New developments

City centre living is back in demand – if you can afford it

By | 2018-02-18T18:32:10+00:00 February 18th, 2018|New developments|

The suburbs of towns and cities used to be the desirable, in-demand places for families and young professionals. City centres were where you went to work or shop or pursue leisure but always to venture out of at night. Time have changed though and urban living is now in vogue and becoming an expensive lifestyle [...]

Why do new homes have such a bad press?

By | 2018-01-03T11:46:31+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|New developments|

Bovis Homes admitted in May 2017 that it cut corners to meet building targets, and this is evident on one of its developments in Milton Keynes, with one homeowner there listing 120 snags from two years ago.  They set aside £10.5 for compensation and remedial work for their properties this year - but are Bovis [...]

15 topics I’d like property developers to write about

By | 2017-12-28T23:57:42+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Latest news, New developments|

Many major property developers have embraced the art of blogging on their websites and produce articles that are interesting, informative and engaging. I've read a hefty amount of material that does this ever so well, but there's a few glaring omissions from some major players. As a devotee of new-builds and a serial homebuyer, I [...]

The 5 things I’d like to see on new developments in 2018

By | 2017-12-24T11:09:10+00:00 December 24th, 2017|New developments|

The diesel engine may soon enter the footnotes of history as car manufacturers cease production, but will property follow suit? Brighton elected a Green MP, Caroline Lucas, and I'm pretty sure she won't be representing the party alone in future elections as the world wakes up to global warming and environmental damage. Don't get me [...]

Why do developers insist on building garages?

By | 2017-12-20T09:55:23+00:00 December 20th, 2017|New developments|

I'll hold my hand up now and say I used to have an obsessive habit of wanting to put my cars to bed in a garage. I think my mind was programmed to behave this way because I'd lived in Oldham in the late 80s and 90s when car theft or vandalism was a weekly [...]

Making money out of property development

By | 2017-12-19T10:39:56+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Latest news, New developments|

20 years ago, we were all encouraged to become property developers on tv programmes by the likes of Sarah Beeny and Martin Roberts on "Property Ladder" and "Homes under the Hammer", which always seemed to be set in Stoke? Since then, I think the high yields of property developing have evaporated. As Farrell Walton estate [...]

Eco homes near York – a city I love

By | 2017-12-18T08:49:18+00:00 December 17th, 2017|New developments|

I've always had a soft spot for York from when we lived within striking distance. The journey was always rapid by car, until after Escrick when traffic slowed to a crawl through Fulford and the city. It is easy to see why it is so alluring. This award-winning eco-development from Barratt / David Wilson Homes [...]

Costessey, a new build epicentre, near Norwich

By | 2017-12-17T11:11:07+00:00 December 17th, 2017|New developments|

Having lived in an Edwardian house for 8 years, we decided to go new build last year but were actually surprised how few options there were in this eastern extreme of Norfolk. Had we headed inland, we could have had a pick of developments in Sprowston, Lingwood, Brundall, Aylsham or Costessey, which seems to be [...]

Bluebell Meadow, Norfolk, a Persimmon development

By | 2017-12-18T09:45:19+00:00 December 16th, 2017|New developments|

We moved on to Phase One of Bluebell Meadow, Bradwell, Norfolk in March 2016 into a Hadleigh home which had been first fitted. The properties sold quickly and we have no regrets about moving here. Despite some minor issues, as well as the leasehold problem, which has caused angst on the estate, there's been little [...]

 

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