Superb choice of new homes within ten-mile radius of Durham

Posted 11 November 2013 by Stephen Maunder

House-hunters in and around the city of Durham in North East England currently have a fantastic selection of new developments to choose from within easy commuting distance of the city centre. From first-time buyers looking for purchase assistance schemes on starter homes through to upsizing families, there are options to suit every buyer within a ten-mile radius of the city centre.

Just over a mile and a half south west of Durham city centre, Renaissance is a Bett Homes development in the former mining village of Langley Moor. Offering an exclusive selection of brand new house types priced from £215,995, all the homes are designed for modern family living. The village itself is home to pubs, a supermarket, independent shops, pharmacies, dentists, a nursery, and a primary school. Up to ten buses an hour provide links to Durham, and there are also services in the direction of the Durham Dales and Crook. Those buyers with an existing home to sell could take advantage of Bett's Part Exchange scheme; the NewBuy initiative makes 95% mortgages available; and with Help to Buy, buyers need only save a 5% deposit, and are lent a government-backed equity loan of up to 20% of the purchase price.

On the northern side of the city, Barratt Homes is now building the final phase of its Beechwood development in Sacriston, another former mining village situated about five miles from central Durham. Surrounded by rolling countryside, Beechwood has new homes priced from £101,995, proving popular with first time buyers and young families. Barratt's final phase incorporates two-, three- and four-bedroom terraced and detached homes in a village with a strong sense of community. For its size, Sacriston offers an excellent range of amenities including several schools, a new community centre, a new health centre, a post office, numerous shops and supermarkets, and a bank - with Durham itself very close by for shopping trips and entertainment.

About nine miles south east of Durham city centre in the peaceful village of Coxhoe, Barratt Homes has another development called The Limes, offering two-, three- and four-bedroom homes priced from £175,500. Appealing to professionals and young families, this new community offers a range of local shops, a primary school, a doctors' surgery, and superb links to the employment areas of the North East.

Sustainable two- to five-bedroom homes in contemporary designs are available at Elba Park from David Wilson Homes, situated on the former Lambton coke works site in Houghton-le-Spring, about seven miles from Durham. Priced from £154,500, these homes are situated in a country park within a new community, surrounded by rural walks and trails, and with a good range of local shops within easy reach. There is a local primary school a mile and a half from Elba Park, and bus services run from just outside the development's main entrance to Washington, Chester-le-Street and Durham.

Nine miles from Durham in Spennymoor, David Wilson Homes also has a collection of elegant three-, four- and five-bedroom homes priced from £174,995 to £246,500 at its David Wilson at Burton Woods development. The homes offer generous living spaces, and make good use of natural light. The semi-rural setting of Whitworth Park combines gorgeous scenery with quick and easy access to the historic heart of Durham for commuters. Spennymoor itself has a good range of everyday amenities including shops and pubs; the popular Victoria Jubilee Park; a leisure centre housing a swimming pool, gym and many other facilities; and a bio-park to encourage local wildlife.


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