On brink of exciting times at Sunderland.
Recent achievements such as the Stadium of Light, Mowbray Park, Bridges Shopping Centre and Winter Gardens have attracted many developers into the city, meaning plenty of choice for buyers.
With more entertainment and cultural ventures planned for the vibrant riverside development area and excellent transport links with the new Metro, there's no doubt Sunderland and its surrounding areas are on the up.
JUST a short walk from Mowbray Park and less than a mile from the city centre, three luxurious two-bedroomed apartments are available for sale in a converted Victorian building.
Mowbray Close at Langham View, converted by Woodside Homes, is a fine example of Victorian architecture and beautiful modern interiors featuring clean lines with exceptional finishes.
The hi-tech interiors have closed-circuit television, security door entry systems and stylish bathrooms while the modern kitchens have an extensive range of units and worktops.
All three apartments have split-level layouts which are both interesting and practical.
Outside the setting is as tranquil as it is picturesque. The front windows offer plentiful sunlight and look out on to a leafy lane.
Despite outdoor space being at a premium in city centres, the apartments at Langham View have single automated garages and a communal barbecue area. Prices range from pounds 157,000 to pounds 195,000. Tel: (07950) 141989.
FOR coastal living it would be hard to beat Bay Court, George Wimpey North's luxury seafront apartments in Whitburn, three miles north of Sunderland.
The former Bay Hotel has an enviable coastal position and George Wimpey spotted the potential for building stunning apartments on the site.
And with easy access to Sunderland and excellent road and Metro links to the rest of the region, Bay Court gives the best of both worlds. It features 32 one- and two-bed apartments.
Many have panoramic views out to sea. Tel: (0845) 676-0109.
SOON to be launched by Bowey Homes is a development of luxury two-bed apartments at The Cedars in Ashbrooke.
Four styles will be unveiled at the development. Standard features include quality kitchens with fully-fitted ovens, hobs, fridges and dishwashers from top manufacturers.
Functional and stylish white ladder radiators feature in bathroom and en-suites and there are fitted wardrobes in the master bedroom.
Ashbrooke was developed in the mid to late 19th Century and rapidly became established as a fashionable Victorian suburb. Tel: (0191) 245-9020.
Also at Ashbrooke, only four properties remain for sale at The Cloisters, built by Barratt.
The exterior of the 55 two-bedroom apartments reflects the grand scale and architectural detail of surrounding older Victorian properties, while
the interiors are designed to meet today's modern standards.
The specification includes energy-efficient central heating, mains-operated smoke alarms and entry phone systems.
The apartments come with underground or above-ground private parking.
The last remaining properties are ready to move into priced from pounds 177,500. Tel: (0191) 565-6157.