New homes in South West England: 10 best developments

It has many of the most picturesque coastal towns and villages in the UK. It’s knee-deep both in natural beauty and history. If you want to find a more tranquil, relaxed approach to life in England, the South West might be for you. To find out, take a look at HomeViews’ top-ranked developments that highlight some of the best new homes in South West England.

Where is South West England?

The South West of England is the whole ‘foot’ of the country, running all the way from Cornwall up to Bristol county, Gloucester and Wiltshire. On the way, the region takes in the other ‘West Country’ counties of Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Why live in South West England?

The South West of England has some of the most stunning natural beauty in the country, particularly if you like the coast. Cornwall is a holidaymaking powerhouse, thanks to its world-renowned beaches, stunning seaside towns, and general charm and appeal. The rest of the West Country offers a similarly warm welcome wherever you go.

Moving up eastwards, Bristol is a historical, architectural and cultural treasure of a city, frequently voted one of the happiest in the UK. If you’re looking for the convenience of a big city but with plenty of character and charm, Bristol delivers. Nearby Bath does too, with its own vibrant history and world-famous high teas.

Overall, the South West of England combines a rich cultural heritage with easy access to stunning nature and a more relaxed pace of life.

What are average house prices in South West England like?

At the time of writing (November 2021) Zoopla places the average property price for South West England at £330,846. Prices have fallen by about 3% in the past 12 months. This is slightly surprising, given how many people have left the big cities looking for more open space and greenery. Still, it’s a welcome surprise for anyone looking to buy here.

This average varies greatly from county to county. Bristol and Cornwall remain relatively expensive as commercial and tourism hubs, while Wiltshire and Gloucestershire offer lower averages.

Property types vary widely too. You can find anything from grand period townhouses and country estates, to smart new-build apartments in the region’s upwardly mobile towns and city centres. Across South West England, flats sold for an average of £220,336 and terraced houses for £256,502 during the past year.

New homes in South West England: Top 10 developments

If this sounds appealing, you’d best look at some of the best new property developments the region has to offer. These are the 10 best ranked developments in South West England, as voted by 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.

Bristol takes the top spot on our list! Box Makers Yard is a rental-only development, managed by Urbanbubble. It offers a range of 1, 2 and 3-bed apartments, which come with courtyard or city views, extra storage and private balconies or terraces. In addition, there are a range of flexible tenancy lengths up to 5 years. Additional facilities include a residents’ lounge with a games area, an air-conditioned gym with weekly fitness classes as well as a private rooftop dining suite with an outdoor terrace. Box Makers Yard is only a 12-minute walk away from the city centre and is only moments away from Temple Meads Station, Castle Park and Hannah Moore Primary School.

Read reviews and details of Box Makers Yard, BS2

Now let’s slide over to Wiltshire and the historic market town of Corsham, where we find Park Place. This development gets solid marks across the board from reviewers, with particular praise regularly given to the design of the homes and the convenience of the location. In all, there are 170 homes within a countryside setting, yet close to all of the amenities of the town. The size and standard of the gardens at Park Place also get a big thumbs up from residents.

Read reviews and details of Park Place, SN13

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In third place and located at Finzels Reach, Hawkins & George is in the heart of Bristol with over 194 homes to rent. These range from studios to 1 and 2 bed apartments. The development also benefits from being located next to an excellent range of modern offices, bars, restaurants and coffee shops. As well as local amenities, renters have an onsite resident services team and 24-hour assistance from Grainger.

Read reviews and details of Hawkins & George, BS1

Close to the coast, Handley Place is a new development by St Modwen Homes, close to the village of Locking, and 3 miles from the M5 with easy access to Weston Super Mare. Reviewers say that the homes here offer excellent use of space inside and out, with generously sized rooms and gardens designed and finished to a high standard.

Read reviews and details of Handley Place, Locking, BS25

Locking takes a second spot on our list! Locking Parklands is development by St Modwen Homes. Close to the Mendip Hills, there’s plenty of access to the area’s natural beauty, and the green spaces on site are a big hit with residents. It’s also an eco-friendly development, with excellent insulation, big rooms and high ceilings for natural light, and solar panelling installed throughout.

Read reviews and details of Locking Parklands, BS24

For number 6 we head towards Swindon, where Badbury Park by Redrow sits on the edge of Coate Water Country Park. Residents benefit from being within easy reach of both the M4 and Swindon itself. The development is also right on the edge of the North Wessex Downs AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Badbury Park has a selection of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes on offer. As well as a good location all homes have contemporary design features and appliances.

Read reviews and details of Redrow at Badbury Park, SN3

At 7, Hartnalls Farm is a collection of homes in the village of Monkton Heathfield, just to the north of Taunton, Somerset. Offering a choice of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes, the development offers generous gardens, good parking options and homes made to a reliably high build quality and finish. Residents find the management team at Hartnalls Farm reliable, friendly and welcoming too.

Read reviews and details of Hartnalls Farm, TA2

We’re back to Bristol for number 8. Lakeshore, by Urban Splash, sits in Crox Bottom. Offering studio, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, Lakeshore’s a Grade II listed building and the former home of the Imperial Tobacco company. Residents here benefit from a lake view, acres of green space and plenty of sustainable features.

Read reviews and details of Lakeshore, BS13

For number 9 we’re headed into the heart of West Devon. Embden Grange is a development of 2, 3, 4 & 5-bedroom homes in Tavistock. The town centre just a short walk away, giving residents a range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy at their leisure.

Read reviews and details of Embden Grange, PL19

And finally, at number 10, The Copper Building by Urban Splash is part of the wise Lakeshore development. Situated in south Bristol, residents here benefit from private parking, balconies, immediate access to 10 acres of private gardens which are capped with a beautiful lake. The development has been made with sustainable materials and is stated to be eco-friendly in its design and future upgrade plans.

Read reviews and details of Copper Building, BS13

Does this roundup of the best new homes in South West England make you curious for a closer look? Check out our dedicated area guide for a fuller description of the region, and a lot more developments.

South West England is the largest of the country’s nine official regions. It stretches from the Isles of Scilly at the south-westerly tip of the UK up through Cornwall and Devon to Gloucestershire and Wilshire at its easterly border. The largest cities in the Read more about South West England

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