Famous for its medieval roots and being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Warwickshire is a great place to settle down. If you’re interested in new build homes in Warwickshire, HomeViews can help. We have the lowdown on the county’s location, lifestyle and property prices. Thanks to our verified residents, we also know a thing or two about the region’s top developments. Curious? Read on for the inside scoop.
Where is Warwickshire?
Warwickshire is a county in the West Midlands. It lies 3 miles from the Derbyshire border to the north, with Leicestershire to the north-east and Northamptonshire to the east and south-east. Oxfordshire borders the county to the south, Gloucestershire to the south-west, Worcestershire and the West Midlands to the west, and Staffordshire to the north-west.
The area is divided into five districts: North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon. Warwick is the county town, with Nuneaton being the largest. Other settlements worth noting include Royal Leamington Spa and Kenilworth.
Living in Warwickshire
So, is Warwickshire a nice place to live? It certainly has a lot going for it. With historic towns sprinkled among a verdant rural landscape, it has an old-world appeal that attracts tourists from all over the globe.
The county town has a beautiful castle and hosts parades, festivals and markets throughout the year. There are also many specialist shops to explore and fabulous eateries, which you’ll also find in Shakespeare’s home town – Stratford-upon-Avon. Dating back 800 years, the town’s ancient buildings have been preserved in many cases, making it a romantic backdrop for shopping, socialising and leisure pursuits.
Ranked as one of the happiest places to live in Britain by Rightmove, Royal Leamington Spa is a prosperous and picturesque town that grew around the natural springs discovered there in the 19th Century. Renowned for its stunning Georgian architecture, it features over 100 places to eat and drink, as well as lovely parks and national brands.
Prefer some peace and quiet? Containing a healthy area of green belt land, Warwickshire’s canal towpaths and charming towns are popular with cyclists and walkers alike. The county’s southern tip melds into the Cotswolds AONB too, so you’re never far from open green spaces.
The RSC Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Education & employment
The local economy is doing well, fuelled in part by the automotive industry and tourism. The video game industry here also employs more than 10 per cent of the UK’s games development workforce. Warwickshire offers many education options, including six independent senior schools and several historically significant grammar and independent schools. Sharing a boundary with Coventry, The University of Warwick is one of the UK’s most highly rated higher education institutions.
Warwickshire’s central location has other advantages too, especially for commuters. For instance, you can reach 80 per cent of the country within four hours from Rugby. In addition, several major motorways and excellent rail links thread through the county, speeding up journeys to London, Birmingham and Coventry, to name a few.
Warwickshire property prices
Do Warwickshire’s property prices suit your budget? Recent data from Zoopla (November 2021) shows that the average home currently costs £331,242. This is a rise of 1.49 per cent over the past year. You can expect to pay around £204,110 for a flat or £241,544 for a terraced house. Unsurprisingly, semi-detached homes were more expensive at £281,377. Meanwhile, detached properties achieved £492,345 on average.
A price analysis by Home.co.uk shows that the average rental home in the county costs £1,591 PCM – above the national average (excluding London). If you’re looking to rent a one-bedroom property, it will set you back around £744 PCM. This increases up to £2,314 for a five-bedroom home.
New build homes in Warwickshire: Top 10 developments
So, which new build homes in Warwickshire are worth considering? As you can see from our Top 10, residents seem to love the developments in the new village of Houlton on the outskirts of Rugby. But which other properties do Verified residents on HomeViews rave about? Let’s find out.
4.44 (52 reviews)
4.44 (52 reviews)
Our most popular development, Berkshire House, managed by Essential Living, takes first position on our list. There are 68 apartments for rent – ranging from studios to one and two-bedroom properties.
Additionally, Berkshire House is in the heart of Maidenhead High Street, close to Maidenhead station, and just a short drive from the historic town of Windsor, which hugs the River Thames.
Residents say they appreciate the secure entrance and exit points, the cleanliness of the building, and the option of gated parking.
In second place, Heritage Park, in the village of Shinfield, is a collection of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes with plenty of parking and green spaces for children to play. One resident praised the development as excellent ‘from the on-site staff to the design of the home’.
3.88 (12 reviews)
3.88 (12 reviews)
Deer Leap Park, situated in the village of Three Mile Cross, is our third most popular development. It lies several miles from the M4 and central Reading, with immediate access to London by rail.
Residents mentioned that the buildings are well planned, with wide hallways, doors and good-sized rooms. They also commented on the amount of parking, bicycle storage and bin space, and the cleanliness of communal areas.
Mulberry View is a traditional collection of two, three, four and five-bedroom high-specification homes in Wokingham. Our residents voted it into fourth place because they liked the overall layout, the amount of space on offer, and the well-planned road links and car parks.
A unique combination of flats and houses with plenty of open spaces and walks, Amen Corner is a lovely collection of homes in Binfield. Residents reviewed the estate into fifth position, commenting on the overall design quality and the close proximity to schools, the town centre and the motorway network.
Our sixth most popular development, Woodhurst Park offers a wide choice of high-quality homes with a luxury specification. Residents like the modern design and high-spec materials and the amount of parking space. They also told us that the management team take good care of the facilities and quickly solve any issues. There’s also a great park for everyone to enjoy.
4.35 (17 reviews)
4.35 (17 reviews)
Located in Woodley, just three miles from Reading town centre, Parklands by CALA Homes and Bewley Homes takes the seventh spot. Completed in 2018, this development comprises of 291 homes, as well as community facilities and a grocery store. Residents say the development is clean and spacious, with lots of greenery around and wide roads. There’s also a local play area and a bus stop within walking distance.
Green Park Village by Berkeley Homes sits just minutes away from central Reading – and in eighth place. Offering a collection of New England inspired houses and contemporary apartments, the development overlooks a large lake surrounded by green spaces, trails and paths.
As well as this, nearby Green Park features a gym, crèche, restaurants and shops. Residents love the unique character of the estate, and describe the grounds as ‘well-kept’ and the community as ‘welcoming’.
At number nine, Dee Park by Willmott Dixon is a multi-phase regeneration scheme. Located on the outskirts of Reading, it features 763 homes, 281 of which are affordable. In addition, the development boasts community, healthcare, and education facilities.
According to our residents, the design is modern and stylish, but with a homely feel. The amenities around the area are excellent and the building management team are reliable. One reviewer described Dee Park as ‘a great place for new families and first time buyers’.
Claiming a spot in the Top 10, stylish Verto sits on the bank of the River Kennet in the centre of Reading. Offering a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, residents here benefit from restaurants, on-site parking, a gym, communal terraces and a concierge service. It’s also just 24-minutes away from Paddington Station.
So, what made our verified residents choose our top 10 new build homes in Warwickshire? Click on our area guide below to learn what they love (and don’t like) about developments in the county.
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