WITH THE nights drawing in, our homes are colder and darker than ever.

But if you want to make them ost of the natural light while it's around, look for something light and airy.

First up, Stephensons has a modern detached house in Escrick Court, Escrick.

Built by Noel Hare to an award winning design by Tom Adams, this property has been significantly improved over the years and features an L-shaped lounge/dining room, a double-glazed conservatory, a re-fitted breakfast kitchen and three double bedrooms.

There is a fully-tiled bathroom with a five piece suite and a utility.

Outside, there is an attached double garage and gardens to three sides, with a mass of flowering bulbs.

It is on the market for £330,000.

Next, Ashtons has a four-bedroom detached in Cat Lane, Bilbrough, priced at £450,000.

This property was built in local limestone and has lots of natural light from the huge windows.

The reception hallway has a floor-to-ceiling window which overlooks a south facing garden.

There are patio doors which lead out onto the garden, an 18 ft lounge area with a feature open fire and stone surround from the Tadcaster quarry and a dining room with an archway.

In the fitted kitchen, you will find a range of base and wall units, an integral electric hob, fitted microwave, oven and a fridge/freezer.

The master bedroom has a fitted wardrobe and bedroom four is currently used as a study.

The home is set within its own extensive grounds and has potential for further development and extension, subject to planning permission.

There is an integral garage, an extensive front garden and a patio and lawn to the rear.

With its large windows, 3 Ings Flats, Main Street, Fulford, benefits from good natural lighting.

This second floor apartment has been completely refurbished to include the kitchen, bathroom, carpets and redecoration.

It has 725 sq ft of living space and benefits from off-street parking, gas central heating and extensive double glazing.

There are two bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen/diner and a house bathroom.

On the communal landing there is a utility cupboard with plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer.

It is priced at £160,000. Contact Hunters.

Next, Hudson Moody is offering 8 Grosvenor Park, York, for £380,000.

This semi-detached house is part of the prestigious Grosvenor Park development which was completed by Crosby Homes in 2002.

The former show house carries the balance of the ten yearNHBC warranty and has double glazing and gas-fired central heating.

Tastefully decorated, the property features solid wood flooring tomany of the rooms and well-appointed quality fittings to the kitchen and bathrooms.

The living room has lots of natural light, while the dining kitchen has French doors which open onto the garden.

There are four bedrooms, with one currently used as a study and one as a dining room.

Gardens lie to both the front and rear and there is a communal courtyard, garage and a parking space.

Meanwhile, Naish has a lovely fourbedroom detached home in Springfield Rise, Great Ouseburn.

Priced at £379,950, this property has been refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, with a recently installed kitchen and bathroom.

The neutral internal decoration gives the home a light and airy feel and the gardens have been landscaped to create a Mediterranean courtyard, sun patio and a lawn with trees and shrubs.

Next, Your Move Anscombs has a three storey town house in Bishopfields Drive, St Peter's Quarter.

With five bedrooms and four bathrooms, this property is beautifully presented and offers plenty of entertaining space.

Arranged around a central garden with a circular water feature and fountain, the house boasts a 29 ft open plan lounge/dining area with feature windows and a stylish balcony, a well-equipped fitted kitchen/breakfast room and a family room with double glazed French doors.

It is priced at £399,950.