New homes in York, which evoke the by gone age of Georgian England, have proved so popular reservations are flying in before they are even built.
Sales and enquiries at Redrow’s new Lancaster Mews development on Water Lane, in Clifton, have been coming thick and fast, with eight first-time buyers already staking claim to their dream home by reserving ‘off plan’.
Lancaster Mews is the latest addition alongside Redrow’s already popular development The Granary, which launched earlier this year. The new phase features a range of homes from the housebuilder’s distinctive Regent Collection, typically recognisable by their characterful, period frontages.
Show homes for Lancaster Mews are under construction and due to open later this month. Such has been the demand for this particular style of homes that Redrow now hopes to replace some of its planned Heritage Collection properties at The Granary with more from the Regent Collection.
Patsy Aicken, sales director for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire) said: “Demand is high in York for quality homes for first time buyers, downsizers and growing families and we are seeing a similar pattern in terms of early reservations and sales at Lancaster Mews as we did when we first launched The Granary.
“Our first eight reservations for Lancaster Mews have included some first time buyers who have taken advantage of the government-backed Help to Buy scheme to help them onto the property ladder.”
Redrow’s two quite distinctive housing collections at Clifton have their own individual appeal and each is built to the same exacting standards and the same high quality specification.
The Regent Collection evokes the classic Georgian-style architecture of the Regency period and is perfect for urban areas where design, space and quality must be elegantly combined. The homes typically feature impressive characterful frontages, with stone bandings and ashlar render detailing, often accompanied by stone porticos and gable pediments creating a distinct sense of grandeur, which complements local styling.
Heritage Collection exteriors, meanwhile, are inspired by the ‘Arts and Craft’ movement of the late 19th/early 20th century - an enduring style which remained popular for homes in later periods, especially the 1930s. Typical features include dropped-eaves, bay windows decorative roof finials, tiled canopies above doorways and the use of timber.
“Our Heritage Collection homes have already been extremely popular in York,” said Patsy. “Now buyers attracted by a different kind of styling are commenting that they like the townhouse architecture and period detailing to the exterior of our Regent homes, combined with the highly 21st century spacious and stylish interiors.”
With two, three and four-bedroom homes featured overall, Lancaster Mews has two house designs currently available. The three-bedroom Porchester Grand, with prices from £219,950, features a generous lounge/dining room with patio doors onto the garden and separate kitchen, a downstairs cloakroom, a laundry area and an en-suite to the master bedroom.
The four-bedroom Montpellier semi, from £319,950, offers a great sense of space with a 214sq ft kitchen/dining room and a 176sq ft lounge. Three double bedrooms and a family bathroom are on the first floor, with the impressive master and en-suite created in the cleverly converted roof space above.
Currently available at The Granary is the four-bedroom detached Heritage style Cambridge from £381,950 with a wide choice of three and four-bedroom homes coming soon.
Help to Buy can give a welcome leg up to buyers of all kinds, not just first-time buyers, by easing the financial load and spreading the cost. For those who don’t have a great deal of equity in an existing property, the 20% equity loan and requirement for only a 5% deposit can make a big difference. This means an initial outlay of only £175,960 for the Porchester Grand at Lancaster Mews and the 20% equity loan is interest free for the first five years. Existing homeowners can proceed with Help to Buy once their current property is sold subject to contract.
Redrow’s Water Lane site was formerly part of an RAF base used for fighter and bomber command activities during World War Two and then as a maintenance facility. The old aircraft hangers were later used for the storage of grain from surrounding agricultural land and came to be known as York Grain Stores. The site lay vacant from 2006 until acquired for housing by Redrow in 2015.
For more on the Regent Collection homes at Lancaster Mews call 01904 275 070, or go to www.redrow.co.uk/lancastermews
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 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