Major UK housebuilder Taylor Wimpey currently has an impressive portfolio of new homes in Staffordshire, with some in vibrant towns like Stoke and Burton-on-Trent, and others in quieter locations such as Huntington. What's more, those buyers who reserve a new Taylor Wimpey home in Staffordshire this Summer will be able to enjoy the Olympics on a 42" TV, courtesy of the housebuilder, to celebrate London 2012.
A mile and a half from Burton-on-Trent's centre, Regency Square is a development of new three- and four-bedroom homes priced from £103,995 to £159,995, set around a pleasant park. Some properties are available with FirstBuy deposits of just £6,500, making it easier for buyers who are struggling to get on the property ladder. Conveniently situated for commuters, Burton is 12 miles from Derby, 23 miles from Stafford, and 24 miles from Birmingham - yet lies within the National Forest. The town is served by Burton-on-Trent railway station, linking Derby, Nottingham, Tamworth and Birmingham, and it is home to a good range of shops and markets, a further education college and several sports clubs.
On the western fringes of Kidsgrove, eight miles from Stoke-on-Trent, Bluebell Croft offers a choice of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes from £149,995 up to £210,000 - close to open countryside, yet enjoying all the amenities that the Potteries town has to offer. There are schools for all ages nearby, plus shops, pubs and a health centre, supermarket, library, post office and bank. Stoke-on-Trent has a wider choice of shops and facilities, while the development is also handy for commuters to Newcastle-under-Lyme. A mile away, Kidsgrove station offers regular trains to Stoke-on-Trent, Derby, Crewe, Manchester and London Euston.
In a peaceful spot in Huntington, on the edge of Cannock Chase, there are just two remaining four-bedroom homes left for sale at Broadhurst Gardens, priced from £199,995 to £224,995. The development offers a good alternative for those house-hunting in Hednesford, Stafford or Penkridge, surrounded by a thriving community with good local amenities including a primary school, post office, local shops, a recreation ground, a youth club and a community centre. For commuters, the A34 Cannock to Stafford road is handy, while the M6 is only about five miles away, offering easy access to Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
In the historic market town of Rugeley, on the northern edge of Cannock Chase, the spacious Levett Grange development offers house buyers the chance to combine both town and country living. With three- and four-bedroom homes priced from £186,995 to £267,995, the development is conveniently situated about midway between the towns of Stafford, Cannock, Lichfield and Uttoxeter. Rugeley is also home to two railway stations, Rugeley Town and Rugeley Trent Valley, which connect Stafford, Walsall, Birmingham and many other destinations -- while major roads into town include the A460 from Cannock and the A51 Lichfield to Stone.
Another popular new development in Staffordshire from Taylor Wimpey is The Pinnacle in Stoke-on-Trent, offering family homes in an appealing location near the Peak District. Two-bedroom apartments and a choice of terraced, semi-detached and detached three- and four-bedroom homes are situated around a quiet cul-de-sac with rural views - yet just a short distance from central Stoke-on-Trent. The M6 is nine miles away, putting Greater Manchester, the Midlands and North Wales within easy reach for commuters. And with properties priced from £119,995 to £228,995, there are 95% mortgages available thanks to the Government's NewBuy scheme - meaning buyers could secure a new home there with a deposit of just 5%.