The bungalow paradox – construction of this popular home type has fallen dramatically

Posted 23 February 2016 by Keith Osborne

Despite appealing to homebuyers of all ages, the humble bungalow has seen a huge demise over the last 30 years - but there are still some being built today...

Recent figures have revealed the dwindling numbers of bungalows across the UK. Research from the National House Building Council (NHBC) has warned that only one in 50 new homes built in the last seven is a bungalow, down from one in six the mid-1980s.

This follows a report conducted by Alliance & Leicester in 2014, finding that only 2% of houses in Britain are bungalows, while 30% of the population would like to own one.

These figures are evidence of the shortage of bungalows in the UK, with very few developers announcing plans to meet this demand. Bungalows are often considered to be properties for the elderly, and have in the past targeted last-time buyers who are looking to downsize.

This perception is fast changing and bungalows are by no means exclusive to older people, with 47% of 16-19 year olds preferring a house with no stairs.

Naylorsfield DriveRiverside Home Ownership (RHO) is one of the few developers which has tapped into this increasing demand. Naylorsfield Drive is RHO’s latest offering in South Liverpool and consists of nine two-bedroom bungalows, seven of which are available to buy through Shared Ownership.

Set to be completed in spring, the properties will be ready to move into with high-specification finishes and flooring throughout. The quality finishes include high-gloss fitted kitchens, complete with a stainless steel oven and hob. The homes also boast turf and garden to the front and rear and are ideal for growing families.

Situated in South Liverpool, the development has excellent transport links into the city centre, with a range of local amenities including shops, pubs and restaurants, all within easy reach.

This central location means that the bungalows are part of a well-established community in the Lee Valley area, perfect for young families.

The homes are the latest in a long line of developments in the Lee Valley area, following the success of the Railton Park scheme at Napps Way and the Joseph Williams Mews retirement apartments in Belle Vale.

Sales and new business negotiator for RHO, Catherine Corkish, says: “Many of the bungalows we’ve developed in the area previously were only for people aged 55 and over but these are open to all ages, and are perfect for young families. A big problem for many bungalows is that they are traditionally located rurally, which is perhaps not suitable for those who need to be close to local amenities. The Lee Valley area is a hub of activity and means that residents can be part of a well-connected community.

“With a national shortage of bungalows, this is a great step forward for the North West and the homes will make a great addition to the local housing market”.

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