It’s Far From Grim Up North If You Are Looking For More House For Your Money
17 Nov 2020

As working from home looks set to be in place for some time to come, living close to the office may have slipped down the list of priorities when searching for a new place to settle.

However, as value for money, location, commutability and access to local amenities remain top of the list for savvy buyers, there’s an opportunity to enjoy all this and more in the heart of the UK.

For those looking for a gentler pace of life surrounded by vast areas of natural beauty, an escape from ‘the rat race’ and M25 rush hour traffic, Yorkshire has it all – and home hunters can get much more for their money when choosing to buy a brand-new home within around a 60-90 minute drive from their current location.

North Yorkshire (Harrogate in particular) is one of the happiest places to live in the country, according to research, and Vistry Yorkshire (part of Vistry Group) have more reasons to make home hunters smile.

As well as getting more bricks for your buck, there’s the huge lifestyle benefits offered by any of the rural developments across the region; enjoying the best of both worlds with more green open space and surrounding countryside vista, great schools and local amenities while being central to key cities and a host of leisure and retail opportunities. 

While the average cost of a three-bedroom second hand property in some areas in the southern half of the country currently ranges from £450,000 to £600,000 – a luxury new home in the village setting of Kirk Hammerton – less than 15 miles from York and Harrogate – will give exceptionally better value.

For example, you could expect to splash out £575,000 for a three-bedroom house in St Albans, £600,000 in Guildford and £450,000 in Woking. 

But at Vistry’s Rudgate development; a five-bedroom home with sparking new kitchen, double glazing energy saving features, double garage, enough space for a home office, spacious bedrooms and no maintenance comes with a starting price tag of £549,960.

Vistry Yorkshire sales director Steve Woomble said: “Now is the ideal time to buy a brand new property in North Yorkshire, where not only will you get considerably more home for your money, but the peace of mind a new build brings; hand in hand with huge benefits including being at a more central location with unlimited access to all four corners of the UK. 

“People can still move home during the pandemic, and all of our developments are COVID-safe. We have the NHS app allowing appointment-only visitors to check in, and our sales executives are available for one to ones with customers via telephone or a series of video link options.”

There are only a few new homes available at the development, which also boasts:

  • A door to door commute with Hammerton railway station just a few minutes’ walk away, offering services to York, Harrogate Leeds and London Kings Cross. No need for a separate journey to the train station.
  • Access to the A1 within five miles; opening up the gateway to numerous cities and towns across the UK.
  • Nearby primary and secondary school.
  • A number of incentives to curb the cost of moving even further with Help to Buy*, Home Exchange† and Smooth Move‡ schemes available for buyers with an existing property to sell.
  • The Key Worker scheme which offers further discounts to those working in emergency services, NHS, MoD and education. The scheme has been extended to the end of the year to include ALL those professionals who are classed as key workers under the Covid-19 outbreak, plus those who have offered their services as an NHS volunteer during this challenging time.

For details of the Rudgate and other developments in Yorkshire, and information on incentives, visit 


Contact: Cetti Long, Media Matters, 01733 371363;

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