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Project: The Square Didsbury


Land formerly occupied by the Shaare Sedak Synagogue in West Didsbury will soon welcome a new community. Hillcrest has commenced construction of eleven new ‘period style villas’ on the site, forming a private enclave off Old Lansdowne Road. The development will be known as ‘The Square’ and has been designed in conjunction with acclaimed architects Calderpeel. Two properties were reserved within days of the development being released for sale. The new homes complement the traditional charm and architectural detailing of neighbouring Victorian residences but utilise modern building technologies and renewable energy solutions to offer eco-conscious homebuyers a more environmentally friendly alternative. Hillcrest is finalising plans for air source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic panels and has included a hanging bike store and recycling facilities within the layout of each home. Ten of the properties will provide flexible accommodation over three levels offering an open plan kitchen/family room, a separate dining room or home office, a lounge retreat, first floor utility room, master bedroom with dressing room and ensuite, a guest suite and three family bedrooms. The eleventh property is an individual four bedroom detached ‘coach house’ with accommodation over two levels. The Shaare Sedek Synagogue and Community Centre closed in November last year and, prior to Hillcrest acquiring the site, planning permission had been granted for a block of 32 apartments. Research conducted into the requirements of homebuyers in the area identified a desire for good quality, energy efficient family homes. Hillcrest worked closely with Calderpeel to submit new proposals for the site that better suited the needs of the local market. Stewart Chance says, “In recent years, there has been very little good quality new development in Didsbury. Detached homes are also in short supply so the properties offered at The Square fill a wide gap in the market. “The design of the homes is also proving popular one of Didsbury’s overriding characteristics is the charm and history of its architecture. This development takes that to the next level by matching traditional styling with contemporary interiors and modern standards of energy efficiency.” According to Stewart, the development has already provoked interest from Southern based clients relocating to the North for business. He says, “Didsbury with its cosmopolitan community and bohemian lifestyle, is the closest you will get to some of the more vibrant areas of North London. Add to this the location, within walking distance of both West Didsbury and Didsbury Village, makes this a much sought after development.” Each home at The Square will feature a high standard of specification including kitchens by Siematic and bathroom schemes by Duravit and Vado. The Square offers a choice of eleven new period style villas comprising six three-storey five bedroom detached homes, four three-storey five bedroom semi-detached homes and one four bedroom detached coach house. Prices will start at £595,000. J P & Brimelow are the sole selling agents for the development, contact 0161 448 0622.

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