HOUSEHUNTERS have snapped up almost all the first homes available for sale at the athletes' village for this year's Commonwealth Games.

People who had registered an interest in the homes were given a chance to reserve one of the properties on Friday and in just a few hours, 80% of the 145 houses available in the first phase were taken.

Developer City Legacy said staff were overwhelmed by demand for the houses and flats in the east end of Glasgow.

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A total of 300 homes will be available to buy with a further 400 being rented out by housing associations.

Joanne Casey, sales and marketing director of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, which makes up part of the City Legacy consortium, said: "It has been years since the housing market has seen such an enormous level of interest in the launch of a new development. This is much more than a typical housing development. The village is a new destination in the east end of Glasgow.

"These affordable houses offer something quite unique - family living, set amongst green space, some homes with River Clyde views and yet only three miles from the city centre."

House prices range from approximately £75,000 for a one-bedroom apartment up to £200,000 for a four-bedroom detached house.