New build homes in South East London: 10 best developments

Are you attracted by the promising new build homes in South East London? A little cheaper than Central London but still crammed with famous landmarks, amazing markets, and world-class dining opportunities, the region has a lot going for it. But how can you zone in on the right neighbourhood – and development – for you? Time to learn more about the area and its Top 10 new builds, as decided by verified resident reviews.

Where is South East London?

South East London stretches from the Albert Embankment to West Heath and the nearest edges of Sidcup and Selhurst. The main boroughs in the region include Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich, plus sections of Croydon, Lambeth, Bexley, and Bromley. The River Thames borders the area to the north, with Kent and Surrey neighbouring to the south.

Living in South East London

From bohemian urban villages to riverside real estate, South East London has bags of appeal. Starting in Greenwich, you could explore the carefully restored Greenwich Market, complete with Victorian inscription, delicious food and an array of antiques, arts and crafts, and fashion stalls. Get further lost in local history along the riverside, where you can view The Old Royal Naval College, pop into Trafalgar Tavern or discover stories of epic adventures in the National Maritime Museum.

Just to the west, Deptford offers a scattering of live music venues, art galleries, and its own market on a diverse high street known for its Vietnamese cuisine. A touch further south, Brockley boasts a long association with the bohemian counterculture of the 60s. This lives on in the creative community that fuels the shops, restaurants, and open spaces that earn its reputation as an urban village. Check out the famous retro Rivoli Ballroom, the South London Gallery, and Jack Studio theatre when you’re nearby.

Keep heading east to soak in Lewisham’s edgy vibe. Meanwhile, in Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays, you’ll discover an engaging mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture alongside traditional public houses. South East’s London position also allows for a quick escape to the Surrey Hills or Kent Downs AONBs.

Other than a host of rail and bus services, the region is well connected by A-roads linking South London to the M25 and across the river, as well as to the bordering counties of Kent, Surrey, and Essex (via the Dartford Crossing). Work in Canary Warf or the City but rather avoid the train? Choose the scenic river bus for a more relaxed commute or cross the Thames via the Blackwall Tunnel or the Woolwich Foot Tunnel.

South East London property prices

So, how much will a home in South East London set you back? If we look at Rightmove’s current data (February 2022), it shows that properties cost £563,740 on average. This is a rise of 3 per cent since 2019, though prices haven’t changed much in the last year.

While cheaper than Central London, the region is more costly than East London. At £676,000, Southwark was at the higher end of the scale, with Bexley providing cheaper homes around the £416,593 mark. Assessing the averages by type, we see that flats sold for £446,396, terraced houses for £664,194, and semi-detached properties for £757,954.

Rental prices can fluctuate quickly depending on the number of homes on the market at any one time. A recent estimate by Foxtons shows that you can expect to pay £484 per week for the average South East London home. On average, one-bedroom properties are asking for £345pw, rising to £1,385pw for six-bedroom homes.

New builds in South East London: 10 highest rated developments

Now you’ve seen what the region offers, we can reveal the best new build homes in South East London. How do we know which developers deserve a place on our list? Well, we couldn’t have done it without the candid ratings and reviews left by the residents themselves. Time to discover what they really think!

*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.

4.57 (57 reviews)
4.57 (57 reviews)

Kicking things off is Bradstowe House. Located in the heart of Harrow, the Comer Houses development is managed by Greystar and offers one and two-bedroom rental apartments and penthouses. Residents at Bradstowe House have access to an on-site gym, lounge and a 24hr concierge service. Over the past few years, it has won multiple HomeViews excellence awards based on residents’ feedback.

Read reviews and details of Bradstowe House, HA1

In second place, Uncle Wembley comprises 239 one, two, and three-bedroom pet-friendly apartments in Wembley. Residents here benefit from a private gym, wellness room and a roof terrace. The development is also just a 4-minute walk from Wembley Central station and various local amenities. The building benefits from a security system and a staffed reception to assist residents and collect parcels.

Read reviews and details of Uncle Wembley, HA9

The Rise is a collection of contemporary one, two and three-bedroom apartments located close to the revitalised waterside in Alperton, a convenient short walk from the Piccadilly line. You only need to walk for a few minutes to find Alperton station, Sainsbury’s, Indian stores and more, plus there’s a bus stop just in front of the building and free evening street parking. Our residents rated The Rise into third place, describing it as ‘clean and tidy’, with ‘friendly staff’ and lovely communal spaces.

Read reviews and details of The Rise, HA0

Eastman Village, by Barratt London, sits in Harrow – and fourth position. Comprising one to three-bedroom houses, this regeneration development will include restaurants, cafés, shops and offices around a landscaped park. Residents here will benefit from a gym, 1GB per second fibre-optic broadband connections and excellent transport links.

Read reviews and details of Eastman Village, HA1

Claiming its place in the Top 5, Millbrook Park lies in Zone 4, with Mill Hill East Underground station just a short walk away. All the homes come with their own private outdoor space, and residents will enjoy landscaped gardens and local amenities. Reviewers have mentioned the ‘very responsive and quality property management’, the great interior finish and the ‘very friendly neighbourhood’.

Read reviews and details of Millbrook Park by Barratt London, NW7

4.06 (11 reviews)
4.06 (11 reviews)

At number six, Echo One by Hill and Origin Housing sits in Harrow, just 25-minutes from Central London. Residents benefit from being close to Lowlands Recreational Ground, great schools and the local high street, which gives residents access to a wide variety of amenities and leisure facilities. One reviewer complimented the ‘spacious and well-thought-out design’, the rear landscaped garden courtyard and the ‘prompt’ management team.

Read reviews and details of Echo One, HA2

Harrow View East is our seventh most highly rated development. Located close to two Tube stations, the ‘well-designed’ and ‘spacious’ apartments lie just four stops away from Harrow’s town centre by bus, which you catch just outside. You’ll also find a range of shops and amenities close by, free on-street parking, and three-hour visitors’ parking managed via an app.

Read reviews and details of Harrow View East, HA1

Middlesex House is a new development located on the outskirts of Edgware town centre – and in eighth place. The development mainly comprises studio flats alongside a small number of one and two-bedroom apartments.

Residents tell us that Middlesex House has been recently renovated to include large glass windows, stainless steel appliances, white painted walls, and hardwood floors. The building is also regularly cleaned, plus there’s parking available for residents at a fee.

Nearby Edgware High Street features a range of shops, such as the Broadwalk Shopping Centre with TK Maxx and an Argos, restaurants, and a choice of supermarkets. The development also lies near Edgware Station (Northern Line), Canons Park (Jubilee), and bus services.

Read reviews and details of Middlesex House, HA8

L&Q at Colindale Gardens is our penultimate development. Comprised of 211 apartments, which range from one, two and three bedrooms, it features an on-site concierge and private balconies. It’s also only a 10-minute walk from Colindale station, serviced by the Northern line. Residents say that the development is set within a tranquil and safe family-oriented community near a police station and police academy.

Read reviews and details of L&Q at Colindale Gardens Private Rental, NW9

3.83 (16 reviews)
3.83 (16 reviews)

Williamson Heights, which comprises one, two, and three-bedroom Shared Ownership apartments, finishes off the Top 10. It offers an ideal investment for single professionals, young couples or families and comes with multiple communal areas for leisure, relaxation or work.

Two minutes away, Wembley Stadium station runs direct services to London Marylebone within 10 minutes – or head over to Wembley Park station to hop on the Metropolitan line. You’ll also find London Designer Outlet, BOXPARK food court, and the stadium and arena on your doorstep.

Read reviews and details of Williamson Heights, HA9

Did any of our new build homes in South East London give you pause for thought? Don’t decide until you’ve seen the full range of ratings and reviews we have for each contender. Just click the link below to get stuck in.

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