New build homes for sale in North East England: Top 10 developments

Where can you find the best new build homes for sale in North East England? Today, we’ll share data taken from our resident review platform to reveal the best developments in the region. Just read on to learn which builders rated the highest in terms of value, quality, design, location and management. But first, let’s find out why the North East is a great place to live.

Where is North East England?

North East England is a region of England covering 3,317 square miles. It contains four counties – County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, and part of North Yorkshire. Scotland borders to the north, the North Sea to the east, Yorkshire to the south, and Cumbria to the west.

Living in North East England

Stretching from the border of Scotland to the North Pennines AONB and with a beautiful coastline forming its eastern border, North East England’s landscape is certainly varied. It’s home to around 2.7 million inhabitants, primarily settled in the urban centres of Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside. In particular, the cities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Sunderland act as the region’s major hubs.

The northernmost county, rugged Northumberland joins the Scottish border and shares much of its culture. Head into the National Park, which encompasses Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Forest and the Cheviot Hills, to enjoy the area’s serene beauty and history.

Lying beneath Northumberland, Tyne and Wear is named after the rivers it surrounds. It features a lighthouse-studded coastline offering miles of waterside walks and bike rides, while Newcastle is known for its club and restaurant scene.

In County Durham, you’ll discover a cathedral city founded by a group of monks from Lindisfarne. The county also has impressive walking routes and open wild spaces, such as the North Pennines and Hamsterley Forest. A slice of North Yorkshire also falls within the boundaries of North East England.

Transport in North East England

Getting around is fairly easy too. The A1/A1 (M) runs from London right through the North East counties on its way to Edinburgh. A series of further A-roads link the four counties together, centring on Tyne & Wear. Here, you’ll also find a Metro service connecting Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and the City of Sunderland.

Meanwhile, the east-to-west A66 provides a straightforward route to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Travelling abroad? Newcastle International Airport – the largest in the North East – offers flights to 80 destinations.

North East England property prices

So, how do prices in the North East compare with the rest of the country? Data from Zoopla for the 12 months to October 2022 revealed that the average cost for a home here was £205,586.

This is much cheaper than the average for the North West (£224,895). County Durham came out the cheapest location overall, while at £155,690, while Northumberland homes cost the most. However, prices are still well below the England-wide average of £316,000.

Last year, most sales centres around terraced properties, averaging £153,281. Meanwhile, semi-detached homes went for around £190,704, with detached properties achieving £355,468.

New build homes for sale in North East England: Top 10 developments

Now you’re more familiar with the region’s highlights, let’s find out which new build homes for sale in North East England our residents rate the highest.

*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.

Top spot in our rankings of new build homes for sale in North East England is taken by Fairfields Manor. The development offers a variety of three and four-bedroom homes in Crawcrook. Each home features well-proportioned rooms and high-quality kitchens with integrated appliances. The development is nine miles from Newcastle, offering excellent commuter links. Residents say the estate is peaceful, with beautiful streets and well-spaced houses. There’s also plenty of parking for residents and visitors alike.

Read reviews and details of Fairfields Manor, NE40

In second place, Cygnet Park offers a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes in North Tyneside, each featuring bi-fold doors, exclusive kitchen designs and integrated appliances. Cygnet Park is located just 6 miles to the north of Newcastle’s city centre, while the town itself benefits from numerous local amenities, including shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants.

The area is very close to the A19 and A1, which provide excellent transport links. There is also a small Sainsbury’s and a Shell garage a 5-minute walk from the development and a larger supermarket 10 minutes away. Walkers will also enjoy strolling around Gosforth Park and Weetslade, both just 5 minutes away.

Read reviews and details of Cygnet Park, NE12

4.41 (10 reviews)
4.41 (10 reviews)

Sitting third in our Top 10, Peerfields by Avant Homes offers a range of two, three and four-bedroom new homes for sale in County Durham. Located on the A167 and minutes from the A1M, Peerfields is ideal for commuters. Residents enjoy the easy links to Darlington and Durham and like living in a quiet and safe community with plenty of parking for homeowners and visitors alike.

Read reviews and details of Peerfields, DL17

4.40 (8 reviews)
4.40 (8 reviews)

Fourth-placed City Quadrant is a mixed-use development located at the western entrance to Newcastle City Centre, just a short walk from Central Station. The development also includes office space and some restaurants and retail space that residents can benefit from. The idyllic location means that residents here can also benefit from various local amenities.

Read reviews and details of City Quadrant, NE1

Taking fifth place, Potters Hill is a development of modern, energy-efficient three, four and five bedroom homes. Located on the edge of Sunderland with easy access to major roads, local leisure amenities, and shops. These homes combine urban convenience with countryside surroundings.

Read reviews and details of Potters Hill, SR3

4.27 (7 reviews)
4.27 (7 reviews)

Sitting in sixth place in our ranking for North East England, The Fell is located on the edge of the market town of Chester-le-Street and offers a selection of two, three and four-bedroom homes. Amenities include schools, parks, nature reserves and transport links.

Read reviews and details of The Fell, DH2

Miller Homes at Potters Mill is the seventh-highest rated development in our Top 10. It offers energy-efficient three, four and five-bedroom homes. With fast access to the A19 as well as shops, leisure amenities and nearby Herrington County Park, Potters Mill has lots to recommend it.

Our residents have commented on the modern and stylish finish, including anthracite windows and black roofs that are ‘sympathetic to the surroundings’. They also comment on the generous garden sizes, the accessible bus routes, and the walks along the old miners’ railway and the nearby forest.

Read reviews and details of Miller Homes at Potters Mill, SR3

Taking eighth place for new build homes for sale in North East England is Hanover Mill. Situated on Newcastle Quayside, Hanover Mill is a residential development with views of the River Tyne. The development is an approximately only a five-minute walk away from Newcastle Central Station and great access to the Universities, Newcastle College, and RVI Hospital.

Read reviews and details of Hanover Mill, NE1

Smith’s Dock, by Urban Splash, sits in North Shields just outside of Newcastle upon Tyne and is voted into ninth place by reviewers on HomeViews. This waterside development benefits from an industrial design, great views and various amenity spaces across the development. As well as this, the development is just a short distance from Newcastle upon Tyne city centre making it an ideal location for commuting.

Read reviews and details of Smith’s Dock, NE29

Finishing off our top 10 of new build home for sale in the North East of England, Miller Homes at Meadow Hill is a new development of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes. Meadow Hill benefits from plenty of green open spaces and walking routes, as well as excellent commuter links with easy access to the A1 and close to Newcastle airport.

Read reviews and details of Miller Homes at Meadow Hill, NE15

North East England is a region of contrasts. Wild, rugged landscapes dominate the north of this corner of England, while the south is more widely populated, with major cities and arable land. In the north of the region, Northumberland sits on the border with Read more about North East England

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