Changing lifestyles favour New Homes living in 2015

- Fri 06 Feb 2015

We are all very busy!

It doesn’t seem to matter what age we are. How many times have we heard the newly retired say “were busier now were retired than when we were working!”

Today’s home buyers are in a hurry. They don’t have time to cultivate large gardens, carry out lengthy DIY projects or home maintenance and instead place more value on convenient locations to main arterial roads or transport systems, superfast internet access and low maintenance low running cost homes where the essential plumbing and electrical systems are reliable and up to date. This is backed up by a recent trends survey carried out in 2014

Developers have been quick to take note of changing lifestyles and today’s new homes reflect buyer demand. Whilst the size of gardens has shrunk, actual accommodation footprint sizes have increased. The New homes of today require minimal or zero maintenance, yet include an increased internal specification to suit today’s buyers and their busy lifestyles.

An example of this can be seen at Tregunnel Hill in Newquay, where Morrish Builders are developing homes of character with kerb appeal, whilst providing modern day conveniences and low maintenance items. The development is made up for two, three and four-bedroom homes with current releases including three-bedroom accommodation from £240,000. Enquire at

For many of those buyers who rely on superfast broadband and internet access for work or leisure and who require ultra-convenient transport links, Hidderley Park at Camborne (which has just commenced build work) is the first new homes development in Cornwall with high speed internet fibre plumbed directly into every home. Hidderley Park is located just over a mile from the strategic A30 corridor and prices are attractive with the Tourow (4 bed detached home) selling for less than £200,000.

For those with deeper pockets look no further than Chudleigh, where Westhaven Homes are selling the last of five distinct detached houses next to the cricket ground and within walking distance of the attractive town centre. The homes are within easy commuting distance of Exeter. Plot 5 at Brookfields has five bedrooms and the classic kitchen – dining room (which is 19’5” x 16’) making the concept of a formal Dining room redundant. Other features include underfloor heating together with upgraded insulation standards plus a double garage with up and over electronic doors. The Price £625,000 Enquire at

Alternatively Spinnakers at Exmouth Quays offers Waterside apartment living for many affluent retirees with a truly spectacular internal specification and secure gated car parking for those who want a stylish location but also, for many nowadays, a lock up and leave. Whilst apartments here have just recently sold out at prices between £500,000 and £1,500,000 a new phase is to be announced in 2015, the last phase for the whole development. Be sure to register interest at or tel 01395 222300

One of the areas of the market place where perhaps there has been most innovation has been in the retirement sector with a variety of schemes offering adaptive later life homes to those where buyers can purchase additional services such as meals, laundry etc. This innovation is typified at Fleur de Lis House in the heart of Paignton. Thirty nine one and two-bedroom apartments are under construction which offers a luxury central meeting area, 24-hour support and even boasts a concierge service for residents. Fleur de Lis House will be ready in late 2015 / early 2016. Details can be obtained from Bradleys Paignton office on 01803 557155 or by emailing

In summary the new homes of today reflect changing lifestyles, whether for the first time buyer, families or retirement. With new homes completions likely to rise over the foreseeable future, competition in the market place will ensure developers are on the lookout for the next lifestyle trend and how to incorporate this in newly built homes for the future.

Bradleys Estate Agents, one of the largest new homes agents covering Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, has over 150 new homes currently on offer going into 2015.

Chris Baxter - Bradleys Land & New Homes Director

Chris Baxter
Bradleys Land & New Homes Director

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01395 223336