Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Life on the Edge Has Great Deal to Offer; Life on the Edge of a City Has Many Advantages. Homemaker Editor Karen Overbury Is Impressed by a Development on the Outskirts of Newcastle

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Life on the Edge Has Great Deal to Offer; Life on the Edge of a City Has Many Advantages. Homemaker Editor Karen Overbury Is Impressed by a Development on the Outskirts of Newcastle

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IMAGINE the meeting. New homes bosses were gathered to discuss the new homes development they were to build on the edge of Newcastle.

It obviously needed a name. And what better than one that does what it says on the tin... City Edge? It was an exciting day on the site when I visited, as the first buyers were moving in. The brand new community is already establishing itself. It is little surprise that City Edge has attracted "very high number of viewers" and the properties are selling well, say developers Barratt North East.

Set on the site of the former Blakelaw School, it is just off the A167 - four miles into Newcastle one way and a couple of miles to the A1 the other. Buses are regular and there are shops within easy reach. Plus there are playing fields, a skate park and good open spaces nearby. There will even be 16 allotments built towards the end of the build project, expected to last four or five years.

But the homes appear to be the big attraction, with a range of properties ideal for first-time buyers, small families and perhaps those downsizing and wanting to be within easy reach of facilities.

Sales manager Steven Ball said it had been expected that the site would be popular, but he added: "This has more than met our expectations. We launched at Easter and viewings have stayed high and we're delighted to have the first buyers moving in. Having people living on a development gives it a different feel, you get a sense of community."

A high percentage of buyers are using the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme. With this, buyers only have to find a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is a Government loan which is interestfree for five years. The scheme is helping many thousands of people to get on to the ladder or to move to a larger home and former renters are saving as mortgage payments are generally cheaper - and often a lot cheaper - than renting.

There are two showhomes to visit, a Barwick and a Cheadle, both of them three-bedroom properties. They are attractively decorated and furnished, with an eye to practicality and they show that these are homes with space to live in and enjoy.

The Barwick has a separate kitchen plus a lounge/diner with doors to the back garden plus three bedrooms, one with en suite, and bathroom on the first floor. …

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