North East new homes round-up – the pick of today’s property developments

Posted 25 September 2017 by Rebecca Burns

The WhatHouse? team takes a look at its favourite current new build developments in the north-eastern counties of England...

While first-time buyers in many regions are finding house prices out of their reach, those in the North East have a better chance of getting on the housing ladder.

This is down to the fact that house prices in most areas there are now cheaper than before the credit crunch, according to reports.

A new survey by Yorkshire Building Society revealed that the North East shows the biggest change in terms of affordability since the credit crunch 10 years ago. The survey linked house prices and pay in every local authority area to arrive at a “house prices to earnings ratio”, which is expressed as a percentage. The average affordability in the North East as a whole has improved by almost +26% in the decade – compared with a -38% figure in London, highlighting a stark North-South divide.

For prospective buyers in the North East who want to take advantage of this relative affordability, we have gathered together our pick of some of the most interesting current developments across the region.

Seaton Vale in Ashington, Northumberland (Charles Church)

Seaton Vale (Charles Church)Luxury three-, four- and five-bedroom homes are available at this development situated at the start of the Northumberland coastal route.

Ashington has a great choice of shops spread across a pedestrianised shopping centre, plus two county parks and some good leisure facilities – including a gym, fitness centres and health clubs, a golf club, a riding school and a colliery museum. Education for all ages is covered, from nursery through to secondary school, while for older pupils Northumberland College is within easy reach.

Handy road, rail and air transport links are close at hand, too, and Morpeth town centre is only five miles away, and the lively city of Newcastle 16 miles away.

Prices: Starting from £167,950.

Find out more about Seaton Vale from Charles Church

The Woodlands in Shotley Bridge, County Durham (Story Homes)

The Woodlands (Story Homes)Story Homes has now released its final phase at this attractive, award-winning rural development bordered by woodland and set within the historic village of Shotley Bridge, close to the town of Consett. Located amongst rolling countryside, some of the homes there enjoy lovely views over established woodland, and they are all within easy reach of the stunning Derwent Valley – yet at the same time Newcastle is just 30 minutes away, and the A1 is about 25 minutes away, making it an ideal spot for regular commuters.

All of the three-, four- and five-bedroom homes incorporate a high specification, including kitchens with AEG / Electrolux appliances, French doors leading to a paved patio, and stylish lounges with feature fireplaces. The bathrooms are luxurious, with Porcelanosa tiles, and most house types come with en-suite shower rooms off the master bedroom.

Prices: From £182,950.

Find out more at or call 01207 507784

Acklam Woods in Acklam, Teesside (Miller Homes)

Acklam Woods (Miller Homes)Just one home now remains available at Acklam Woods, a development of contemporary, energy-efficient three-, four- and five-bedroom homes bordered by mature trees and green, open space.

Situated on the southern fringes of Middlesbrough, commuters will enjoy quick and easy access to the A174, and residents will find convenient local shops and amenities nearby, including local schools and good public transport links with the town centre. It is not only a practical base for travelling throughout the whole of Teesside, but the development itself is also just a few miles from the wonderful expanse of the North York Moors National Park. Acklam Woods has a medical practice nearby, and leisure destinations such as Hemlington Lake and Recreation Centre, which includes a gym, a skate park, outdoor pitches, a play area, a large fishing lake and pleasant woodland walks set in thirty-nine acres of parkland. There is also a shopping area close by at The Oval, or alternative local stores to browse at Trimdon Avenue, about half a mile away.

Prices: The Crompton is the only remaining property: a four-bedroom home priced at £249,950.

View more developments from Miller Homes

Brierdene in Backworth, North Tyneside (Story Homes)

Brierdene (Story Homes)This sought-after development in North Tyneside is in a desirable village called Backworth that is ideal for commuters, being well-located for superb road and rail links, and just five miles northeast of Newcastle. Other nearby towns include North Shields to the southeast, Wallsend to the south, and Cramlington to the northwest.

Backworth itself has a supermarket, a church, a village hall, a Post Office, a Chinese take-away, two convenience stores and a barber shop, amongst other amenities – while the new Northumberland Park Metro Station is close by. Families living in the village can also enjoy time exploring the nearby North Tyneside coast, including Whitley Bay, which is about 3.5 miles away.

The homes at Brierdene have a high specification, with many extras included as standard. They have fully integrated designer kitchens and bi-fold doors leading to the patio and a fully turfed garden, for example – as well as spacious bedrooms and beautiful bathrooms. On the exterior, these homes will feature a mix of stone, brick and render, all set within a landscaped setting that includes public open space for the enjoyment of the whole community.

Prices: From £329,950.

Find out more at or call 07970833312.

Woodland Rise in Hexham, Northumberland (David Wilson Homes)

Woodland Rise (David Wilson Homes)Four- and five-bedroom homes are for sale within a brand new semi-rural community on the edge of the historic market town of Hexham, heading in the direction of Corbridge. The overall development incorporates a range of two- to five-bedroom properties in 10 different designs, all of which consider the surrounding traditional countryside environment. This offers options for first time buyers, downsizers and those looking for a larger family home.

Situated close to shops, bars and restaurants, and with a choice of outdoor activities and historical attractions nearby, the location is both commuter- and family-friendly. The town is home to an Abbey, lovely river walks, and some superb boutique shops, while it is also located on the A69 – which provides easy access to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the east, and the Lake District to the West.

Prices: From £329,995 to £549,995.

View more about Woodland Rise from David Wilson Homes

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