Monthly Archives: February 2016

First release sell out at Mapmakers launch

House hunters snapped up the first homes to be released for sale at Mapmakers in Southampton with an impressive 20% of the entire development sold on the first weekend. The launch event offered a variety of 2 bedroom apartments and 2 & 3 bedroom houses.

Jon McDiarmid, sales and marketing director said: “We anticipated that interest would be high for these superb homes, but the demand for information on the opening day of sales was overwhelming.

“This is an exciting project for Kier Living, we are creating a new community in Southampton and are delighted that so many people seem equally excited at the prospect of living here.”

He added that homes at Mapmakers appeal to a variety of buyers from professionals and families to investors and downsizers alike. Buyers so far have included both doctors and nurses, as the development is within walking distance of the city’s two hospitals. There has also been interest from industrial professionals and university students.

Mapmakers is named in celebration of the site’s heritage as the former headquarters of the Ordnance Survey and comprises 66 high quality houses and apartments, two on site retail units and a new green space called Ordnance Park.

Mapmakers is highly accessible located just three miles from Southampton City Centre and five minutes from the M27.

A second release of Mapmakers new homes are now available with 2 bedroom apartments from £170,000 and 2 & 3 bedroom houses from £225,000. For more information speak to Connells on 023 8124 4349 or visit…

Final family homes released by David Wilson Homes in Petersfield

New homes in Petersfield have proved so popular that just a handful of homes remain at the David Wilson Homes development.

Foxfield Grove has been a great success story for the five star housebuilder with the first homes reserved before the doors officially opened just 18 months ago and the final homes now available.

Sales director Michelle Storer said a combination of location, style and quality had attracted a wide range of buyers and just five homes now remain.

“We knew there was demand for high quality homes in the town and the development has been popular with local people and those from further afield looking for a semi-rural location but with good access to road and rail networks,’’ she said.

The final homes available include the five bedroom Gilthorpe design which costs from £870,000.

“This is one of the most impressive designs at Foxfield Grove and we’re expecting families looking for a combination of space and close proximity to some great schools to be reserving a Gilthorpe,’’ said Michelle. “The development is in the catchment area for The Petersfield School, Steep Primary School and Buriton School.”

Alice Church, from Savills, added: “The Gilthorpe is an impressive home ideal for modern family living. The house type features a wonderful open-plan kitchen/family room with French doors to the back garden, and an imposing galleried landing which makes the house feel truly special.”

The lounge has French doors leading to the garden and the design has a separate dining room for entertaining and a study. There is also a utility room on the ground floor.

Upstairs four of the bedrooms are doubles with the master suite also featuring and en suite and dressing area. The second bedroom has an en suite shower room and there is also a family bathroom.

For more information about the final homes at Foxfield Grove, contact Alice Church at Savills Southampton on 02380 713967.…

Connells Southern Land & New Homes division celebrates

Connells’ Southern Land & New Homes division is thrilled to announce a record year for 2015.  Following some of its best results in 2014, the business broke records again last year, winning 65% more business and achieving an 18% uplift in new homes sales completed.  Connells now looks forward to helping many more customers achieve their dreams of owning their own home through its developer partners in what is set to be another fantastic year for the new homes market.

Having worked with numerous renowned developers, Connells Southern Land & New Homes division sold nearly 800 new homes across the South in 2015 – an increase of 20% on 2014 – and saw numerous successful sites through to completion.  Some particular highlights for the Hampshire region included; Longwood Copse, Basingstoke by Bellway Homes, Park Vista, Southampton by Titan Developments, Limes Park, Basingstoke by Taylor Wimpey and Nightingale Court, Romsey by Croudace Homes.

“What a fantastic year for our Connells Land & New Homes division,” says Tom Bateson, Connells Regional Director for New Homes.  “We are delighted with what we have achieved for our developers and we thoroughly enjoyed working together with them to bring to market a range of fantastic new homes for our customers.  Our results speak for themselves and show that year on year, we continue to grow and establish ourselves as one of the most successful land and new homes businesses in the UK.”

Connells was instructed on 122 developments across the Southern region last year and expects most of these to come to market in 2016.  In the coming months, the team is set to launch several exciting developments in various locations in Hampshire, offering a range of property types to suit a variety of customers and their lifestyle needs.  Developments to look out for include Verum House in Basingstoke, MapMakers in Shirley, Southampton, Danes Hill in Basingstoke and Barton Stacey, Near Winchester

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“We predict another very busy year ahead as demand for property continues to soar and the development of new homes provides much needed stock to an undersupplied market,” continues Tom.  “Our success is helped by a number of factors including the various Help to Buy schemes and a Government which is pro house building and home ownership, which have played a huge part in giving the market a boost at the start of this year and will assist us in achieving what we hope to be another record breaking year in 2016.”

Connells Land & New Homes division offers a fully inclusive service to land and commercial site owners, developers and house buyers.  For advice and further information on land and new homes in Southern England, please call Connells’ dedicated team on 01256 357457.…

Striking house adds an air of elegance

It’s hardly surprising that over a long period of history humans have really taken to Hambledon in East Hampshire.

As well as the cradle of cricket – it’s long believed the game was invented on the pitch opposite the Bat and Ball pub on the downs close by – it has played a leading part in the revival of the English wine industry.

It takes a very special climate to have claimed both these notable achievements but then with a Roman villa, Saxon church, and significant buildings from the Norman and medieval periods humans have long appreciated what this area offers.

Hambledon stands deep inside the South Downs National Park, surrounded by downland and splendid woods. Set beside West Street is Vernon House, an elegant village house with a decorative porch above the central front door with 12 pane sash windows either side and three nine pane sash windows gracing the first floor.

“The house is really striking and as soon as you step through the front door you are transfixed by the view directly through the hall, wide enough for seating to the side, to the rear garden,” says Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire.

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“One either side of the entrance hall are the drawing room, with a bay window overlooking the drive, and a sitting room / snug with a deeply shelved alcove beside the fireplace – it just invites you to linger and enjoy a book.

“Across the rear is a wonderful living space formed by connecting the open plan kitchen / breakfast room with the dining room through the addition of a conservatory with bi-fold doors forming its southerly wall.

“Tucked away inside the house is the hallway with a turning staircase, a wonderful hidden feature. There are five bedrooms served by a bathroom and separate shower room and it would be straightforward to create a fantastic master suite by connecting the master and fifth bedrooms, separated by the bathroom.

“Directly to the rear is a large patio area with steps up to a flint-walled garden which is principally lawn and herbaceous beds. A range of bulbs, mature shrubs, perennials, grasses, and fruit trees, (including apple, pear and plum), fill the garden with a riot of colour from early Spring to late Autumn. A second patio and seating area captures the last of the setting sun.”

Guide price is £795,000 (EPC Band G). For more information, contact Fine and Country Southern Hampshire on 023 93 277 277 or email…

Fabulous Location for Townhouse

Located within the highly regarded community of Marston Gate, just on the edge of Winchester’s city centre and five minutes’ walk from the train station, this modern four bedroom townhouse will appeal to many looking for well planned accommodation in a fabulous location.

There is a large kitchen/dining room, spacious first floor sitting room, utility room, a double bedroom and shower room.

Three further bedrooms are arranged over the top floor with a family bathroom and the master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and a newly fitted shower room.

Marston Gate is a gated development, well designed, and this townhouse has a charming courtyard garden, where shrubs soften the herringbone brick terraces; garage and a private parking space.

Pearsons will be happy to arrange a viewing of this property and further details are available from the Winchester office on 01962 853344. A monthly rent of £1,995 is asked.…

Impressive Detached House

Occupying a position that was once strawberry fields on the outskirts of the villages of Botley and Hedge End, this impressive detached house has lovely accommodation and sits in extensive gardens.

The living space flows well with a degree of flexibility; for example, there is a room on the ground floor which is ideal as a formal dining room or as a fourth bedroom. Also on this floor is a dual aspect sitting room and a family room leads off the kitchen. There is also a utility room, cloakroom and a ground floor shower room, which is useful if the extra room is to be used as a bedroom.

Upstairs the master bedroom has a separate dressing area, a second bedroom has its own en suite, and there is a third bedroom and good size family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath.

The gravel driveway leads through the front garden to the double garage and the gardens sweep round to the side and rear with extensive lawns and a fine array of mature trees.

The house is available on an unfurnished basis at a monthly rent of £1,750 and viewings may be arranged by calling Janine Barnaby at Goadsby on 01489 576800…