The kids are back at school, longer nights have set in and as temperatures drop we finally have to admit that summer’s over. But the changing season signifies good news for home buyers as developers across the country are launching exciting new schemes. Get in early and you’ll be able to pick the best plot, and can look forward to living in a property that’s energy-efficient and easy to run. From starter pads to showy mansions, here are some of the best.
1. West Craigs Green, Edinburgh, from £375,000
Potential buyers here can utilise the latest technology to take detailed virtual tours of the site and every property type on their phone or laptop. They’ll also be able to see the exact size of each garden or balcony, how close they are to neighbouring homes, pick from a palette of design options and experiment with different looks. Choices include flooring, kitchen and bathroom finishes, allowing them customize their home before it’s built. Three-bedroom houses are available initially, and one, two and three-bedroom flats – many with balconies – and four-bedroom houses will be released later. From Cruden Homes.
2. Bath Leat, Bath, from £400,000
68 one and two-bedroom age-exclusive flats, for the over-60s only. Set on the banks of the river Avon and a short walk from the city centre, the community has been designed with wellness as a priority and residents have access to facilities such as a sauna, stretch studio, foot spa, treatment room and tranquil gardens. There’s a snug where you can unwind and catch up with new neighbours, a café and guest accommodation for friends and family. Find out more from Pegasus Homes.
3. The Kiln, Queens Park London, from £450,000
If it’s convenience you’re after, look no further than this collection of 17 one and two-bedroom flats and two townhouses, by Jaspar Group. The homes are literally two minutes’ walk from Queens Park station, the independent cafes and bistros on Salusbury Road, the local high street, and the much-loved Victorian park is on the doorstep. Kitchens are kitted out with contemporary matt, flat-fronted cupboards and drawers, main bedrooms have bespoke wardrobes built in and floorings fitted throughout. Find out more from Hamptons.
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4. Oakhill, Hildenborough, Kent, from £461,000
Launching on Saturday 23rd September, this development is set in 30 acres of mature landscaped grounds and will comprise 166 homes: a mix one, two and three-bedroom apartments and three, four and five-bedroom houses. Six of the apartments are within historic mansion Oakhill House, which is currently being restored, and the rest are in nearby new buildings that complement its architecture. The houses are being scattered throughout the site, and residents will have use of a gym, cinema, lounge, co-working spaces, an outdoor barbecue, a Padel court and other facilities. Contact Berkeley Group.
5. Hayton, Cumbria, £645,000
Stone-built Rydal Lodge is traditional in appearance but designed to suit today’s lifestyles. In a development of just nine detached houses, it has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a top-end, open plan Mowlem and Co kitchen/family room with granite worktops and space for a dining table, a utility and a separate sitting room. Thanks to excellent insulation and air source heat pumps that provide hot water and heating, it’s rated B for energy efficiency, so running costs are much lower than for a period property. On the market through Finest Properties.
6. Greyhound Grove, North Ockenden, Upminster, Essex, from £650,000
A gated scheme of 14 semi-detached and detached three bedroom bungalows in a variety of sizes and layouts. They’re in a semi-rural location on a site previously occupied by the Retired Greyhound Trust, and incorporate good-sized rooms, open plan kitchens with high-end quartz worktops and Neff appliances, underfloor heating and landscaped front and back gardens. Upminster tube and train station is just two miles away. For sale via Beresfords.
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7. Alwoodley, Leeds, offers over £3.6m
Navaron House is a 6,700 square foot, trophy home on one of the area’s best roads. It’s entered via a grand reception hall and a state-of-the-art kitchen/living/dining room, a dining room, formal living room, cinema room and a den all open off it. A sweeping staircases rises up to a galleried landing on the first floor, where you’ll find a huge principal bedroom suite and three further bedrooms and bathrooms, and there are two more ensuite bedrooms at the top of the house. A large room above the garage, accessed from a separate staircase, could be used as a gym or annex. Through Fine & Country.
8. The Doulton, Albert Embankment, London, from £3.95m
Uninterrupted views of the Thames, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye can be enjoyed from this brand-new scheme by Australian developer Third.i, on the site of a former Royal Doulton factory. When complete in 2025, it will consists of three huge lateral penthouses and 25 two and three-bedroom luxury apartments, plus five-star heath and wellness facilities. The timelessly elegant, neutral-toned interiors are being delivered by Banda Property, founded by Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, husband of Princess Beatice. Visit Thedoulton.uk