With its bustling market towns and quaint villages the Scottish Borders is popular with tourists. However, the area's strong sense of community and good quality schooling also make it a great place for families to live. Many people already commute by road from the Borders to Edinburgh and a new train line due to open in 2015 is set to make the commute even easier, no doubt bumping up house prices in the area.
With recent reports from housing charity Shelter claiming that less than 50% of homes for sale in South Yorkshire are affordable for first-time buyers, the city of Sheffield still appears to offer some promising options for buyers on a relatively tight budget.
Marc Da Silva continues his series of interviews with leading housebuilding figures by speaking to Mark Mainwaring, managing director of Taylor Wimpey Manchester.
Where in Greater Manchester is your firm developing new homes?
Taylor Wimpey Manchester is currently undertaking schemes across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and the Lancashire region; with some exciting new developments commencing shortly in Rochdale, Bolton, Salford and Wigan.
New homes at developments in the historic city of St Albans are getting snapped up by buyers looking for a lively yet green place to live outside of London - but still easily within the capital's commuter belt.
Taking in a number of towns and villages, the Falkirk area is convenient for commuters to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling yet has plenty facilities of its own to attract house hunters. Buyers looking to find a new home in the area will find they are offered the best of both worlds with great shops and amenities and all they need for a fabulous social life.
Several well-known house builders have recently released new homes in and around the unique Suffolk market town of Newmarket, famous for its thoroughbred horse breeding - and since it is situated so near to Cambridge, these homes offer a very feasible commuter alternative to living in the city.
Several housebuilders are releasing homes for sale at developments in and around Cornwall's only city, Truro, ranging from slick contemporary apartments to historic conversions and family homes.
Several major new housing developments are springing up in and around Bedford, offering house-hunters in the East of England an excellent choice - and the chance to benefit from some great purchase incentive schemes.
With its easy transport links and good housing stock, Bedfordshire's county town is a popular choice for families. Served by two railway stations, a network of bus services and the A6, it has good links with neighbouring towns and other parts of the country.
The attractive medieval market town of Shrewsbury in the West Midlands boasts good schools, a lively arts scene, and a good range of reasonably-priced property, making it a popular place for families to settle down.
Bordering Glasgow, South Lanarkshire is popular with commuters and families looking to get more for their money than they would in the city. With this in mind, housebuilders have plenty of options available to house hunters in the area.