The appetite for self-build homes continues to grow as the firm reports that certain regions are experiencing particularly high levels of demand from buyers looking for plots large enough for a single dwelling.
The firm's Elgin office has reported strong sales throughout the last year and has a number of plots still available across Moray. Rod Christie, head of residential sales for Moray, said:
Self builds give buyers the opportunity to create their ideal house in their choice of location. They are also popular as they allow buyers to benefit from modern building techniques and technology ensuring their new home is as energy efficient and cheap to run as possible.
The most popular sites are located on the edge of villages or in accessible rural settings and ideally, they will be generous in size, being perhaps half an acre or greater.
To most buyers, having stunning views are paramount with an outlook over water or a range of hills being most desirable. Having services available on site or at least very close is beneficial in achieving the best prices possible.
CKD Galbraith's Elgin office is currently marketing Plot 1 Sylvan Heath a generously sized plot located in the picturesque and highly desirable village of Findhorn. The site has full planning consent for a superb architect designed house and is currently for sale at a guide price of 140,000.
Some particularly desirable areas of the country have seen plot prices steadily increase in response to the growing appetite and demand for good land in good locations. For example, the firm's Aberdeen office is currently marketing two plots in Inchyra, on a highly desirable street in Aberdeen only a short distance from the city centre to the west, the exclusivity of such plots comes included in the price. The plots on Murtle Den Road are now on the market for offers over 875,000 per plot.
Other regions experiencing a growing demand for suitable blocks of land are the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway. David Corrie, head of residential sales at CKD Galbraith's Castle Douglas office, said:
Interestingly, woodland and coastal plots are always in good demand. Those interested in building something with a view or set in a secluded location are seeking out hidden gems. They can be rarer to the market and can often have competing interest.
We have seen an improving market for residential plots and development opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway over the last year or so with location and outlooks being of prime importance. Buyers should look for plots that are ideally already fully serviced or else the cost of servicing the plot should be taken into consideration.
CKD Galbraith's Castle Douglas office is currently marketing a Plot at Burnside Lane. A residential plot with full planning permission in the peaceful coastal village of Garlieston. For sale at a guide price of 50,000.
Due in part to the popularity of T.V shows such as Grand Designs and The Restoration Man, development opportunities are in similarly high demand across Scotland. Offering buyers a slightly less intimidating option than building a house from scratch, houses in need of upgrade and repair often offer buyers the chance to own a period property with some truly unique features.
CKD Galbraith's Kelso office is currently selling Littledeanlees, a pair of traditional semi-detached cottages, both of which would now benefit from some upgrading and repair, which could be combined to create a tremendous detached rural home with grazing and outbuilding. Littledeanlees is on the market for offers over 300,000.