Fancy living on the coast with stunning sea views, on a lakeside development or perhaps with a meandering stream at the bottom of the garden? If so, these new build properties could be for you.
OVERALL winner of The Journal 21st Century Living Awards, 2006, Staiths South Bank on the banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead includes two and three- bedroom houses and two- bedroom apartments, with prices starting from £127,995.
These include the Angel two-bedroom home; the Baltic three- bedroom home and the Beamish, a two-bedroom apartment.
The external designs and finishes give a sense of individuality to each home. For more information call George Wimpey North-East on (0191) 460-9898.
Located on the site of former railway sheds on Gateshead Quays, Bellway's Ochre Yards development offers views across the Tyne from its converted buildings and new apartments.
Together with the triplex conversion showhome at £335,000 and another duplex conversion apartment, Bellway will soon be releasing another phase of new build apartments at Ochre Yards on the Gateshead Quayside.
The 1242 square foot triplex apartment encompasses two bedrooms, one with en- suite shower room.
There is an open mezzanine floor that provides an airy feel to the apartment, overlooking the main living room, tel: (0191) 478-7855.
Newbiggin- by-the-Sea, Northumberland
BARRATT will soon be opening a sales office on a new development of starter and family-sized homes in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.
Among the designs being built at The Carrs, which is within walking distance of the beach, will be two-bedroom Washington styles, three- bedroom, three-storey Norbury townhouses, four-bedroom, three-storey Woodcotes and four-bedroom detached Gloucester designs.
Newbiggin has the benefit of the stunning Northumberland coastline and is well located for the A189 spine road with its links to Cramlington and North Tyneside. It also has easy links to Morpeth and the A1 via the A197, tel: (0191) 217-1509
Shotley Bridge, County Durham
THE Falls, a new village of apartments and houses is being built by CL Homes in an idyllic location on the banks of the River Derwent at Shotley Bridge.
At 12 miles from the A1, 15 miles from Newcastle and within 50 metres of all village amenities, the one, two and three-bedroom apartments combine the style of local architecture with high quality building standards. Many apartments have balconies overlooking the river.
The first Bridge Apartment (£225,000) will feature a garden, garage, workshop and two bedrooms with fitted wardrobes. The slightly larger second Bridge Apartment (£245,000) will offer a garden, garage, store and three bedrooms.
Apartments at The Falls range from £189,000 to £265,000, tel: (01207) 544404.
The final home for sale at Dunelm Castle Homes' Bridge Island development at Shotley Bridge offers an idyllic rural setting amongst mature trees, with rivers on two sides.
The Breamish four- bedroom detached home is constructed in natural stone and features an integral single garage, a spacious ground floor kitchen/breakfast room and separate lounge.
The first-floor master bedroom suite includes a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with twin washbasins, a corner bath and separate shower. Bedroom two and a separate study, together with a second family bathroom, are also located on the first floor, whilst bedrooms three and four, together with an additional shower room, are on the second floor.
Built on land between the River Derwent and the Shotleyfield Burn, Bridge Island consists of just 20 stone built, three- storey homes in a unique riverside setting, tel: (0191) 377-4590.
HOMEBUYERS looking for luxury waterside living should visit Grainger Homes' brand new development in Northumberland, where sales launched last week.
The Longbeach development, nestled close to the shoreline in Beadnell, is a smart combination of two- bedroom terrace, three- bedroom semi and four and five-bedroom detached homes.
Competitively priced properties come complete with security alarm, uPVC double glazed windows, oil and electric central heating, fitted kitchen with stainless steel cooker, hob and extractor, single, double garage or parking space and a private garden.
Clare Wilkinson, sales manager for Longbeach, said: "Increasing numbers of homebuyers are looking to Northumberland and other similarly rural areas as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
"With the new site at Beadnell, we have created something which accommodates a cross section of the market and which is desirable and affordable to first- time buyers and growing families alike."
With fast and easy access to the rest of the region via the main A1 trunk road, Beadnell is perfect for commuting. And with a whole host of local amenities nearby, purchasers here will have everything they need close at hand.
Contact selling agents Rook Matthews Sayer on (01665) 510044.
WESTOE Crown Village in South Shields is a self-contained community which enjoys an enviable seafront setting minutes' from the town centre.
Featuring a mix of apartments and homes, Westoe Crown Village provides an imaginative layout combining the traditional South Tyneside street form.
Homes are currently available from £134,995, tel: George Wimpey North-East (0191) 497-5747.
Barnard Castle, County Durham
PICTURESQUE views of the River Tees await the buyers at Carlbury's Thorngate Court development at Barnard Castle.
Only two, four double bedroom, four-storey townhouses remain for sale within walking distance of the market place.
In the showhome, a spacious hallway leads to a reception room with French doors.
A luxury kitchen with co-ordinated wall and base units across three walls includes stainless steel appliances, granite worktops, under floor heating and a traditional sash window.
On the first floor, a contemporary living area with two Juliet balconies is complimented by a large dining room.
The master bedroom on the second floor includes en-suite with shower cubicle. Also on this floor is a second double bedroom and family bathroom. Two additional double bedrooms on the upper floor complete the layout.
The remaining two townhouse properties are priced from £315,000, tel: (01325) 243573 or 07801 043 029.
ONLY a few apartments remain for sale at Jomast's Hartlepool Bay development, priced from only £105,000.
The show apartment at Sandpiper House combines designer furnishings and bold colour schemes with bespoke features. This includes open plan living areas with double French doors, balconies and paved garden terraces, luxury kitchens, fitted wardrobes to master bedrooms, Sky Digital set-up and quality carpeting and flooring.
The waterfront show apartment at Mayflower House has unrivalled views of the marina. Prices start from £159,000. Incentives include 5% deposit paid and £2,000 cashback/discount, tel: (01429) 869672.
WITH Warkworth Castle as a backdrop, Bett Homes' Castle Fields development features 26 two-bedroom apartments and three and four- bedroom homes.
The development has a traditional feel, with slate and stone exteriors. Visitors will be impressed by the light and airy feel to the homes which offer generous living spaces and a high level of specification.
Prices start from £206,995 for the apartments and from £282,995 for the townhouses, tel: (01665) 600170.
HOMEBUYERS looking for a new home in a self-contained community need look no further than the riverside village of Farrier's Park, in Stockton.
Barratt will be building three and four- bedroom, three-storey Norbury and Woodcote style townhouses, three- bedroom Derwent and Eskdale styles and four- bedroom detached Ripon designs.
One-bedroom Barratt iPad apartments aimed towards the first-time buyer market are also available. Prices start from £98,500 for an iPad, rising to £212,995 for a four-bedroom semi with garage, tel: (01642) 828485.