Home to many desirable towns and villages within commuting distance of London, the South East is an unwaveringly popular place to buy a house. Estate agent Savills has suggested that the South East outside of London will see house prices rise by 7% in 2016, so those keen to buy a place may want to move quickly.
Prices vary dramatically from one part of the region to the other, however – so buyers on a tighter budget may get far more for their money in areas such as East Cambridgeshire, for example, than in highly sought-after towns and cities such as St Albans, Brighton, Winchester and Chichester.
This feature brings together a wide range of brand new developments located across the South East, with options that might appeal to first-time buyers right through to those with substantial budgets who are looking to move up the housing ladder into a large executive property...
Coming soon to this popular Hertfordshire town is this dedicated retirement development of 38 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Communal facilities open to owners include landscaped gardens and a coffee bar and lounge, and there is a guest suite for visitors.
Located in the Old Town, they are on the doorstep of a wide range of local shops and amenities. In fact, the town centre was the first in Britain to be pedestrianised, making is a particularly pleasant one to negotiate.
Also close by is the Stevenage Art & Leisure Centre, incorporating the Gordan Craig Theatre which includes the theatre, gallery, restaurant and cafe, and Stevenage Leisure Centre, which houses a sports hall, indoor bowls hall, squash courts, gymnasium and dance studio.
Residents can also enjoy an IMAX cinema and Fairlands Valley Park, a haven for fans of sailing, walking and cycling.
Find out more about Astonia Lodge from Churchill Retirement Living
Locksbridge Park in Andover, Hampshire (Barratt Homes)
This second Phase of Locksbridge Park in Andover, set amidst the beautiful Hampshire Downs, incorporates a mix of two-bedroom apartments and two- and three-bedroom houses. The homes offer a high specification and flexible living spaces with generous private gardens, and depending on the stage you reserve you may be able to customise your home before moving in. The location has a strong community feel, some lovely countryside walks and cycle routes, and reputable local schools for families with children.
Andover's town centre is less than three miles away, with a good selection of shops, restaurants and pubs, while commuters will find both the M3 and A34 within easy striking distance, placing popular destinations such as Portsmouth, Winchester and Southampton within easy reach of Locksbridge Park.
Prices: From £216,995
Find out more about Locksbridge Park from Barratt Homes
The Beeches at Rocky Lane in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (Crest Nicholson)
Situated in a new community in the desirable commuter town of Haywards Heath, The Beeches offers a collection of brand new three-, four- and five-bedroom homes designed to appeal to those planning to move in to a larger family home.
The development is within the catchment area of some great local schools, adding to its appeal to many families with children of school age. A large proportion of the town's residents commute daily via road or rail to London (36 miles away), Brighton (14 miles) or Gatwick (13 miles).
Despite this convenient location, there is lovely countryside right on the development's doorstep, making it well-suited to those with an active, outdoor lifestyle -- with a number of pleasant parks and green, open spaces nearby. The Beeches is also close to the High Weald, Ashdown Forest and the South Downs, as well as being a short drive from the Sussex countryside and pretty villages such as Balcombe and Lindfield.
Prices: From £589,950
Find out more at at www.crestnicholson.com ; 01444 229781
High Warren in Ashtead, Surrey (Millgate)
Set within a secluded tree-lined avenue in the sought-after village of Ashtead, Surrey, there are now just two five-bedroom homes available at this exclusive, executive development of five substantial detached family homes on a private estate.
The homes boast a classic exterior blended with a truly modern interior specification, creating elegant living accommodation on a grand scale. Each home also benefits from private mature landscaped surrounds.
Sales and marketing director for Millgate, Jonathan Cranley, says: “The homes at our High Warren development exude charm, elegance and style.”
Prices: From £3.5m
Find out more about High Warren from Millgate
The Paddocks in East Hanney, Oxfordshire (Lagan Homes)
This development comprises 25 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes designed to provide high-quality and spacious living while being sympathetically built to the traditional nature of this charming village. Currently available are five-bedroom detached homes: Help to Buy is an option on homes under £600,000, and Part Exchange for those upgrading to one of these luxury properties.
East Hanney has excellent transport links to the nearby urban centres of Wantage, Abingdon and Oxford and set within the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, offers its residents a ‘best of both worlds’ scenario. Didcot Parkway station (just over seven miles away) is on the mainline into London Paddington (45 mins), making this a viable option for city commuters.
Prices: From £545,000
Find out more about The Paddocks from Lagan Homes
Cavendish Park in Wokingham, Berkshire (Bewley Homes)
Incorporating a choice of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes in a range of styles, all designed for modern living, Cavendish Park is likely to appeal to a wide variety of buyers from couples and young professionals to growing families. Many properties have a garage or carport, and all homes offer a garden and off-road parking.
Wokingham is only 33 miles from central London, and is well-connected by road and rail - with Junction 10 of the M4 just five miles from Cavendish Park, providing links on to the M25 and motorway connections to all parts of the country. The town has regular bus services to neighbouring Reading, Bracknell and Camberley, which is ideal for commuters, while Wokingham Station, just over a mile from the development, offers regular services to London, Gatwick Airport and Reading.
Find out more at www.bewley.co.uk ; 0845 686 8600
Elysium Park in Dover, Kent (Pentland Homes)
Situated in its own secluded and leafy grounds, set back from the road, Elysium Park comprises a mix of home layouts and sizes, with just two three-storey, four-bedroom homes left for sale.
The scheme is within easy reach of Dover’s town centre and its range of cafés, bars and shops. De Bradelei Wharf, a designer outlet retail park, is located within the waterfront setting of Dover Marina, offering further retail opportunities.
Green Park Primary and Charlton Church of England primary schools are both in easy reach, ideal for families with younger children, and Dover College is an excellent independent school admitting children of 3 to 18 years.
Situated just two miles from the development is Dover Priory station, with High Speed trains to London St Pancras in just over an hour or Ebbsfleet International in 47 minutes, as well as links to Ashford International for Eurostar and regular commuter services.
Prices: From £374,995
Find out more at www.pentlandhomes.co.uk ; 07889 810482