Helmsley Group helps first time buyers join property ladder

Helmsley Group helps first time buyers join property ladder

Property specialist Helmsley Group has revealed that all properties at its Aura housing scheme have been sold in under four months.

Helmsley said that the development, which is made up of 14 one- and two-bed apartments, has proved particularly popular with first time buyers looking to get on the housing ladder.

The sustainably constructed residential scheme is supported by help-to-buy and is located close to York city centre.

Max Reeves, development director at Helmsley Group, said the momentum generated at Aura was especially pleasing given the scheme was launched during lockdown.

He said: “Helmsley is delighted to have been able to achieve such a positive outcome for Aura in a relatively short period of time since launching the scheme to the public in May.

“As a York-based business, we are passionate about doing good for the city and wider region through sustainable development and supporting the local economies in which we operate.

“Clearly, Covid-19 has caused uncertainty and impacted much of society, including the way we live and work. However, the residential property market is seeing positive activity and our strategy of launching Aura during lockdown is testament to this and our confidence in the scheme.

“We are proud to have been able to give first-time buyers an opportunity to purchase affordable high-quality housing close to a major city centre and will be looking to bring similar schemes to market over the coming months.”

The Aura development is located next to a national cycle path, so each apartment developed as part of the scheme has secure under-cover bike storage, as well as parking spaces equipped with EV charging points.

Nathan Richmond, a first-time buyer, recently moved into his new apartment at Aura. He commented: “I’m from York and have always lived on the north side of the city. Before I moved in, I was living with my parents and paying board. I’ve been keeping my eye of the housing ladder for about a year now and when I saw Aura in the local news it immediately took my interest.

“It’s perfectly located within the city centre and I only have a 10 minute walk to work. It’s also really handy for the local amenities. The price of the property was a big attraction as most other two-bed apartments in the city are priced significantly higher and having bought the property by myself, this was quite important.

“There is a nice finish to the interior and the communal areas and I like that it only has 14 apartments because I didn’t want to move into a massive development with hundreds of flats.

“It was never my intention to purchase a property in the pandemic, but when you see something good come onto the market, you’ve got to be ready to make a move. This is now my second week in my new home and I’m looking forward to many more years here.”

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About Helmsley Group

Helmsley Group is based at Monk’s Cross, York and has been helping clients to develop their wealth through property for 40 years. The company’s expert team provides clients and investors with a range of property investment opportunities that are always secured against land or property. https://helmsley.co.uk/

For more information please contact Beth Chaplow (beth.chaplow@aberfield.com) or Katie Wadsworth (katie.wadsworth@aberfield.com), or call 0113 880 0444.

Helmsley Group reveals plans for new affordable housing development

Helmsley Group reveals plans for new affordable housing development

York-based property specialists, Helmsley Group, has revealed plans for a new development aimed at helping first-time buyers in York.

The new development, Luna, is located on Fifth Avenue, near Tang Hall Lane and, subject to planning approval, will be made up of 50 one- and two-bed apartments.

The latest plans have been unveiled following the company’s previous success with first-time buyers at Clifton Moor and more recently at its Aura development, which saw all 14 apartments reserved within two weeks following its launch during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The gated apartment scheme at Luna is located within walking distance of the city centre and is planned to benefit from private parking, individual gardens and superfast hyperoptic broadband.

Continuing Helmsley’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions, each apartment will have secure under-cover bike storage, as well as parking spaces equipped with EV charging points. Tenants will also be able to make use of the nearby national cycle path in an effort to reduce the number of cars heading into York’s city centre.

The apartments are proposed for development on the site of the former Cherry Tree House care facility, which was closed earlier this year following a strategic property review by the NHS.

Max Reeves, development director at Helmsley Group, said: “We’re proud of the legacy we’re building in helping first-time buyers and families access high quality, affordable housing in and around York.

“We know there is a lot of demand for housing in York as the city has a lot to offer for individuals and businesses, but often what’s on offer is out of the price range of first-time buyers.

“By creating more homes at Luna aimed specifically at first-time buyers, we plan to transform a site with an underutilised, vacant building and give more people the opportunity to enjoy living close to the city centre.”

Prices start from £132,000. For more information contact luna@helmsley.co.uk

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About Helmsley Group

Helmsley Group is based at Monk’s Cross, York and has been helping clients to develop their wealth through property for 40 years. The company’s expert team provides clients and investors with a range of property investment opportunities that are always secured against land or property. https://helmsley.co.uk/

For more information please contact Beth Chaplow (beth.chaplow@aberfield.com) or Katie Wadsworth (katie.wadsworth@aberfield.com).

Helmsley Group reveals phase two of Connaught Court development

Helmsley Group reveals phase two of Connaught Court development

Helmsley Group, the York-based property investment and development specialists, has launched phase two of its Connaught Court development to the market.

The move comes following the success of the first phase of the scheme and improved levels of activity in the residential property market since the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

Connaught Gardens, off St. Oswald’s Road in Fulford, comprises eight bespoke four, five, and six- bedroom houses, located in one of York’s most sought-after residential areas.

Built to a traditional design, each house will feature under-floor heating, smart home technology and top-of-the-range security systems. Upon purchasing, buyers will also benefit from a complimentary interior design consultation.

The Connaught properties are semi-rural, offering stunning views over the meadows and marshes of the Ings, while also being situated close to a host of popular amenities.

Helmsley Group originally purchased the Connaught site with an existing planning permission in place for residential development.

The group, which offers commercial property syndication, development finance and property development, subsequently amended the existing permission to increase the developable floor area from 27,000 sq ft to 36,000 sq ft, creating space for a development of 14 high-quality homes.

Connaught Square, the first phase of the development, generated strong public interest, with a number of the houses being sold prior to completion.

Max Reeves, development director at Helmsley Group, said: “Following the success of phase one, we are delighted to unveil Connaught Gardens, phase two of our Connaught Court development. High-specification new-build homes, especially of this size and quality, are hard to come by, and we anticipate that they will be very popular with the market.”

Tarnia Hudson, director at Hudson Moody, which is marketing the properties on behalf of Helmsley Group, said: “We are delighted to be marketing these superb properties in what will be the most prestigious development of its kind in the Fulford area of York.”

She added: “Their accessibility to the city centre and main road networks is enviable and that, coupled with the exceptionally high specification, parking and garaging provision and sizeable gardens with open aspect views, sets this exclusive development apart from the rest. We believe this development will prove to be extremely popular and look forward to the launch with great anticipation.”

Prices for a five-bedroom home at Connaught Square start at £865,000. For more information please contact Hudson Moody on 01904 650650, or email property@hudson-moody.com.

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About Helmsley Group

Helmsley Group is based at Monk’s Cross, York and has been helping clients to develop their wealth through property for 40 years. The company’s expert team provides clients and investors with a range of property investment opportunities that are always secured against land or property. https://helmsley.co.uk/

For more information please contact Beth Chaplow (beth.chaplow@aberfield.com) or Katie Wadsworth (katie.wadsworth@aberfield.com), or call 0113 880 0444.

Old Fire Station offices sold by Helmsley Group

Old Fire Station offices sold by Helmsley Group

Helmsley Group is confident the outlook for the property investment market is bright after selling part of its The Old Fire Station development in York to Standard Life Trustees Limited.

Helmsley Group has sold the ground and mezzanine floors of the office element of the mixed-use development, which are occupied by growing patent and trademark attorneys Secerna, at a guide price of £1.1m on a 999-year lease.

Jonathan Wade of Wade Property Consultants acted for Helmsley and London Ebor on the sale. Richard Dunn of Sanderson Weatherall was agent for Standard Life.

The scheme, a joint venture between Helmsley Group and fellow York-based property development business London Ebor, has raised the bar for residential standards in central York, incorporating a total of 14 apartments and townhouses, plus two self-contained grade A office suites, within the setting of the historic former fire station and adjoining riverside land.

The iconic building, which dates back to 1856 when it was built as Trinity Chapel, before its conversion to a fire station in 1938.

Max Reeves, development director at Helmsley Group, said: “With the fire brigade relocating to a new, purpose-built premises, we had the opportunity to extensively renovate the building, sensitively bringing it back to life and lifting the standard of heritage development in the city. We have been delighted with the result.

“As a York-based company, we are extremely proud of our role in supporting the city and wider region’s economies.

“This transaction also demonstrates a returning confidence in quality property investment in light of the coronavirus and we are optimistic this trend will continue.”

The sale at The Old Fire Station follows the successful launch of Helmsley Group’s Aura residential development in York last month, which saw each of the scheme’s 14 one and two-bed apartments sold within a fortnight.

Commenting on the sale, Jonathan Wade, director at Wade Property Consultants, said: “It is very pleasing to have acted for Helmsley and London Ebor on the sale of offices at The Old Fire Station, a transaction that demonstrates there is still a good market for the right property in strong locations.”

Richard Dunn, partner at Sanderson Weatherall, added: “The Old Fire Station is a good investment for our client, Standard Life, and fitted their brief perfectly. The dynamics of the York office market remain robust, with demand for this popular city outweighing the limited stock.”

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About Helmsley Group

Helmsley Group is based at Monk’s Cross, York and has been helping clients to develop their wealth through property for 40 years. The company’s expert team provides clients and investors with a range of property investment opportunities that are always secured against land or property. https://helmsley.co.uk/

For more information please contact Beth Chaplow (beth.chaplow@aberfield.com) or Katie Wadsworth (katie.wadsworth@aberfield.com), or call 0113 880 0444.

 

Helmsley Group launches affordable green development in York centre

Helmsley Group launches affordable green development in York centre

Helmsley Group, the York based property specialist, has unveiled Aura, a city centre development aimed at helping first-time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder.

The move comes as the Government this week set out plans to restart England’s housing market, which has effectively been shut since the coronavirus lockdown.

Supported by help-to-buy, the Aura development is made up of 14 one and two-bed apartments, in a sought-after location, within walking distance of York city centre.

Located on Hallfield Road, residents can benefit from the development’s close proximity to Morrisons, Greggs, Waitrose and Lidl, among others. Each apartment comes with private parking and is equipped with superfast hyperoptic broadband.

Helmsley is committed to reducing carbon emissions, so the sustainability of the development was important. The Aura development is located next to a national cycle path, so each apartment developed as part of the scheme will have secure under-cover bike storage, as well as parking spaces equipped with EV charging points.

Max Reeves, development director at Helmsley Group, said: “We are really pleased to unveil our latest development. Not only does Aura echo our ethos of sustainable construction, but as it is located next to a national cycle transport network, we hope that the development will also encourage further consideration of sustainable transportation.”

He continued: “Centrally located property is hard to come by in York, and what is available is often out of the price range of those looking to purchase their first home. With our help-to-buy supported development, we are proud to be able to give first-time buyers the opportunity to live closer to the heart of the city centre, in housing that is of the highest residential standards, without breaking the bank, as well as giving a boost to the local economy.”

Prices start from £132,000 with help-to-buy. For more information contact: https://www.your-move.co.uk/estate-agent/york.

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About Helmsley Group

Helmsley Group is based at Monk’s Cross, York and has been helping clients to develop their wealth through property for 40 years. The company’s expert team provides clients and investors with a range of property investment opportunities that are always secured against land or property. https://helmsley.co.uk/

For more information please contact Beth Chaplow (beth.chaplow@aberfield.com) or Katie Wadsworth (katie.wadsworth@aberfield.com), or call 0113 880 0444.

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