Once an eyesore which local residents regularly complained about, with a derelict pub and two empty shops, an area of Moston has been transformed into affordable new homes, thanks to Redrow and Manchester City Council.
Hanson Gardens has 128 new homes as part of the council's North Manchester Strategic Regeneration Framework - a 10-15 year investment project in the area. It is one of six Redrow developments which will be built in Moston and Harpurhey and is currently the most developed. The properties available at the Hanson Gardens site are from the New Heritage Collection and are two-, three- and four-bedroom homes. Surrounded by original terrace streets, the properties blend in as Redrow have used the trademark Mancunian red brick throughout.
The new homes available at the development are the two-bedroom mid-terrace ‘Kentmere', the three-bedroom end-terrace ‘Ennerdale', the four-bedroom mid-terrace ‘Thirlmere', the three-bedroom detached ‘Buttermere' and three-bedroom semi-detached ‘Tarn'. Each home conforms to the environmental standards of Level 3 on the Code for Sustainable Homes and has its own fence, gate and private off-street parking space for security.
Show homes for each of the property types can be viewed in the neighbouring Redrow scheme, Woodville Gardens. Each of the properties comes with a fitted fridge/freezer, washing machine, oven, hob and hood. The kitchens are also plumbed for a dishwasher and housebuyers get a choice of kitchen units. They also get to choose the tiles in the main bathroom and each bathroom comes fitted with a three-piece suite, shower over the bath and shower screen.
The properties have been built with the council's Design for Access 2 standards to ensure they can be adapted for a disabled person: there are wider staircases in case a stair lift needs to be fitted; the toilets are large enough for wheelchair access; and the doors and corridors are also wide enough to be accessible in a wheeelchair.
Moston is a buzzing, multi-cultural area and this is reflected in the people who have taken up properties in Hanson Gardens. The development has plenty of local amenities with a bustling high street full of independent retailers and a retail park nearby with a supermarket. The city centre is only 15 minutes away as two Metrolink stops have recently opened in the area.
Every home in the development is offered with the potential to defer 25% with a shared equity loan, a scheme known as easi:buy. Prices start from £104,995 for the ‘Kentmere', however with easi:buy the price drops to £78,746 upfront, which means the deposit required could be as little as £3,937. The ‘Ennerdale' is available from £129,995, or £97,496 upfront with easi:buy; the ‘Thirlmere' is available from £132,995, or £99,746 upfront with easi:buy; the ‘Buttermere' is available from £139,995, or £104,996 upfront with easi:buy; and the 'Tarn' is available from £143,995, or £107,996 upfront with easi:buy.