Homes formerly occupied by US military personal close to RAF Lakenheath have been in high demand following their release on to the market.
Earlier this month the Mildenhall branch of estate agents William H Brown put up for sale 37 homes on the Lords Walk estate following their disposal by the US military.
Such was demand for the new homes, which consist of a range of two, three and four bedroom properties queues of potential buyers formed 24 hours before they officially went on sale.
“From the opening day we sold 25 out of the initial batch of 37 houses put up for for sale,” said Howard King, manager of the Mildenhall branch of William H Brown.
“We even had 10 people queue in their cars over night in order to get the prime plots with the first one arriving at 2pm on the Friday afternoon before we started selling them on the Saturday.
“With this taking place those waiting started to get to talk to each other and already there is a community spirit growing there.”
As to the reason why the first batch of homes, all of which are priced between £89,950 and £154,950, initial intake has proven so popular Mr King believes that there are two definitive reasons.
“I think that the homes have sold well due to them being a winning combination of being good size houses and that are attractively priced,” said Mr King.
One pleasing aspect Mr King has reported from early sales figures is the high amount of owner-occupier buyers.
“Although some of the houses were purchased as investments the majority of the sales were to owner-occupiers which is great for the market,” said Mr King.
“There was a variety of buyers but a lot of them were first and second time buyers which is a real positive spin on the sales.”
This month’s release of homes on to the open market is the first of a monthly scheme which is hoped will run for several years.
Upon the projects completion a total of 500 houses are expected to have been sold from the estate.
“The idea is that we will drip feed 10 new properties from the area on to the market each month,” added Mr King.
“We hope to end up selling a total of 500 homes on the estate but the aim will now be to concentrate on the next 20 or so houses which will take us to the end of the year.
“At the moment we are looking no further than that.”