THEY are routinely voted the most desirable property type for all age groups, but new-build bungalows are a rare phenomenon.

Over the last decade, construction of single-storey homes has dramatically slowed, with only 300 built last year across the whole of the UK in 2018.

To address the obvious gap in the market, Bluebell Homes is offering two-bedroom, semi-detached bungalows at its stunning new River View development in Lydney, overlooking the Severn Estuary.

Designed to appeal to those who prefer the convenience of single-storey living, bungalows at River View are available from £199,995.

As well as boasting landscaped front gardens, each of the bungalow designs features an open-plan kitchen, fitted with the latest modern appliances, and a dining room and lounge to the front. Meanwhile, a utility provides dedicated space for the washing machine and dryer.

Adele McCoy, sales manager for Bluebell Homes, said: “New-build bungalows are in short supply and often are included within retirement developments or as assisted living properties. At Bluebell Homes we pride ourselves in doing things differently and the fact that we’re building bungalows at River View demonstrates this perfectly.

“People choose bungalows for all sorts of reasons, but for parents and more mature buyers, the obvious appeal is simplicity in the place of multiple floors. Given the huge demand for bungalows, Gloucestershire buyers will need to move fast to take advantage of this rare opportunity to own a new build design.”

The homes are being built as part of a sustainable new community that will feature play areas, exercise equipment and allotments, cycle hire facilities, and CCTV. Within the eastern edge of River View, dedicated allotments are also available for residents to grow their own produce.

The historical town of Lydney is known as the gateway to the Forest of Dean and is around 10 miles from Chepstow and the M4. It is well served by a choice of schools and benefits from a wide range of shops and amenities too.

For those hoping to join the new community at River View, Help to Buy equity loans are available, offering buyers the chance to secure a new home with a 5% deposit and 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is covered by an equity loan, which is interest free for five years.

Find out more about the new community taking shape on Highfield Road, with a visit to the Bluebell Homes sales centre and show home, open daily from 10am to 5.30pm.