Looking for your perfect new build home in Gloucestershire? We can help. Verified residents on HomeViews have shared their experience of living in developments across the county, rating everything from the location to the community spirit. Using these hard-won insights, HomeViews can reveal the best new builds around. Read on to see who made the Top 5.
Where is Gloucestershire?So, where is Gloucestershire? A county in South West England, it forms part of the Cotswold Hills and the Severn Vale and the entire Forest of Dean. From north to west, the bordering counties are Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Bristol and Somerset, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire.
Gloucester is the county town, with other primary settlements including Cheltenham, Stroud, Tewkesbury, Cirencester, Dursley, Cinderford, and Lydney.
Living in GloucestershireKnown for its spotted pigs, wild boar, and a rare cattle breed producing the county’s famous cheese, Gloucestershire’s idyllic rural status was cemented by Laurie Lee’s Cider With Rosie. Cider is also very much part of the Witcombe Festival – an annual three-day celebration of music in Brockworth.
With the Cotswolds AONB spreading across the east and south of the county, the Forest of Dean in the west, and the Severn Vale running between, the county’s landscape is one of its greatest attractions. In particular, The Daffodil Way in the Leadon Valley is the place to visit to enjoy springtime blooms, orchards and woodland. Meanwhile, the cathedral city of Gloucester delivers 250-acres of county park alongside historic pubs and architecture that contrast against fantastic modern amenities.
At the same time, a charming Regency atmosphere forms the backdrop to an array of cultural events in the nearby spa town of Cheltenham. These include the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Cheltenham Cricket Festival, and the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival.
According to UK savings marketplace Raisin, both Gloucester and Tewkesbury are two of the strongest performing economies. The region is also home to well-performing selective schools and twelve independents. Plus, you’ll find a range of higher education opportunities throughout Gloucestershire, from agricultural and sports studies to adult and mental health nursing.
Transport in GloucestershireThe M5 follows the western edge of the Cotswolds AONB, connecting southern settlements with Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury. Follow the motorway south to reach Bristol or continue to Exeter. The A40 also provides a direct route from Cheltenham to Oxford, with several other A-roads linking the major towns together.
Trains from Gloucester run to Bristol Temple Meads in 50–60 minutes or to London Paddington in under two hours. You’ll reach Oxford in 90–120 minutes from Cheltenham station or Worcester Foregate Street in 35 minutes to an hour.
Gloucestershire property pricesSo, how much will a place in Gloucestershire set you back? According to Zoopla, the average house price in the county was £353,175 in November 2022. This is significantly higher than the current national average. Flats in Gloucestershire sold for around £188,093 while terraced houses went for £286,150. Semi-detached homes achieved £327,022, with detached properties selling for £540,436 on average.
At an average of around £1,500pcm, tenants also pay more in this county than the UK average rent. At the time of publication, UK homes were going for £1,143 per month on average, according to mashroom.com. The average for the South West of England is even lower at £1,073pcm.
New build homes in Gloucestershire: Top 5 developmentsStill hankering after a new home in Gloucestershire? Start your list of dream properties with the help of our Top 5, curated from real-life reviews left by those who have already moved in.
Earls Park is a development of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes within walking distance of the centre of Gloucester and the waterside setting of Gloucester Quays and docks. Gloucester is located close to the M5 motorway and Gloucester railway station runs frequent services to London, Bristol and Cardiff. Read reviews and details of Earls Park, GL1
The Waterfront apartments in Gloucester is a collection of two-bedroom apartments. Reviewed into fourth place by our residents, Gloucester Quays has great commuter links and lies within walking distance of a shopping centre, which features an array of stores, cafés and restaurants. Residents also say the nearby river and canal are lovely places to walk.
One reviewer said: ‘The property’s design is very good; the rooms are a generous size and are very light and airy. We hear little noise from anybody else within our block of flats. The shared areas are kept in good condition, and the same can also be said for the outside space.’
Read reviews and details of The Waterfront at Gloucester Quays by Crest Nicholson, GL2
In fifth place, Greenacre offers a choice of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes located in the village of Bishops Cleeve on the edge of Cheltenham. The village offers excellent amenities, including a post office, chemist and two pubs. Residents like having two parks on the estate, plus lots of walks on their doorstep.
Read reviews and details of Greenacre, GL52
So, do any of our new homes in Gloucestershire strike your fancy? Learn more about each development by reading our dedicated area guide below.
Gloucestershire is a historic and beautiful county in the West Midlands, England. With its rolling countryside and picturesque villages, it has long been known for its high quality of life. It’s not just great to live in; it also provides excellent opportunities for business Read more about Gloucestershire
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