With average house rental prices hitting an all-time high in July this year, many tenants are keen to make a move into homeownership. The biggest regional rise was in south-east England, where rents were up 15%, reaching an average of £924 per month - a trend which The Guardian says is driven by people moving out of London to escape the capital's hefty rents.
Aspiring homeowners in the South East – or those looking to upsize or downsize – do have some exciting new developments to choose from across the region.
Our latest round-up of brand new homes includes apartments, starter homes and larger family houses in Hampshire, Kent, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Essex and West Sussex.
Centenary Quay in Woolston, Southampton, Hampshire (Crest Nicholson)
Set on the banks of the River Itchen just a short distance from the centre of the lively port city of Southampton, this development forms a key part of the riverside's rejuvenation. The regeneration project includes the creation of gardens, courtyards and public squares alongside the river, with links to Woolston High Street and its good variety of shops.
The latest phase is made up of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom houses. As the city's reputation as an important UK rental hotspot grows, Crest Nicholson says the properties have already been drawing a significant amount of interest from local investors.
Prices: From £216,000
Find out more at www.crestnicholson.com ; 02380 441746
Arborfield Green in Wokingham, Berkshire (Crest Nicholson)
Combining town and country living, Arborfield Green is situated in the laid-back Berkshire countryside yet on the outskirts of the town of Wokingham. The development offers a new collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses within easy striking distance of Reading and London.
The M4 motorway is only four miles away, providing direct links into London and Bristol, and Wokingham railway station is less than four miles away, from which you can hop onto trains into London Paddington via Reading in just 49 minutes.
For leisure time, California Country Park is located nearby, home to a hundred acres of scenic walks and opportunities for wildlife watching and fishing, amongst other activities.
Prices: From £236,000
Find out more at www.crestnicholson.com ; 0118 402 4768
Heyford Park in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire (Dorchester Living)
Just a few new homes remain available on The Square and within The Village Green Collection at Heyford Park, a development that has proved popular with buyers from across Oxfordshire and the South Cotswolds. The developer’s aim is to create an exciting new hub for enterprise, leisure and living, and this dynamic mix has attracted many buyers.
The Square is a collection of two- and three-bedroom homes in a variety of styles, all with good specifications and set in areas of green, open space with mature trees – although only three -bedroom homes now remain available. The Village Green Collection offers spacious, executive-style four-bedroom family homes starting from £454,995, laid out around a new village green at the heart of Heyford Park, which provides a Sports England-standard cricket pitch and pavilion, plus a play area.
Jeanne Evett, sales and marketing director at Dorchester Living, says: “Heyford Park has a very distinctive character and is a place where people really want to work, live and play. We are not surprised that people from across the county have been attracted to buying a new home here. It has the best of both worlds, the feeling of living in a close knit village community but with the range of amenities you would expect from a town.”
Prices: From £297,995
Find out more at www.heyfordpark.com ; 01869 238238
Cissbury Chase in Worthing, West Sussex (Barratt Homes)
Three- and four-bedroom family homes are available at this development in the seaside town of Worthing on the Sussex coast.
The collection of homes at Cissbury Chase combine high-quality, 21st-century architecture with contemporary build quality and innovative design, creating homes with bright and spacious living areas, generous outdoor spaces, and carefully-designed layouts.
The location offers direct access to Durrington-on-Sea Station, and has a great range of leisure facilities and shops nearby. Offering an idyllic blend of countryside, coastline and easy access to central destinations, Worthing is a popular place in which to settle down.
Prices: From £314,995
Find out more about Cissbury Chase from Barratt Homes
Beach Walk in Winchelsea, Essex (Fyfe Mcdade)
Four New England-style three-bedroom beach houses are now available on sought-after Winchelsea Beach, just two hours' drive from London, at this boutique development. Arranged over three floors, the houses incorporate wooden cladding, a picket fence to the rear, and a front porch – all design elements that are strongly associated with beach side properties. Two of the three bedrooms are en suite, and there is a separate study and a downstairs cloakroom.
Winchelsea forms part of a nature reserve and is in an area that is popular with water sports enthusiasts, as well as those keen to escape London yet remain within easy striking distance of the city. The town's train station offers convenient services to Brighton, Hastings and Ashford International, while the planned fast train from nearby Rye to London should enable commuters to reach the city in an hour within the next few years.
Find out more at www.fyfemcdade.com
Three Fields in Tenterden, Kent (Taylor Wimpey)
Due for launch in early 2017, Three Fields will be situated on the fringes of the market town of Tenterden in Kent, offering an exciting range of brand new one-, two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes to suit a broad range of lifestyles. Including semi-detached and detached properties, the development looks set to appeal to young couples, downsizers and growing families.
Tenterden itself offers an excellent range of amenities, including a primary school for buyers with young children, a leisure centre, shops, pubs and tea rooms. The market square hosts a regular market, and the town even has its own steam railway with a regular service to and from Bodium Castle. Ashford is only about 12 miles away, with its many shops, schools, restaurants and leisure facilities - while Ashford International railway station offers regular high-speed links to London, Paris and Brussels.
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk or call 01580 230556