An Active New Homes Market In Hertfordshire Right Now

Posted 4 May 2021 by Keith Osborne

House-hunters in Hertfordshire have a lot to see when it comes to today's new homes market across the county...

House-hunters in Hertfordshire have much to consider when choosing a brand new homes, as there’s an abundance of choice across the county.

WhatHouse? Housebuilder of the Year Hill, in partnership with Stevenage Borough Council, is set to launch an exclusive collection of just seven houses at Malvern Place, now available to purchase off-plan.

There are three-, four- and five-bedroom detached and semi-detached houses occupying a prime setting within the Hertford Road area of Stevenage, a short distance from the main town centre. A variety of layouts host generous living spaces, with the five-bedroom homes enjoying impressive living/kitchen/dining areas featuring bi-fold doors opening onto the rear garden, elegantly bringing the outside in, and the three-bedroom homes present accommodation spread across three floors. Every home features en suite bathrooms, a private driveway leading to a garage and underfloor heating on the ground floor.

Malvern PlaceMalvern Place

Rebecca Littler, group sales and marketing director at Hill, commented: “For those moving out of London, Stevenage offers the best of the capital on a smaller scale – great commuter links, a selection of good schools for families, idyllic countryside and a vibrant hub of bustling towns that offer an array of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from. We are very pleased to be able to launch this stunning collection of homes off-plan and would certainly urge any prospective purchasers to register their details as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Prices at Malvern Place start from £594,950. Find out more about current Hill developments.

Ahead of an official launch at the end of May, luxury developer Amara Property is offering purchasers an exclusive ‘first look’ at its upcoming boutique development in Shenley, Hertfordshire. Taking its name in reference to the former horse stud and riding centre that once occupied the site, Little Saddles is a private gated cul-de-sac with a collection of eight four-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes.

Each home has its own external character and design, with front gardens and private off-street parking. The interiors are open-plan kitchen, dining and living spaces, with two additional reception rooms that could serve as a study or formal living room, whilst bedrooms occupy the upper floors. There’s a choice of two internal specifications: ‘Classic’ homes will harbour a soft colour palette with natural material choices such as grey parquet flooring and Shaker-style high-end German-manufactured kitchens. The ‘Contemporary’ homes will be bold and clean with design that is reflective of the bespoke Amara Property style finish, with dark wenge wooden floors and modern kitchens and bathrooms.

Little SaddlesLittle Saddles

Rutu Buddhdev, managing director at Amara Property, commented: “We believe that Little Saddles offers something unmatched in new build developments at this level in the local area. We have already sold 20% of the project off-plan and this exclusive offering will allow prospective purchasers to get ahead of the queue and secure a property that is truly unique and one-of-a-kind.”

Homes at Little Saddles start from £950,000. Find out more at www.littlesaddles.co.uk.

Squires Park in central Bushey is Heronslea Group’s fastest-ever selling development and the second phase of luxury apartments there are now released. Launched last autumn, Squires Park has proved hugely popular with all types of buyers snapping up their dream homes. Now 85%, Squires Park is a gated collection of 55 luxurious family houses and apartments, set in seven acres of landscaped grounds.

Squires ParkSquires Park

Lee Martin of selling agent Imagine New Homes said: “Squires Park has been a revelation since our off-plan launch. With the properties now nearing completion; the early buyers are getting ready to move into their homes. Synonymous with what has become expected from the Heronslea brand, we feel confident that this release of apartments will not take long to sell out as has been the case throughout the short lifespan of the scheme, as the market has shown that there is a huge demand for these properties.”

Prices start from £495,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. Find out more at www.heronslea.net.

Chase New Homes is delivering a range of new houses and apartments called Scholars. It comprises three-, four- and five-bedroom houses and two-bedroom apartments, with prices from £400,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and £655,000 for a three-bedroom house.

The housebuilder has also delivered more than just homes. It also completed, five months ahead of schedule, the state-of-the-art new school comprises multiple buildings designed by architects Bond Bryan. New facilities including a new indoor sports hall, 3G football pitch, a multi-use games area including netball and tennis, and The Broxbourne Music Centre which will be available for use by the whole community, as well as the students. Pupils, governors, teachers and the team from Chase New Homes marked the official opening with a celebratory ribbon cutting in the school grounds on 14 April 2021.

Broxbourne SchoolThe Broxbourne School

Tony Carey is CEO of Chase New Homes and commented: “New development doesn’t just mean the delivery of houses and apartments. This project proves that with careful planning and a spirit of collaboration across the public and private sectors, new homes can also mean new amenities for the whole community to enjoy. The opening of The Broxbourne School is an incredibly proud moment for the team at Chase. We are delighted to hand over the keys to coincide with the recent return to school as we finally now start to emerge from the lockdown.”

Find out more about Scholars or book a private appointment to visit at chasenewhomes.co.uk.

St William, part of the Berkeley Group, is bringing a collection of 92 suites, one- and two-bedroom apartments to Watford, and there are some units ready to move into now. The Arches offers contemporary interiors and private outside space, with balconies or terraces to each apartment.

The ArchesThe Arches

Residents also enjoy exclusive access to private parking and landscaped gardens. Located within an eight-minute walk to Bushey railway station, offering commuters swift connections to London Euston in just 19 minutes.

Prices currently range from £321,000 to £475,000 and the sales office is open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm, by appointment only. Find out more from St William.

 

Case study: Vishal Patel

After what may have seemed like a never-ending search for the perfect new home, one London first-time buyer has finally found the right place at Bellway’s Apsley Quay development in Hemel Hempstead.

Tax consultant Vishal Patel had been looking to buy since 2018, taking his time to look through multiple homes and developments all across London and surrounding areas. Apsley Quay, which enjoys a peaceful canalside setting just a short walk from Apsley train station, offered him all that he was looking for – and he moved into his new two-bedroom apartment in January.

Vishal, 28, said: “After viewing so many different homes, I found myself becoming very picky with what I was searching for, but this apartment came very close to perfection for me. As I work in central London, I could have bought a property closer to the centre of London with the funds that I had saved, but the overall cost of living in the city would have been too much. An easy commute into work in Blackfriars was the most important thing for me, which is why I chose this place. Plus, now I get to enjoy the greenery and open air that you get from living further away from the city.”

Vishal PatelApsley Quay is a development of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, enjoying canalside views and a high-quality specification. The apartments, situated only 10 minutes’ walk to Apsley train station and just 10 minutes’ drive to the M25, have been highly popular amongst first-time buyers and professionals commuting to the capital.

An advantage of buying a new build home was that it enabled Vishal to use the Help to Buy scheme, the government initiative that allows first-time buyers to purchase their home with a minimum 5% deposit and 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is provided in the form of an equity loan, which is interest free for the first five years. There’s a regional price cap of £407,400 for the East of England, which covers Hertfordshire.

Vishal said: “The major benefit I had from using the scheme was the extra cash flow I had remaining, which helped with the added expenses of moving out. Without the scheme, everything would have been a lot harder to do. And of course, the incentive of no interest for five years was also a very attractive add-on.”

There is a range of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments currently available at Apsley Quay, priced from £272,500. Find out more at bellway.co.uk.

 

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