Affluent, appealing, and entirely full of attractive places to live, Cheshire is a regular feature in publications’ lists of most desirable counties in England. It offers long-standing residents and newcomers alike a great mix of idyllic countryside and historic market towns, alongside more buzzing and dynamic urban centres. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then take a look at some of the best new homes in Cheshire.
Where is Cheshire?
Cheshire is one of the North West counties of England. It’s tucked in between Greater Manchester and Merseyside to the north, and Shropshire and Staffordshire to the south. It also borders the northern part of Wales.
Why live in Cheshire?
The whole North West of England has seen a surge of popularity in recent years. The combination of outstanding natural beauty and expanding infrastructure and job opportunities means that more people are flocking to the region. Cheshire is at the heart of this popularity boost. Possibly it’s because it is one of the most affluent and cosmopolitan counties found here.
What does Cheshire have to offer?
First of all, there’s a whole raft of beautiful historic towns and villages spread across the county. The concentration of wealth and desirable property has even led to the creation of Cheshire’s so-called ‘Golden Triangle’. While there’s plenty of debate of exactly where this ‘smart set’ area starts and ends, the three points are widely considered to be Wilmslow, Prestbury and Alderley Edge.
Chester itself, the heart of the county, is a walled cathedral city that offers an appealing mix of culture, history and modern-living convenience. It’s lively without being overcrowded, fun without being trashy, and is modernising without losing its soul. You can say the same of the wider county, in fact.
Cheshire is also exceptionally green, enjoying seemingly endless scenes of rural beauty from rolling hills to meandering waterways. There are 13 National Trust sites within the county, and dozens more directly on its doorstep.
Speaking of, Cheshire is also a commuter haven. It has excellent transport links to the likes of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. If you want to work in a big city and come home to a cosy town or rural idyll, Cheshire is for you.
Finally, Cheshire has no shortage of ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ Ofsted-rated schools. There are five ‘outstanding’ rated schools within Chester alone.
What are average property prices in Cheshire like?
You have probably guessed already that Cheshire is not a cheap place to buy property. In December 2021, Zoopla put the Cheshire house price average at £279,500. This is a rise of 1.3% overall for the year, and is a full £15,500 more expensive than the UK national average.
However, this average covers a wide range of property types and prices. Cheshire is famous for attracting big money to buy big mansions, but it has plenty of more realistic property prospects too. Flats in Cheshire currently fetch asking prices of around £187,500 and terraced houses £179,030. Again, this is based on Zoopla estimates.
If you’re planning to rent in Cheshire, the countywide average is between £1000-£1200, according to various providers. Again, this will vary widely depending on the kind of property you want to rent. In 2019-2020, the median rent for a 2-bed property in Cheshire East was £600, and £595 for Cheshire West.
New homes in Cheshire: 10 best developments
If you want to take a closer look at what kind of property prospects Cheshire offers, look no further. The following list is the top-ranked property developments in the county. As with all our lists, we base this solely on the scores provided by verified residents.
Enjoy looking around some of the best new homes in Cheshire. Simply click on whatever catches your eye to explore their dedicated page. Here you’ll find more information about the development, its developer, and more reviews from residents living there.
*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.
The top development for Cheshire is Westlow Heath, located in Congleton, and surrounded by scenic Cheshire countryside. It’s conveniently located midway between the M6 and the Peak District, making it ideal for commuting and exciting days out. Congleton’s town centre is just a short distance away and here you will find plenty of local favourites to enjoy.
In 2nd place, Taylor’s Chase by Redrow sits between Liverpool and Manchester. The development benefits from direct trains around 35 minutes from Sankey station for Penketh. In addition to the good location of the site, residents benefit from their close proximity to plenty of ‘good’ Ofsted-rated schools, which are well supported by local swimming pools and other high-spec sports facilities.
Taking 3rd, Hazelmere is a new development by Bovis Homes situated on the edge of the village of Haslington, itself just a few miles from the busy town of Crewe. Residents call it “lovely and peaceful”, citing the high concentration of green spaces and dedicated play areas for children.
In our 4th spot, Ledsham Garden Village by Redrow sits in the village of Little Sutton. The development includes the Redrow Heritage Collection of 3-5-bedroom family homes. A quarter of the development has been designated as affordable homes, giving plenty of flexibility in terms of financing options. Redrow has created a community atmosphere here, with lots of open spaces and sports pitches, plus a community centre at the heart of the village. Residents also benefit from solid road and rail links, with Liverpool and Chester both close by.
Woodford Grange currently occupies the middle spot on our list. It offers 2-4-bedroom family homes in Winsford, which is roughly equidistant between Crewe and Chester. The nearby Winsford Station railway offers quick access to Liverpool, Birmingham and Northwich. Residents say that the houses offer spacious rooms, good soundproofing and generous gardens.
At number 6, Willowbrook Grange is located just 2 miles from the centre of Crewe. The development offers a range of 2-bedroom apartments and 3-5-bedroom houses, all of which are spacious, well designed with modern living in mind, according to residents. There’s also an expanding range of on-site facilities planned here, including several children’s play parks.
In 7th place, Weaver Park offers 3-4-bedroom homes with modern living in mind. The development is well placed in the village of Hartford, which is not far from Northwich. and enjoys excellent local amenities. One resident says: “Lovely looking houses and the estate is pleasing to the eye in general”.
Next, we move over to Macclesfield for the first time on this list. King’s Quarter, by Bellway Homes, comprises 2-bedroom apartments, and 3-5-bedroom houses. The development is less than a mile from the town centre, which is partly why King’s Quarter has a perfect score for its ‘location’ category. As well as this, residents benefit from open green spaces and garages or allocated parking for all properties.
4.35 (8 reviews)
4.35 (8 reviews)
At number 9, we’re back to Woodford Grange, this time to cover the offerings of developer Simple Life. Again, residents here benefit from being in a well-situated development within easy reach of the A54 and is within 8 miles of the nearest M6 junction. Also, Winsford’s local train station is just 3 miles away. Additionally, the area also benefits from a great range of shops, schools and parks.
4.33 (9 reviews)
4.33 (9 reviews)
Developer Simple Life manages to grab a second spot on this list, with Chase Park at number 10. This development is north of Chester, just 15 miles away from the city of Liverpool. This gives residents the chance to quickly and easily pop in to enjoy either place’s enviable offering of shopping, dining and entertainment scenes. Chester Zoo is also close by.
If the appeal of living in Chester comes through from our list, then make sure you check out our dedicated area guide below. Here you’ll find a wider range of new homes in Cheshire, all supported by an expanding range of verified resident reviews.
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