News in Brief from The New Homes Scene, Week 31 2018

Posted 2 August 2018 by Keith Osborne

It's another very busy week in the new homes market, with a number of launches, events and special offers for buyers to enjoy...

Summer id the perfect time to go looking for a new home, visiting sites, attending events and looking into the special offers available, and here we look at opportunities for these which are happening at developments across the country.


New homes launched on historic site in Hertford

Go Homes has launched a new boutique development of 13 homes on an historic site in the centre of Hertford, offering a range of properties reflecting the heritage of the location with stylish, up-to-date interiors.

Carriage Court comprises a mix of two-, three- and four bedroom homes – a mix of villas and a new mews – located on the site of a Baptist Chapel and the Coach and Carriage works that once belonged to the McMullen family, who owned the Hertford Brewery, and now converted into four homes. The architecture is influenced by the surrounding Georgian properties, while inside they have been designed for ‘upside down’ living, with two bedrooms on the ground floor and open-plan kitchen/living/dining room with balcony on the first floor. Six new townhouses each have four bedrooms and the mews has three new homes with garages.

Oliver Hookway, CEO of Go Homes, says: “We are delighted to launch Carriage Court and have paid tribute by commemorating the history of the site, throughout the development. The beautiful homes have been carefully designed to incorporate traditional features and architectural style.”

The development is located a short walk from Hertford North and Herford East stations, as well as many of the town’s shops and amenities. Prices start from £465,000 for a two-bedroom house, with Help to Buy available on a selection of the properties.

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Popular three-bedroom homes still available at Yeovil development

Wyndham ParkEven with a lot of demand for houses of that type, Barratt Homes is still offering a range of three-bedroom houses at its Wyndham Park development in Yeovil, Somerset, which a perfect for a whole spectrum of buyers, from first-timers to downsizers.

Among the three-bedroom homes currently available at the site are the ‘Maidstone’, priced from £206,995, the ‘Compton’ from £209,995, the ‘Hamdon’ from £234,995, and the ‘Ennerdale’ from £247,500. The government-backed Help to Buy scheme is available, and visitors to the site can see the specification of the properties at a five-bedroom show home.

“We know the number of buyers wishing to move to a three bedroom home is very high in this area,” says sales director Sara Parker. “And these particular designs are already proving tremendously popular - so we don’t expect them to be available for very long. As well as being perfect for families, these homes are ideal for those seeking a little extra space to grow into, and for when guests come to stay. Our designers have carefully considered the needs of buyers. Lifestyles are constantly changing, and flexible living is a top priority for many. These homes are a great solution.”

Located in the north-east of Yeovil, the sales office and show home are open Monday from 12.30pm to 5.30pm, and Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00am to 5.30pm

Find out more about Wyndham Park from Barratt Homes 


Show home now the last for sale at Newton Mearns site

Leading Scottish housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes now has the final home for sale at its Red Lion development in the East Renfrewshire town of Newton Mearns – the three-storey, five-bedroom ‘Cramond’ show house.

This is a luxury house with an interior designed by Gerry Burke of Gerry Burke Interiors, who has complemented the external design with a detailed, high-quality decoration throughout the spacious home, which has generous dimensions throughout and the benefit of spectacular views that stretch as far as Glasgow city. Priced at £849,995, the ‘Cramond’ has open-plan living lounge/dining room/kitchen with utility room, sun room, two en suite bedrooms, dressing room to the master bedroom, three further bedrooms, family bathroom, fitness room, games room, shower room and a double integral garage.

Joanne Casey, director at Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, says: “Red Lion has really caught the imagination of homebuyers and has been a hugely successful development, receiving widespread acclaim from homeowners and the wider community.  It is truly perfect for families looking for the best of both worlds – easy access to Glasgow combined with luxurious suburban living, with fantastic schools and leisure facilities nearby.”

Red Lion comprises 17 three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, well connected to Glasgow city centre and just minutes away from picturesque countryside. The area has a number of well-respected schools and a host of leisure amenities and sports clubs.

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Only a few homes left for sale at Suffolk site

Admirals QuarterTaylor Wimpey has just a few homes remaining for sale at its Admirals Quarter development in Holbrook, Suffolk, with only four properties on the market.

Among the homes left to buy is the two-bedroom ‘Belford’, which is an end-of-terrace home with two parking spaces, available for £224,995. Another is the ‘Westerfield’, a two-bedroom detached bungalow priced at £299,995. Help to Buy is one option for buyers, with those moving on from another properties having Part Exchange to consider, or the housebuilder’s own Easymover scheme.

Caroline Carter, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, says: “The beautiful village setting of Holbrook has been a big draw for our customers, and we’ve seen plenty of people fall in love with Admirals Quarter after a single visit. We now have just a small number of new homes left, so if you are interested in living in the peaceful Suffolk countryside, we would encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible and we’ll happily show you around.”

The sales office in Ipswich Road, Holbrook can be visited from 10.00am to 5.00pm Thursday to Sunday.

Find out about a range of Taylor Wimpey developments 


Move in by Christmas at Oxfordshire development

There are only a few homes at Hopefield Grange in Benson, Oxfordshire which will be available to move into before the end of the year, and housebuilder CALA Homes is urging potential purchasers to look at the available homes as soon as possible to secure their move in 2018.

The development is a collection of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes located on Littleworth Road in Benson, a village close to the Chilterns and the River Thames and just 12 miles south-east of the centre of Oxfordshire. There are a number of assistance schemes available to buyers, such as up to 100% Part Exchange, stamp duty paid available and Help to Buy. Purchasers can currently choose from four two-bedroom ‘Wallingford’ house types, priced from £337,500. The marketing suite and three fantastic show homes here are open daily from 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Helen Colman, sales and marketing director for CALA Homes (Chiltern), says: “With our reputation for excellence and the stunning design of the homes, combined with green surroundings, excellent schooling and strong transport links, it’s easy to see why visitors have been so impressed. We’re expecting these properties to sell quickly as they appeal to a range of buyers, so if you’re thinking about a move, make sure you visit us soon to avoid missing out!”

For family buyers, the village is well placed for a number of well regarded schools. For commuters, Didcot Parkway station is about 10 miles away and offers services to London Paddington in less than 45 minutes. Oxford city centre and Reading are also both only a 30 minute drive away.

Find out more about Hopefield Grange from CALA Homes 


Launch of new homes in Cheltenham

Newland GardensNewland Homes has launched Newland Gardens, its new collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes which are located off Pilgrove Way in Springbank.

The new development neighbours a former Newland Homes development, Newland Park which was completed around 2005. Purchasers can now choose from 34 properties, a mix of apartments and houses. The apartments are built in two blocks and have two bedrooms (built-in wardrobe to each master), open-plan kitchen/dining/living room. Each has allocated parking, and some have en suite to the master bedroom, a Juliet balcony or private entrance. The houses are Regency inspired and include the four bedroom ‘Draycott’, which has a feature balcony to the first floor lounge, an integrated garage and built-in wardrobes in three double bedrooms.

Gail Remnant, associate sales director at Newland Homes, says: “Newland Homes originally started life in Cheltenham and through the years we have built communities in and around the city, so we’re very pleased to be back in Springbank. The homes at Newland Gardens respond to Cheltenham’s stylish architecture and provide a contemporary feel ideal for modern living. The apartments are light and airy and our spacious four-bedroom homes can accommodate growing families so there is a range of homes available to suit a wide range of buyers wanting the convenience of urban living within easy reach of the city centre.”

Prices currently start at £170,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, ranging to £300,000 for a four-bedroom semi-detached townhouse. The marketing suite and show home are open daily from 11.00am until 5.00pm.

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First-time buyer event at Bow Garden Square this weekend

Telford Homes is welcoming those who want to take their first step on the property ladder to an event this weekend, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August, at Bow Garden Square, where they can learn more about what they could purchase at the development.

The event takes place at the Bow Garden sales suite, St. Pauls Way, from 11.00am to 5.00pm both days. Prices at this development start from £390,000 for a one-bedroom suite, with Help to Buy London available on all properties under £600,000. The first completions are scheduled at the end of this year. All apartments reserved on the day will receive two years’ free gym membership at Better Gym located in Mile End Park, just five minutes down the road from the development.

David Campbell, group sales and marketing director for Telford Homes, says:  “For many young professionals, location and lifestyle is crucial and this development has been designed to cater to the lifestyles of this audience. Internally, we have paid particular attention to the living areas, which are ideal for hosting dinner parties and entertaining guests. Furthermore, it sits within easy reach of central London and the City making it convenient for work and the restaurants and bars of nearby Shoreditch and Hackney are only minutes away.”

The homes here are close to Mile End station on the Central, District and Hammersmith & City lines and a short walk from Devon’s Road on the DLR.

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Marketing suite opens in south Devon

Kings OrchardCavanna Homes has opened its marketing suite at Kings Orchard, the company’s latest development in Stoke Gabriel, a village on the River Dart in south Devon.

This development is bringing 53 new homes to South Hams, a popular and highly regarded district. The housebuilder is constructing a mix of one- to four-bedroom properties that are designed to complement the local architectural style and vernacular, using a variety of render, stone and timber cladding finishes. The marketing suite now allows house-hunters to talk about the range of homes with the sales team from Thursday to Monday, between 10.00am and 5.00pm. A show home will be unveiled later this year.

Karen Heywood, sales manager at Cavanna Homes, says: “This is a gorgeous riverside village, surrounded by countryside, and we will be offering a range of semi-detached, detached, terraced, and coach houses to suit all potential buyers. Now is the perfect time to secure a new home, and, if a reservation is made early enough in the build, there’s an opportunity to choose from a selection of kitchen units/worktops and bathroom wall tiles. Those who register interest in a new home at our marketing suite, or online on Cavanna Homes’ website will be one of the first to know about the latest prices and special offers.”

Kings Orchard is within easy walking distance of the local village amenities and is conveniently situated for road access to both Totnes and Paignton.

Find out more about other Cavanna Homes developments in Devon


Luxury Glasgow apartments attract downsizing buyers

The demand for luxury city centre new build apartments from ‘downsizing’ older buyers illustrates how the idea that older people seek a quiet home by the coast, as Ambassador Developments is finding at its Park Quadrant Residences project.

It sees older buyers moving from their large old homes to high-end, spacious properties on the doorstep of everything the city has to offer. Set in Glasgow’s Park District, Park Quadrant Residences offers 98 luxurious apartments, duplexes and penthouses inspired by Victorian architecture but with plenty of modern features inside and out. The development offers a residence manager as well as security, accessibility and lifts. Prices start at £410,000 and potential purchasers are invited to visit the marketing, open 11.00am to 6.00pm Monday and Friday, 11.00am to 7.00pm Thursday, and 11.00am to 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday

Savills is the agent for the scheme and its head of new homes and its director Carole Mackie says: “They want a home that suits their active lifestyle and Park Quadrant Residences offers the perfect mix of space, luxury and convenience in the ideal location. With this market looking for security, which is less about personal safety and more about the owners’ aspirations to lock and leave and travel the world, the exclusive residence manager, comparable to a high-end London or Manhattan apartment, is also a very attractive feature of the development.”

Gordon Coster, director at Ambassador Developments Park Quadrant Limited, adds: “The unique combination of apartments, penthouses and duplexes at Park Quadrant Residences, means there is a style of home to appeal to the aspirations of all buyers. Downsizers in particular who no longer require a large family home in the suburbs are drawn to the scale and contemporary luxury in the highly sought-after city location. With private balconies and terraces, underground parking, lift access and first class specification throughout, there is nothing that matches Park Quadrant Residences in terms of location and luxurious design and finish.”

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Final homes remain at Chestnut Grange

Chestnut Grange (David Wilson Homes)There are just 10 homes remaining at the development, and househunters are encouraged to visit the development to find out about the final homes before they are snapped up.

Philippa Stewart, sales manager at David Wilson Homes Mercia, says: “Chestnut Grange has proven extremely popular and the development is now nearly sold out. We’re expecting the remaining homes to be snapped up quickly so those interested should get in touch with our expert sales advisers soon to avoid disappointment.”

“The remaining homes at Chestnut Grange are ideal for a variety of buyers. A welcoming community has now formed between new residents and this is a great opportunity to find your dream home and become a part of that.”

Among the homes remaining are the Willow and Burleigh style homes, both of which are two-bedroom properties, and the four-bedroom Holden home. The Burleigh bungalows and Willow homes are ideal for first-time buyers and downsizers alike. Both feature a carefully designed modern layout which cater for a range of lifestyles.

Chestnut Grange offers the best of peaceful village living while still being within easy reach of a range of amenities. The market town of Evesham is just three miles away with an array of shops and restaurants and a popular market on Saturday.

There are currently two- and four-bedroom homes available at Chestnut Grange with prices starting from £208,000.

The sales centre is open Monday 12:30pm - 5:30pm and Thursday to Sunday 10:00am - 5:30pm.

Find out more about David Wilson Homes


New apartments bring contemporary style to Balham

Prices of properties in Balham have risen by 4.95% over the past two years, and by 25.68% over the last five years, where average sold prices in neighbouring Clapham have decreased by 3.31% in the same period. Launching this September, the latest development from Joseph Homes, The Tramyard is set to satisfy the needs of even Balham’s most discerning of buyers.

Located in a prime spot on Balham High Road, between Balham and Tooting Bec underground stations, The Tramyard offers 70 contemporary one- and two-bedroom apartments, two- and three-bedroom duplexes and penthouse. These new homes bring a fresh look to this sought-after area of London.

Julia Reynolds, sales and marketing director of Joseph Homes comments: “Balham is such an intriguing part of London and we wanted to deliver apartments that offer the same level of excitement and vibrancy. There’s an edgy, urban cool that pervades the area and attracts buyers looking for a particular blend of style, comfort and elegance. We’ve built all that and more into The Tramyard, making the homes ideal for buyers looking for something a cut above the rest.”

With first-time buyers and young professionals in mind, the apartments will include communal spaces that have been designed to promote relaxation and social interaction, creating a real sense of local community in the heart of Balham.

The apartments at The Tramyard give residents excellent transport. London Victoria is just 16 minutes away by train, London Bridge takes just 17 minutes and Waterloo can be reached in 20 minutes.

Apartments at The Tramyard will be released in September 2018, with prices starting from £495,000.

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Kier Living raises money for charity and starts work on Bedfordshire village homes

Kier LivingA leading housebuilder has been raising money for a much-loved charity at a launch event at its Long Melford development. Kier Living Eastern welcomed guests to Elms Croft, to enjoy cupcakes and other treats in aid of its new charity partner, The British Heart Foundation (BHF). The housebuilder raised £400 for the charity, with more money pledged from its supply chain.

David Thomas, sales and marketing director at Kier Living Eastern, says: “It was wonderful to welcome everyone to Elms Croft and raise money for such an amazing charity at the same time. We will be supporting the BHF for the next two years and we have many more fundraising and awareness events planned. We’ve worked extremely hard to create an outstanding new community for Long Melford and visitors were just as enamoured with it as we are.”

Elms Croft is a collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments and three- and four-bedroom houses, with prices starting at £179,995 for a one-bedroom apartment. The four-bedroom detached Eversden house type is £479,995 and visitors can view this as a show home at the Rodbridge Hill development each day, 10am-5pm.

Find out more about Elms Croft from Kier Living

The housebuilder has also started work on building homes in the popular village of Biddenham. The new development will see 58 three-, four- and five-bedroom homes built in the sought-after Bedfordshire village. The first homes will be ready in early September.

David Thomas, Kier Living Eastern sales and marketing director, says: “We are delighted to have started work on Manor House Park. These superb homes in Biddenham will be perfect for couples, expanding families and those looking to downsize.”

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Designer show home opens at Maple Grove

Award-winning developer Shanly Homes has recently opened its designer show home at Maple Grove in  Enfield. The houses have been designed for the modern family and provide the privacy and tranquillity of cul-de-sac living, while offering views of the city and a host of entertainment on the doorstep.

The luxury new builds include traditional semi-detached homes and offer a high specification and spacious interior. The kitchens are equipped with integrated Siemens appliances throughout, while all bathrooms are fitted with white Ideal Standard sanitaryware. The properties benefit from sun terraces off the master bedrooms, ideal for relaxing outside on warmer evenings.

The development is ideally located for families with excellent local primary and secondary schools, with good and outstanding Ofsted ratings nearby. The development is also in an excellent spot for commuters as it is only a 15-minute walk away to Gordon Hill station. Residents will be able to reach Central London in under half an hour.  Enfield town is only a seven-minute drive away from Maple Grove, and offers an array of pubs and restaurants.

Martin Brown, sales manager at Shanly Homes, says: “Enfield gives residents the best of both worlds. It is one of London’s greenest boroughs, providing all the perks of city living while also offering local parks, golf courses and playing fields. Its proximity to Central London means you are in an excellent location for commuting.”

Prices range from £880,000 to £890,000 and the show home is open every day from 10am-5pm.

For further information on Shanly Homes and its developments, please visit or call 02082 266352.

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