Demand Leads To Launch Of New Phases In Northern Scotland

Posted 4 March 2021 by Keith Osborne

Barratt Homes has released more homes for sale at Ness Castle, Inverness, and Osprey Heights, Inverurie...

Barratt Homes has launched new phases at both Ness Castle, Inverness, and Osprey Heights, Inverurie, as the trend for swapping city life for suburban locations continues to drive demand for new homes locally.

Both sites benefit from easy access to town and city amenities on one hand, and some of the best outdoor attractions on the other, and both have experienced a spike in interest from buyers.

Mike Cowie, sales and marketing director for Barratt Homes North, said: “The pandemic has changed the way we live and work, and as a result we’re seeing growing interest from city dwellers looking to move further from their offices.

“This is a whole new market of prospective homeowners that now has the flexibility to move beyond typical commuter zones, so, with this in mind, we’re confident that the expansions will be really popular.”

Barratt Homes at Ness Castle

Voted one of the best cities in the UK to raise a family and recognised for its quality of life, Inverness is attracting home movers from larger cities looking to upgrade their space close to some of Scotland’s best countryside.

Surrounded by peaceful woodlands, yet just three miles from city centre, the newly announced expansion at Ness Castle, which sits in the community of Holm, is set to be popular with first-time buyers, downsizers and families alike.

Among the homes available is the four-bedroom detached ‘Dunbar’, with open-plan kitchen/dining room and a main bedroom with en suite. With both a cloakroom and utility room, muddy boots and clothing from time enjoyed outdoors can be stored away from the main spaces, and an integrated garage provides additional storage.

Ness CastleThose looking for a smaller starter home are also catered for by house types like the semi-detached ‘Ravenscraig’. With three double bedrooms, the home is flexibly designed and is a blank canvas for owners. Spaces can just as easily become an office or fitness room as they can a nursery or playroom.

Residents of the new phase will also enjoy direct access to the South Loch Ness Walking Trail, which provides a link to Fort August and stretches for almost 58km – perfect for running, cycling or a leisurely stroll.

Parents and caregivers will be pleased to know that the homes sit in the catchment area for Inverness Academy and various primary schools – with a brand-new school at Ness Castle currently under construction

Find out more about Ness Castle from Barratt Homes.

Barratt Homes at Osprey Heights

Sitting at the edge of Aberdeenshire town Inverurie, the final phase of the popular Osprey Heights development will bring a mix of three and four-bedroom homes, including the popular four-bedroom ‘Craigston’ and the three-bedroom ‘Ravenscraig’ – all with the newest 2020 specs.

The ‘Craigston’ is the perfect family home, and a popular choice with those looking for more space. Downstairs, a spacious hallway introduces the large lounge and an impressive open-plan kitchen and dining room with breakfast bar, and there’s ample storage in the form of a detached garage and utility room.

The four-bedroom ‘Buchanan’ has also returned, with an extra touch of luxury in the form of a second bedroom with en suite. Kitchen dining is elevated with a breakfast bar and a home office finishes off its extensive floorplan.

When it comes to location, Osprey Heights is unrivalled, enjoying a south-west view of Inverurie and just a short walk to the town centre and local schools. The homes themselves are surrounded by open fields with Bennachie Hill in sight – perfect for dog walking or outdoor pursuits, or to enjoy a sunset from the garden.

Inverurie is hugely popular with families and is home to several top-rated primary schools and the newly complete £55million Inverurie Community Campus school and leisure complex.

Inverurie town includes boutique showrooms, family-run restaurants and coffee shops, as well as several larger stores. The city of Aberdeen is just 16 miles away, and it’s a 20-minute drive to Dyce where you’ll find Aberdeen Airport.

Find out more about Osprey Heights from Barratt Homes.


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