Well-heeled and knocking on Greater London’s door, Surrey is a favourite with commuters and those yearning for a leafy lifestyle in the glow of the capital. But with new build homes in Surrey costing above the national average, it’s important to think carefully before buying or renting in the county. Luckily, HomeViews has been in touch with verified residents to discover the region’s ten best developments. Who made the cut? Is Surrey right for you anyway? Read on to find out.
Where is Surrey?
So, where exactly is Surrey? The third most populated county in South East England, Surrey is divided into eleven districts, with Guildford historically regarded as the county town. Other important towns in the area include Woking, Ewell, and Camberley, alongside the smaller settlements of Ashford, Epsom, Farnham, Staines and Redhill. Kent borders to the east, with East Sussex to the south-east. West Sussex lies to the south, Hampshire to the west, Berkshire to the north-west, and Greater London to the north-east.
Living in Surrey
Home to a stream of literary greats, artists, scientists, and musicians across the ages, Surrey is still a popular location for creatives. However, many employees in the financial sector have settled in the area, boosting the average income. It’s also a thriving hub for industry, with the county boasting more business headquarters than anywhere else in the country. From the likes of Samsung, Toyota UK, Pfizer, and Unilever to NGOs and government Quangos, it’s unsurprising that Surrey’s economy is worth over £40 billion.
Despite its generous population and burgeoning industry, the county also has the highest proportion of woodland in England. Not only does it feature the Surrey Hills AONB, the area also lays claim to Box Hill – notably the oldest box woodland in the UK. Other beauty spots to explore include Frensham Ponds, Newlands Corner, and Puttenham and Crooksbury Commons. The landscape culminates in Leith Hill, which at 968ft above sea level, is the second-highest point in southeastern England. In addition, nature enthusiasts will benefit from a range of commons and access lands, plus extensive footpaths and bridleways, like the scenic North Downs Way.
Looking for some adrenaline and competition? Surrey has four horse racing courses and golf courses that include the international competition venue at Wentworth. Not to mention Thorpe Park, Go Ape, and Guildford’s Olympic-sized lido.
Much of Surrey lies within the London commuter belt, so you’ll find regular services to London Waterloo, London Bridge, and London Victoria. Three major motorways – the M25, M3, and M23 – pass through the county, simplifying journeys to London, Kent, the New Forest and beyond. Easy access to the airports at Heathrow and Gatwick is also a major plus for frequent flyers.
Surrey property prices
According to current Zoopla estimates, the average price for property in Surrey is £636,760 (November 2021). Compare this to the average UK house price of £256,000 (July 2021). Flats in Surrey sold for an average of £337,007, while terraced houses went for £468,102. Semi-detached homes achieved £539,315 on average, with detached homes going for £987,405.
Rental prices are also significantly higher than the current average of £888 PCM for England (excluding London). With rental homes in Surrey coming in at £1,745, they are closer to neighbouring London’s average – £1,759 PCM. On the lower end of the scale, one-bedroom properties were let for around £1,159 PCM. Meanwhile, five-bedroom homes set tenants back £4,616 PCM.
New build homes in Surrey: Top 10 developments
With the county cementing its status as popular and prosperous, it’s no wonder new build homes in Surrey attract a lot of interest. But which developments are worth the price tag – and why? By taking data and reviews provided by HomeViews residents, we can reveal the most highly regarded properties in the region.
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.
3.96 (18 reviews)
3.96 (18 reviews)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3.75 (13 reviews)
3.75 (13 reviews)
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.
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.
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.
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.
So, what did our residents love most about our top 10 new build homes in Surrey? Click on our area guide below to deep-dive into their reviews.
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