New research has revealed that households in all UK regions expect house prices to rise over the next 12 months, with the strongest growth expected in the South East.
The number of new homes coming onto the market has risen over the past month, but prices are becoming increasingly unaffordable for many first-time buyers and upsizers -- particularly in the notoriously expensive South East region.
Boasting the largest economy outside of London, towns in well-connected locations, especially those within a reasonable commuting distance of the capital, are particularly expensive.
Our latest article draws together a handful of brand new developments falling into varying budgets, distributed throughout the South East…
Gatcombe Manor, Isle of Wight (Mildren Homes)
This unique, award-winning collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes is situated in a lovely countryside setting in the extensive grounds of Gatcombe Manor on the Isle of Wight.
Working in partnership with West Register Realisations, Mildren Homes won the Regional Large Development of The Year category of the Premier Guarantee Awards a few years ago for their Gatcombe Manor development.
It features brand new luxury apartments and contemporary homes alongside renovated late Victorian buildings, with the new dwellings designed to complement the original buildings and existing environment.
Prices: From £185,000
Find out more at mildrenhomes.co.uk ; 0845 034 2123
Longford Park in Banbury, Oxfordshire (Barratt Homes)
Situated on the edge of the market town of Banbury, the second phase of Longford Park includes a choice of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes surrounded by the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Oxford itself is about 21 miles away, while other key commuter destinations include Birmingham (38 miles), Coventry (27 miles) and London (64 miles).
Offering a laid-back village lifestyle just two miles from the bustling town centre, Longford Park promises a combination of peace and convenience, with great shopping, schools and transport links nearby. The development brings 88 new homes to the area, and will eventually incorporate a new school. The M40 motorway is less than three miles from Longford Park, and Banbury railway station is only a mile away.
Prices: From £274,950
Find out more about Longford Park from Barratt Homes
Ramslade Court at The Parks in Bracknell, Berkshire (Taylor Wimpey)
The final phase at The Parks has now been launched: Ramslade Court, incorporating a collection of nine three-bedroom townhouses nestled in attractive parkland on the fringes of Bracknell, close to woodland areas.
Bracknell is undergoing a major transformation, with a brand new town centre that will be home to The Lexicon, due for completion in 2017, which will offer high street shops, cafés, restaurants and a 12-screen cinema.
For commuters, Bracknell offers plenty of convenience. Reading, Woking and Slough are each 12 miles away, and fast trains run from the town's station to London in an hour. By road the A329(M), M3 and M4 are all easily accessible, and Heathrow is only 28 miles away.
There is also a choice of schools in the area, and a good range of leisure facilities – including Coral Reef Waterworld, Legoland Windsor and Windsor Great Park – making these townhouses ideal for families.
Prices: From £380,000
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01344 204959
Highwood Green in Marden, Kent (Redrow Homes)
Three-, four- and five-bedroom family homes are available at this Redrow development in the charming Kent village of Marden, just eight miles from Maidstone, 15 miles from Tonbridge, and less than an hour by direct train from the heart of London. The development is made up of homes with traditional, classic exteriors and luxurious yet practical interiors.
The location is ideal for commuters, and the village even has its own railway station on the South Eastern Main Line. Nearby, the A229 leads to Maidstone and the M20, offering easy links to Ashford, Folkestone and London.
The local primary school is a five-minute walk away from Highwood Green for families with young children, and there are other primary and secondary options in the wider area.
Prices: From £394,995
Find out more about Highwood Green from Redrow Homes
Willow Reach in Woking, Surrey (Crest Nicholson)
This contemporary collection of three- and four-bedroom houses and one- and two-bedroom apartments forms a brand new community of 149 new homes, many offering views over the newly-restored Hoe Valley wetlands.
Just 28 miles from London, these homes also benefit from being only a 20-minute walk from the town centre’s large shopping area, home to more than 150 stores and a cinema – yet the setting has a peaceful, rural feel.
Willow Reach includes options suitable for families, first time buyers and downsizers, and its combination of good transport connections, natural attractions and local amenities look set to make it popular.
Prices: From £445,950
Find our more at www.crestnicholson.com ; 01483 600692
Rosehip House & Blueberry Barn in Crowborough, East Sussex (Millwood Designer Homes)
These two five-bedroom detached homes, each with double garage, are due for completion in Autumn 2016 and will both have a price tag of £1.295m.
Situated on the outskirts of the town of Crowborough, the properties offer impressive views over open countryside yet are close to all of the town's amenities, including shops, schools for all ages, and sport and leisure facilities, with the larger spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells offering a wider set of shops and entertainment. Famous Ashdown Forest has a great range of walks and riding opportunities, and trips to the coast at Brighton or Eastbourne are both within an hour’s drive.
Crowborough is also in an ideal location for those who need to make frequent trips to London, which is about an hour's drive away. The A26 offers easy access to the A21, which leads to the M25 and M23 motorways, making it ideal for commuters.
Find out more at www.millwooddesignerhomes.co.uk ; 01732 770991