A compact guide to the best new-builds
The best things come in small packages. This is a cliché that house builders have taken to heart as many of Britain’s best new homes now come in compact form. Although developers are sometimes criticised for building small, in reality these homes are often more affordable. This is great news for first-time buyers, as properties priced under £280,000 and built by participating developers may be included in the government’s First Buy scheme whereby first timers can seek a loan of up to 20 per cent.
But compact properties are popular with others, too. They are perfect for those wanting a city bolt-hole or investors seeking a canny opportunity. Here are 10 reminders that small can indeed be beautiful. Croydon”. A one-bedroom apartment with 113-square-foot terrace costs £212,500 through Knight Frank (020 7861 5451; knightfrank.co.uk). It is ideal for eco-conscious buyers; the walls are made of sustainable timber, while the floors are created from recycled plastic and bamboo. The site has a concierge, pool, tennis court, spa, gym and restaurant. There is also a rental scheme for income when you are away. £160,000 from Chartsedge (01392 832446; chartsedge.co.uk).
Dreaming spires: Cambridge, above, has international appeal; the Cube, in Birmingham, top, and Saffron Square, in Croydon, right, provide stylish city living