Virtual Viewings Helping South East House-Hunters

Posted 12 January 2021 by Keith Osborne

Assisting homebuyers in lockdown are the virtual viewings of developments and show homes from housebuilders...

While the country is back on lockdown, the property market is still very busy, especially with the deadline for the Stamp Duty holiday approaching. But thanks to some housebuilders embracing technology, buyers can now stay at home and still take a look at a potential new one.

From apartment starter homes to luxurious family houses, there are a number of examples to consider for people looking for new build property in the Home Counties

Princes Chase in Leatherhead, Surrey

Princes Chase is a development from WhatHouse? Best Large Housebuilder 2020, Berkeley. It is situated in a private woodland enclave, just five minutes from Leatherhead and the sought-after villages of Stoke D’Abernon and Oxshott, offering a choice of one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as two-, three- and four-bedroom houses. Surrounded by countryside, close to great amenities and boasting excellent transport links, Princes Chase is perfectly placed for those who enjoy the very best of both city and country.

Combining its woodland setting with excellent transport links and easy access to a range of first-class schools, the homes also benefit from being within the cachet of Surrey’s ‘Golden Triangle’. Ideal for commuters, Leatherhead train station is a five-minute drive away and offers direct links to London Waterloo in approximately 45 minutes, as well as regular services to Guildford, Dorking and London Victoria. Prices start from £625,000. Find out more about about Princes Chase from Berkeley.

Bakers Field in Cliffsend, Kent

For families looking to live a coastal dream, Bakers Field offers 22 exclusive properties in a range of styles and designs in the picturesque village of Cliffsend, The two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes have been thoughtfully designed for modern lifestyles with contemporary interiors, spacious layouts and exteriors that effortlessly blend into their surroundings.

Nestled in the idyllic inlet of Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend offers residents a local post office, a petrol station and an 18-hole golf course at St Augustine’s Golf Club. The coastal towns of Margate and Broadstairs are both within easy reach, and the historic cathedral city of Canterbury the UNESCO World Heritage Site is under 30 minutes away. Minster station is just 10 minutes away, providing trains to Canterbury West station in just 16 minutes. For those commuting into London, Ramsgate station provides train services into St Pancras London in approximately 75 minutes. Help to Buy available on a selection of properties. Prices start from £655,000. Find out ore at

Elmwood Gate in Maidenhead, Berkshire

Elmwood Gate is a collection of just 59 one- and two-bedroom apartments, located in historic Maidenhead, which is undergoing a major town centre regeneration. This Shanly Homes development is just a few minutes from a scenic part of the River Thames and ideally placed to make the most of the town’s excellent range of leisure amenities and travel links.

A vast range of high street and independent shops, and popular eateries – including two Michelin Star restaurants (The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn) – as well as numerous open spaces, such as Guards Club Park and Riverside Gardens, entertainment is within easy reach. Commuters are also well catered for here, with Maidenhead train station located just one mile away and offering direct services to London Paddington in as little as 19 minutes. For those travelling by car, Junction 8/9 on the M4 is just 3 miles away, offering links to the M25 and national motorway network. Just a few homes remain at Elmwood Gate. Prices start at £280,000 for a one-bedroom apartment. Find out more at

Shopwyke Lakes in Chichester, West Sussex

House-hunters aspiring to a new home via Shared Ownership (sometimes known as ‘part buy-part rent’) are invited by Hyde New Homes to register their interest in Phase 2 of this development on the outskirts of Chichester. The new range of homes launches this month. Buyers can expect fully fitted kitchens with some integrated appliances, vinyl flooring to the kitchen, lounge and bathroom and neutral carpet to bedrooms, ceramic tiling and chrome fittings to the bathroom and a built-in wardrobe to the main bedroom.

Residents will live amongst verdant fields of the West Sussex countryside, on the doorstep of two established lakes and landscaped wooded parklands. The development is close to the A27, which runs across the south coast for access to numerous major towns and cities, and Chichester’s railway station is also easily reached. Prices start at £78,000 for a 40% share of a one-bedroom home (based on a full market price of £195,000), which requires a minimum deposit of £3,900. Find out more at


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A Guide To Part Buy Part Rent
Part Rent Part Buy is a scheme you can use with Home Reach where you buy a share of your chosen newly built home and pay a monthly rent on the part you don’t buy. Your budget will decide the size of the share you buy, rather than the size of your home. So, you might decide to buy a bigger share of a lower priced home or a smaller share of a more expensive home.

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