We built 30 new homes on the sites of a former older people's housing scheme at Irving Close in Staple Hill and the former garages in nearby James Road. The homes are a mixture of one and two bedroom flats, two and three bedroom houses plus a number of one bedroom bungalows.
Location: Staple Hill
Number of new properties: 30
Start on site: May 2016
Completed: September 2017
New shared ownership homes in Bristol were snapped up within a matter of hours after becoming available last week.
Local housing association Merlin successfully sold its six shared ownership homes at its Irving Close development in Staple Hill within a day. And in fact Merlin revealed it had four times as many applications for the new homes than there were properties available.
Sales & Home Ownership Officer Samantha Dore said: “Shared ownership is becoming increasingly popular with first time buyers who are finding that they have been priced out of being able to buy a home outright. Buying a share in a home offers people an opportunity to buy their home at an affordable price.
“We’ve seen similar high demand for our other shared ownership homes and expect this to continue in the future as average house prices are ten times average salaries locally.
We are building a total of 25 homes at Irving Close; the other homes are all rental properties and have already been advertised through South Gloucestershire Council's HomeChoice system. Although still being built the homes will be ready for people to move into in early autumn.