Rural Wiltshire has oodles of charm and rightly treats its Neolithic heritage with pride. The region’s residents have a lot to say about new homes in Wiltshire too. From build quality to local amenities and the overall community feel, HomeViews’ verified reviewers have spilt the beans on what it’s like to live in the county’s notable developments. Curious? Find out what Wiltshire has in store for you.
Where is Wiltshire?
Wiltshire is a landlocked county in South West England. It’s bordered by Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Wilton is the county town, with other important settlements including Salisbury, Chippenham, and Swindon (administered separately).
Living in Wiltshire
Home to the UK’s famous Neolithic sites Stonehenge and Avebury, Wiltshire combines its fascinating history with a modern economy boosted by the M4 corridor and a strong manufacturing and defence workforce. And with high downland, wide valleys, and open country houses such as Longleat and Stourhead to explore, its beauty is undoubtedly part of the appeal.
On the northern side of the county, the North Wessex AONB hugs the riverside market town of Marlborough while being just a stone’s throw from Swindon. Lying between Bristol and Reading, Swindon offers employment from a range of national and international corporations – from Dyson and Honda to Intel and Nationwide, to name a few. It’s also well known for its eclectic modern vibe and a huge range of outdoor spaces. So after shopping at Designer Outlet in the restored railway works or supporting the Old Town’s independents, why not unwind at Coate Water Country Park, Town Gardens or Lydiard Park?
Just below the M4, Chippenham sits near the Cotswolds AONB and just 10 minutes by train from Bath. Night owls will relish the town’s Purple Flag status, while early birds will love exploring its colourful weekly street markets. Further south, Salisbury’s beautiful medieval cathedral meets excellent road links to London and the West Country and an enviable location near the Cranborne Chase AONB. The town is also home to a thriving cultural scene, including an annual international arts festival, and is the only place in Wiltshire to offer a grammar school education.
Transport in Wiltshire
Transport in Wiltshire begins with its well-planned road network. In the north, the M4 runs horizontally through the county. Hop on here to head east to Reading and London or west to Bristol or Wales via the Prince of Wales Bridge. Meanwhile, the A303 slopes through the south, connecting London and Wiltshire with Somerset and Devon.
Parallel A-roads link the two main east-to-west routes, connecting the region’s significant settlements. From Chippenham, the A4 provides direct access to Bath, with London also easily accessible by train. Swindon and Chippenham stations run to London Paddington in 60 and 70 minutes, respectively. You’ll also reach London Waterloo from Salisbury in 90 minutes.
Wiltshire property prices
In December 2021, the average price for property in Wiltshire stood at £331,831. This is higher than the national average and a rise of 1.69 per cent in the last year. Flats sold for around £176,573, terraced houses for £241,471, and semi-detached properties for £291,638. Meanwhile, a detached residence will set you back £485,443 on average.
Daily figures based on the current market show that rentals in the county achieve £1,056 PCM on average. This ranges from £716 PCM for a one-bedroom home to £2,306 for five bedrooms.
New homes in Wiltshire: Top 10 developments
So, where are the best new homes in Wiltshire? We have compiled this Top 10 using feedback from verified residents in the area. You’ll notice that Tadpole Garden Village in North Swindon has proven extremely popular so far, but which builders came out on top? Read on to find out!
The best building for renting in London, voted for by residents, is Canary Wharf’s 8 Water Street.
This popular development of 174 apartments has a landscaped private garden overlooking South Dock and the quiet boardwalks of Water Square. The development also has an expansive roof terrace, the largest outdoor space in the Vertus portfolio. Reviewers highlight the first-class concierge service, attractive communal areas and excellent amenities available to residents.
4.58 (80 reviews)
4.58 (80 reviews)
At second place in London’s rental rankings is The Quarters Croydon. The Quarters’ short-term letting scheme offers residents a stylish and convenient base in this thriving South London suburb.
The development includes 151 high-specification studios. Croydon station is only a 4-minute walk away. London Bridge is 14-minutes away by train, while Gatwick Airport is also easily accessible. Residents enjoy the convenient location, conscientious staff and clean and stylish accommodation.
Third position in the top 10 London rental developments goes to be:here Hayes. This stylish residential development has 119 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The building also includes restaurants, leisure amenities and a music venue.
Additionally, Hayes & Harlington station is just a quarter of a mile away, while the M4, M25 and Heathrow Airport are all easily accessible.
4.68 (100 reviews)
4.68 (100 reviews)
North-west London’s highest ranked rental building, The Quarters Kilburn has 82 self-contained studios in a superb location. Kilburn Park underground station is a 5-minute walk away, making central London easily accessible.
Residents of The Quarters Kilburn enjoy access to secure parking, a concierge and a lounge. Reviewers also praised the helpful and attentive building management team.
Sailmakers is a Build-to-Rent scheme from Greystar, with 327 units. Located in the Harbour Central development on the Isle of Dogs, the building is less than a 10-minute walk from the heart of Canary Wharf. Public transport comes courtesy of nearby South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf’s DLR and Underground services.
Residents enjoy fast and frequent connections to the likes of Bank and Monument. Reviewers complimented the excellent management team and the first-class service they provide.
Rising 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new Wood Wharf district, 10 George Street is number six in London’s top rental buildings. The development has 327 apartments overlooking waterside gardens and boardwalks below.
Residents have exclusive access to ‘Club Vertus’. This includes access to a 24/7 gym studio, self-service bar, private dining room and lounge. Residents praise the stylish design and the excellent facilities and services, which include a 24-hour concierge.
Vantage Point is north London’s best-rated rental building. It has 118 apartments ranging from studios to one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. All Vantage Point residents get access to a range of services and amenities. These include a 24-hour on-site team, a roof terrace, games room and exercise room.
The development is located in a sought-after position above Archway underground station. Popular Highgate Village and Hampstead Heath are within easy reach.
Harrow’s Bradstowe House is conveniently located close to Harrow on the Hill train station. The development includes one and two-bedroom apartments and a number of penthouses, all of which are available as rental-only.
Residents of Bradstowe House have access to an on-site gym, lounge and 24hr concierge. Reviews praise the excellent staff, superb location and spacious accommodation.
Elephant Central is located in the heart of London’s Elephant and Castle. Situated within London’s zone 1, it has excellent connections to the City. London Bridge, Borough Market and the cultural attractions of the South Bank are all within walking distance.
The development offers a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses, which are available fully furnished. Residents praise the spacious, attractive accommodation and superb location. Elephant & Castle mainline and underground stations are both within a quarter of a mile.
Rounding off the top 10 London rental buildings is Fizzy Lewisham. This modern development has one and two-bedroom flats for rental, that are pet-friendly, and come with free award-winning broadband internet.
Residents praise the prime location, which is close to Lewisham mainline station. There are fast and regular connections to central London, with London Bridge less than 10-minutes away.
So, do any of the new homes in Wiltshire appeal to you? Learn more about each development by clicking through to our dedicated area guide.
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