News in Brief from The New Homes Scene, Week 34 2018

Posted 23 August 2018 by Keith Osborne

The WhatHouse? team takes you through some of the latest launches, events and special offers in the UK new homes market this week...

With so many other people away on holiday, summer is the perfect time for serious house-hunters to make the most of a quieter market and see if they can find the property they want at the price they want through the latest launches, events and special offers.

Release of new apartments in Norfolk

Charles Church Homes has launched a new range of apartments at a scheme in Wymondham, Norfolk, which are likely to appeal to first-time buyers and investors in particular.

The Oakwood Common development includes a range of two-bedroom apartments, each offering open-plan lounge/kitchen/dining rooms and some also boasting en suites. This collection of homes currently starts at £154,995. A range of three- and four-bedroom houses perfect for families are also on sale there.

Michelle Baker, sales director for Charles Church Anglia, says: “No matter what shape the economy is in, people will always be drawn towards bricks and mortar – whether that is getting the keys to their own home, or investing for the future. We have seen a healthy interest in the newly-released apartments at Oakwood Park, with both first-time buyers and buy-to-let landlords looking to reserve plots. For first-time buyers there has never been a better time to purchase, as they can access the government-backed Help to Buy scheme, meaning they only need a five per cent deposit to secure their ideal home. Anyone with an existing property to sell can ask us about our Home Change and Part Exchange arrangements, potentially saving time and money.”

Wymondham is just a few miles west of Norwich and has its own station on the Norwich to Cambridge line, making it perfect for anyone working in one of these cities. The A11 and A140 are also in easy reach, providing convenient routes across East Anglia.

Find out more about Oakland Common from Charles Church Developments

New show apartment to open at East London development

Upton GardensInterior designer Andrew Henry is the man responsible for a new show apartment being launched in August at Upton Gardens, a development being constructed on West Ham Football Club’s former Boleyn Ground by Barratt London.

At the heart of the London Borough of Newham, which has already seen significant regeneration following the London 2012 Olympics. Upton Gardens will deliver a total of 842 homes across 18 buildings, which range in height from three to 13 storeys, built around new roads to link to the surrounding area. Prices there currently start from £349,990 for a one-bedroom apartment.

The area has a number of infant, primary and secondary schools, such as St Edwards RC Primary School, Upton Cross Primary School, Lister Community School and Stratford School Academy and the new development will bring a communal library and a number of commercial units on site for public use.

Upton Gardens is just five minutes’ walk from Upton Park Underground station, on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, with journey times of around 17 minutes to Canary Wharf, 18 minutes to central Lodnon and 25 minutes to the West End.

Find out more about Upton Gardens from Barratt London 

Five-bedroom show house opens in Wokingham

CALA Homes is inviting anyone interested in buying a new family home in Berkshire to visit its Orchard Grange development in Wokingham this Saturday 25 August, when it opens a brand new five-bedroom show home.

The boutique development is in its second phase and the detached ‘Turnland’ house demonstrates the design, layout and specification that purchasers can expect there. It has open-plan kitchen/family room, utility room, sitting room, dining room, study, two en suite bedrooms, master bedroom with dressing room and Juliet balcony, family bathroom and a double garage.

“An exclusive, intimate collection of homes, Orchard Grange provides the perfect balance for commuters and families looking for contemporary, high quality living and scenic countryside views,” says Katie Hunter, sales manager at CALA Homes (Thames). “Situated in the popular historic market town of Wokingham, the new homes follow the highly successful first phase of the development in 2016 and we expect these homes to be just as popular with prospective buyers looking to purchase a property which benefits from exceptional local amenities, outstanding commuter links and highly regarded local schooling.

Two properties at Orchard Grange have already been reserved. Prices for the remaining homes start at £975,000, and buyers can take advantage of a 100% Part Exchange initiative to smoothly move from their current property to a brand new one, eliminating the ‘property chain’, which can often bring stress and uncertainty to a house move.

Find out more about Orchard Grange from CALA Homes 

Development opens in Yate, Gloucestershire

AmberleyNewland Homes has just opened a brand new development in Yate, just to the west of Chipping Sodbury in Gloucestershire, which will be bring 31 new homes to the edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Amberley is located off Broad Lane, neighbouring the Churchill Gardens site previously built by Newland Homes, and offers buyers a choice of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes. A show home, the four-bedroom ‘Prestbury’ house type, gives visitors the chance to see what they can expect to find here, with its open-plan kitchen/dining area with feature kitchen island and a separate utility area. It is open alongside the marketing suite, from 11.00am until 5.00pm.

Gail Remnant, associate sales director at Newland Homes, says: “There are seven different styles of home to choose from at Amberley and so there will certainly be something for everyone, from first-time buyers to property ladder climbers and downsizers.  The feedback we received from visitors to neighbouring Churchill Gardens was overwhelmingly positive and this development complements it perfectly by offering a wider mix of family homes close to the secondary school.”

Newland Homes recently launched Sixpenny Wood in neighbouring Chipping Sodbury, a 20-home development of three- and four-bedroom properties, within easy walking distance of Chipping Sodbury town centre. Preview appointments are already available prior to the launch of a show home there next month.   

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New show home comes to Kent this weekend

Taylor Wimpey is opening a brand new show home in Kent this weekend, with house-hunters in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty able to take a look around a five-bedroom house at Halden Field in Rolvenden from Saturday 25 August.

The ‘Chilham’ is a spacious house professionally decorated and fitted to showcase the very latest in interior design trends and the standard of layout and specification that buyers can expect. This house type has an open-plan kitchen/dining room, a separate living room and study on the ground, with an en suite master bedroom, family bathroom and four more rooms upstairs. It will be open from 10.00am to 5.00pm. The development itself provides two-, three- and four-bedroom homes currently priced from £207,500, with Help to Buy and Part Exchange available

Jason Stokes, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “We understand that it’s important for potential buyers to be able to picture themselves in a new home before they commit to buying one and we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to look around our 'Chilham' show home at Halden Field. We are sure that people will be impressed by what they see and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our launch event on Saturday 25 August.”

Rolvenden and nearby Tenterden both have good everyday shops and facilities, with Ashford about half an hour away with a range of shops and leisure facilities in addition to its station serving National, High Speed and Eurostar routes. Respected Cranbrook School for children aged 11 to 18 is in the catchment area of this development.

Find out more about Taylor Wimpey homes in Kent 

Incentives offered at Hackney Wick scheme

Fish Island VillageDeveloper Hill is currently offering a number of incentives at its Fish Island Village development in Hackney Wick, east London, which could save buyers up to £14,392.

The ‘Hook, Line & Sinker’ offer is available on selected three-bedroom properties at the canalside development, where prices for those homes currently start at £690,000. The offer includes two years of service charge and ground rent paid, three years of high-speed fibre broadband paid and a TV and music package whereby residents can buy a TV or sound system up to the value of £7,000 and have this amount taken off the price of their property.

Fish Island Village is a joint venture between Hill and Peabody, one of London’s oldest and largest Housing Associations, and when complete it will bring 580 new homes and over 50,000 sq ft of commercial space provided by The Trampery, looking to attract creatives and entrepreneurs.

The development is canalside and set in the heart of Hackney Wick. The canal runs alongside leafy Victoria Park in Hackney with lakes, sculptures, a children’s playground on the doorstep.

Find out more about Hill's new homes in Hackney

Final house for sale at Cheshire development

Elan Homes has just one house available for buyers in Cheshire at its development The Hawthorns in Lach Dennis,  south-east of Northwich.

The last home for sale is the five-bedroom ‘Chesham’ house type and is almost ready to move into right now. The open-plan kitchen/breakfast/family room has bi-fold doors out to the rear garden, with French doors to the outside space from a separate lounge. There is also a separate dining room and downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs, both the master bedroom and second bedroom each have an en suite, with three other bedrooms and a family bathroom. This 1,765 sq ft home is available from £534,995 including turf to the rear garden and carpets throughout the property. Elan is also offering to contribute up to £10,000 towards stamp duty. The development is still open from Thursday to Monday, from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

“A home like the ‘Chesham’ really comes into its own at this time of year as the design enables homeowners to enjoy the hot weather inside and out,” says Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North. “Opening the bi-fold or French doors can help air flow through the home so you can stay cool while enjoying the sunshine. It also great for families and those who love to entertain as it extends the living space out onto the garden – perfect for garden parties”

This property is well located for shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities of Holmes Chapel, Northwich and Knutsford, and around 40 minutes’ drive from the centre of Manchester and 50 minutes from Liverpool.  

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