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Life is great at the heart of a great city.

With a new Metro link and a host of attractions including theatres, the museum and Winter Gardens, the national glass centre and the Bridges shopping centre, Sunderland is on the up.

It is the largest city between Edinburgh and Leeds, with a population of just under 300,000, and with its close links to the A19 and A1(M), it is becoming a popular choice for homebuyers moving to the North-East.

Coastal areas such as Seaburn and Roker provide an excellent quality of life while suburbs such as Ashbrooke, Grindon and Tunstall are proving popular with homebuyers.

The suburb of Ashbrooke, for instance, would have been more familiar to students than to executives just two decades ago.

The conservation area first reached the heights of popularity in the late 19th Century but is once again becoming one of the city's most fashionable places to live as more and more people rediscover its Victorian architecture.

HOMEBUYERS looking for something special in the Sunderland area this year will appreciate the views from Bellway's Leicester apartments at The Broadway in Grindon.

The two-bedroom self-contained Leicester apartments have stunning views which more than match the very modest cost of these high quality, high specification homes.

Prices start from pounds 97,000. Each apartment has two bedrooms, which share the family bathroom. There is a spacious lounge with a dining room and a separate kitchen features high specification fittings.

Designed to suit those who enjoy a modern lifestyle in a contemporary property, there is no garden or external maintenance to consider and each internal space is well designed for ease and comfort.

Only minutes from Sunderland City Centre, the main feature of the Leicester apartments must be the wonderful views of the surrounding green spaces, full of mature trees and public footpaths through the adjacent parkland. Tel (0191) 522-5622.

McCarthy & Stone

RETIRED teacher George Brown loves his brand new one-bedroom "bachelor pad" at McCarthy & Stone's Sanford Court retirement development in Ashbrooke, Sunderland.

The lifestyle at Sanford Court gives him the perfect combination of independence, security and companionship.

Mr Brown, who was previously living in a flat in Moorside, moved to Sanford Court because he wanted to be nearer the centre of town. He also wanted a property which was secure and easy to look after.

He said: "The location of Sanford Court is ideal for me. I am within walking distance of both the churches with which I am involved, and I am near the Metro."

The flat is perfect in terms of size, he says.

There is an entrance hall, bathroom, fitted kitchen, living room/dining area and bedroom.

He said: "As I am on my own I don't need any more and it means I have more freedom to go off and do my own thing because I don't need to worry about maintenance. I am independent but I do appreciate the security at Sanford Court. It's reassuring to know that there are security features in place here, such as the CCTV at the main entrance and the intruder alarms in the flats.

"It is also good to know that there is always someone around, whether it is the resident house manager or the other flat-owners. I enjoy going down into the communal lounge for coffee and a chat."

Other facilities at Sanford Court include a lift to all floors, a laundry room, a 24-hour Careline system and a landscaped garden. Prices at Sanford Court start from pounds 104,950, tel (0191) 511-0973

Yuill Homes

YUILL Homes's Broadway development in Sunderland sparks huge interest every time homes are released.

Much of the same treatment is expected when apartments and town houses go on sale there soon.

Overnight queues formed when the first release of homes went on sale early last year and people have been flocking to the development ever since.

The development is made up of 101 homes featuring a diverse range of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, detached apartments and townhouses. Yuill Homes is now hoping that when the 24 two-bedroom apartments and townhouses go on sale, there will be a similar response.

It isn't hard to see why Broadway is proving so popular because it offers househunters all the benefits of city living. Located just off the A183 in Sunderland, it's only a 10-minute drive from the city centre, with its host of leisure and entertainment facilities and there is easy access to major transport links. All the homes offer flexible space that can be easily moulded to suit the hectic pace of the modern day lifestyle.

Kim Anderson is Yuill Homes's sales development manager for the soon-to-be-released apartments and townhouses. She will be based in the sales office on the development.

Marketing communications manager Lindsay Greenhalgh said: "All of the homes on Broadway have proved popular, with overwhelming interest right from the beginning and people queuing to secure their dream home. As soon as we have released homes they have sold and we are expecting the apartments and townhouses to be just as popular." Tel (0191) 522-8884.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2004
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