Land Registry figures show house prices in areas of the South East that are outside of London have risen by £18,000 over the past year – reaching an average of £254,658.
While slower regions such as the North West saw prices increase by just 0.2% year-on-year to an average of £113,732, London and the South East recorded the largest price leaps: up by 6.6% and 7.6% respectively.
Experts say pressure is building in the property market because, while the supply of properties coming on to the market remains the same, there is growing demand from buyers.
Despite the shortage of supply, there are a lot of new developments from various housebuilders springing up across the South East, offering a wide variety of options – from smaller apartments and starter homes targeting first-time buyers right through to substantial homes for well-heeled professionals with large families.
Here are a few of the current options available in the South East, including developments in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Buckinghamshire:
Newbury Racecourse in Newbury, Berkshire (David Wilson Homes)
A new range of luxury properties with views of the course, have been released for sale by quality housebuilder David Wilson Homes. Some of these 16 executive homes have their living spaces at the top of the property instead of on the ground floor. This layout, along with superb wraparound terraces, will allow homebuyers at the trackside development to enjoy the most of the exciting setting in which they will reside.
Rob Allen, sales director for David Wilson Homes, says: “Feedback on this particular property layout so far has been very positive and already we have sold four of the 16 executive properties off-plan.” These properties have a guide price of between £583,000 and £905,000 the and are expected to be completed by Christmas.
The development as a whole comprises a collection of three-, four- and five-bedroom houses and one-, two- and three-bedroom penthouses, providing 1,500 new homes adjoining the historic racecourse over the next nine years.
Prices from £275,000
Find out more on WhatHouse? ; 01702 416709
Longford Park in Bodicote, Oxfordshire (Bovis Homes)
Less than two miles from the centre of the attractive Oxfordshire market town of Banbury, this contemporary development is situated in the semi-rural village of Bodicote, close to lovely countryside yet with superb transport links to major cities.
Developed in conjunction with JJ Gallagher Limited, Longford Park has been designed to meet the needs of modern lifestyles, incorporating a choice of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes that will appeal to a wide range of buyers. At Banbury, Junction 11 of the M40 links the area to Birmingham and the Midlands in the north, and to Oxford and London in the south. Bodicote Stores and Post Office, and Bodicote Flyover Farm shop, are both just over half a mile from Longford Park, while Banbury town centre is just down the road, with a great choice of independent and high street stores.
For families with children there is a primary school half a mile away in the village, and a secondary school in nearby Banbury, as well as several independent schools in the area.
Prices: From £279,995
Find out more at www.bovishomes.co.uk ; 01295 565011
Bleriot Gate in Addlestone, Surrey (Redrow Homes)
From one-bedroom starter homes to four-bedroom family residences, Bleriot Gate offers contemporary homes built in distinctive styles located just inside the M25 - and therefore within easy reach of London.
The local train station is only a few minutes' walk away from the development, yet Bleriot Gate also offers a feeling of open space that is often hard to find in the suburbs, including views across Woburn Park and Chertsey Meads towards the Thames.
Prices: From £322,950
Find out more on WhatHouse? ; 01932 910608
Brighton Marina in Brighton (Hamptons International)
This £250m landmark development spans 126 acres of prime waterfront real estate and will create 853 new homes and over 2,000m² of commercial space. The first phase of homes has just been launched
Godfrey Winterson, head of land and new homes at Hamptons International, says: “Given the scarcity of first-class residential development on the south coast in recent years, demand for premium waterfront living is at an all-time high. Brighton Marina represents the first of its kind; a highly specified scheme offering an unrivalled location matched with a host of local amenities and facilities that are necessitated by modern living.
“The scheme heralds a new nautical and residential landmark and we therefore anticipate Brighton Marina to attract a great deal of interest from purchasers coveting the opportunity to buy into such an iconic development.”
The first phase will include 175 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
Prices: From £461,000
Find out more at www.brighton-marina.com ; 01273 921065
Mulberry Grove in Wokingham, Berkshire (Romans / Crest Nicholson)
Mulberry Grove is made up of a collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments and two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom houses in sought-after Wokingham. This is a convenient residential location close to beautiful Berkshire countryside yet only 40 miles from London.
Mulberry Grove creates a community of new homes suitable for first-time buyers, expanding families, and many other prospective buyers, all situated close to the town's superb local amenities, including restaurants, bars, public houses, golf courses and leisure facilities.
The town's station places both Waterloo and Paddington just over an hour's journey away, while the road network offers speedy access to all major routes via the M4, M25, M3 and M40. Both Heathrow (26 miles) and Gatwick (49 miles) airports are also within easy reach.
Prices: From £239,950
Find out more at www.romans.co.uk ; 0118 402 9321
Comprising 17 two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and three two-bedroom apartments, Oakwood Place is within walking distance of the village centre, offering the promise of a village life without compromising on the essential aspects of modern living. All the homes have been carefully designed in terms of architectural style, while inside they offer flexible living accommodation with a variety of layouts to choose from. Some of the plots back on to farmland, and all the houses offer parking and gardens.
The housebuilder says four homes have already been reserved at the development, adding that "buyers have been particularly impressed with the superb design and layouts of our homes, as well as the excellent specification on offer that has become synonymous with Shanly Homes."
Lane End sits high in the Chilterns between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow, surrounded by acres of hills, common land and beech woods. There are regular bus services to the neighbouring town of High Wycombe (less than six miles away), and trains run directly from High Wycombe to London Marylebone in 31 minutes. By road, access to the M40 is from junction 4, about four miles away, as is the A404 (M) which joins the M4, taking you directly into London.
Prices: From £359,500
Find out more on WhatHouse? ; 01494 858017
Swallowhurst in Cranleigh, Surrey (Linden Homes)
Set in 33 acres of established woodland, Swallowhurst has a limited supply of brand new three-bedroom houses available with Help to Buy, alongside larger five- and six-bedroom homes with substantial gardens, designed and built to a premium and fully-inclusive specification.
The development is in a rural setting yet is only a mile-and-a-half from the lovely village of Cranleigh, with its village green and good range of amenities, including a mix of high street stores, boutique shops and restaurants. There are also two outstanding schools in the area: Cranleigh Prep and Senior School, and St Catherine’s in Bramley.
Often referred to as the “largest village in England”, Cranleigh is well connected by road to Guildford, Horsham and Dorking and is only 40 minutes from Gatwick Airport.
Prices: From £535,000
Find out more at www.lindenhomes.co.uk ; 01483 698092
The Courtyard in Horsham, West Sussex (Croudace Homes)
Set in the historical market town of Horsham, this development of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes is in an ideal location for many commuters. Croudace's Home of the Week is Oaks Lodge: a luxury, detached, five-bedroom home with plenty of space for family living and entertaining.
The town itself is home to lots of shops, including both high street chains and independent businesses, and attracts shoppers from a wide area. The location offers great transport links to London and further afield. It is close to the A24 and the A264, and within easy striking distance of the M23 motorway, which leads to the M25.
The town also has its own railway station, with frequent services to London Victoria and London Bridge, amongst other destinations – some of which are via Gatwick Airport (just 12 miles away).
Find out more at www.croudacehomes.co.uk ; 0333 321 8920
The Ridge in Sunningdale, Berkshire (Barton Wyatt)
This development of 10 luxury apartments is located in one of Sunningdale’s most prestigious roads. These first-class properties will be available from spring 2016, a mix of two- and three en suite bedroom apartments with luxury kitchen and bathrooms, lift access to all floors and a basement with parking for two vehicles per apartment and generous secure storage.
These properties are sure to be a lifestyle purchase, with great appeal to older buyers downsizing from a larger home in the area. Close to home are a number of highly regarded golf clubs such as Wentworth, Sunningdale, Swinley Forest and The Berkshire. Ascot and Windsor are two prestige race courses and there is polo at Smith’s Lawn.
The historic town of Windsor, and the important retail and commercial centres of Guildford and Reading, are easily reached. Transport links from Sunningdale to the M3 and M25 are good with Heathrow only 15 minutes away.
Family buyers will be attracted by an excellent choice of schools such as Eton College, Wellington College, Papplewick, The Marist Schools, Hall Grove, St George’s and Charters.
Find out more at www.bartonwyatt.co.uk ; 01344 843000
‘Cielo’ in Brighton (Mishon Mackay/Baobab Developments)
This luxury five-bedroom home, part of a development of three individual properties, is from a local boutique developer and has been constructed with uncompromising attention to detail on every aspect of its design and specification.
With a narrow frontage to the street, the property extends back into the site to contain the main living spaces – study, utility, kitchen, dining and living room. The living space opens out onto a roof terrace at first floor level that is in turn faced to the eastern side with a winter roof garden and far-reaching views.
The property has been designed by John Pardey Architects (JPA), which has won over 30 awards including national RIBA awards. JPA were cited as one of Britain’s top six residential design practices in the Sunday Times in April 2014.
Find out more at www.baobabdevelopments.com ; 01273 829300 (Mishon Mackay)