SO that’s it then, another summer over and done with, the kids are back at school next week and most of us won’t see another holiday until Christmas.

What a thought, no wonder September has become one of the most popular months for house hunting. After all we need something to take away those impending autumn blues.

And these days one of the most popular places for bargain hunters is Pocklington; a place to really warm the cockles.

With its close proximity to York, this former market town is now very much commuter belt and it’s not hard to see why.

For starters, property prices are cheaper than in the city and there is so much to do.

Take Burnby Hall Gardens; can there be a more pleasant place to spend an afternoon? This is home to the national collection of Hardy Water Lilies, the largest of its kind to be found in a natural setting in Europe.

Then there is Millington Wood, a site of special scientific interest and Pocklington Canal Head, which has been named one of the top ten places to see aquatic wildlife in Britain.

As for entertainment Pocklington Arts Centre punches well above its weight, while the town centre offers a good mix of shopping. There’s a pretty good school on your doorstep too.

The marketing team at Linden Homes know this only too well, which is why the company has decided to build two new developments in town, with another in the pipeline.

Wilberforce Manor is near completion but The Balk still has a number of properties to choose from, so we’ll begin with The Russet which offers incredible value for money this close to York.

Priced from £219,950 you get three bedrooms and even more amazingly this is a detached home. Downstairs the kitchen/dining room boasts French doors onto the garden, while off the hall is the lounge to the front and a handy cupboard and WC.

Upstairs all three bedrooms are a good size, the family bathroom is well equipped and the property benefits from a single parking bay.

Next up is The Everingham, another three bedroom detached property, this time priced at £257,000.

The extras here include a living room that opens onto the garden, thanks to bi folding doors, a master bedroom with en suite and even an integral single garage.

Just think, all of this for the price of a city centre flat in York.

Even the top of the range property is unbelievably reasonable.

The Allerthorpe at £336,000 is a stunning home with open plan kitchen/dining room together with a separate utility room. There is a living room and separate family room. Upstairs you will find four bedrooms with en-suite facilities to the master and a family bathroom.

Outside is a double garage.

This development also features a bungalow design which to our mind gives the impression of a community that has grown organically over a long period of time rather one that has sprung up in a few short months.

Maybe that’s why there are only three remaining examples of The Skelton.

This three bedroom bungalow priced from £275,000 has French doors from the lounge and dining room onto the garden. Bedroom one has a bay window and feature en-suite, while the open plan kitchen/diner has a glass bay. The property also comes with a single garage.

Selected homes are ready to move into now and come with carpets, flooring, window dressings, light shades and rear turf.

Sales manager Melanie Parker says this development already has a thriving community and there is still a fantastic range of designs and styles available for buyers to move into now, or for reservation from plan.

“We’ve really seen The Balk appealing to many different purchasers,” she says.

“Particularly there are first-time buyers, young professionals and families, especially with the range of two, three and four-bedroom traditionally inspired homes.”

There is just one thing though, what’s with the name?

After all, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of balk means ‘hesitate or be unwilling’.

With this level of quality at such amazing prices, The Balk at Pocklington means nothing of the sort.

The Balk, Pocklington, for more information phone 01759 401540.