News in Brief from The New Homes Scene, Week 48 2017

Posted 30 November 2017 by Keith Osborne

We look at just some of the offers, launches and events that are open for new homes buyers across the country over the next week...

As we reach the final month of the year, don’t let the Christmas shopping get in the way of finding the brand new home you are looking for. There are plenty of offers, launches and events across the country to interest anyone searching for the perfect new build property to move to.

Part-buy/part-rent retirement homes launched in Dorset

Platinum Skies is launching a new retirement development in Christchurch, Dorset, where buyers can obtain a one- or two-bedroom apartment by paying in full or under a part-buy/part-rent deal.

Monterey is a joint venture between the developer and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust. Set in the grounds of a revamped hospital, and inspired by its Victorian architecture, it comprises 35 properties with modern interior specification located in a delightful setting. There’s also the peace-of-mind of having with a GP and pharmacy on the site, and the availability of personalised care and support.

David Hines, chief executive of Platinum Skies, says: “We believe all retirees deserve a high quality lifetime home. Our unique approach to retirement makes owning a home at Monterey truly affordable: low home-purchase price, low costs and most of all no hidden charges- all lifestyle and care services are available on a pay-as-you-use basis.”

Prices start from £140,000 for a 50% share of a one-bedroom home, based on a full market value of £280,000 and the show home is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

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Shared Ownership homes to resist Wembley price rises

Parkside Place Notting Hill Sales is welcoming visitors to two developments in Wembley, whose modest budget may not be keeping up with the area’s big property price increases over the last few years but where they can start on the ladder with a 40% share of a home.

Called Parkside Place and Alder Grove, these developments offer a range of contemporary-designed Shared Ownership apartments. Prices at Parkside Place start from £134,000 for a 40% share of a one-bedroom flat (with a full market value of £335,000), with prices at Alder Grove starting from £172,000 for 40% of a two-bedroom property (based on a full market value of £430,000).

Jenny Murphy, head of sales and marketing at Notting Hill Sales, says: “Wembley has evolved to become an exciting place to live in London; Parkside Place and Alder Grove both offer buyers the opportunity to purchase an affordable home in what is becoming a premium-priced district. Many homebuyers sometimes have to make the difficult decision to compromise on location, however, both developments have a huge range of amenities close to home to tempt homebuyers, as well as being within very easy reach of Wembley.”

Find out more about Notting Hill Sales developments

High buyer interest in luxury apartment scheme in Durham

Developer FiftyTwo Group has seen a significant amount of buyer interest from around the world since revealing plans of is 52 Old Elvet scheme in Durham in October.

The conversion of a Grade II listed building in the city centre into 12 high-specification homes, which combine retained original features with modern interior fixtures and fittings, has not only interested local buyers, but also those from elsewhere in the world.

“We are delighted by the positive reaction to our plans for the building and to have had inquiries from as far away as Hong Kong,” says one of the company’s founders, Daniel Gibson. “People obviously recognise the value of a development with historic significance in a city with an international reputation. As soon as we revealed the plans we were swamped with enquiries, and calls are still coming in every day from potential buyers all over the world.”

Completion of the development is expected in March 2018.

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Marketing begins on a luxury penthouse in Bayswater

Bayswater ApartmentsEstate agency Kay & Co has started marketing a new development from MHA London which offers some exceptionally luxurious apartments close to the very centre of the capital.

Bayswater Apartments, a conversion of a Grade II listed building on Inverness Terrace, comprises ten properties, including a penthouse on its upper floors, and is ideally placed for access to Mayfair, Notting Hill and Hyde Park. Penthouse prices start at £4.35m.

Hossein Abedinzadeh of MHA London says: “We are really proud of the finished product.  We took two really rundown buildings from a very poorly rated hostel and have lovingly restored them to create some beautiful London homes.” 

Martin Bikhit, managing director at Kay & Co says of the penthouse: “This apartment really is stunning and offers a rare opportunity to live in luxury in the heart of London. Lovingly transformed from a shabby hostel into a very desirable place to live, we are anticipating at lot of interest as it’s not often homes like these come onto the market.” 

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Still time to move in by Christmas at Northamptonshire development

With under a month to the big day, Kier Living Eastern is confident that it still possible to purchase a new home at its Silver Fields development in Raunds, Northamptonshire with time to spare before Christmas  Day.

The housebuilder’s sales and marketing director David Thomas says: “Christmas is a really special time of year, and even more so when you and your family have just moved into your dream home. Choosing a new property at Silver Fields in the tranquil market town of Raunds, means you don’t have an onward chain to worry about, so moving in before Christmas is feasible.”

‘The Rose’ and ‘The Nobel’ four-bedroom house types are priced at £319,995 and £359,995 respectively, which includes flooring and a £1,000 contribution to legal costs. Kier is also offering to pay stamp duty on selected plots, with Part Exchange and the Help to Buy scheme also on the list of incentives and assistance to house-hunters.

The show home is open to visitors Thursday to Monday, from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

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Help to Buy event at Derbyshire site this weekend

Four Acres​Barratt Homes is hosting a Help to Buy event for house-hunters at its Four Acres site near Derby this Saturday 2 December, where buyers can learn more about the government-backed scheme and the properties available at the development.

Sales advisers from the housebuilder will be there to show visitors the choice of homes for sale, while there is an independent financial adviser to speak to about Help to Buy and mortgages.

Jan Ruston, sales director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, says: “Help to Buy is a brilliant scheme and we are delighted to be hosting a specialised event for keen house hunters in the area. The initiative has proved so helpful to so many homebuyers and we would encourage anyone looking to buy a home with lower upfront costs to attend the event and find out more.

Four Acres is located on New House Farm, just a short drive from Derby’s city centre, and offers a range of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes.

Find out more at about Barratt’s Derbyshire developments here

New show home opens at Chiswick development

Redrow has opened a new show home at its 500 Chiswick High Road development in west London to give buyers a new look at the type of property they can expect at the luxury scheme.

The new show home, open seven days a week from 10.00am to 4.00pm, is a three-bedroom apartment at the development that comprises 59 flats, seven penthouses and five townhouses. Prices here currently start at £420,000.

Styled by Hatch Interiors, this new show apartment spreads across a generous 1,163 sq ft and is fitted with high-end furnishings and decorated with a mix of monochrome palettes and bold feature walls. Simon Halfhide, sales director of Redrow London, says: “We have seen significant interest from young professionals but also downsizers, both of which are seeking an easy to maintain property with high-quality finishes. It is perfect for those looking to combine stylish, modern London living with the charm of a cosmopolitan, village atmosphere.”

This development is within easy reach of Chiswick’s great mix of shops, restaurants and amenities, and is also a short distance from the River Thames and a number of transport links, with Chiswick Park Tube station four minutes away and Gunnersbury six minutes away. Crossrail/Elizabeth Line trains will also run at nearby Ealing Broadway station.

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