News in Brief from The New Homes Scene, Week 17 2018

Posted 26 April 2018 by Keith Osborne

Read our up-to-date look at launches, special offers and events taking place at new homes developments across the country...

It’s another busy week in the new homes market, with a range of launches, buyer events and special offers at a range of developments across the UK, providing opportunities to everyone from first-time buyers to senior downsizers and retirees...


New homes launched in Royal Victoria Dock 

London-based developer Mount Anvil has launched a new 19-storey development in Royal Victoria Dock, London Borough of Newham, to provide house-hunters in the capital with a choice of 105 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes.

The development, called Royal Docks West, includes 26 affordable homes alongside retail space and a public landscaped garden is located on Western Gateway, just three minutes from Custom House DLR station, which will be a part of the long-anticipated Crossrail/Elizabeth line service which is expected to begin in December 2018. Prices at the first release from £590,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, with completions scheduled from Autumn/Winter 2018.

Jon Hall, sales director, Mount Anvil, says: “Crossrail will ensure the new homes, commercial and retail space here will be an excellent investment, but it’s the range of sporting facilities and lifestyle amenities – and the proximity to London’s financial and business centres that will make this one of London’s most popular neighbourhoods. Early adopters are already buying in, demonstrated by the accelerating house prices rises.”

With design inspired by Victorian architecture of Docklands’ heyday, mixed with the interior specification and features such as floor-to-ceiling windows which are expected today, all apartments will have balconies and will share a landscaped garden and a 24-hour concierge service. 12 parking spaces are available under separate negotiation.

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Part Exchange events with Elan Homes in Cheshire 

Hope Park MewsRegional housebuilder Elan Homes is hosting Part Exchange events at two of its current developments in the North West of England this weekend, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April, giving house-hunters with a property to sell the chance to avoid the risks of the traditional ‘property chain’.

At Hope Park Mews in Macclesfield, an ‘Avon’ show home is among the type of homes currently available. A three-storey townhouse with 1,036 sq ft of living space, a kitchen/dining/living room on the ground floor, three bedrooms and family bathroom on the first floor and a top floor dedicated to the en suite master bedroom. Located in Lach Dennis, The Hawthorns has just eight private sale properties, with four already reserved, leaving those who are yet to sell their current property concerned that they could miss out.

Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North, says: “Needing more space is a common reason why people want or even need to move, but often they’re held back because they have to sell the property they’re living in first. Part Exchange is of real benefit because it not only gives them the reassurance that they effectively have a guaranteed cash buyer, but it speeds up the selling and buying process. With no onward chain to hold things back, we aim to exchange contracts in just 28 days, plus customers will be able to stay in their current property until the new one is ready.”

Buyers who cannot or do not wish to use the Part Exchange option have other assistance on offer. Help to Buy is available on everything under £600,000 and those who reserve before the end of April could receive a £5,000 contribution for stamp duty, £1,000 towards legal fees plus carpets, vinyl and turf to rear garden.

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Help to Buy event in the north of Norfolk this weekend

Award-winning housebuilder Lovell Homes is inviting potential homebuyers in North Norfolk to come to its Heath Farm development in Holt this weekend to learn more about the government’s Help to Buy scheme at an event it is hoting on Saturday 28 April, from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

The Lovell team is joined by an independent financial advisor, so anyone attending the event can find out all they need to know about the homes on offer, how they can use Help to Buy and the mortgage options they have. Heath Farm offers a range of two-, three-, four - and five-bedroom homes within walking distance of Holt’s town centre. Prices currently start at £224,950 (or £179,960 up-front with a 20% Help to Buy equity loan) for the two-bedroom House of the Week (Plot 23), ‘The Bluebell’, which is being offered at a reduced price of with stamp duty paid (if this will be the buyer’s main home), as well as free flooring.

Regional sales manager for Lovell, Adrian Garrood, says: “Our special Help to Buy event is a fantastic opportunity to talk to our experienced sales team and find out how it could help you, whether you’re struggling to save for a deposit or want to secure a larger home than your budget might otherwise allow. It’s obviously very popular with first-time buyers but, importantly, it’s also available to existing owners offering them a great way to move up the property ladder and get the home that really works for their lifestyle.”

With a range of homes currently under special offer, those that cannot attend Saturday’s event can visit another time, with the marketing suite open from 10.00am to 5.00pm seven days a week.

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Purchase assistance schemes offered at Buckinghamshire development

Canalside ViewKier Living Eastern is tempting house-hunters in Buckinghamshire to its Canalside View development in Aylesbury with a range of assistance schemes to make the purchase easier and cheaper.

In addition to Help to Buy on some properties and the housebuilder’s own Part Exchange and Smooth Move schemes, other incentives are available on selected plots, such as flooring, granite worktops or curtains included in the sale price. Canalside View offers a range of three-, four- and five bedroom homes to suit a diverse range of buyers. Examples are: the three-bedroom ‘Farriers’ house type, priced from £415,995; the four-bedroom ‘Debden’ at £549,995; and the five-bedroom ‘Victoria’ at £650,000, which is available to see first-hand as the development’s show home.

Kier Living Eastern’s sales and marketing director David Thomas says: “There are so many advantages of a new home and choosing a property at Canalside View means you don’t have an onward chain to worry about, so moving in for July is feasible. Taking advantage of the incentives on some of our larger family homes could make things even easier.”

Located on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Canalside View is open between 10.00am and 5.00pm, seven days a week.

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Next phase of homes offered at popular Erith site

At The Quarry, a development underway in a joint venture between L&Q and The Anderson Group, a second phase of homes has just been released to homebuyers looking for a new build in Erith, in the London Borough of Bexley.

With 600 homes planned for the development in total, keen buyers now have another 21 properties to choose from following the successful sales of the first phase, unveiled last autumn. These latest properties for sale include three- and four-bedroom terraced houses, as well as four-bedroom semi-detached houses, with prices beginning at £420,000. Help to Buy London is available on all these new homes, requiring just 5% as a deposit and providing an equity loan of 40% of the purchase price.

Lucy Chitty, sales and customer services director for L&Q’s South region, says: “We have now sold all of the homes from our first phase of sales at The Quarry so we’re delighted to be able to offer 21 more properties for sale. Residents at The Quarry will be able to enjoy the outdoor spaces and community facilities such as a state-of-the-art new school and play corridor, and we look forward to welcoming them to the development.”

This eco-development is surrounded by established woodland and provides a retained ecology area and ecology corridor for community use. There is a show home on site to give potential purchasers an opportunity to see a completed home, with visits organised by appointment.

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Off-plan buying opportunities at new Cotswold development

Sealey WoodKeen property buyers in Gloucestershire can move quickly to reserve the plot they really want and consider a range of personal touches to their new homes buy purchasing off-plan at Sealey Wood, an Edenstone Homes development taking shape in the village of Horsley.

In the heart of The Cotswolds and just a few miles south of Stroud, the new development has designs inspired by the traditional homes of the region, with Cotswold stone architecture on each of the 11 private sale homes which range from two/three bedrooms  to five bedrooms. Current prices at Sealey Wood range from £558,000 up to £999,000, and a show home is scheduled to open in May.

Andrea Nippe, sales director for Edenstone Homes, says: “Sealey Wood offers buyers the rare opportunity to embrace rural Cotswold village life in a brand new home that is as stunning as its surroundings. There’s a real excitement about the homes we are building and that is growing as work progresses on site. Customers at Sealey Wood will be able to handpick their preferred choice of Sigma 3 kitchens, which include fully integrated Neff appliances. The homes also include contemporary white sanitary ware from Roca and purchasers can select premium ceramic wall tiling from Porcelanosa for the bathroom and en suite.”

Help to Buy is available here on units priced up to £600,000. Close to these new homes are Horsley Primary School, the community shop, Horsley Village Hall and sports pitches, with nearby Nailsworth offering more shops and useful amenities.

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Launch of new apartments at Croydon development

A collection of 29 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes have been unveiled on the top floors of Innova by developer Inspired Homes for buyers looking for a premium property at the scheme located in the heart of Croydon, close to shops and the town’s three mainline stations..

The new release includes a choice of five two- and three-bedroom 15th and 16th floor duplexes, each with private terraces and Scandinavian-style ‘inverted living’, with bedrooms on the lower floor and living space on the top floor to maximise the views. Purchasers can also choose from one- and two-bedroom lateral apartments, with an impressive specification that include high-quality kitchens and bathrooms as well as a host of technology and 1GB Hyperoptic broadband. Prices start at £400,000 for a one-bedroom lateral apartment and reach £925,000 for the largest three-bedroom duplex, with Help to Buy London available on properties priced up to £600,000.

Martin Skinner, CEO of Inspired Homes, says: “The Nova Collection brings a new dimension to urban living. We have applied our vast experience in space planning to larger apartments, optimising the living spaces for entertaining. Demand is growing for premium residences right in the heart of the action, with the kind of specification and lifestyle services you’d expect to find in central London.”

Innova has a ground floor Residents’ Lounge and ninth floor Sky Terrace, which can be used for a variety of purposes, such as music events or open-air cinema. There’s a hotel-style concierge service for day-to-day running of the building and services for residents, while luxury lifestyle management services provided by Quintessentially will be available to all owner-occupiers for the first year, free of charge.

Find out more about Innova from Inspired Homes


Open Day this week at West Sussex retirement development

McIndoe LodgePeople of retirement age looking for a new build home on a dedicated development of privately owned properties in East Grinstead, West Sussex, are being invited by specialist developer Churchill Retirement Living ito attend a Sparkling Open Day event at its McIndoe Lodge development on Friday 27 April.

Taking place between 11.00am and 3.00pm, the event gives interested parties the chance to tour the show complex and show apartments, while being treated to sparkling wine and nibbles. The Churchill team will be on hand to answer questions and give full details of the properties and lifestyle on offer at McIndoe Lodge, which comprises 49 one- and two-bedroom self-contained apartments that are available to over-60s.

“This is the perfect opportunity for potential purchasers looking for their dream retirement apartment to see all that McIndoe Lodge has to offer,” says Anne Scherrer, regional marketing manager at Churchill Retirement Living. “The low maintenance apartments at the Lodge have been designed to make life easier and more enjoyable in retirement years and offer security, peace of mind and independent living for our owners, while being surrounded by a friendly, new community. The Lodge has already proved to be extremely popular, so we would urge anyone interested to come and join us.”

This development is conveniently located to bring the High Street and a number of major shops and amenities within easy reach. East Grinstead has excellent rail access to London and isd on the edge of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for walks and cycle rides.

Find out more about McIndoe Lodge from Churchill Retirement Living


New homes available to reserve at Bedfordshire development

House-hunters in Bedfordshire now have the chance to reserve the property of their choice at Marston Fields, a new development from award-winning Barratt Homes, located in the village of Marston Moretaine, just eight miles from Bedford.

Marston Fields will offer a range of two- to five-bedroom homes. There are currently three-, four- and five-bedroom houses for sale there with prices starting at £330,000. Barratt offers a range of purchase assistance schemes, including Help to Buy, with the sales team available to visit on Monday from 12:30pm to 5.30pm and Thursday to Sunday, from 10.00am to 5.30pm.

Glenn Copper, sales director at Barratt Homes North Thames, says: “We are delighted to announce that the fantastic new homes at Marston Fields are now on sale following a successful launch. The development is perfectly located with amenities and commuter links nearby alongside stunning countryside on its doorstep. We expect Marston Fields to be extremely popular and urge homebuyers to register their interest soon.”

From Marston Moretaine, it is easy to reach Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northampton  as well as the M1. The village is close to two local stations in addition to the mainline services to London and other major cities from the surrounding towns.

Find out more about Marston Fields from Barratt Homes


Last apartment for sale at Canning Town development

East City PointCountryside has introduced a special offer on the last unit available at its East City Point development in Canning Town, close to Docklands in the London Borough of Newham.

Help to Buy London is available on this unit, which is on the sixth floor of the Lexicon Terrace building. It is a 583 sq ft property with two double bedrooms, an open-plan living/dining area and a private balcony, and it is priced at £440,000.The developer is also offering £1,500 toward legal fees and a furniture package which means the buyer can move in straightaway. With first-time buyers not required to pay stamp duty at the moment, existing homeowners looking to buy would also get their stamp duty paid for by Countryside.

East City Point is situated at the heart of Canning Town, which has undergone a major regeneration over the past few years, with a host of new residential schemes and the facilities the new population needs. It is well-connected to some of the area’s most respected shopping centres: Westfield Stratford City in just seven minutes via the DLR, offering over 250 stores and 70 places to eat as well as its cinema, casino and bowling alley; while there are two shopping malls at Canary Wharf, just two stops from Canning Town on the Jubilee line.

Canning Town has plenty of bus and road connections, with DLR and Jubilee Line services into The City and West End. It is also close to ExCeL and City Airport.

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HomeMovers event taking place at site in Colchester

With over 75% of the properties already sold, former Housebuilder of the Year CALA Homes has released the last few units at its popular Constable Grange development in Colchester, Essex and is hosting a HomeMovers event there on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April.

Set in the suburb of Stanway, on the western fringes of the town, this development has just three homes now remaining ready to move into this summer and the event gives potential purchasers an opportunity to meet the CALA Homes sales team and learn more about what is on offer there. All properties are available with Help to Buy or Part Exchange schemes.

Chris Roads, regional sales and marketing director for CALA Homes, comments: “Constable Grange has always been one of our most popular developments and we now have an established community here. There is a high level of interest in the last few homes on the development so we’d urge anyone still considering a move to visit our marketing suite and showhomes as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”

Among the remaining homes is Plot 12,  a three-storey, four-bedroom ‘Abberton’ house with contemporary kitchen/dining room, sitting room, en suite master bedroom with built-in wardrobe, private study, family bathroom and three other bedrooms, one of which is en suite, This priced at £389,950 and is ready to move into this summer, with flooring and turf included.

Find out more about Constable Grange from CALA Homes


Launch of new homes in Borehamwood this weekend

Fairwood PlaceSaturday 28 April sees the launch in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire of Fairwood Place by St William, which is part of the current WhatHouse? Housebuilder of the Year, The Berkeley Group and which is bringing 78 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Being launched from Elstree Studios, with appointment times from 10.00am to 4.00pm this Saturday, Wesley House is the first of two phases to be launched at Fairwood Place and has properties for sale starting at £337,500 for a one-bedroom apartment. Each has private external space and gated parking, secure parking and access to cycle storage.

Fairwood Place is situated 100 metres from Elstree and Borehamwood railway station, which provides fast and frequent rail services to King’s Cross St Pancras (18 minutes), and also a four-minute walk from the town centre and its mix of shops, services, cafes and restaurants. By car, the M1 and M25 are not far away, while for longer distances, London’s major airports are all easily accessible. For families, it is within easy reach of a range of well-respected schools for children of all ages.

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Launches at new Redrow Homes sites this weekend

Spire Court​Redrow Homes is launching new sites on a very regular basis around the country, and Saturday 28 April sees one in Harrow and another in Witham, Essex opening to the public for the first time.

Spire Court is the latest phase of the Lyon Square development. It comprises 48 two-bedroom apartments all available with Help to Buy, with a full market starting price of £475,000 (£380,000 up-front with the government-backed scheme). The new apartments all benefit from a range of on-site amenities: a communal landscape garden, residents-only gym, secure cycle storage and a concierge service. Underground parking is an optional extra.

Also launching, with three show homes opening, is The Mulberries, located in Hatfield Road, Witham. This will bring a wide range of properties to market, with from one to five bedrooms and the starting price is £192,995 on launch. There will be 51 houses in all, with 16 already sold off-plan. Witham has regular rail services to and from London Liverpool Street (journey time of around 45 minutes) and is ideally located for the Essex countryside and several very good schools, as well as major towns and cities such as Braintree, Colchester and Chelmsford.

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First sales to launch at Bracknell development this Saturday

Bellway is launching a new development in Bracknell, Berkshire on Saturday 28 April at the opening of a sales and marketing suite at Sterling Square, which will be bringing a range of apartments to buyers as part of a major regeneration of the town.

The launch will give homebuyers a first chance to see details of the one- and two-bedroom properties, each of which will have a private balcony to complement the open-plan design and quality specification which includes generous living spaces, en suite shower rooms, integrated kitchen appliances. Each property comes with private allocated parking and residents have access to a landscaped communal square in the heart of the development. Prices here will start at £219,995.

Greg Allsop, head of sales at Bellway Homes, says: “Now is a great time to buy a home in this property hotspot. The homes at Sterling Square offer stylish, contemporary, competitively priced accommodation. Anyone interested in buying a property should register their interest early in order to get the pick of the plots.”

Bracknell is well connected by road (Reading, Maidenhead and Farnborough are just three of the towns within a short drive), with easy access to the M3 and M4, and the town has a commute time of under an hour into central London. Its regeneration has seen the creation of a new shopping centre with around 100 units to complement a popular high street, while its sports and leisure facilities are varied and well established.

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