COMBINING virtual reality with real life show homes, Anwyl Homes is changing the way it sells new homes with its latest development in Catterall, Lancashire.

Cross Fields has just launched and is the first location to feature its new high-tech sales centres with the chance to “see” the homes before they’re built.

Combined with viewing the show homes, buyers can enjoy a truly immersive experience.

One eager buyer has already reserved their new home and the homebuilder is working with others hoping to move to Cross Fields.

Area sales manager Imogen Suffell said: “We welcomed dozens of visitors during the opening weekend including existing homeowners who will be using our Move Simple scheme to sell so that they can buy here and first time buyers who are still saving for their deposits. We’ve received some fantastic positive feedback on the show homes. People loved the size of the rooms, that there was storage space and the finish of the properties.

“Cross Fields is our first development to feature game-changing technology which enables buyers to see the homes virtually before they’re built. People have been impressed at being able to take a 3D view of the homes and effectively ‘walk’ down the streets and around the development. They can even ‘step’ inside the homes and choose different specification options including flooring and the finish of the kitchen. It’s really helping to capture buyers’ imaginations and the excitement of buying a brand new home.”

Cross Fields will eventually comprise 56 private sale properties in a mix of three and four-bedroom semi-detached and detached designs.

They’re showcased by professionally styled and fully furnished examples of the three-bedroom Bretton and Appleton house types.

The first homes at Cross Fields are expected to be ready to move into early next year.

“January and February are perhaps the coldest months of the year and those who act now could find they’re able to move in time to enjoy a warmer winter in an energy efficient new home,” Imogen added.

“Switching from an older property to a brand new house could reduce energy bills by an average of £2,600 a year based on the most recent energy prices. Plus, because our homes are so energy efficient, they’re eligible for green mortgages, which often means slightly lower interest rates, cashback when you take out the mortgage, or both. We can even put buyers in touch with independent financial advisors with access to the whole mortgage market, helping to make moving easier to afford.”

Located just off the A6, homes at Cross Fields will enjoy a rural village setting with a real sense of community with the chance to live an idyllic lifestyle. Residents of the development can look forward to picturesque walks along the banks of the River Wyre and Lancaster Canal.

The local farm shop offers somewhere close to home to stock up on essentials.

Less than a mile or a 10-minute walk from Cross Fields, Beacon Retail Park is home to a Co-op Food convenience store, Italian restaurant, coffee shop, dessert bar and beauty salon.

The wider shops and services of Garstang are easily reached, including Booths and Sainsbury’s supermarkets and a weekly outdoor market; and there are pubs, restaurants and farm shops aplenty in the surrounding villages.

The name of the development was inspired by the location – the homes are being built close to Catterall’s grade II listed medieval cross.

The show homes at Cross Fields are open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5.30pm. For more information see www.anwylhomes.co.uk/crossfields.