News in brief - Snippets from the new homes scene, Week 6 2017

Posted 9 February 2017 by Keith Osborne

Concise new homes news items from the South West, London and the Home Counties...

We have another busy week with plenty of launches and events going on across the country to interest buyers of new homes.

Smoking ban proposed at new retirement development in Berkshire

The operator of a new retirement development which is set to open in 2018 are consulting with advance off-plan buyers to determine whether to ban smoking across the entire site, as it looks to promote health and wellbeing at its flagship village.

Robin Hughes, managing director of Castle Retirement Living, says the proposal for Castle View Windsor is based on similar trials taken at developments in Australia: “I think it’s time that the impact of second-hand smoke in a community environment like Castle View Windsor is really considered with some fresh thinking. As most residents will have generous balconies to their apartments, along with universal access to roof terraces, we do not really want these areas to be used by any smokers or guests, potentially impacting on the general amenity of the village with passive smoke.”

Half the first phase of apartments at the scheme have already been purchased, with prices currently ranging from £330,000 to £650,000. A second phase is set for release in June 2017, with the site set to open to residents in autumn next year.

Find out more at ;  01753 378127

Amanda Lamb opens new CALA Homes development in Winchester

Kings BartonProperty expert and TV presenter Amanda Lamb was the guest of honour at the Kings Barton development last weekend as CALA Homes unveiled a show village at the launch of this landmark scheme in Winchester, Hampshire, which with create a new neighbourhood of homes, shops, a pub, community centre and primary school.

There are no fewer than three show homes for visitors to the site to see, all professionally interior designed by locally based Jane McIntyre. The launch event also provided guests with hospitality from other local firms as they found out about the variety of homes on offer and the specification they can expect.

Alison Deakin, sales and marketing director for CALA Homes (Thames), says: “Kings Barton is a landmark development for CALA, we’re creating a 21st-century suburb of Winchester, a place which draws on the best qualities of the city but still has its own character. We’ve already experienced high levels of demand with 16 homes sold off-plan.”

The homes now for sale at Kings Barton include a mix of two-, three- and five-bedroom homes, with prices ranging from £385,000 to £710,000. 

Find out more about Kings Barton from CALA Homes 

New residential scheme unveiled in St John’s Wood

Regal Homes is launching a stylish new development of 49 apartments just two minutes’ walk from both Regent’s Park and Lord’s Cricket Ground, with an interior specification and lobby/concierge area designed by Kelly Hoppen MBE, already familiar with previous projects from this developer.

Set over 10 storeys, The Compton will include 15 one-bedroom apartments, 28 two-bedroom apartments , three three-bedroom apartments, and three penthouses with private roof terraces. The architecture, from Simon Bowden Architects, fits in well to the elegant neighbours in NW8, offering a gym and communal roof terrace for residents’ use. The first homes are due for completion in autumn 2018.

Simon De Friend and Paul Eden, co-founders of Regal Homes, remark: “The Compton builds on our previous collaborations with Kelly Hoppen as her design ethos complements the innovative architecture that Regal Homes is known for. Our partnerships with Kelly Hoppen and Simon Bowden Architects have created what will be some of London’s most sought-after landmark homes in this prestigious neighbourhood.”

Find out more at ; 020 7861 5499 (Knight Frank), 020 7724 4724 (Aston Chase)

Show home opens this weekend at east Hertfordshire development

The Maples​With homes already for sales off-plan, Saturday 11 February sees the opening of a five-bedroom show house at The Maples, a Redrow Homes scheme in Buntingford, Hertfordshire.

The development offers two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom properties for sale from the award-winning housebuilder’s Heritage Collection. Current prices start from £549,995 for a four-bedroom detached ‘Cambridge’ style property, with Help to Buy available on selected plots under £600,000.

Kerry McCoubrey, sales director for Redrow Homes (Eastern), explained: “Viewing a property remains an integral part of the buying process and so we appreciate that while some have had the confidence to buy off-plan others are waiting to see inside the show home at The Maples before making a commitment. What they may not realise is that we have a database of hundreds of would-be homeowners and by waiting they could miss out on their preferred property.”

Check out all the new homes available from Redrow Homes 

New collection of homes released in Cullompton

David Wilson Homes, winner of a WhatHouse? Award last November, has launched  a brand new development in Cullompton, Devon. Saxon Fields comprises a mix of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, with local buyers already showing a strong interest in them even before the opening of the site last weekend.

Sales director Sara Parker says: “Already there is a tremendous amount of interest from those eager to secure a new home within beautiful Cullompton and these homes are perfect for a range of different lifestyles - from young professionals and growing families to retirees.”

The town has its own range of shops and amenities and plenty of appealing countryside close by, including the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The M5 is adjacent to the town, leading south to Exeter and north to Bristol.

Find out more about new homes for sale from David Wilson Homes.

Launch event for new homes on Crossrail route this Friday

Union Park​As the start of Crossrail/Elizabeth Line services gets ever nearer, so too does the benefit of living close to a station on the route, and a launch event this weekend provides a chance to secure one under a mile from West Drayton station at a new development in the London Borough of Hllingdon.

Friday 10 February is the first day of launch for Union Park, at 3.00pm at the Bleriot Suite at the London Heathrow Marriott, with another session starting at 10.00am on Saturday 11 February. The hosts are selling agents Cameron Group, acting on behalf of a development consortium of London Green, Chrisaria Group and Ringley.

Union Park is a collection of apartments – studios to three-bedroom units – at a waterside location, and the first phase to be brought to market, Aqua House, with comprise 118 properties priced from £219,995.

Clive Edwards, sales director for Cameron Group, says: “The launch of Union Park presents a great opportunity to purchase a new home off-plan at today’s prices, with the potential to enjoy capital growth prior to completion in 2018. We anticipate a high demand for these properties and solicitors will be present to facilitate exchange of contracts on the day.”

Find out more ; 01895 835000

Help to Buy apartments come to Staines-upon-Thames

A new collection of apartments available through the Help to Buy scheme are coming to Staines-upon-Thames with the launch of Venture House.

Developer Inland Homes opened the development last week, giving buyers the first opportunity to see the choice of studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments at the London Road scheme, located close to the Staines Reservoirs, the town’s station and its shopping streets. Priced from £249,950, the homes all come with allocated undercroft parking.

Vicki Noon, sales and marketing director at Inland Homes, says: “This will be another fantastic refurbishment by Inland Homes following on from the recent successes of Park House in Loudwater and Portland House in Gerrards Cross. We are looking forward to seeing these exciting new homes begin to take shape.”

Find out more about properties for sale from Inland Homes

New marketing suite to open at Southfields development

Developer Lendlease is inviting homebuyers in and around Southfields, in south-west London, to visit a new marketing suite opening at its Cambium scheme this Saturday 11 February.

The marketing suite, located on-site on Victoria Drive, in the heart of Southfields and just a stroll from Wimbledon Common and Putney Heath, features brand-new kitchen and bathroom displays and a virtual reality walk-through of one of the three-bedroom townhouses on the site.

These new homes are centred around an oak tree, believed to have been planted by celebrated landscape architect Capability Brown over 200 years ago. Prices currently start at £429,950 for a selection of one- to three-bedroom apartments and at £1.14m for the three- to five-bedroom houses. 

Find out more at ; 020 3817 7000.

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