The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that average house prices in the South East and London rose sharply in 2015, only outstripped by the East of England.
The ONS statistics show the average house price in London and the South East grew by 9.4% and 8.8% respectively, beaten only by the 9.7% rise for the East of England. Paul Smith, chief executive of haart estate agents, said: “[The] data displays another considerable annual uplift in average house prices across the UK, in part driven by increased levels of competition at the end of last year as buy-to-let investors sought to complete on their second home purchase in anticipation of the 3% stamp duty surcharge coming into effect in April.”
Elsewhere, a report by Santander has predicted that the number of UK properties worth at least £1m would more than triple between now and 2030, with the concentration of these prime properties in London and the South East. In 14 years’ time, the bank forecasts is that some 25% of London’s housing stock will be priced at a £1m or more and about 7% of the stock in the South East at that same level.
Here’s the WhatHouse? team’s pick of the best new homes across the South East at a wide range of price points…
Nightingale Rise in Buckingham (Weston Homes)
These 49 stylish houses and apartments on Morton Road are being launched this weekend, on 27 February, with a range of properties with one to four bedrooms. The site was historically part of the gardens of the country estate of Lord Cobham. An 18th-century, Grade II listed folly is being restored and renovated with new build elements into a new home.
The development has been designed to combine the local Buckingham vernacular with contemporary design, giving the houses contrasting brick and render facades, feature brick chimneys, dormer windows and canopy-style entrance porches.
The houses are set over three floors, with reception area, living area and separate kitchen/dining area and an en suite master bedroom. The apartments have an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space with the master bedroom including fully fitted mirrored wardrobes.
Find out more about Nightingale Rise from Weston Homes
Saxon Woods in Hamstreet, Kent (Redrow Homes)
Redrow is hosting an Open House event on Saturday 27 February for house-hunters interested in the last few homes at this village development a few miles south of Ashford.
Rachael Baillie, sales director for Redrow Homes (South East), said: “With the majority of homes at Saxon Woods now sold and occupied we’re inviting buyers to view the remaining properties and appreciate for themselves what life in a brand new Redrow home has to offer.
“Viewing the Blenheim is a must for anyone who’s looking for a substantial five-bedroom property in and around Ashford as it offers an abundance of space and makes a fantastic family home. We have two properties available in that style and have also released the show home for sale, offering one lucky buyer to move straight into a property that’s been expertly styled by professional interior designers.”
Prices: From £324,995
Find out more about Saxon Woods from Redrow Homes
Mansfield Park in Southampton, Hampshire (Lovell)
Homes currently available include two-bedroom apartments, with allocated parking and a balcony, and the four-bedroom ‘Chawton’ house, with garage at £275,500. A small number of one-bedroom apartments are also available.
"Since launching our latest homes in January, we've had a stream of visitors and a great reaction to our new Norris House apartments with a high number of reservations," says field sales manager Melanie Richards. "We'd encourage anyone interested in securing one of these attractive contemporary homes to get in touch now.”
Mansfield Park is within easy reach of Southampton city centre with its plentiful shopping facilities and busy nightlife. The South Downs National Park is just seven miles away, offering a quick escape to beautiful countryside. Transport connections are excellent with Southampton Airport, Swaythling train station and the M27 all within three-and-a-half miles and the M3 just seven miles away.
Prices: From £153,000
Find out more about Mansfield Park from Lovell
Woodlands View in Hastings, East Sussex (Millwood Designer Homes)
This collection of three- and four-bedroom houses (together with a block of sold-out apartments) is nestled in picturesque semi-rural surroundings on The Ridge, backing onto woodland, just minutes from the historic and appealing Old Town.
The Ridge is an area set high above the seaside town, providing views across the countryside, yet still within easy reach of everyday amenities. Situated on a private and enclosed road, the homes have been laid out with an attractive mix of home styles and plenty of open space.
The lifestyle options are great, with beautiful country and coastal walks, the heritage of Hastings and first class transport links on the doorstep, including roads and rail services to Ashford, Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells and London.
The show home at Woodlands View is now open every Thursday to Monday inclusive between 11.00am and 5.00pm.
Prices: From £315,000
Find out more at www.millwooddesignerhomes.co.uk; 01424 390150
Great Western Park in Didcot, Oxfordshire (Bellway Homes)
The housebuilder is offering a free Part Exchange package or the Help to Buy scheme on the homes at this development to give house-hunters an easier way to get a new home here, close to schools and just ten minutes from Didcot Parkway station. The first homes will be ready for occupation this spring.
Claire McGoldrick, sales director for Bellway Thames Valley, says: “Prices in the area have already increased 25% in the last five years, so for those who now have a nice cushion of equity, now is the ideal time to invest in this thriving town. With an attractive semi-rural setting, great transport links, fantastic local schools, and the option to purchase a four-bed home through Help to Buy for less £280,000 and 5% deposit, Great Western Park is a perfect option for second-stepper families and we urge potential buyers to come and have a look for themselves.”
Didcot has benefitted from major investment over the last eight years and the town has plans to build 200 homes a year over the next decade. The station will also be transformed create a larger, more user-friendly interchange to cope with the expected increase in demand from commuters.
Prices: From £349,950
Find out more at www.bellway.co.uk ; 01235 430760
The Ridge in Sunningdale, Berkshire (Barton Wyatt)
Best known for its golf connections, Sunningdale is and was also a haven for celebrities from the worlds of showbusiness and sport as well as authors and captains of industry. The Ridge, from the Halebourne Group, is an opportunity to live the luxury lifestyle in an opulent mansion block of just ten apartments.
“Buyers looking for a pied-a-terre need look no further,” says selling agent Rupert Wyatt. “The Ridge is a perfect balance between the imposing grandeur of a large home paired with the ease of running a low-maintenance apartment. The development is classically styled and the apartments have been designed to be graceful with majestic high ceilings and faultless design, giving owners a sense of space and refinement.”
The two- and three-bedroom apartments range from 2,314 sq ft to 3,606 sq ft, each accommodating sumptuous living space and private outside terracing. There is lift access to all floors and each apartment also has secure parking for two vehicles and private storage in the basement.
Prices: From £2million
Find out more at www.bartonwyatt.co.uk ; 01344 843000
The Village in Buntingford, Hertfordshire (Fairview New Homes)
Opening in March is this scheme of two, three- and four-bedroom homes, which will provide Buntingford with 316 new homes over the coming years on a former Sainsbury’s depot site. There will be a mix of apartments and houses, ensuring a good variety of buyers and residents for The Village. The first homes are set to be ready to move into in the summer.
Jim Holliday, sales and marketing director for Fairview, says: “We have been working on site at The Village since last year and we are now at the stage where we’re getting ready to launch the development and release the first homes for sale. We’re really looking forward to sharing details of the homes we are building, which have been designed and planned with great care to create a quality development which remains in keeping with the local area.”
Find out more at www.fairview.co.uk; 01763 877596