First-time buyers can still bag bargains

BUYING your first home needn’t cost the Earth as there are new properties available for less than £100,000 across the region.

BUYING your first home needn’t cost the Earth as there are new properties available for less than £100,000 across the region. homemaker brings you the latest developments where your money will go further.

Stakeford, near Bedlington

FAIRVIEW in Stakeford, between Ashington and Bedlington, is ideal for people wanting a starter home away from the city, but within commuting distance of Newcastle and surrounding towns.

Built by David Barlow Homes, this is a small development of three- and four-bedroom homes in four house types. All have private gardens and many have garages.

The Richmond has an entrance hallway that leads into a kitchen at the front and an open-plan dining area. There is a lounge running the length of the house with French doors to the back garden.

The first floor master has an en suite, and there are two more bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Prices start at £160,000. Tel: (01670) 826333, or (0191) 271-9820.

Spennymoor, County Durham

TWO-BEDROOM apartments are available at Yuill Homes’ Whitworth Park in Spennymoor, County Durham.

The flexible two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment lends itself to sharing or renting as its kitchen and lounge are ideal for entertaining, while buyers have their own private space in the home.

This apartment has an open-plan fitted kitchen and living area with French windows. The kitchen comes with Smeg appliances as well as a washer/drier, while the master bedroom has French windows, double fitted wardrobes and an en suite. Whitworth Park is in rural County Durham. Spennymoor has plenty of amenities and is only a short drive from Durham.

Prices for the Regent apartments start at £127,950. Tel: (01388) 811616.

Belmont, County Durham

ANVIL Homes’ new Collingwood apartments at Bishops Close, Belmont, County Durham are open for viewing. Only two miles from Durham city, there are nine apartments in an established residential neighbourhood.

The apartment is designed around an open-plan living space with areas for cooking, dining and relaxing.

The kitchen comes with integrated fridge/freezer and a washer/drier. There is a choice of one or two bedrooms and each apartment has a contemporary bathroom with curved bath and over-bath shower. The apartments also have intercom access and a parking space in the courtyard.

Prices at Bishops Close start at £135,000. Tel: 0845 680-0196 or email

Tow Law, Weardale

PLANS have been unveiled at McInerney Homes NE’s Valley Rise in Tow Law. The site will include two- and three-bedroom terraced and semi-detached homes, with prices from £96,995.

One home now available is the two-bedroom semi-detached Oban, which won the Best Starter Home category of the 2007 Journal 21st Century Living Awards.

Tow Law is surrounded by countryside. Local amenities include shops, two schools and a community centre. Durham is within easy driving distance. For details, tel: (01388) 731861.

Hebburn, South Tyneside

NEW homes within easy reach of Newcastle and Gateshead are being built by Bryant Homes at its Hedgeley Court development in Hebburn, close to the Metro station.

The Lynmouth apartment with two bedrooms is at £128,950. The reception room is next to the kitchen, creating an ideal space for entertaining.

The master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and an en suite. The Lynmouth has a family bathroom. People wanting more space should look at the three-bedroom Wessex.

This has plenty of space for relaxing or entertaining, with a kitchen at the front and reception room with French doors.

Upstairs are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom has an en suite.

Prices for the Wessex start at £159,950. Tel: (0191) 489-1085.


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