South Yorkshire development provides a better way to live

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A development of new homes in Wickersley ticks all the boxes when choosing a place to live according to a new survey by house-builder Redrow.

Hall Croft, a development of three and four-bedroom brand new homes, situated five miles from Rotherham, has proved a big hit with families and the results of a lifestyle survey make it easy to see why.

Independent market research company Censuswide carried out the national survey for Redrow Homes, asking 509 parents and the same number of children, aged 4-16, what their priorities are when choosing a new home and neighbourhood.

Schools topped the list, with 72% of parents placing a good local school among their top three, followed by 37% favouring somewhere with good transport links and 33% highlighting the importance of a ‘community feel’. Being close to family members came fourth.

When children were asked what’s most important to them about where they live, 60% said it was being near to their friends, followed by around half (49%) who liked to be close to school. Almost half (47%) valued having lots of parks and green space nearby, ahead of 17% who thought being near facilities such as a cinema was vital.

Patsy Aicken, sales director for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire) said: “Hall Croft really does measure up when it comes to what people feel makes a better place to live. All the homes are designed with the needs of the modern, busy family in mind.

“Residents have an excellent choice of local schools nearby, including outstanding OFSTED rated primary and secondary schools within walking distance.

“And they are never short of things to do with sports facilities, great shops, restaurants, cinemas, pubs and theatres all within easy reach; and the major road network of the M1 and M18 easily accessible for wider travel. There are plenty of green spaces for families to enjoy locally too and places like Boston Castle and Clifton Park, each just a few minutes away by car, offer lovely opportunities for exploring, playing and picnicking.

“Our survey found that neighbourliness is a major factor for people in making life less stressful so choosing the right home in the right neighbourhood is a really important decision for the whole family. Hall Croft has a lovely feel so it has that box ticked too.”

Other survey results included:

Over half (54%) of parents chose a new build when asked what their ‘dream house type’ would be.

In terms of what they look for in the property itself, outdoor space came out overwhelmingly on top, with almost three quarters (74%) picking a garden as one of their top three desirable features, followed by off-street parking (44%) and storage space (39%). Completing the top five priorities favoured were the more up-to-date features of a ‘modern fitted kitchen with integrated appliances’ and a house that is ‘economical to run’, both being chosen by almost a quarter of adult respondents (23% and 22% respectively).

When asked what they liked most about their own homes, children chose their bedroom, with almost three quarters placing it among their top three. Maybe to be expected, personal space becomes more important as children get older, with 81% of youngsters aged 11-16 choosing their bedroom among their favourite things about their home, compared to 69% of children aged 4-10.

A garden came second, with 45% of all children surveyed saying it was one of the things they liked most, followed by the living room.

With just a few four-bedroom properties from Redrow’s popular Arts & Crafts inspired Heritage Collection remaining, prices at Hall Croft start from £414,950. A Government backed Help to Buy equity loan can reduce the initial price by up to 20%.

For more information Click here or call 01709 259636 or visit the development’s Sales Centre between 10am and 5.30pm Thursday to Monday inclusive.