As the decorations are packed away for another 12 months and a new year starts, for many 2013 will herald the beginning of a new chapter in their lives as they decide to move into a new home.

Many will eagerly await the New Year with heightened anticipation hoping it will steady following the tumultuous year 2012 had to offer which included continued uncertainty with the economy and arguably the wettest year on record resulting in flooding for many areas.

So those thinking about a move in 2013, particularly in Bristol’s vibrant city centre, are being advised to consider Crest Nicholson’s Harbourside development.

That’s because it possesses a number of endearing features that has made it Bristol’s premier waterside development. Its location and the variety of styles on offer all add to its premier status and those looking to move will be hard pushed to find anything better in the city.

The latest phase, which is called Invicta, is typical of the modern yet practical design of properties that has made this part of Bristol one of the most sought after addresses.

Marking the completion of the famous Brunel Mile Invicta will comprise 170 one, two and three-bedroom apartments plus a number of one-bedroom studios and its rich mix of property styles and sizes has already attracted a lot of interest from house-hunters keen to live next to Bristol’s historic floating harbour.

The name for the new phase draws inspiration from Bristol’s link to the city of Porto in Portugal which was also known as Cidade Invicta, or The Unvanquished City.

On top of all this there are also other benefits that the Crest sales team are keen to highlight, benefits that sometimes get pushed down the priority order when people are looking for their dream home.

In particular the benefits that buying a new property can bring, does, as far as Crest Nicholson is concerned, far outweigh those of an older property.

And with the centre of Bristol dominated by primarily older properties one of the main decisions to make for those looking to move is whether to go with an older property or one that is new.

The dilemma to either go for new or buy second hand is something Crest Nicholson sales and marketing director Susan Young encounters on a daily basis. And although the second hand market does have its attractions to some prospective purchasers, the advantages of buying new does, according to Susan, outweigh the attractions of older properties.

Susan said: “Buying new is the more beneficial option as there are more advantages; there are fewer risks which brings peace of mind.

“The first thing to note is that new properties are more energy efficient with modern heating systems and higher levels of insulation. Stricter regulations in recent years mean that homes now have to meet high standards of efficiency, making the running of the home a lot cheaper.”

This is reflected in the fact that some properties at Harbourside could save a huge £275 every year through condensing boilers and full set of heating controls. The double glazing used on all Harbourside apartments will also save home-owners £140 each year.

Susan added: “To live here in a brand new property will no doubt attract those who want to be part of Bristol’s rich and varied history and we can’t wait to show people the plans.”

The new marketing suite is open everyday from 10am to 5pm. Prices at Invicta start from £165,000.

For further information please visit or call 0117 908 8888.