News in Brief from The New Homes Scene, Week 33 2018

Posted 16 August 2018 by Keith Osborne

We take a look at what's happening in the new homes market and tell you about the latest launches, events and special offers...

Summer continues, and so does the range of launches, events and special offers that UK housebuilders are providing for keen house-hunters, and here the WhatHouse? Team takes you through some of the latest ones…

New homes come to Maisemore

Newland Homes has just launched a brand new collection of homes in Maisemore, a village just two miles north-west of Gloucester city centre.

Rectory Gardens comprises 28 three-, four- and five-bedroom houses, each combining the latest specification and interior layout with an architecture sympathetic to the local, traditional vernacular. The largest house type on the development, is the ‘Painswick’, which has been professionally decorated and fitted throughout to be the show home. This detached house has an open-plan kitchen/dining/conservatory, utility room and a separate lounge downstairs, while upstairs are two bedrooms with en suite and built-in wardrobes, two further double bedrooms and a single room could be a home office, study or play room. This property also has an attached single garage.

Gail Remnant, associate sales director at Newland Homes, says: “Gloucester is home ground for Newland Homes and we’re pleased to be back building homes in the area. For us, it is important that our homes are not only where people want to live, and Maisemore is such a desirable location thanks to its countryside location and links into Gloucester, but that the homes also work for modern family living too as well as blending into the existing community that they will become a part of.”

A ‘Painswick’ will cost from £525,000, while a four-bedroom detached ‘Hartpury’ home is priced from £495,000. The marketing suite and show home are open daily from 11.00am until 5.00pm.

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Two new Barratt Homes developments launched in East Lothian

Preston SquareBarratt Homes has unveiled plans for 405 new homes in East Lothian with the launch of two new developments - their first schemes in the region for five years.

Over the next three years, Preston Square is bringing 160 three- and four-bedroom family homes to the West of Prestonpans. In the initial release is the ‘Dunbar’ house type, a detached, four-bedroom property with a well-proportioned kitchen and dining room with French doors to the rear garden, spacious lounge, integral single garage and four double bedrooms. It it prices from £295,995. The St Clements Wells development, in North Wallyford will comprise a total of 245 new homes, also a mix of three- and four-bedroom style. A mid-terraced, three-bedroom ‘Wemyss’ house type starts at £201,995, with a kitchen/dining room and separate lounge.

Anne Ross, sales director for Barratt Homes says: “Just ten miles or less from Edinburgh city centre, our new developments in Prestonpans and Wallyford offer the best of both worlds, with easy access to the city but with a real coastal town atmosphere for those looking to be part of a vibrant community. Our homes are excellent value for money.”

Prestonpans and Wallyford are both within easy reach of shops, schools, amenities and leisure facilities, as well as some delightful countryside and coast.

Find out more about Preston Square  and St Clement Wells from Barratt Homes 

Sales centre launched this weekend for Oxfordshire development

KingsgroveHouse-hunters looking for a new home in Oxfordshire will be given a first showing of some of the new homes that will be coming to Kingsgrove, a development on the edge of Wantage, when housebuilder St Modwen Homes opens the sales centre there on Saturday 18 August.

This development comprises 70 homes at Crab Hill, offering a variety of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes and are just the first phase of a development of 1,500 homes being built there alongside green open spaces, community allotments and new sports pitches. With the new sales centre come two show homes, the ‘Garnet’ and the ‘Chichester’. To bring space and light, each property is built with higher-than-average ceilings and large windows throughout.

Head of sales South for St. Modwen Homes, Catherine Jarrett, says: “Kingsgrove is really starting to take shape and it is exciting to be able to show people what the development will look like once complete. The mix of homes has been selected to cater for everybody, from first-time buyers to large families looking for some extra space. We’re sure people will be impressed by what we have to offer.”

A range of three- and four-bedroom homes are on the first release, with prices starting from £330,000 for a three bedroom home.

Find out more about Kingsgrove from St Modwen Homes 

Luxury show apartment opens in Bothwell this weekend

CALA Homes (West) prepares to open the doors to a show home on Saturday 18 August at Riverside in Bothwell, the sought-after south-eastern suburb of Glasgow, a luxury apartment representing the choice of homes available at the exclusive development.

The new three-bedroom show apartment shows what buyers can expect from just 12 two- and three-bedroom units on sale at the site, which lies on the leafy banks of the River Clyde. It has been fitted by renowned interiors expert, Eileen Kesson to bring out the best of the layout and specification. Prices at the development currently range between £299,000 and £420,000, with Part Exchange available.

Liana Canavan, sales and marketing director for CALA Homes (West), says: “We are incredibly excited to launch the show apartment at Riverside. Bothwell is an area that is attractive on so many levels to homebuyers. When it comes to locations it doesn’t get much better. Our show apartments reflect this with a completely bespoke and unique product. With just 12 apartments available and a number of these already reserved, we would urge anyone interested to come and speak with us.”

The show apartment and sales suite will be open at Riverside from Saturday 18 August, from 11.00am to 5.30pm every day.

Find out more about Riverside at Bothwell from CALA Homes 

New super-prime house coming to Wentworth Estate

Cadogan HouseBARNES Private Office and Knight Frank are joint agents on a brand new luxury home on the exclusive Wentworth Estate in Surrey, where chiefs of industry and the world’s gentry live side by side with celebrities.

Sitting in grounds of 1.2 acres, Cadogan House offers 16,300 sq ft of living space - generous even by the standards of this Estate - and offers eight bedrooms, double height entrance way, ten-seater dining room, 760 sq ft drawing room, 12-metre indoor swimming pool, gym, shower and massage room. The house has been designed by London-based interior design company Actium Design. The house is on the market for £9.95m.

Alex Newall, managing director and founder of BARNES Private Office in London, says: “Cadogan House is one of the most desirable new properties on the Wentworth Estate, thanks to its bespoke design and architecture. Communications here are excellent, it’s a short commute to London and Heathrow, with excellent schools and luxury offerings nearby.”

James Cleland, partner and regional head at Knight Frank, says: “The classical architectural style of Cadogan House and the superb attention to detail that has been paid to its design stands the property in very good stead in both the Wentworth Estate and wider country house market. It is exciting and very impressive to see the level of craftsmanship and the quality of the materials that have been brought to this project and those fortunate enough to have previewed the property have echoed these sentiments.”

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New show home opened in Edinburgh

The housebuilder has not just given its name to a new development on the outskirts of Edinburgh, it is now inviting house-hunters to visit a show home that it has just opened there.

Miller Homes at Shawfair offers homes with from three to five bedrooms. The show house is the five-bedroom ‘Jura’, fully decorated and fitted out to demonstrate the layout and specification as well as inspiring visitors with some of the latest interiors trends.

Other homes that house-hunters may consider include the three-bedroom ‘Munro’ with open-plan kitchen, family and dining area and the ‘Yeats’ with standout master bedroom, to the elegant five bedroom ‘Buttermere’ – perfect for growing families.

Miller Homes at Shawfair has easy access into Edinburgh city centre, and is close to the City Bypass and Shawfair train station, which offers frequent, speedy trains into the Scottish capital.

Find out more about Miller Homes developments in Edinburgh 

Last two homes remain for sale at Aylsham site

Willow ParkHouse-hunters interested in a new house in Aylsham, Norfolk need to hurry at the Willow Park development, on Cawston Road, with the site nearing completion and just two five-bedroom properties left to be sold.

The homes are priced from £354,995 for a five-bedroom ‘Fenchurch’ style house with an integral double garage, a large open-plan dining kitchen and two en suites, with the ‘Bond’ style home, at £368,995 offers a spacious living room, open-plan kitchen with utility room, and a separate dining room. For a limited time, Persimmon is also offering £3,000 towards the Finishing Touches upgrade options. Help to Buy is available to use.

Michelle Baker, sales director for Persimmon Homes Anglia, says: “We always have mixed feelings as we reach the end of a development. Seeing people happily settled into their new homes gives everyone on the team a real sense of achievement, but we are also sad to say goodbye to the neighbourhood. The Willow Park community is growing into a charming and friendly place, close to all the amenities of this lovely market town. But there are now only two houses left, so soon we will be handing over the keys to our final residents.”

Aylsham is only 13 miles away from Norwich and close to the coast at Cromer. The marketing suite is open from Thursday to Monday from 11.00am to 6.00pm.

Find out more about Willow Park from Persimmon Homes  

Autumn launch for Aldershot homes

Bewley Homes will be launching a new collection of homes this autumn in Ash, just a couple of miles east of the centre of Aldershot, Hampshire.

Nursery Drive will be delivering 280 new homes in all, with a diverse range of property size and type included in order to appeal to the widest audience possible, from first-time buyers and growing families to downsizers. The initial phase will include a range of two-bedroom apartments and a variety of houses. Prices start from £295,000 for a two-bedroom flat over garage; £360,000 for a two-bedroom house; £380,000 for a three-bedroom house; and from £540,000 for a four-bedroom house. Help to Buy is available on all properties priced under £600,000.

“Nursery Drive marks the next chapter in property development within this area,” says Brett Reeves, sales manager for Bewley. “The homes here complement the properties we have created at our neighbouring Nursery Gardens development in Tongham. These have been incredibly well received with buyers impressed by the quality, construction, attention to detail and value that these homes offer, especially when compared to property in the nearby towns of Farnham and Guildford.”

Ash is well located for a number of major road connections, with the A31 leading to the A3 and M25, and the A331 linking with the A3. London Waterloo is under an hour from Ash’s rail station. Aldershot, together with nearby Farnham and Guildford, offer an impressive array of shops, amenities and leisure facilities.

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Show apartment unveiled in sought-after Glasgow suburb

Milverton GrangeHouse-hunters seeking an apartment in one of Glasgow’s most sought-after suburbs can now see a brand new show home launched by respected housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes in Lower Whitecraigs near Giffnock.

The ground floor property, with its large, south-facing sundeck, is one of just 20 apartments on the exclusive Milverton Grange development. The high-specification ‘Campbell’ has two bedrooms, a 34ft open-plan kitchen/living/dining room, two entries out onto the sundeck and plenty of storage. The master bedroom has an en suite and a dressing room with double wardrobes, as well as full height-effect bi-fold doors. An additional shower room is located off the main hallway. This property also comes with two parking spaces.

Joanne Casey, director of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, says: “Our Milverton Grange apartments are proving to be extremely popular with downsizers, attracted by the luxurious specification and generous proportions of the properties, the contemporary and elegant design of the building and grounds, and the exclusive location. We are delighted to be able to showcase the ‘Campbell’ to potential purchasers and expect keen interest from the outset.”

Milverton Grange is in the heart of the Lower Whitecraigs Conservation Area, 20 minutes from central Glasgow and conveniently located for the M8. The show apartment will be released for sale later, but other apartments are available from £429,995.

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Penthouse show home to view in Norwich

One of the most sought-after residential areas in Norwich is attracting homebuyers again wth the unveiling of a new show home penthouse at a high-quality development there.

Generator Group is inviting potential purchasers to The Bridge in the Riverside district of the city, located on the banks of the River Wensum and just a few minutes from Norwich station. The property is available with stylish, bespoke designed furnishings and benefits from a flood of natural light, thanks to its large-scale windows, and an impressive specification. Prices here start st £249,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and £399,000 for a one-bedroom penthouse, with Help to Buy available. The development has a communal podium garden and secure undercroft parking.

Marc Langdon from selling agent Bidwells says: “People from all walks of life are attracted to this thriving city because of its high standard of living. Norwich blends a vibrant shopping centre and gastronomy scene with easy access to the serenity of the Norfolk Broads and the spectacular scenery of the North Norfolk coast. With its prime location on the River Wensum, Wherry Road, The Bridge has attracted a considerable degree of attention from professionals looking to snap up premium riverside homes just a short walk from Norwich city centre.”

The show apartment is available to view by prior appointment with Bidwells.

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Taylor Wimpey price drop weekend in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire

This weekend, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August, sees Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire giving home hunters a one-off chance to buy a new property with £5,000 taken off the asking price, covering 38 properties at 10 developments across the region.

The £5,000 discount will apply to selected homes at Morland Gardens in Abingdon, Windrush Meadows in Bicester, Audley Gardens in Chesterton, Longcot View in Shrivenham, Alder View in Harwell, The Carriages in Chinnor, Greenfields @ Ridgeway Farm in Swindon, Longford Park in Banbury, Castle Grange in Banbury, and Great Western Park in Didcot (including Brunel Rise, Poppy Fields, Sapphire Fields, Northbourne View, St Andrew's Court and Emerald Quarter).

Danielle Heard, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, says: “We hope that by giving a £5,000 discount on a range of plots, from starter homes to larger family properties, we can help people find a home they might not otherwise have been able to secure. We’re expecting a lot of interest, so I would encourage anyone who is interested in taking advantage of this one-off discount to register their interest now so they are among the first to receive updates on the event. Be quick - once they’re gone, they’re gone.”

Among the homes included in the offer are the three-bedroom ‘Gosford’ at Brunel Rise in Great Western Park, Didcot, at £315,000, and the four-bedroom ‘Shelford’ at Windrush Meadows in Bicester, at £470,000.

Find out more about all Taylor Wimpey developments

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