Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Apartments Have a Broad Appeal

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Apartments Have a Broad Appeal

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The benefits of apartment living ( such as convenient locations, ease of maintenance and security ( appeal to many buyers.

First-timers, investors, professionals and down-sizers all appreciate the lifestyle.

They're popular with planners and politicians too, as they make better use of land.

Homemaker looks at some of the new apartments available.

Durham

ST Leonard's, near Durham City, is in landscaped gardens with allocated parking.

The one and two bedroom apartments being built by Barratt's range from pounds 186,500.

Sales negotiator Mandy Banks said: "The more mature buyers like the large living spaces and the fact that we offer so many extras as standard items.

"Investors like the style, space and specification and the fact that this is a great place to live in terms of travel and transport, being less than two miles from the city centre." For details, tel: (0191) 383-9421.

Lowland Mews in Brandon, three miles from Durham City centre, is a Barratt development of two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom homes. Prices are from pounds 123,000, tel: (0191) 378-9187.

Gateshead

WILLIAM Leech 55+ is offering one and two-bed apartments in Gateshead, targeted at those aged 55 and over.

Each apartment at St James' Court has access to communal lounge and kitchen facilities, as well as a conservatory, laundry room and reception.

The complex of 63 apartments also offers security features and 24-hour assistance from a property management company. Prices start from pounds 96,950.

Just off the A184 Felling By-Pass, the development has good transport links via Gateshead Stadium Metro station and a regular bus service, tel: 0870 004-5575.

Wolsingham

ONLY one apartment remains for sale in a converted Victorian country house.

The first-floor, three-bedroom apartment at Dere Street's The Leazes has a 21ft by 17ft living room and large open-plan kitchen and dining area with exposed roof beams. The master bedroom has a dressing room and en-suite. It is for sale at pounds 289,000, tel: (0191) 373-6535.

Wallsend

THE new Kensington and Sunbury designs from Haslam Homes have two bedrooms and are in a three-story building at Henley Grange, Wallsend.

The light lounge sets the tone in both, emphasising its space. Other practical benefits include a kitchen package with oven, hob and extractor and a choice of bathroom suite complete with complementary tiling.

The Sunbury is the larger of the two apartments with prices starting at pounds 118,995. Tel (0191) 487-3800.

Chester-le-Street

MILLER Homes has included a small number of apartments in the housing mix at Highfields in Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

The one and two-bedroom apartments are priced from pounds 140,000 and are available with pounds 700 monthly cashback for two years.

Individual layouts vary, but each has a good-sized living room, kitchen with stainless steel integral oven, hob and cooker hood, one or two bedrooms, some with en-suite facilities, secure audio entrance system and parking space. …

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