The South East remains one of the most popular areas in England for new home construction. New developments are springing up all the time. If you’re looking for a fresh start in a new home, then there’s no better place to be than in the South East. To get you started, let’s take a look at some of the best new homes in South East England.
The region’s rolling hills, picturesque villages and market towns never lose their appeal. Meanwhile, excellent commuter links from most areas into London make it a popular choice for commuters.
If you’re looking for a new home in this part of England, there are plenty of options to choose from.
New homes in South East England: 10 highest-rated developments on HomeViewsFor those looking to get on the property ladder, or for those who just want a great place to live, here are 10 of the most popular new build developments in South East England.
*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.
Flying into our top 10 rankings for the first time, and straight to top spot in the latest update, is The Almere. This rental development by Native is located in the heart of Milton Keynes and offers a choice of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The development is pet-friendly and Milton Keynes’ mainline station is just a 12-minute walk away, making it an ideal choice for commuters.
Read reviews and details of The Almere, MK9
In second place for the South East is Howard Court. The development offers a variety of studio to two-bedroom apartments to rent. Located in High Wycombe, the development also consists of a landscaped courtyard, a concierge and a pet friendly policy. The development is well connected with High Wycombe station within walking distance, which will take commuters into central London in only 26 minutes.
Read reviews and details of Howard Court, HP11
Taking third place is The Kell, located in Gillingham, Kent. The Kell is a Build to Rent development managed by Way of Life, offering 192 new apartments with a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments. It’s a pet-friendly development and residents have access to an onsite team with 24/7 CCTV security. Reviewers say that they love the views over the Chatham Docks.
Read reviews and details of The Kell, ME4
Located in the centre of Bracknell, Royal Winchester House is a collection of one and two-bedroom apartments. The development is surrounded by beautiful green spaces, perfect for a morning jog or evening stroll. There are also plenty of on-site amenities, including secure car parking and a 24-hour concierge.
Read reviews and details of Royal Winchester House, RG12
Taking fifth place in the South East is Berkshire House by Essential Living. The development provides 68 residential units, with a range of studios as well as one and two-bedroom apartments. Additionally, Berkshire House has a central location on Maidenhead High Street. As such it is close to Maidenhead station and just a short drive from the historical town of Windsor, which hugs the River Thames.
Read reviews and details of Berkshire House, SL6
Sixth-placed Elmwood Gate is a collection of one and two-bedroom apartments in Maidenhead. Just a 16-minute walk to Maidenhead train station with direct services to London Paddington in 19 minute and a few minutes’ walk from the River Thames.
Read reviews and details of Elmwood Gate, SL6
In seventh is Hinxhill Park by Bellway Homes. The development sits in Willesborough, just 10 minutes’ drive from Ashford and its many amenities. Consisting of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, residents benefit from a variety of transport links ideal for those commuting to Ashford, Folkestone and London.
Read reviews and details of Hinxhill Park, TN24
Sliding into eighth place is Oxford’s newest neighbourhood, The Mosaics by Hill Group. The development is situated on the very edge of Oxford’s picturesque countryside, nestled amongst open green spaces and stunning views across the Bayswater Brook.
Read reviews and details of Mosaics, OX3
L&Q’s Saxon Reach scoops up ninth place. The development is situated in the suburbs of Milton Keynes, an 11-minute drive to the city centre. The development offers two and three-bed Shared Ownership homes. Also, it provides a collection of one to five-bedroom homes. Homes are available to buy through part-exchange and Help to Buy. Residents also benefit from a range of local facilities in Milton Keynes and Wavendon.
Read reviews and details of Saxon Reach, MK17
Rounding off our top in the South East is Kent’s St. Andrews Park. The development is situated in the village of Halling in the North Downs in the northern part of Kent. The site is located next to a large azure blue lake and set against the backdrop of chalk cliffs, looking down to the River Medway and across the Medway valley. Furthermore, there is a church, a Post Office, a convenience store and a youth centre nearby.
Read reviews and details of St. Andrews Park, ME2
House prices in South East EnglandAt the time of writing (February 2023), The average house price in the region stands at £461,000. This is according to the latest figures from the UK property website Zoopla.
Because of its popularity, the South East continues to outperform its neighbours. Homes here cost more than the East of England (£400,000), South West (£356,000) and West Midlands (£269,000). However, they are still cheaper than London (£751,000).
Within the South East there’s also a lot of price variance. Areas like Surrey (£658,000) cost more than twice as much as more rural areas like the Isle Of Wight (£309,000). The region’s proximity to London makes it an ideal choice for commuters. While this drives prices up, there are still affordable options within reach of the capital. Average prices in Kent, for example, stand at £400,000.
What counts as South East England?
Officially, South East England is made up of the ceremonial counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire and Surrey. It has a population of just over 14 million and covers an area of around 30,000 square kilometres. However, many people also include parts of neighbouring counties in their definition of South East England, such as parts of Berkshire and North Hampshire, the Medway Towns in Kent, and the Crawley area in West Sussex.
Overview of South East England
The South East offers some fantastic areas to live, with great schools, low crime rates and plenty of local amenities. It’s also a haven for nature-based beauty from the coast to the national parks of The Weald.
Counties around London provide easy access to the nation’s cultural and commercial heart. Kent, one of the prettiest counties in the country, offers rolling fields, charming coastal towns and the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. Then the southern reaches of the region offer their own cultural and scenic treasures, not to mention dynamic cities like Brighton and Southampton.
Why live in South East England?
There are many reasons why people choose to live in South East England. Some of the key reasons include the following:
The region has a wealth of history and culture, offering plenty of attractions and activities for residents to enjoy. From ancient castles and Roman ruins to lively cities and charming villages, there is something for everyone in South East England.
The region is also home to some of the UK’s most famous landmarks, including Windsor Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Brighton Pier. Plus, there are plenty of beautiful countryside areas to explore, such as the North Downs and the South Downs.
South East England is well-connected, with excellent transport links to other parts of the country. The region’s airports offer flights to destinations all over the world, and there are also plenty of trains and buses linking South East England with the rest of the UK.
We hope our top 10 list of new homes in South East England provides a better sense of the region. Don’t forget to check back for updates to this list, as new reviews are being added all the time. Check out our specific area guides if any of the listings catch your eye.
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