News in Brief from The New Homes Scene, Week 25 2018

Posted 21 June 2018 by Keith Osborne

The weekly round up of launches, homebuyer events and special offers around the UK from the WhatHouse? team...

This weekend is another busy one with launches and special events taking place at new homes developments across the country, giving serious house-hunters an opportunity to look at the properties and perhaps take advantage of a current special offer.

Catkin Gardens sales centre opens its doors this weekend

Catkin Gardens (Bovis Homes)Catkin Gardens is located in the village of Headcorn in Kent. This Saturday 23 June, Bovis Homes is opening its sales centre to give visitors the chance to find out more about the selection of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes available. The location also offers open spaces, a play area and footpaths.

There are a range of purchase assistance schemes available to help buyers secure their dream home, including the government-backed Help to Buy scheme, and Bovis Homes own Smooth Move service, where the housebuilder will help those needing to sell a property deal with estate agents on behalf of the buyer, and even pay the fees.

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Shared Ownership homes released in Harrow

The part-buy/part-rent nature of the Shared Ownership attracts many first-time buyers, and now those looking for a brand new home in the centre of Harrow in north-west London can consider a new range of properties unveiled by Network Homes.

Lyon Square offers one- and two-bedroom apartments, each with their own balcony or terrace, as well as a communal courtyard and landscaped areas. Residents also benefit from a daytime concierge. Prices start from £148,500 for a 45% share (based on a full market value of £330,000).

Lisa Ley, head of sales at Network Homes, says:“Lyon Square gives first time buyers a great opportunity to get on the property ladder in a high demand area. The combination of contemporary living and quaint historic streets offers a unique lifestyle. It’s ideally located in Harrow Town Centre with easy access into the city so it’s great for commuters too.”

Harrow-on-the-Hill Tube station only five minutes’ walk away from the development, with a host of shops and schools nearby to suit the needs of a range of buyers. Lyon Road is undergoing redevelopment which will create a public square that will host events, a market and pop-up restaurants.

Find out more about Lyon Square from Network Homes 

Special events for buyers in Cheshire this weekend

CanalsideSaturday 23 and Sunday 24 June offer first-time buyers and homeowners wishing to upgrade to a new property a chance to find out more about the homebuying process at an event being hosted by Elan Homes at its Canalside development in Middlewich, Cheshire.

The special two-day event with see the sales team at the site joined by independent financial advisors and Help to Buy agents to talk visitors through every aspect of purchasing one of the three- and four-bedroom homes for sale there, where prices currently range from £239,995 to £319,995. For those who already own a home, there is the option of Part Exchange to take away the uncertainty of the buying process.

Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North, says: “Because Canalside offers a choice of three- and four-bedroom homes it’s attracting both first time buyers and existing homeowners who are looking to move. By focusing on the different types of buyers on consecutive days we aim to ensure they receive tailored expert advice and assistance that will enable them to make their dream move a reality. For example, first time buyers may want to know more about the Help to Buy equity loan scheme or if they will have to pay stamp duty if they buy here. Those with a house to sell will be more concerned about if they will have time to secure a buyer and how we can help them make their next move on the housing ladder.”

Canalside is right on the water and close to the High Street, which offers a mix of shops, amenities and pubs/restaurants.

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Launch of new homes in Berkshire this Saturday

Ashberry Homes is inviting house-hunters to the launch of its latest development, Popeswood Grange, which is under construction in Binfield, Berkshire and will offer a wide range of properties with from two to five bedrooms.

Saturday 23 June is the first chance to speak to the sales team about the homes for sale there and find out what else is happening in the area. With good transport links, access to green spaces, local amenities, schools and shopping, there is a lot to appeal to all sorts of homebuyers, while those with a young family will appreciate a new primary school due to open onsite in 2019. The new homes at Popeswood Grange will be priced from £464,995 at the launch event.

“We’re very excited to be launching this charming development in the historic parish of Binfield,” says Jody Bryant, sales manager of Ashberry Homes. “Popeswood Grange is a collection of highly desirable homes, situated in a particularly sought-after location. The local amenities are within easy reach, offering an array of shops and restaurants, combined with over 10 hectares of restored Berkshire countryside on the doorstep. The accommodation is impressively diverse, offering a range of living solutions that are united by the Ashberry Homes quality finish. Many of the houses are available with Help to Buy so we anticipate it will appeal to a number of first-time buyers, as well as young professionals who are keen to take advantage of the fantastic value and convenient transport links.”

This development is well connected, located close to Binfield village and within easy reach of Wokingham and Bracknell, with convenient rail services for commuters to London and a journey time there of under an hour.

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Launch weekend for development in Northwood

SilverwoodOn Saturday 23 June, anyone looking to buy a new home in Northwood in north-west London is welcome to visit Silverwood, a new development release by Howarth Homes that is bringing 24 apartments to this leafy suburb.

With a tree-lined setting and located behind secure gates, this red-brick designed project has three buildings featuring a choice of one-, two- and three-bedroom properties, each of which benefits from allocated parking, and all of which share communal landscaped gardens. With a high standard of specification, one- and two-bedroom apartments at Silverwood are priced from £399,995 and £499,995 respectively.

Dale Wagstaff, managing director of Howarth Homes, says: “Silverwood offers a rare opportunity to secure a new build apartment in this highly sought-after area. Whether purchasers are looking for a centrally located apartment or a sound investment, property in Northwood is anticipated to experience excellent capital growth.”

Northwood Tube station is under a mile from this development and offers a 33-minute journey time into central London, while residents will also have easy access to major road connections such as the M40 and the M25. A short walk away is the High Street, with a good range of shops and amenities, and the area is well known for well-regarded state and private schools.

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New luxury apartments come to Brook Green

Friday 22 June sees the unveiling of a new development of five luxurious apartments in Brook Green, an affluent area in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham where new properties are rarely available.

Estate agent Finlay Brewer is working with the developer Poseidon Group to unveil the new one- and two-bedroom homes which are coming on sale for between £995,000 and £1.4m. Ranging in size from 872 sq ft to 1,496 sq ft, each apartment is in an industrial style, with Crittall windows exposed brick and brushed leather furnishings, and comes with its own private outside space in the form of terraced balcony, garden terrace or winter garden.

Located on the corner of Blythe Road, the building was once a pub known as the Old Parr’s Head and dates back to at least 1870 (when it was called the Duke of Edinburgh). It closed in 2014 and has now been brought back to life as a residential address.

These new properties are close to numerous transport links, ideal for travel to work or leisure: Kensington Olympia (Overground and Southern) is a five-minute walk away, while Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line and Overground) and Hammersmith (District, Circle, Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City Lines) are both a 13-minute walk away.

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New homes to be released at Dundee development

Craigie Fields​Cruden Homes is working on its first new homes development in Dundee and with construction now underway, is set to release a number of properties there onto the market in August, with a show home planned for October.

Craigie Fields is the name of the new development, which will comprise 42 new homes. It’s a mixed-tenure scheme, with 12 three-bedroom semi-detached homes for sale to private buyers and the remaining 30 properties a selection of two and three-bedroom homes and cottage flats available to rent through Angus Housing Association. All the house styles have been designed exclusively for the location, and each benefits from renewable energy supplied by PV solar panels.

Hazel Davies, sales and marketing director of Cruden Homes, says: “We’re proud to be bringing new Cruden homes for sale to Dundee for the first time. Craigie Fields is a cracking development in a great location and offers excellent prospects for our first venture in the city. As such, it represents an important milestone as part of our ambitious growth strategy for the region”.

Craigie Fields is located on Pitairlie Road on the site of the former Mid Craigie Primary School, adjacent to Mid Craigie Park and close to the A972 ring road.

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New show homes to see in Bexhill

David Wilson Homes has opened the first two show homes at its Rosewood Park development in Little Common, just outside the seaside town of Bexhill which will be bringing 239 new homes to the East Sussex property market.

Both show houses combine traditional architecture with contemporary internal decoration and furnishings selected by leading design specialists Andrew Henry Interior. The development willbe bringing a wide array of homes, from one bedroom to five. Visitors to the site can now take a tour of the  four-bedroom detached ‘Cornell’ house, which has been designed with families with older children in mind, and the ‘Henley’, which has four double bedrooms and a single bedroom, which is presented as another option - a study. Prices at the development currently start from £172,995 for a one bedroom apartment.

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing director for David Wilson Homes, says: “There has been keen interest in Rosewood Park since the preview took place in January and with the long-awaited showhomes giving prospective buyers the opportunity to view the high-quality fixtures and finishes, and thoughtfully laid out homes, we are expecting lots of visitors to them.  Our new show homes have been designed by Andrew Henry to reflect our understanding of how people live and what they really want from a home.”

Find out more about Rosewood Park from David Wilson Homes 

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