," says Lovell Homes field sales manager Michelle Barnsley. “Our two stunning show homes particularly appeal to visitors, combining fantastic design with excellent build-quality and immaculate finishing, creating a real impression as soon as you step inside.”
The Help to Buy equity loan scheme is available at this development, giving buyers the chance to access a 20% equity loan from the Government, enabling them to move into a brand new property with just a 5% cash deposit and 75% mortgage.
The development’s location is also within easy reach of Shrewsbury railway station, which offers regular services to Wales, westbound, and to Birmingham. The Welsh border is less than 10 miles away; the A5 and M54 give easy access to Telford; and the city of Wolverhampton and large town of Kidderminster are both less than 40 miles away.
Prices: From £163,000
Find out more at www.lovellnewhomes.co.uk ; 01743 404312
Elysian Gardens in Balsall Common, Solihull (Crest Nicholson)
This collection of 95 traditionally-inspired new homes in the friendly village of Balsall Common incorporates one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom properties, including apartments and houses to suit a diverse range of buyers at different stages in their lives.
Located to the south of the village, and surrounded by countryside, Elysian Gardens is well-placed for a country lifestyle, and the development itself includes green, open space and has taken into consideration the needs of local wildlife. Solihull is only seven miles away, however; Royal Leamington Spa eight miles; and Birmingham 14 miles – making it a convenient location for work, education and leisure, with easy transport links by road and rail.
Prices: From £227,960 (with Help to Buy)
Find out more at www.crestnicholson.com ; 01676 545247
Lilley Meadow in Southam, Warwickshire (Taylor Wimpey)
From terraced homes ideal for first time buyers to substantial, detached family houses, this new development from Taylor Wimpey will appeal to many different tastes and lifestyles.
The collection includes two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes in a semi-rural location, with superb access to outdoor space and pleasant country walks. There is a recreational ground and a children's play area, and plenty to see and do in the surrounding local area, as well as a good choice of schools close to the development. The town centre offers a wide selection of shops and facilities, as well as a small weekly market, and there are plenty of local sporting clubs and social groups.
For commuters, Lilley Meadow is less than eight miles from the M40 for motorway access to Birmingham and the Midlands, while Leamington Spa railway station is also about eight miles away, offering direct services to Birmingham New Street and London Marylebone.
Prices: From £259,995
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01926 351021
Cofton Grange in Cofton Hackett, Worcestershire (St. Modwen Homes)
In the pretty village of Cofton Hackett, just 10 miles south west of Birmingham city centre, St. Modwen Homes has now launched the first new homes at its Cofton Grange development.
Featuring open plan spaces and high ceilings, the four- and five-bedroom homes available can all be purchased using 5% deposits available under the government's Help to Buy scheme.
Longbridge town centre is just a short walk from Cofton Grange, offering a good choice of high street stores and restaurants, and the biggest Marks and Spencer in the Midlands – and is situated next to Arrow Park, with the River Rea running through it.
Prices: From £315,995
Find out more at www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk ; 0844 243 4507
Foxhills in Barnt Green, Worcestershire (CALA Homes)
Situated in the affluent and sought-after village of Barnt Green, offering a rural lifestyle that is worlds away from Birmingham's urban sprawl, this exclusive development is made up of luxurious mews homes, semi-detached properties, apartments and detached houses.
Ranging in size from two to five bedrooms, the properties offer a high-specification build and a high-quality finish.
Less than half a mile from Foxhills on the village high street, residents will find a café, a delicatessen, a butcher, a florist and a choice of restaurants and pubs. Barnt Green Sports Club has tennis, badminton, squash and table tennis facilities, and there is a cricket club next door to Foxhills. The wider local area is home to an excellent range of local amenities and well-respected schools, while Birmingham city centre is only ten miles away, offering a huge choice of shops, entertainment options and other facilities.
Prices: From £649,950
Find out more about Foxhills from CALA Homes
Ravenhill Park in Rugeley, Staffordshire (Barratt Homes)
Nestled between Stafford and Lichfield on the banks of the River Trent, the historic market town of Rugeley has a lot to offer its inhabitants, both young and old.
Coming soon to the town, Ravenhill Park will offer buyers a range of modern, energy efficient two-, three- and four-bedroom homes in a range of house styles, situated on the edge of pretty Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At the same time, the development is within easy reach of a selection of shops, and schools for pupils of all ages. The town hosts regular markets, and is well connected thanks to great transport links, including the nearby M6 Toll for commuters.
Find out more at www.barratthomes.co.uk,