Top places to live in the UK

Posted 30 December 2015 by Helen Christie

The WhatHouse? team looks at new homes in some of the leading places to live in the UK from the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2015...

Halifax’s annual Quality of Life survey uses criteria such as health, life expectancy, employment, crime rates, income and weather to put together a list of the top 50 places in the UK to live. The South East as a whole scored extremely well, with seven South East locations making it into the coveted top 10.

For the fifth consecutive year, Hart, a beautiful, serene corner of Hampshire has been named as having the best quality of life in the UK.

We thought we’d have a look at the some of the new homes that can be found in five of the UK’s top 10 places to live.


St Mary's ParkTopping the board (again!) is Hart, which is centred on the town of Fleet. Boasting a high employment rate, an average weekly salary far above average and over 97 per cent of residents saying they are in good health, Hart is also home to plenty of open spaces and woodland, as well as Hampshire’s largest freshwater lake.

St Mary's Park is a lovely collection of new homes situated in Hartley Wintney, one of Hampshire's most picturesque villages. Set in an expanse of beautiful countryside, this is a great opportunity to own a new home in a traditional setting.

Check out new homes for sale in St Mary's Park, Hartley Wintney (Barratt Homes)


Rutland dropped from fourth to fifth place, but boasts some of the biggest homes in the country, with an average of 6.4 habitable rooms. Buttercross Park in Oakham has a selection of high quality, two- and three-bedroom terraces and four-bedroom terrace town houses in a prime location.

Check out new homes for sale in Buttercross Park in Oakham (Larkfleet Group)

Mole Hill, Surrey

Climbing 12 spots in the table, Mole Valley in Surrey now sits in seventh place. The High Warren development in Ashtead comprises of beautiful country properties, which not only have every modern luxury but demonstrate exceptional attention to detail.

Check out new homes for sale in Ashtead, Surrey (Millgate)

Guildford, Surrey

With an impressive climb from 23rd place to eighth, Guildford is a historic county town in Surrey.  For the fitness lovers among you, Guildford is a hub of sporting and leisure facilities. The Spectrum Leisure Centre on the North Side of the town offers a huge variety of activities for all the family as well as being the home of the Guildford Flames ice hockey team - a great evening's entertainment. Surrey Sports Park on the southerly side of Guildford is a state-of-the-art sports facility holding the accolade of hosting many of the London 2012 Olympic athletes during the games.

Check out new homes for sale in Guildford, Surrey (Barratt Homes)

South Cambridgeshire

Making its way into the top 10 is South Cambridgeshire in ninth place. This is a great place for your family to live and grow. With a safe, peaceful environment with village playgrounds and a local primary school, and with the famous university city of Cambridge less than 30 minutes away, there are plenty of educational opportunities.

Check out new homes for sale in Swaffham Prior, South Cambridgeshire (Hill)


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