New homes in South Yorkshire: 10 best developments

So you want to buy or rent a home in South Yorkshire – but where should you invest your money? Verified residents on HomeViews have been sharing their honest feedback about new build homes in the county. We have used their insights to create a list of the Top 10 best new homes in South Yorkshire. All our residents live in the buildings they are reviewing, so you can benefit from their first-hand experiences.

Where is South Yorkshire?

So, where is South Yorkshire? Nestled on the east side of the Pennines, South Yorkshire is the southernmost county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region and covers an area of 599 square miles. The city of Sheffield is its biggest settlement, while the metropolitan boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster, and Rotherham form the rest of the county.

South Yorkshire is landlocked by its bordering counties. To the north is North Yorkshire, with East Riding of Yorkshire to the north-east. Lincolnshire lies to the east, Nottinghamshire to the south-east, Derbyshire to the west and south-west, and West Yorkshire to the north-west.

Living in South Yorkshire

Once an industrial hotspot, South Yorkshire has rebranded itself as a hub for music, sport, culture, and artisan trades. You’ll find plenty of outstanding restaurants and shopping amenities, such as Meadowhall, interspersed with the region’s iconic Gothic architecture and Victorian monuments. From cycling the family-friendly Trans Pennine Trail in Barnsley and touring the scenic points of the Peak District to paddleboarding in the centre of Sheffield, the county is perfect for those who love the great outdoors.

The Peak District pokes into the boundary and fringes Sheffield along its west side. Inside the city, the canal towpath blends modern street art with a Victorian industrial backdrop for a dramatic effect. Or opt for less serenity and soak in live music at the renowned Leadmill venue or the Tramlines Festival. Famous for its racecourse, Doncaster also boasts historic indoor and open-air markets, international cuisine, and leisurely pursuits aplenty.

The M1 connects the county to Leeds in the north and down through Nottingham and Leicester to London. Meanwhile, the A1(M) offers fast links to the South East and up towards northern National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The A628 also cuts through the Peak District to ensure a straightforward route to Manchester, around an hour from Barnsley.

South Yorkshire property prices

The average South Yorkshire property price stood at £184,219 in November 2021. This is a fall of 2.29 per cent in the last 12 months. Flats in South Yorkshire sold for an average of £142,501 and terraced houses for £125,808. Semi-detached homes went for around £162,627 on average, with detached properties achieving £295,305.

How does this compare to rentals? The average price for a rental property in South Yorkshire is £792 PCM, currently below the national average (November 2021). One-bedroom homes were let for £597 PCM, while five-bedroom properties went for £975.

New build homes in South Yorkshire: Top 10 developments

Which new build homes in South Yorkshire rated most highly with HomeViews’ residents? Our reviewers provide feedback on everything from the look and feel of a place to the location and how it’s run. Time to reveal the county’s best new homes!

4.40 (88 reviews)
4.40 (88 reviews)

Fizzy Epsom KT19 is a contemporary development from renting enthusiasts Fizzy Living, located in a leafy Surrey market town. Made up of a collection of one and two-bedroom apartments, the complex is near Epsom train station and easy walking distance from the main high street. Our residents highly praise the development’s fabulous location and have voted it into first place.

Read reviews and details of Fizzy Epsom, KT19

Taking the second spot on our list, Westvale Park in Horley will include a range of facilities such as a neighbourhood centre, community hall, medical centre, school, parks and a shop. The development sits a few miles away from the historical town of Horley, and for those looking to commute from Horley Train Station to London Blackfriars or London Victoria, the journey is only 45 minutes.

Read reviews and details of Taylor Wimpey at Westvale Park, RH6

Our third top-rated development, Cranleigh Grange consists of energy-efficient two, three and four-bedroom homes and one-bedroom apartments in the Surrey village of Cranleigh, near Guildford. Residents have praised the management and the variety of properties and styles.

Read reviews and details of Cranleigh Grange, GU6

4.27 (20 reviews)
4.27 (20 reviews)

Located in Ashford, West Plaza is a residential development of rental apartments managed by A2Dominion. Sitting in fourth position, it’s only a 12-minute walk from Ashford station, with rail connections via South Western Railway services. In addition, residents can enjoy the adjacent Staines Reservoir, part of the Stanwell Moor, and access to a shared communal courtyard. Residents compliment the views and excellent management.

Read reviews and details of West Plaza, TW19

In the middle of our list, Water Meadow Place is a development by Latimer, the home building arm of Clarion Housing. The development lies close to the village centre of Elstead in Surrey, and is a short drive from Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere and Farnham. There’s also a small parking area for visitors.

Read reviews and details of Water Meadow Place, GU8

Just missing out on a place in the top five, this development in the rural village of Badshot Lea is less than 10 minutes’ drive from Farnham and Aldershot. Residents like the community feel.

Read reviews and details of Little Acres, GU9

Tolworth Square, by Taylor Wimpey, sits in Tolworth – and in seventh place. Comprising of one and two-bedroom apartments, as well as three and four-bedroom houses, the development is in a prime commuter location, just a short distance from London. Head over to Kingston, Surbiton, Tolworth, and New Malden for shops and restaurants.

Read reviews and details of Tolworth Square, KT6

3.28 (8 reviews)
3.28 (8 reviews)

At number eight, Abbey View offers a collection of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes located in the quintessentially English village of Farnham. Residents love the beautiful local area and the fantastic transport links, with train and bus services less than 10 minutes by foot.

Read reviews and details of Abbey View, GU9

2.15 (7 reviews)
2.15 (7 reviews)

In ninth place, Heathlands by Linden Homes features one to four-bedroom houses. Located in the Surrey town of Frimley to the north of Pine Ridge Golf Club, the development is close to various amenities. It is also nearby selection of local schools, Frimley Park Hospital and The Meadows Shopping Centre.

Read reviews and details of Heathlands, GU16

Ending our Top 10, Leighwood Fields is a development of three, four and five-bedroom homes in rural Surrey. It lies close to the centre of Cranleigh, where you will find a high street of independent shops and cafés, outstanding schools and green spaces. Residents really like the overall design of the properties and the planting scheme.

Read reviews and details of Leighwood Fields, GU6

Has your interest been piqued? Click the link below to read our dedicated area guide for South Yorkshire.

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