It’s a fact that since the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, people’s property buying needs have changed. Those with young or larger families especially, are looking for new homes in quieter, rural locations with more space around them. A place where they can properly appreciate and live life.
Is this trend really happening?
Yes, it is! Since the property market returned at the end of May, there have been headlines across the national press, and from leading national estate agents about this. More recently, the BBC showcased a couple on their Countryfile series, who had moved from London out to the country, following the lockdown. And local estate agents across the country will all agree they’ve all seen greater demand for properties away from the city. In fact, by June of this year most estate agents were dealing with an increase in enquiries for 3 and 4-bedroom homes.
What are buyers looking for?
The lockdown, and Covid-19 itself have either forced or given people the chance to review their lives. To put things into perspective. That, and the fact many livelihoods have changed with either a growing number of professionals working from home on a more permanent basis, instead of commuting daily. On the flip side, some may have experienced a drop in income through being furloughed, or worse still, left without a job. Where before Covid-19 the priority was very much on the place of work and how to get there. Now, those who are able to, are instead focusing on quality of life and family time. And with that comes two needs: land and space. Affordability is another important factor, too. Especially as we face an uncertain time economically.
Where are people buying?
Rural locations, and even properties located close to the coast are proving popular. Across the country there’s a common pattern emerging. People are choosing to move out from smaller city centre homes to something larger, further away from the centre. In some cases, the moves are quite radical, to get that perfect home offering as much outdoor space as in.
As the way we live is being re-evaluated, so are the homes we want to live in. For example, having home office space is now needed. Or, a garden so the children can get out and play safely. We want rooms where we can exercise, and where children can play. And in a lot of cases, the move away from the city centre has its positives financially. You can get a lot more for your money if you’re prepared to move further afield.
Why new build homes make a good choice
There are several reasons why new build homes are worth exploring when it comes to selling up and finding something new after Covid-19. Or even for first-time buyers who have decided, since Covid-19, they would rather not buy close to the city. Firstly, there are some excellent deals to be had. For first-time buyers especially with 5% deposits and Help to Buy.
There is also the excellent technical infrastructure that comes with a new build development. While many older homes in rural England may struggle for superfast connectivity, new homes have an online advantage. And that’s great if you’re set to be working from home for the foreseeable.
It’s also worth remembering that new build developments are going up all over the country, close to the countryside. Whether you want great views or being a stone’s throw from a small village, rural walks or golf courses; new build homes really do tick the location box.
Perfect post-Covid new build home developments
Peter’s Mill, Alnwick, Northumberland
You can enjoy both Northumberland’s coast and countryside if you buy on this beautiful development from Cussins. Peter’s Mill is an outstanding collection of two, through to five-bedroom houses. Each property has been designed to reflect Alnwick’s historical architecture with properties featuring heritage brick and sandstone. Homes are built to a high specification with luxurious fitted kitchens, modern bathrooms, and well-proportioned gardens. With a 4-bedroom home available from £349,950, there are some great deals to be had.
Situated in a popular village location and with views over rolling hills, the Spinners Croft development from Miller Homes is the perfect family setting. The village itself has so much to offer for both young and old, with lots of social amenities available. Nottingham is only 9 miles away too, offering connections to other major cities for commuting needs.
Two and three-bedroom homes are available on the development, ideal for first time buyers and those looking for a high-quality home, with ample space.
Set in an enviable location, this development of two, three and four-bedroom homes from David Wilson Homes is ideal for families and young couples. Beautiful farmland surrounds the village, while the popular Cheshire towns of Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Knutsford are close by. Schools in the area have an excellent reputation, and there are excellent transport links to Manchester. If you prefer staying close to home, the local village offers plenty of conveniences.
The homes on the Galloway Grange development are light and spacious, with gardens and off-road parking. If you’re looking to a move to a modern property that offers the peace and quiet of rural life, this development won’t disappoint.
If you have decided a change of home, of scenery and way of life is what you and your family need, then start your search for a new home on a new development. We bring together all the new homes from the country’s leading housebuilders, so whether you want a coastal or rural location, you can find your new home with us.