It has many of the most picturesque coastal towns and villages in the UK. It’s knee-deep both in natural beauty and history. If you want to find a more tranquil, relaxed approach to life in England, the South West might be for you. To find out, take a look at HomeViews’ top-ranked developments that highlight some of the best new homes in South West England.
Where is South West England?
The South West of England is the whole ‘foot’ of the country, running all the way from Cornwall up to Bristol county, Gloucester and Wiltshire. On the way, the region takes in the other ‘West Country’ counties of Devon, Dorset and Somerset.
Why live in South West England?
The South West of England has some of the most stunning natural beauty in the country, particularly if you like the coast. Cornwall is a holidaymaking powerhouse, thanks to its world-renowned beaches, stunning seaside towns, and general charm and appeal. The rest of the West Country offers a similarly warm welcome wherever you go.
Moving up eastwards, Bristol is a historical, architectural and cultural treasure of a city, frequently voted one of the happiest in the UK. If you’re looking for the convenience of a big city but with plenty of character and charm, Bristol delivers. Nearby Bath does too, with its own vibrant history and world-famous high teas.
Overall, the South West of England combines a rich cultural heritage with easy access to stunning nature and a more relaxed pace of life.
What are average house prices in South West England like?
At the time of writing (November 2021) Zoopla places the average property price for South West England at £330,846. Prices have fallen by about 3% in the past 12 months. This is slightly surprising, given how many people have left the big cities looking for more open space and greenery. Still, it’s a welcome surprise for anyone looking to buy here.
This average varies greatly from county to county. Bristol and Cornwall remain relatively expensive as commercial and tourism hubs, while Wiltshire and Gloucestershire offer lower averages.
Property types vary widely too. You can find anything from grand period townhouses and country estates, to smart new-build apartments in the region’s upwardly mobile towns and city centres. Across South West England, flats sold for an average of £220,336 and terraced houses for £256,502 during the past year.
New homes in South West England: Top 10 developments
If this sounds appealing, you’d best look at some of the best new property developments the region has to offer. These are the 10 best ranked developments in South West England, as voted by reviewers on HomeViews.
*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.
Bristol takes the top spot on our list! Box Makers Yard is a rental-only development, managed by Urbanbubble. It offers a range of 1, 2 and 3-bed apartments, which come with courtyard or city views, extra storage and private balconies or terraces. In addition, there are a range of flexible tenancy lengths up to 5 years. Additional facilities include a residents’ lounge with a games area, an air-conditioned gym with weekly fitness classes as well as a private rooftop dining suite with an outdoor terrace. Box Makers Yard is only a 12-minute walk away from the city centre and is only moments away from Temple Meads Station, Castle Park and Hannah Moore Primary School. Read reviews and details of Box Makers Yard, BS2
Spring Wharf is a Build to Rent development, located in Bath. It offers a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments. The development is pet friendly and residents have access to a wide range of amenities, including a residents’ deck with a BBQ area and a gym as well as a 24 hour on-site team. The […] Read reviews and details of Spring Wharf, BA2
Frenchay Gardens by Redrow Homes sits in close proximity to Bristol. In addition to being just 6 miles away from the city, Frenchay is located just half a mile from J1 of the M32. Residents benefit from a range of local supermarkets and leisure facilities such as a cricket club and golf courses nearby. Read reviews and details of Frenchay Gardens, BS16
Now let’s slide over to Wiltshire and the historic market town of Corsham, where we find Park Place. This development gets solid marks across the board from reviewers, with particular praise regularly given to the design of the homes and the convenience of the location. In all, there are 170 homes within a countryside setting, yet close to all of the amenities of the town. The size and standard of the gardens at Park Place also get a big thumbs up from residents. Read reviews and details of Park Place, SN13
In third place and located at Finzels Reach, Hawkins & George is in the heart of Bristol with over 194 homes to rent. These range from studios to 1 and 2 bed apartments. The development also benefits from being located next to an excellent range of modern offices, bars, restaurants and coffee shops. As well as local amenities, renters have an onsite resident services team and 24-hour assistance from Grainger. Read reviews and details of Hawkins & George, BS1
Close to the coast, Handley Place is a new development by St Modwen Homes, close to the village of Locking, and 3 miles from the M5 with easy access to Weston Super Mare. Reviewers say that the homes here offer excellent use of space inside and out, with generously sized rooms and gardens designed and finished to a high standard. Read reviews and details of Handley Place, Locking, BS25
Highbrook Park, by Crest Nicholson, sits in the village of Harry Stoke. Comprising of one to five-bedroom homes, the development benefits from excellent transport links. With Parkway Station a few minutes away, as well as the M32, residents here have access to Central Bristol within 30-minutes. Read reviews and details of Highbrook Park, BS34
Locking takes a second spot on our list! Locking Parklands is development by St Modwen Homes. Close to the Mendip Hills, there’s plenty of access to the area’s natural beauty, and the green spaces on site are a big hit with residents. It’s also an eco-friendly development, with excellent insulation, big rooms and high ceilings for natural light, and solar panelling installed throughout. Read reviews and details of Locking Parklands, BS24
Greenacre offers a choice of 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes located in the village of Bishops Cleeve on the edge of Cheltenham. The village offers excellent amenities, including a post office, chemist and two pubs. Read reviews and details of Greenacre, GL52
For number 10 we head towards Swindon, where Badbury Park by Redrow sits on the edge of Coate Water Country Park. Residents benefit from being within easy reach of both the M4 and Swindon itself. The development is also right on the edge of the North Wessex Downs AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Badbury Park has a selection of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes on offer. As well as a good location all homes have contemporary design features and appliances. Read reviews and details of Redrow at Badbury Park, SN3
Does this roundup of the best new homes in South West England make you curious for a closer look? Check out our dedicated area guide for a fuller description of the region, and a lot more developments.
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