A com­pact guide to the best new-builds

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - 9 -

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

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