New build homes for sale in the East of England: top 10 developments

New build homes in the east of england

The East of England covers a huge and varied landscape, from the commuter towns to the north-east of London to the vast open spaces of the Cambridgeshire Fens. The East of England provides both easy access to the capital, and an escape from its hustle and bustle to an altogether more relaxed way of life. Start your search with our ranking of the best new build homes for sale in the East of England.

New build homes for sale in the East of England: Highest rated developments

Our ranking of the East of England’s top 10 new build homes for sale is below. Verified residents have rated the region’s new build developments on a variety of factors, so HomeViews can provide rankings based on the real life experience of living in each one. Take a look below to see the best new homes in the East of England.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how many reviews a scheme has and how recently those reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. Buildings with a larger number of more recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance – as on our area guide pages.

1. Arboretum, CM16

Higgins Homes PLC
4.27 (10 reviews) 4.27 (10 reviews)
Area guide to Essex
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The highest-rated new homes to buy in the East of England are at Arboretum, a Higgins Homes development situated in Epping, Essex. This development provided 149 mixed tenure homes on the grounds of Epping St John’s School’s former school site and a new replacement secondary school. The development was designed by Architect Melville Dunbar Associates, and comprises predominantly two-storey houses, as well as some three-storey flats, in an enviable location on the edge of green fields and open public spaces.

Read reviews and details of Arboretum, CM16

2. Welcombe House, AL5

Fairview New Homes
4.83 (8 reviews) 4.83 (8 reviews)
Area guide to Hertfordshire
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Welcombe House has jumped from 7th to 2nd in recent months. It’s a range of two and three-bedroom homes with views over the common in the highly sought-after Hertfordshire town of Harpenden. Harpenden station is just a seven-minute walk from Welcombe House, providing fast and regular links to London. There are regular direct services to Kings Cross and St Pancras International stations, which take just 26 minutes. Additionally, Luton Airport is only a 23-minute train journey away.

Read reviews and details of Welcombe House, AL5

3. Hatfield Rise, AL10

Lovell Homes
4.59 (6 reviews) 4.59 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Hertfordshire
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In 3rd, Hatfield Rise is located in the centre of Hertfordshire, and has connections to London. A collection of one and two bedroom apartments, all homes come with parking. Also including shops, bars, cafés & leisure facilities all within easy reach.

Read reviews and details of Hatfield Rise, AL10

4. Crown Meadows, NR10

Lovell Homes
4.56 (14 reviews) 4.56 (14 reviews)
Area guide to Norfolk
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Crown Meadows takes 4th place. This Lovell Homes development offers two, three and four-bedroom houses for sale just to the north of Norwich. They also offer three-bedroom bungalows. It is ideal for young professionals and those who want more space for families.

Read reviews and details of Crown Meadows, NR10

5. Bowlers Green, NR31

Lovell Homes
4.55 (6 reviews) 4.55 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Norfolk
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In 5th, Bowlers Green is a collection of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes and 2 and 3 bedroom bungalows. Located in the popular seaside village of Hopton-on-Sea, there is ample outdoor space to enjoy. Also, it is located only 6 miles from Great Yarmouth.

Read reviews and details of Bowlers Green, NR31

6. Heath Farm, NR25

Lovell Homes
4.51 (25 reviews) 4.51 (25 reviews)
Area guide to Norfolk
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6th place in the region is taken by Heath Farm from Lovell Homes. This development of two, three, four and five-bedroom houses and bungalows is situated in the charming Georgian market town of Holt, on the edge of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The homes are finished to a high specification, with amenities including integrated appliances.

Read reviews and details of Heath Farm, NR25

7. William’s Park, NR18

Lovell Homes
4.47 (17 reviews) 4.47 (17 reviews)
Area guide to Norfolk
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7th place goes to William’s Park, which offers 2,3,4 and 5 bedroom houses, located less than 12 miles from Norwich City Centre. The town has many independent shops as well as high street chains. Additionally, it offers great transport links.

Read reviews and details of William’s Park, NR18

8. Rayners Green, CB7

The Hill Group
4.52 (12 reviews) 4.52 (12 reviews)
Area guide to Cambridgeshire
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Next up, Rayners Green is a joint venture development by Hill and Scotsdale Garden Centre. Rayners Green offers two, three and four bedroom houses in the thriving village of Fordham. It is located in an active community with a variety of restaurants and schools. Additionally, there are great road links in all directions, as well as lots of green space around.

Read reviews and details of Rayners Green, CB7

9. St Luke’s Park, SS11

4.43 (10 reviews) 4.43 (10 reviews)
Area guide to Essex
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Sitting in 9th place in our list of new build homes for sale in the East of England is St Luke’s Park. Set within existing parkland with easy access to neighbouring towns and transport connections, St Luke’s Park is an ideal place to call home.

Read reviews and details of St Luke’s Park, SS11

10. Berry Wood, MK43

Bellway Homes
4.41 (20 reviews) 4.41 (20 reviews)
Area guide to Bedfordshire
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Taking 10th place in the East of England is Berry Wood, developed by Bellway. This new development of homes is located in Wootton, a desirable village with good commuter links for Bedford and Milton Keynes. There’s a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes on offer. Residents benefit from the nearby leisure attractions and countryside views from many of the plots.

Read reviews and details of Berry Wood, MK43

Is the East of England a good place to live?

With picturesque rural scenery, historic towns and cities and beautiful stretches of coastline, the East of England has plenty to offer, and a location to suit every budget. In Norwich and Cambridge, the region has some of the UK’s most popular cities. There are also a number of popular towns within easy reach of London for commuting.

The great outdoors is one of the region’s most appealing draws. There’s so much open countryside and spectacular coastline within easy reach of London. The East Anglia counties of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk are largely rural landscapes. Once you escape the suburban sprawl around London, you’ll find mile after mile of rolling farmland and picturesque villages.

East Anglia features some of the country’s most stunning coastline. The Norfolk and Suffolk coasts are designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Popular seaside towns include Essex’s Clacton-on-Sea, Southwold in Suffolk and Cromer and Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. The region also includes the beautiful Norfolk Broads, a well-loved destination for relaxed river trips. The vast woodland expanse of Thetford Forest is another natural playground to explore – it’s the location for one of England’s most popular Center Parcs sites.

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East of England towns and cities

If you’re a city dweller at heart, the good news is the East of England provides a wealth of options. Cambridge, with its historic streets, magnificent cathedral and world-renowned university, is a jewel in the region’s crown. Norwich has a reputation as a friendly, laid-back city and is regularly cited as one of the best places to live in the UK. Ipswich, Peterborough, Colchester and Chelmsford are also thriving, bustling towns and cities with excellent transport connections.

Are you looking to escape London but still need access to the city for work? The good news is it’s possible to commute to the capital from much of the East of England. You can reach Central London from Cambridge and Peterborough in under an hour by train. Additionally, the likes of Luton, Harpenden, St. Albans and even Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea are squarely within commuter territory.

East of England property prices

Property prices vary greatly across the region, with the average price of a property in the East of England at 398,000, according to Zoopla (March 2024 figures). This is higher than the average property price in England, which is £302,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Flats in the East of England sell for an average of £225,000, while detached houses are available for £560,000.

According to the ONS, house prices in the East of England dropped by 3.8% between January 2023-2024. However, this is a market correction after several years of historically high levels of price growth (10%+). Therefore, the small dip in prices recently does not change the affordability level of properties in the region a great deal.

Across the region, there’s a great deal of variation in property prices too. Prices are generally the highest in the sought-after commuter towns within easy reach of London. Harpenden in Hertfordshire averages a lofty sale price of £882,000. The historic city of Cambridge remains one of the most popular places in the region, and averages a price of £568,000. However, properties in Norwich or Peterborough average a much lower £280,000 and £242,000 respectively.

What is HomeViews?

The East of England’s rising house prices suggest a growing interest in the region. People are starting to wake up to the attraction of this beautiful corner of England on the doorstep of London. New build developments have been springing up across the area in recent years. This reflects the growing demand, with developers making the most of the region’s wide open spaces and popular cities.

We hope our top 10 new builds for sale in the East of England has given you plenty to think about. If you’re interested in moving to this beautiful region, check out our area guide below for more information. From there, you’ll also be able to find all the latest new build developments in the area.

East of England

East of England
The East of England sits within the curved section of land protruding above the Thames Estuary, covering the home counties above London and stretching up to the border with the East Midlands. Read more about East of England

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