New homes in Cambridgeshire command plenty of interest – and it’s no wonder. Famous for its university, the county around the city also combines beautiful fenland, cathedral towns and medieval markets, creating an atmosphere of charm and culture. But which developments offer the most bang for your buck? Let’s find out who made our Top 10 – according to verified residents on HomeViews.
Where is Cambridgeshire?
So, where is Cambridgeshire? A county in the East of England, its most notable settlements include the county town of Cambridge, the cathedral cities of Peterborough and Ely and the market town of Huntington. The region borders Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the north-east and Suffolk to the east. Essex and Hertfordshire lie to the south, with Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west.
Living in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire’s characterful and historic towns and cities often claim a spot in the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live guide. Why? Let’s start in Ely – one of the country’s smallest cities. Here, period homes and a riverside setting promote an air of quiet beauty, while lantern towers grant romantic views of the county’s wetlands.
In the green-belt ringed county town of Cambridge, you’ll discover an intellectual’s paradise. The town’s status revolves around its prestigious medieval university, where student life intermingles with the modern bars, restaurants, and shops serving the wider community. It’s also home to some lovely parks, a botanical garden, and a river famous for its idyllic punting scenes.
However, Cambridgeshire is not all about the weekend. The growing local economy is doing well, contributing £22bn to the UK. Since 2009, employment in the area has also been on the rise, supporting hubs for artificial intelligence, life sciences, food production and advanced manufacturing. Anglia Ruskin University and The Open University have campuses in the county too, so whether you’re looking for a world-class education or a new career, Cambridgeshire has plenty to offer.
You can also explore the county’s wartime history in your downtime, symbolised by the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial. Alternatively, let your cares float away at the Cambridge Folk Festival, roam 254.5 hectares at Wicken Fen, visit Peterborough’s Norman cathedral, or jump in the car for a day trip to AONB coastlines in neighbouring Norfolk and Suffolk.
Transport in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire has excellent road links connecting its towns and cities to the wider country. The M11 provides a direct route from Cambridge to the M25 and Central London. Meanwhile, the A1(M) cuts through the county’s western side in its journey from London to Peterborough. Travel east to west via the A14 or use the other main A-roads to quickly reach the region’s largest settlements.
Cambridgeshire also lies within easy commuting distance of London and Essex. From Cambridge train station, services run to London Liverpool Street in 70–90 minutes. Besides this, Kings Cross is reachable in as little as 50 minutes, with St. Pancras International just over an hour by rail.
Cambridgeshire property prices
According to recent Zoopla data, the average price for property in Cambridgeshire currently stands at £372,226 (December 2021). This is a fall of 2.00 per cent in the last year. In terms of property types, flats achieved an average of £267,733, with terraced houses going for around £314,843. Semi-detached homes were a little more expensive at £325,731, while detached properties sold for about £472,089 on average.
According to Home.co.uk, the average rental price for a property in the area is £1,073 PCM. On the smaller end of the scale, one-bedroom homes currently cost £818 PCM. This rises to £2,446 PCM for a five-bedroom house. These figures fluctuate daily, but they give a rough indication of what rentals can achieve in the county.
New homes in Cambridgeshire: Top 10 developments
New homes in Cambridgeshire are popular for professionals and families alike. But which development will suit your unique needs and lifestyle? Our frequently updated Top 10 explores the highest-reviewed sites in the area, empowering you to make the right choice.
The best building for renting in London, voted for by residents, is Canary Wharf’s 8 Water Street.
This popular development of 174 apartments has a landscaped private garden overlooking South Dock and the quiet boardwalks of Water Square. The development also has an expansive roof terrace, the largest outdoor space in the Vertus portfolio. Reviewers highlight the first-class concierge service, attractive communal areas and excellent amenities available to residents.
4.58 (80 reviews)
4.58 (80 reviews)
At second place in London’s rental rankings is The Quarters Croydon. The Quarters’ short-term letting scheme offers residents a stylish and convenient base in this thriving South London suburb.
The development includes 151 high-specification studios. Croydon station is only a 4-minute walk away. London Bridge is 14-minutes away by train, while Gatwick Airport is also easily accessible. Residents enjoy the convenient location, conscientious staff and clean and stylish accommodation.
Third position in the top 10 London rental developments goes to be:here Hayes. This stylish residential development has 119 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The building also includes restaurants, leisure amenities and a music venue.
Additionally, Hayes & Harlington station is just a quarter of a mile away, while the M4, M25 and Heathrow Airport are all easily accessible.
4.68 (100 reviews)
4.68 (100 reviews)
North-west London’s highest ranked rental building, The Quarters Kilburn has 82 self-contained studios in a superb location. Kilburn Park underground station is a 5-minute walk away, making central London easily accessible.
Residents of The Quarters Kilburn enjoy access to secure parking, a concierge and a lounge. Reviewers also praised the helpful and attentive building management team.
Sailmakers is a Build-to-Rent scheme from Greystar, with 327 units. Located in the Harbour Central development on the Isle of Dogs, the building is less than a 10-minute walk from the heart of Canary Wharf. Public transport comes courtesy of nearby South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf’s DLR and Underground services.
Residents enjoy fast and frequent connections to the likes of Bank and Monument. Reviewers complimented the excellent management team and the first-class service they provide.
Rising 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new Wood Wharf district, 10 George Street is number six in London’s top rental buildings. The development has 327 apartments overlooking waterside gardens and boardwalks below.
Residents have exclusive access to ‘Club Vertus’. This includes access to a 24/7 gym studio, self-service bar, private dining room and lounge. Residents praise the stylish design and the excellent facilities and services, which include a 24-hour concierge.
Vantage Point is north London’s best-rated rental building. It has 118 apartments ranging from studios to one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. All Vantage Point residents get access to a range of services and amenities. These include a 24-hour on-site team, a roof terrace, games room and exercise room.
The development is located in a sought-after position above Archway underground station. Popular Highgate Village and Hampstead Heath are within easy reach.
Harrow’s Bradstowe House is conveniently located close to Harrow on the Hill train station. The development includes one and two-bedroom apartments and a number of penthouses, all of which are available as rental-only.
Residents of Bradstowe House have access to an on-site gym, lounge and 24hr concierge. Reviews praise the excellent staff, superb location and spacious accommodation.
Elephant Central is located in the heart of London’s Elephant and Castle. Situated within London’s zone 1, it has excellent connections to the City. London Bridge, Borough Market and the cultural attractions of the South Bank are all within walking distance.
The development offers a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses, which are available fully furnished. Residents praise the spacious, attractive accommodation and superb location. Elephant & Castle mainline and underground stations are both within a quarter of a mile.
Rounding off the top 10 London rental buildings is Fizzy Lewisham. This modern development has one and two-bedroom flats for rental, that are pet-friendly, and come with free award-winning broadband internet.
Residents praise the prime location, which is close to Lewisham mainline station. There are fast and regular connections to central London, with London Bridge less than 10-minutes away.
So, are you intrigued by our round-up of the best new homes in Cambridgeshire? Our dedicated area guide will help you explore the pros and cons of each development. Simply click the link below to narrow down your options.
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