With Harrogate regularly topping polls to find the best or happiest places to live, there’s sure to be plenty of interest in a new selection of one and two-bedroom apartments at Devonshire Gardens, in the town.
Within walking distance of the town centre, close to the grass parkland of The Stray and priced from only £159,950, the Redrow properties will have universal appeal to a variety of home owners, including first time buyers, downsizers, buy to let investors and those seeking a weekday crash pad or weekend bolt hole. The attractions of the spa town of Harrogate are many, with its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and, of course, home to the famous Betty’s tea rooms. Then there’s the nearby Cathedral city of Ripon and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on Harrogate’s doorstep; so it’s easy to see why so many locals – and visitors – are keen to put down roots. “Travel to nearby York by road or rail and you can even be in London two hours later by train,” says Patsy Aicken, sales director for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire). “As a result we’ve been getting interest from people who work in the capital but would far rather spend weekends – and sometimes part of their working week – in the beautiful surroundings of Harrogate. And who can blame them?” Equally, with Help to Buy equity loans available, the apartments are proving to be hot properties for local first time buyers, who can potentially own a brand new home with just a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage. The balance is covered by an equity loan from the Government that’s interest free for five years. “Help to Buy makes owning a new home more affordable for first time buyers and allows them to pay less in the early years while they find their feet,” Patsy explains. “Our Devonshire Gardens apartments give them access to the Harrogate lifestyle for a monthly outgoing that could potentially be cheaper than renting a similar size property.” Redrow’s one-bedroom apartments start from £159,950 and two-bed designs from £188,950. They’re arranged in three-storey buildings, which take their inspiration from classical Georgian architecture and include parking courtyards behind as well as cycle storage being provided. The largest apartments include an en-suite to master bedroom and all feature sociable open-plan living spaces. “Being new, modern, easy to maintain and efficient to run, they’ll also suit the downsizer market that’s regularly drawn to Harrogate or ‘lock up and leave’ purchasers who want a UK bolt hole and a place abroad. In short, these apartments offer something for just about everyone,” adds Patsy. To find out more, visit Devonshire Gardens, off Claro Road, usually open daily from 10am to 5.30pm. Alternatively go to www.redrow.co.uk/devonshire or call 01423 582913 for further information.