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12th March 2019

The High Appeal of Low-Rise Living

Bungalows were once one of the most popular house types in Britain. But the one-storey home has declined dramatically in popularity in the last four decades as builders move to maximise the land they have by building up, not out, to provide a greater return. However, with bungalows now in short supply and an estimated half a million people over 55 stuck in larger homes because they cannot find suitable one level accommodation, perhaps the time is right to reconsider the bungalow?

Bungalows were first built in the UK in the mid-18th century, the style of home having been imported from India and derived from the word “bangla”, meaning “belonging to Bengal”. Their construction heyday in the UK was the 1920s and 1930s when thousands were built at affordable prices. In 2017 only 2,600 bungalows were built nationwide, as developers struggle with planning regulations for specialist housing and inflated building costs.

However, perhaps recognising the UK’s aging population, developers have started to wake up to the big potential of the humble bungalow.

Peter Lee, Director at Redbrik New Homes, said: “We’ve definitely seen developers giving much more consideration to bungalows at the planning stage and demand from buyers has never been higher.

“New-build bungalows, such as our Jacques Orchard development of architect designed bungalows at South Normanton, offer a modern, open-plan design and high-quality specification that is ideal for both downsizers and first-time buyers.

In addition, the price of many of these new build bungalows makes them eligible for purchase using the government’s Help to Buy scheme, which means only a 5% deposit is required.”

As well as a number of new build options, existing bungalows regularly come to market with Redbrik and many offer great potential for improvement and extension. Tracey Gurney, Sales Manager at Redbrik’s Crystal Peaks office agrees;

“There are quite a few bungalows amongst the housing stock in South East Sheffield and we see them coming to market fairly regularly. They are often ripe for renovation and can often come with a large garden, making them ideal for extension into modern family homes.

“Its definitely worth viewing bungalows with an open mind as, with a bit of creativity and vision, you can create a contemporary and practical home whilst getting good value for money.”

Take a look at some of our current best buys:

Jacques Orchard Development

Jacques Orchard is a brand new, boutique development of 31 two-bedroom bungalows located at South Normanton. With a choice of six styles of home, all are designed by award winning architects CODA Studios and feature an open plan design, luxurious kitchens, large picture windows, private gardens and car parking. The development has already proved popular and with prices from £.

The Croft II, Calow

The Croft II is the latest development from Woodall Homes and is ideally located in Calow on the outskirts of Chesterfield town centre. It offers a total of 10 new homes including a choice of three bedroom bungalows. The bungalows offer over 1000sq foot of living space and are built to the high specification expected from Woodall Homes.

Folds Lane, Beauchief

An internal inspection is essential to fully appreciate this superbly presented four bedroom detached dormer bungalow, situated in the heart of Beauchief. Fully refurbished and finished to the highest standard, this deceptively spacious property offers a wonderful light & airy living space.