Strong new homes options in Guildford, Surrey, for commuters
Posted 19 October 2015 by Keith Osborne
The town of Guildford is one of Surrey’s jewels, a town with bags of history but with a number of new homes developments under way that will appeal to homebuyers looking to commute into work in London or elsewhere.
The West Surrey Strategic Housing Market report, published in early October 2015, suggested Guildford needs an average of 693 new homes every year up to 2033, based on predicted population growth.
The borough council also published proposals for a town centre regeneration masterplan which includes 2,500 new homes for the centre of Guildford alongside new shops and new riverside open spaces. A long-standing project for 150 new build homes on the hill where Guildford Cathedral is located has yet to be confirmed, though a housebuilder has been nominated to undertake the work.
The reasons for Guildford’s popularity with homebuyers are easy to see. With frequent trains into London Waterloo from two stations (£326.40 per month, £3,400 per year), some taking as little as 34 minutes, it offers the combination of a friendly, bustling market town feel with proximity to the capital.
Superb shopping, good schools, excellent transport links and the scenery of the Surrey Hills on the doorstep further add to its charm and make it a prime choice for homeowners looking to cash in on the value of their London homes and move out to a new lifestyle centred on a brand new home.
The appeal of Guildford is not just focused on London. Commuters might also take the train to nearby Woking (8-10 minutes by rail, £96.80 per month or £1,008 per year) or head south to Portsmouth (54 minutes, £412.10 per month or £4,292 annually).
Road users can be on the M25 in 15 minutes and the M3 in just over 20 minutes and with the A3 bypassing the outskirts of the town, there’s an easy route into London or out towards the south coast.
New homes for sale in Guildford now or coming soon:
|Weyside Place (Barratt Homes) – Just a few two-bedroom units remain at this apartment scheme located in the heart of town and just five minutes from the station, priced from £387,000. The first residents are expected to move in before the end of the year.Find out more at http://whathou.se/ONG4SU ; 01483 367755|
|Langton Priory (Newcourt Residential) – This boutique development of luxury flats has a sympathetically designed new build block neighbouring a beautiful period conversion – something to suit all tastes. Two- and three-bedroom properties priced from £550,000 to £895,000. Find out more at http://whathou.se/ttZzMm ; 020 7205 2478|
|Station View (Taylor Wimpey) – This apartment block is close to the station, shops and University of Surrey campus, and offers a collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. Just a few of the current phase remain for sale, priced from £440,000, but another phase is coming soon. Find out more at http://whathou.se/LgDL4E ; 01494 558323|
|Lancaster Chase (Shanly Homes) – This collection of just six semi-detached four-bedroom townhouses is scheduled for launch in January 2016. The development is located on the east side of town and just a 10 minute walk into Guildford town centre, in a quiet residential road. Find out more about Shanly Homes ; 01494 671331|
|Catherine’s Walk (Metis Homes) – Following the off-plan sell-out success of its Bellerby Apartments scheme in the town this year, the housebuilder is following it up early in 2016 with this development of eight townhouses and six apartments on Chestnut Avenue, a popular residential area around 15 minutes’ walk from the station and town centre. Find out more at 01483 880900 (Clarke Gammon Wellers)|||
Take a look at even more new homes in Surrey.
Rail fares correct, per www.nationalrail.co.uk (19 October 2015)