New build homes in Hertfordshire: 10 best developments

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It’s a home county with a great sense of pride, history and community. Hertfordshire is reliably ranked among the best counties in England for commuting to London and for raising a family. This shows that it has plenty to offer within its borders, as well as easy access beyond them. If you want to see more, come explore some of the best new homes in Hertfordshire.

New homes in Hertfordshire: 10 best developments

Want to be close to London while having natural and historic beauty on your doorstep? Then get searching. Hopefully, the following list of the top 10 ranked new homes in Hertfordshire on HomeViews will be a useful starting point.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

1. Welcombe House, AL5

Fairview New Homes
4.83 (8 reviews) 4.83 (8 reviews)
Area guide to Hertfordshire
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A relative newcomer has pushed its way to the top of our Hertfordshire list! Welcombe House may only have 8 reviews to date but they are all stellar. The development itself hosts a range of two and three-bedroom homes with views over Harpenden Common. Harpenden station is just a seven-minute walk from Welcome House and provides 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

2. The Quarters Watford, WD17

The Quarters by Bravo
4.67 (74 reviews) 4.67 (74 reviews)
Area guide to Watford
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The Quarters Watford is a very close second for Hertfordshire’s top-ranked developments. This prime rental development is situated in the heart of Watford’s central business district, just a short walk from Watford Junction station. There are 100 high-specification studios available at The Quarters Watford, all of which feature high-speed wireless internet access, television, kitchenette, laundry facilities and easy parking. The Quarters Watford provides an ideal base for residents relying on a convenient, connected location. Euston is also accessible in as little as 14 minutes.

Read reviews and details of The Quarters Watford, WD17

3. Watford Riverwell, WD18

Tilia Homes
4.38 (9 reviews) 4.38 (9 reviews)
Area guide to Watford
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Our third spot goes to Watford Riverwell, which is set to be the largest regeneration project in Watford once complete. Kier and Watford Borough Council have partnered together to create this highly anticipated regeneration scheme. It involves turning 70 acres of land into a brand-new community. The Woodlands are the first homes that have been built so far, along with riverside apartments set in the site’s southern area of the new Colne Island Park.

Read reviews and details of Watford Riverwell, WD18

4. Hertsmere Mews, WD6

Bellway Homes
4.34 (23 reviews) 4.34 (23 reviews)
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Next we have Hertsmere Mews, developed by Bellway and located in Borehamwood, not far from Edgeware. There’s a range of sizes available here to appeal to different buyers, including 1-2-bedroom apartments and 3-4-bedroom houses. In addition, properties here include open plan living spaces and en-suite shower rooms. As well as a variety of homes on offer, the development has good links to London, making it another solid choice for commuters.

Read reviews and details of Hertsmere Mews, WD6

5. South Oxhey Central, WD19

4.35 (18 reviews) 4.35 (18 reviews)
Area guide to Watford
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Our fifth-placed development for Hertfordshire is South Oxhey Central, by Countryside. The development is located in Watford, adjacent to Carpenders Park Station, making it a great commuter location for central London. Residents here benefit from excellent local amenities, while the apartments come with private balconies and fitted wardrobes. Help to Buy options are also available.

Read reviews and details of South Oxhey Central, WD19

6. Long Acres, WD18

Shanly Homes
4.19 (13 reviews) 4.19 (13 reviews)
Area guide to Watford
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Nestling comfortably into sixth place, Long Acres, by Shanly Homes is another prime Watford development. Comprising 107 townhouses, residents here benefit from resident parking, private gardens and the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. As well as this, the development is only 17-miles from Central London, making it an ideal location for commuters.

Read reviews and details of Long Acres, WD18

7. Royal Connaught Park, WD23

Comer Homes
4.23 (10 reviews) 4.23 (10 reviews)
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Next up, Royal Connaught Park is a residential development from Comer Homes, set in a Grade II-listed Victorian estate in Bushey, Hertfordshire. Previously used as a school for boys and a university, as well as a backdrop for movies like Harry Potter, it’s now a selection of luxury apartments and houses, set in 100 acres of greenery. It’s close to Bushey Station for direct trains to Euston, the M1 and M25 motorways, and the town of Watford and its Intu shopping mall.

Read reviews and details of Royal Connaught Park, WD23

8. St Michael’s Hurst, CM23

4.15 (5 reviews) 4.15 (5 reviews)
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In eigth, St Michael’s Hurst offers well-designed living spaces and all the benefits of living near high-quality green space all-year-round. The nearby town of Bishop’s Stortford is a much loved centre for shopping, café’s and cultural amenities.

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9. PLATFORM_ in Stevenage, SG1

3.89 (27 reviews) 3.89 (27 reviews)
Area guide to Hertfordshire
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PLATFORM_ is a fully integrated investor, developer, operator and asset manager of purpose-built residential communities throughout the United Kingdom. Its Stevenage development takes the number nine slot on our list, and residents here are delighted with the building design, facilities and general location of this development. The rooftop garden is a particular favourite for many of them.

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10. Lancaster Grange, AL2

Crest Nicholson
3.81 (8 reviews) 3.81 (8 reviews)
Area guide to Watford
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Taking 10th place is Lancaster Grange by Crest Nicholson. The development is a contemporary collection of two-bedroom apartments and thre and four-bedroom houses in the desirable village of Bricket Wood near Watford.

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Where is Hertfordshire?

Hertfordshire is one of the counties that makes up the East England region. It’s also one of the ‘home counties’, which are the ones that surround London. Hertfordshire is bordered by Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire to the north, Essex to the east, and Buckinghamshire to the west. Meanwhile, Greater London lies just to its south.

Why live in Hertfordshire?

Hertfordshire, like the rest of the home counties, offers an appealing blend of urban and rural lifestyles. It has miles of stunning green belt countryside, charming market towns and historical villages, but also excellent transport links to London. This makes it an ideal location for commuters, young families or anyone who wants a foot in both the country and big city living.

Another big plus for families looking to live in Hertfordshire is the availability of excellent schools. The county has over 120 schools rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Popular Hertfordshire locations

Hertfordshire has plenty to offer for house hunters of all different backgrounds and circumstances. Look towards Much Hadham, Standham, Flaunsden and Fairfield for idyllic village life complete with excellent gastro pubs and independent shops. Meanwhile, Bishops Stortford, Hitchin and Tring are all exceptionally pretty towns, with no shortage of attractive period homes. St. Albans is the county’s only official city, and its cathedral and many other cultural attractions, plus its superb dining and pub scene, make for a reliably lovely day out.

Transport in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is an exceptionally well-connected county, with its close-knit towns and cities joined by a network of A-roads. Getting between the main towns in the county is a breeze with the M25, A1(M) and A10, among other major roads, providing easy access. The county also boasts excellent rail connections, with major lines running through Hemel Hempstead, St. Albans and Harpenden and Potter’s Bar, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City.

What are average property prices in Hertfordshire like?

At the time of writing (August 2023) Hertfordshire house prices were at an average of just over £567,000. This makes Hertfordshire a relatively expensive county in which to purchase residential property, even compared to some of the other home counties. If you compare it with the June 2023 national average house price for England (£306,000), Hertfordshire’s average is significantly higher.

It’s worth remembering that Hertfordshire’s average covers a broad range of locations and property types. While St. Albans, Harpenden and other key commuter towns remain expensive places to buy, there are plenty of areas offering more affordable averages to rent and buy in Hertfordshire.

What is HomeViews?

Hopefully, this list will give you some idea of what Hertfordshire has to offer. If you want to see more developments and keep your finger on the pulse of this home county, check out our dedicated area guide below.


Hertfordshire is a county in the East of England that has been an important centre for trade, industry and commerce since the Iron Age. The county has over 760,000 residents, which makes it one of the most populous counties in England. It also contains Read more about Hertfordshire

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