It’s picture-postcard pretty and has often been voted Lancashire’s Best Kept Village; now Wrea Green near Lytham ticks all the homebuyer boxes when choosing a place to live, according to a new survey by housebuilder Redrow.
Ricksby Grange in Wrea Green is a development of four and five-bedroom homes from Redrow’s sought-after Heritage Collection.
It’s popular with families and, with nearby Lytham already declared one of the best places to live in the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live list, a look at Redrow’s own lifestyle survey makes it even easier to see why this part of the Fylde peninsula is popular.
The results were collected by independent company, Censuswide, who carried out the countrywide survey for the developer and questioned 509 parents and the same number of children between the ages of four and 16 about what mattered most when choosing a new home and a new neighbourhood.
Schools topped the list, with 72% of parents placing a good local school among their top three, followed by 37% favouring somewhere with good transport links and 33% highlighting the importance of a ‘community feel’. Being close to family members came fourth.
When children were asked what’s most important to them about where they live, 60% said it was being near to their friends, followed by around half (49%) who liked to be close to school. Almost half (47%) valued having lots of parks and green space nearby, ahead of 17% who thought being near facilities such as a cinema was vital.
Claire Jarvis, sales director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), said: “Ricksby Grange and Wrea Green have an awful lot to offer. Steeped in history and tradition, Wrea Green is an idyllic place to live, with its beautiful village green and duckpond, a 100-year-old cricket club and many other marvellous green spaces – like the War Memorial garden. It offers a different pace of life.
“But while that is certainly true, it remains well-connected with the modern world and has an abundance of amenities which are both desired and needed by today’s families and homeowners. And the beautiful countryside of Wrea Grea is complemented by all that city life has to offer in just over 20 minutes by car and as little as 10 minutes by train.”
Claire added: “We would have expected education to come towards the top of the survey list, which is why when we are looking for locations in which to build we take into consideration the availability of good local schools. Wrea Green residents can be assured of a number of well-regarded schools and colleges in the village or close by, rated good or outstanding by OFSTED, and the universities of Lancaster and Central Lancashire are only a short distance away.
“There is so much to do in the village with a host of activities and a strong community spirit. As well as the cricket club, there is a tennis club and two golf clubs and, of course, you are not far at all from the Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Course which is a regular home to the Open.
“There are family pubs, cafes and wonderful restaurants and it is only six miles from Blackpool and 10 miles from Preston if you are seeking more lively activities or you fancy a shopping spree. And there is a cinema in Lytham.
“Transport-wise Wrea Green is only two minutes from the M55, which connects you to the extensive north west network, in particular the M6, and there is a choice of two train stations within two miles of the village.”
Other survey results included:
Over half (54%) of parents chose a new build when asked what their ‘dream house type’ would be.
In terms of what they look for in the property itself, outdoor space came out overwhelmingly on top, with almost three quarters (74%) picking a garden as one of their top three desirable features, followed by off-street parking (44%) and storage space (39%). Completing the top five priorities favoured were the more up-to-date features of a ‘modern fitted kitchen with integrated appliances’ and a house that is ‘economical to run’, both being chosen by almost a quarter of adult respondents (23% and 22% respectively).
When asked what they liked most about their own homes, children chose their bedroom, with almost three quarters placing it among their top three. Maybe to be expected, personal space becomes more important as children get older, with 81% of youngsters aged 11-16 choosing their bedroom among their favourite things about their home, compared to 69% of children aged 4-10.
A garden came second, with 45% of all children surveyed saying it was one of the things they liked most, followed by the living room.
Four-bedroom properties from Redrow’s popular Arts & Crafts inspired Heritage Collection at Ricksby Grange start from £399,995. A Government backed Help to Buy equity loan can reduce the initial price by up to 20% and means homebuyers should only need a 5% deposit.
For more information, visit www.redrow.co.uk/ricksby
, call 01772 307558 or visit the development’s Sales Centre between 10am and 5.30pm, Thursday to Monday inclusive.
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1.4 billion turnover and building more than 4,700 homes in 2015/16 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk