Coronavirus drives demand for new homes with gardens and offices

A Scottish housebuilder is experiencing a surge in demand from families looking for new homes with gardens, offices and bigger living spaces as the impacts of the coronavirus crisis change the way people are living their lives.

Livingston-based firm Dundas Estates has witnessed a run of reservations for family-sized homes at its new development in West Lothian.

The firm has already taken £16 million in sales for houses at Uphall Station, with buyers seeking more space for their money and convenient access to the outdoors in the wake of the pandemic.

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The level of demand has prompted the developer to release a second phase of 266 homes at the site, including properties with three, four and five bedrooms.

House-hunters have been signing up for family-sized homes at a new development by Dundas Estates st Uphall Station, near Livingston
House-hunters have been signing up for family-sized homes at a new development by Dundas Estates st Uphall Station, near Livingston

Heather Birrell, sales manager for Dundas Estates, believes the key characteristics of the development are a major part of the appeal for house-hunters, whose demands have changed due to Covid-19.

She said: “This is a milestone development for us, bringing large, spacious homes within reach of both the capital and many families’ budgets.

“The near sell-out of phase one and the unveiling of our second phase comes as the development is beginning to really take shape.

“It’s a lovely, tranquil location.

Prospective buyers can see inside a show property to get an idea of how their new home could look

“All industry reports are showing a growing demand for space, gardens, genuine access to countryside – and room for home offices.

“Our homes at Uphall Station allow buyers to tick all those boxes.”

Uphall Station is billed as a small, family-friendly community near the town of Livingston, featuring quiet neighbourhoods and good connections with nearby towns, cities and countryside.

The Dundas development features high-spec homes that are tailor-made for modern family living.

Kitchens in the new houses will be fitted out with Smeg appliances

The five-bedroom Maitland has 1,750 square feet of floor space spread over three floors, plus an internal garage. Recently released Plot 49 is available for £365,000.

The three-bedroom semi-detached Robson, at plot 57, boasts a spacious open-plan kitchen and living space and en suite master bedroom, as well as a family bathroom and two further bedrooms over two storeys. It is priced at £213,500.

The development features two show homes, allowing buyers to look inside before signing up for their new home.

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The Uphall Station development features a range of homes, with three, four or five bedrooms

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