‘St Michael’s View’ at Cockerham marries coast and countryside with comfort and community. As spring steps into summer, longer days and lighter evenings sparkle on the attractions of a home with space; with good road connections yet community, countryside and coast literally footsteps from your front door.
North West housebuilders Langdale Homes specialise in slipping the right homes into the right area without conflict or compromise on either side and now they are setting up firm foundations in Cockerham with “St Michael’s View”.
For Senior Sales Executive Steve Collins, the rural site on the edge of Cockerham village provided the unmissable prospect for their signature small and sympathetic development style.
“It was a case of ‘this place is too special to let someone else cram in dozens of identikit homes’,” explains Steve. “36 is the perfect number, giving every home room to breathe, although we could have got permission for over a dozen more. Taking inspiration from the beautiful surroundings, we designed and finished using aesthetically sympathetic natural materials, ensuring a fit with the rest of the village.”
Peace and Practical Living
Just 8 miles south of Lancaster in rolling countryside, Cockerham village is described as one of “Lancashire’s hidden gems”, enjoying rural quiet complimented by excellent connections and amenities, including a traditional local pub, restaurant, farm shop, local post office facilities, and thriving community parish hall events.
Just 10 minutes’ drive from the M6, you’re enveloped in peaceful countryside and farmland, with views of sunsets over the Irish Sea plus the 16th-century tower of St Michael’s church, which inspired the development’s name.
One Vision, Stylish Choices
Bungalows, detached and semi-detached two to five bedroom homes, in five different styles and sizes, creates a natural mix of first-time buyers, families and retirees, creating a friendly, community atmosphere ready to welcome new neighbours.
Leading the project from planning to completion, Steve relishes conducting viewings of this new development. “It’s clear local people really appreciate Cockerham’s special balance of rural and in-range, a key reason we committed to giving it homes to be proud of. In Phase One people moved in from Lancaster and Preston, while one couple were tempted all the way down from Northumberland!
“Almost every viewing starts with a similar comment: ‘it feels so much more spacious than anywhere else we’ve looked!’, which proves our ethos right: respect the place, build in space.”
It’s clear from the approach: with wide driveways, off-road parking and front lawns, the houses sit comfortably and enjoy generous rear gardens. Wave goodbye to squeezing sideways, scraping or straining to get bikes, bins, lawnmowers and garden furniture in and out!
The motif continues inside each front door, too. “Shockingly, UK new-builds have shrunk in size by nearly 20% over the last 40 years,” reveals Steve. “We’ve consciously pushed back against that trend and sought to combine the best of both worlds: starting from a generous footprint, then employing modern smart building techniques and technology to create comfortable, efficient homes that work for you.”
It works: the houses feel comfortably light and airy, including the joy of stepping into a practical hall, rather than rudely straight into a living room. There’s downstairs cloakrooms, storage, and space, and more upstairs. “It’s the second comment,” confirms Steve, “Well, maybe the third, after ‘Look at that view!’. Then it’s ‘Oh my goodness, there’s no cupboard calling itself a bedroom!’. Whether it’s 2, 3, 4 or 5 bedrooms, that’s exactly what you get- all bedrooms, no boxrooms!”
Space to Move, Ready for Moving In
Constructed by experienced craftsmen, and starting from £229,995, all homes at St Michael’s View enjoy a high energy efficient rating and cost less to run than older, less efficient houses, no little consideration these days. Finished with your pick of carpets and vinyl flooring, there’s a choice of kitchen and bathroom styles, with upgrades available down to the last door-handle, so your home feels individual from the start.
“You could literally walk through the door immediately after getting the keys, and cook a meal or run a bath straightaway,” says Steve, “Although I’d recommend simply heading out to the garden with a glass of wine, and drinking it all in!”