An example of the three-storey Palmerston, similar to new homes now on sale at The Dunes, Freshfields, Formby

THINGS are looking up for Freshfields, Formby homebuyers – literally.

By building up rather than out, Elan Homes is offering a sustainable solution to family life in one of Merseyside’s most desirable neighbourhoods

Homes set at over three floors, like the three-bedroom Palmerston at The Dunes, make good use of the land available, meaning their competitively priced compared with similar-sized two-storey properties. They’re also more energy efficient than their older equivalents, making them kinder to the environment and potentially cheaper to run.

With homes priced under £500,000 currently Stamp Duty-free and Help to Buy equity loans available exclusively to new build homes, now could be the time to buy.

Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North, said: “Three-storey homes quite literally add another dimension to your living arrangements with the bonus of an extra floor. It’s a concept buyers can perhaps be unsure of, but we have lots of resources to help them appreciate the layout and just how spacious the Palmerston really is. The Elan website includes floor plans, video footage and a virtual 3600, plus we have a finished example of the Palmerston available to view by appointment at The Dunes. Visiting really is a must for anyone looking for a new home in the Formby area.,”

Priced from £364,995, the Palmerston offers 1,379 sq ft of carefully considered living space, set out over three floors.

At ground level, there’s a lounge to the front, with spacious open plan kitchen, dining and family room at the rear, offering direct access out onto the garden via bi-fold doors. There’s also a convenient cloakroom.

Two bedrooms and the family bathroom are on the first floor.

The piece de resistance of the property is the main bedroom and en-suite, which encompass the entire top floor.

Selected homes at The Dunes, including the three-bedroom Palmerston, are available with carpets and vinyl flooring, upgraded kitchen, plus a £5,000 deposit contribution and £1,000 towards legal fees.

All of the properties are within the threshold for Help to Buy. The Government-backed scheme offers buyers the chance to take out an equity loan for up to 20% of the price, interest free for five years. It’s currently open to first time buyers and those who have sold an existing property subject to contract. From next April it will be restricted to first time buyers, with regional price caps.

“There’s perhaps never been a better time to buy a brand new home. The combination of the Stamp Duty holiday, our offer to contribute towards the deposit and legal fees, plus Help to Buy could save buyers around £10,000,” Marie added.

“This is potentially life-changing as otherwise they may be left living in a home that no longer suits their needs.”

Situated on Lenton Avenue, homes at The Dunes enjoy a sought-after location within walking distance of the beach and famous red squirrel reserve.

The neighbourhood is also home to upmarket supermarket Waitrose and an M&S Simply Food.

The sales office and show homes at The Dunes are open by appointment only, with social distancing measures in place. For more information or to make an appointment, call 01704779364 or see www.elan-homes/co.uk/the-dunes.