New homes in the East of England: 10 best developments

From The Fens to the coast, the East of England is a uniquely beautiful part of the country. For property hunters, its mix of quaint market towns, charming coastal villages and historic cities means that there really is something for everyone here. See what we mean, by taking a look at some of the best new homes in the East of England.

What areas are in the East of England?

The East of England is the large area sitting just below the ‘backbone’ of England and above the Thames Estuary. It has Greater London and Kent to the south, and the coastline runs along its eastern edge. In terms of counties, the East of England contains Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.  

Why live in the East of England?

If you’re looking for an area with a little bit of everything, the East of England is a contender. It has exceptional coastline towns and scenery surrounding Norfolk and Suffolk. It has beautiful rolling countryside across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. There are also iconic cities steeped in history and culture, like Cambridge and Norwich.

Besides natural beauty and charming cities, the East of England is also a place of growing prosperity and opportunity. Schools are rising in quality and variety, and so are job options. There’s also an expanding transport network that makes it easy to explore the region and get out to the rest of the UK.

What are East of England average property prices like?

When compared against the national average, the East of England is a relatively expensive place to buy residential property. In November 2021, Zoopla recorded an East of England average property price of nearly £369,000. This is a full £97,500 higher than the country-wide average for England of £271,500.

However, this high regional average hides a good deal of variation. Cambridge, Norwich and other major cities are pricey, but there are good prospects for inexpensive house hunting in the quieter rural areas.

New homes in the East of England: 10 best developments

Now that you have a general idea of what to expect from the East of England, let’s take a closer look. The following is a list of the 10 current top-ranked property developments in the region. All scores have been verified as coming from actual residents of the developments themselves, so they provide an insiders’ view of what they are really like.

*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.

Our top-ranked development for the east of England is One Canalside, a residential development in Chelmsford by Legal & General and managed by Urbanbubble. It features 189 apartments with a mix of 1, 2 and 3 beds. Facilities include a residents’ lounge, work zone and meeting room. There’s also a games rooms and private dining room due to be completed in 2022. In addition, on-site parking is available as well as free cycle storage. Sitting on the waterfront, the development is only a 10-minute walk away from Chelmsford city centre, including access to the station with links to Greater Anglia trains.

Read reviews and details of One Canalside, CM2

In second place, South Oxhey Central, by Countryside, is in Watford, adjacent to Carpenders Park Station. Residents here benefit from excellent local amenities and transport links to London. Apartments here come with private balconies and fitted wardrobes. Help to Buy options are also available.

Read reviews and details of South Oxhey Central, WD19

Next, we’re off to Bedfordshire to find Berry Wood, which is a new development of well designed and built homes in Wootton, a desirable village with good commuter links for Bedford and Milton Keynes. There’s a mix of  2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom homes on offer here, and residents benefit from the nearby leisure attractions and countryside views from many of the plots.

Read reviews and details of Berry Wood, MK43

At 4th place, Hertsmere Mews was developed by Bellway and is located in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. There’s a good range of sizes available to appeal to different buyers. Properties include 1-2-bedroom apartments and 3-4-bedroom houses. In addition, properties include open-plan living spaces and en suite shower rooms.  The development also has good links to London, making it an ideal commuter location.

Read reviews and details of Hertsmere Mews, WD6

4.32 (12 reviews)
4.32 (12 reviews)

As we hit the middle of our list, we head over to North Norfolk. Wensum Grange is a development of 2-4-bedroom homes in Fakenham, which is the largest town in North Norfolk. In addition, it has been voted the 7th best place to live in Britain, according to a recent Quality of Life survey.

Read reviews and details of Wensum Grange, NR21

4.30 (15 reviews)
4.30 (15 reviews)

Heath Farm is a development of 2-5-bedroom houses and bungalows. Residents agree that the homes here are finished to a high specification, with plenty of storage space on offer. There’s also plenty of open grassy spaces, creating a good vibe for the development’s many dog owners and families with young children.

Read reviews and details of Heath Farm, NR25

In 7th place, Grosvenor Park a new development within walking distance of Attleborough, a historic market town in Norfolk. There’s a collection of 2-5-bedroom homes available here, which residents say have been finished to a high standard, and the management team deals with any snagging issues quickly, courteously and efficiently.

Read reviews and details of Grosvenor Park, NR17

Warboys, a development within the large village of the same name in Cambridgeshire, offers both a peaceful countryside setting and an easy commute to Cambridge and London. It’s close to the A1 and A14, so Warboys benefits from excellent transport links up and down the country.

Read reviews and details of Warboys, PE28

At 9, Hunter’s Chase is a development situated in the Suffolk village of Red Lodge, and benefits from excellent transport links and lots of open spaces. Hunter’s Chase is within walking distance to local amenities and there are excellent travel connections and railway stations nearby.

Read reviews and details of Hunter’s Chase, IP28

To round off our list we’re going south to Long Acres, by Shanly Homes, which sits in Watford, on the outskirts of London. Comprising 107 spacious and intelligently designed townhouses, residents here benefit from resident parking, private gardens and the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. The development is only 17 miles from Central London, making it a prime location for commuters.

Read reviews and details of Long Acres, WD18

The East of England has so much to offer, and this list is just the tip of the iceberg. Below, you’ll find our dedicated area guide, which has more information about the wider region and plenty of new developments to explore at your leisure.

The East of England sits within the curved section of land protruding above the Thames Estuary, covering the home counties above London and stretching up to the border with the East Midlands. Read more about East of England

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