The North East is the most affordable region in England for buying a new home. Add in its strong culture, stunning coastline and rolling greenery, exciting cities and solid transport networks, and you have an area with something for everyone. Take a closer look, and discover some of the best new homes in North East England.
What areas are in north east England?
The North East makes up the most northernly part of England. Its northernmost county is Northumberland, which sits on the Scottish border. Below that, you’ll find Durham and the small metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear.
There’s also a tiny slice of the huge county of North Yorkshire included in this region. It includes Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland, and Middlesbrough
Why live in North East England?
The first thing to mention about living in the North East of England is the breathtakingly scenery. There are literally thousands of novels, films and theatrical scripts that use this part of England as their backdrop, due to its incredible natural beauty. From the Wilds of Northumberland to the North Pennines and nearby North Yorkshire Moors, there are few regions that match it for sheer natural spectacle.
Alongside rugged hills and valleys, North East England also has the exciting and appealing cities of Newcastle, Sunderland and the historic charm of Durham. Between the big cities, there are dozens of idyllic towns and villages with a perfect rural backdrop.
Finally, another huge draw is that the North East is the most affordable region in England to buy a home. The next section digs into the figures, but overall, North East England has the cheapest property prices. And, in 2021, the town of Shildon in County Durham is still England’s most affordable town, with average prices of just under £60,000.
What are North East England average property prices like?
House prices have been fluctuating across the UK in 2021, due to the recovery from the pandemic, changes in stamp duty and many other factors. At the time of writing (November 2021) the North East average property price is £202,341. This is around £70,000 lower than the recorded HM Land Registry average for England as a whole.
If you look at County Durham, it gets even better, with a county average of just £157,892.
For renting in North East England, there’s also an affordable regional average of £588 per month. Even though this average has crept upwards by 7.7% in the part 12 months, it is still extremely favourable compared to the 2021 rental average for the UK, which is £997.
New homes in North East England: Top 10 best developments
Now that you have an overview of what North East England can offer, let’s take a closer look. The following are the top 10 ranked property developments in the region. As always, these rankings are based purely on the scores given by verified 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.
At the top of the class, Peerfields offers a range of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom new homes for sale in County Durham. Located on the A167 and just minutes from the A1M, Peerfields is ideal for commuters as well as anyone who wants to enjoy the greenery of the county and beyond. With no category score falling below 4 out of 5, this development is an all-round winner that residents love for its high-quality design, convenient location, expanding facilities and reliable management team, all combining to provide excellent value for money.
4.26 (15 reviews)
4.26 (15 reviews)
Next we move down to the southern edge of Sunderland, where Miller Homes at Potters Mill offers energy-efficient 3-5-bedroom homes. With easy access to the national road network as well as plenty of shops, leisure amenities and nearby Herrington County Park, Potters Mill has lots to offer. Residents say that the management team are great at keeping the whole development maintained with regular street sweeping, grass cutting and gardening.
The Green is a development of build-to-rent homes in the coastal town of Hartlepool. The developer, PlaceFirst, has refurbished three streets of Victorian terrace houses close to the town centre, to make a development that is pet-friendly, well designed and well laid out, and residents claim is great value for money.
IN at number 4 on our list, Barley Gate offers a range of 3 and 4-bedroom new homes for sale in Chester-le-Street near Birtley. It is only an 8-mile drive to Durham and 10 miles to Newcastle, so it’s another development that’s ideal for commuters.
For number 5, we head over to north western part of County Durham to find Fairfields Manor, which offers a variety of 3 & 4 bedroom homes in Crawcrook. Each home features well-proportioned rooms and high-quality kitchens with integrated appliances. The development is just nine miles from Newcastle, offering excellent commuter links.
3.72 (28 reviews)
3.72 (28 reviews)
At 6, Highfield Park is a ten-minute drive from Sunderland’s city centre, with excellent local amenities and travel links close by. Residents describe the houses here as modern, spacious, and well presented with generously sized gardens.
Next up, Wood Avens Village offers a range of 3 and 4-bedroom new homes for sale in Wingate, in the eastern part of County Durham and a short drive from Hartlepool. The village of Wingate has many local amenities including shops, a cafe, pub, post office and medical centre.
3.60 (12 reviews)
3.60 (12 reviews)
For number 8 we head up into Northumberland, where Crawford Park is situated just one mile from Blyth town centre, with the Northumberland coast and countryside on your doorstep. Crawford Park is within walking distance of all local amenities. Residents here love the large gardens and friendly community vibe of the development.
3.57 (14 reviews)
3.57 (14 reviews)
Portland Wynd takes the ninth spot, and is located in Blyth, a 20-minute drive from the centre of Newcastle. Blyth’s amenities include an arts centre, theatre and cinema, while the development itself offers a good variety of homes built to a high standard and maintained by a considerate, helpful and transparent management team, according to residents.
In tenth place is High View by Keepmoat Homes – a modern scheme 6 miles from the centre of Newcastle and conveniently close to shops, entertainment, parks and schools. Residents praise the design of the homes and swift responses to any snagging issues.
If you need to explore North East England further, click on the area guide link below. Here you’ll find more developments sited across the region, suitable for any budget and preference of location type.
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