8 totally unique new-build homes

8 totally unique new-build homes

By Anna Samson

From a London development featuring the world's first 'floating' swimming pool, to a larch clad rural idyll, these new-build homes are bursting with style.

Buying brand new doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quirks and personality. 

In fact, a new-build home might mean you could live in a property with serious design prestige - modern features combined with stylish materials and elegant shapes. 

The advantages of snapping up a newly-built home don’t end there. New-builds are typically big on eco credentials, low maintenanceand come with government-backed initiatives

And some, as you’ll see, boast jaw-dropping facilities and design flair.

Tempted? Here are 8 unique new-build homes that could be yours...

1. Three-bedroom penthouse, Edinburgh, for £1,750,000 

This penthouse, located in The Crescent in the West End of Edinburgh, was clearly built with entertaining in mind. With panoramic views of Scotland’s capital, an open-plan kitchen and dining area provides plenty of space to host friends and family. It comes with a neat home office and underfloor heating. Two terraces offer views of the Playfair Building, the iconic Edinburgh Castle and the Pentland Hills beyond, and when you need a walk, there are 18 acres of private ground to roam.  

Available via Cala Homes.

2. Five-bedroom house, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, for £482,400

This spacious five-bedroom house located down a peaceful lane in the north east of Scotland works in harmony with the countryside surrounding it. Its exterior combines Scottish larch cladding with white render and hand-crafted stonework walls, but the traditional outside gives way to a sharply modern interior. The luxury kitchen is designed by iconic German brand Hacker, and bathrooms are by Laufen. It is a home sturdy enough to beat the unpredictable Scottish weather but stylish and spacious enough for a growing family. 

Available via R.HOUSE.

3. Four-bedroom house at Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, for £750,000

These eco-conscious homes are set on the water’s edge at Cotswold Water Park. Designed and constructed in kit form in Sweden, they’re fitted with energy-saving technology and boast luxury finishes. Buy a plot here and you can choose from one of four designs, too. Fancy the idea of glass doors opening out onto an extensive deck? Pick The Roxen (above) and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of The Cotswolds life but in a cosy new-build with your very own watery view.

Available via Trivselhus.

4. Three-bedroom flat in London's Nine Elms, for £2,030,000

Embassy Gardens, a new development on the south bank of London, is no shrinking violet. When it comes to top features, where do we start? How's about its sky deck featuring the world's first 'floating' swimming pool, and an orangery rooftop bar? The 25-metre long pool will allows residents to glide between buildings 35 metres up in the sky. The building features floor-to-ceiling windows, walnut parquet flooring, a Maureen o'Hara private cinema and 24-hour concierge service, so you’ll not be short on perks living at Embassy Gardens.

Available via Ballymore

5. Five-bedroom house at The Denham Film Studios, Buckinghamshire, for £1,500,000

Want to follow in famous footsteps? This new development (above and exterior main image) was once the ‘greatest movie laboratory outside Hollywood’, where Oscar-winning films were processed and screened to world-famous directors, such as Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott. Brief Encounter, The Great Escape, and several of the Star Wars and James Bond films have been edited at Denham over the years. The 12-acre site is now transformed into art deco-inspired homes, nestled among mature woodland. The centrepiece is a restored art deco cinema, where Hollywood greats once watched movies.

Available via Weston Homes.

6. One-bedroom apartment in London’s West End, for £995,000

This one-bedroom flat near Covent Garden presents a rare opportunity to live right in the very heart of the capital. Tucked away behind a pretty Victorian facade, the perfectly proportioned apartment is part of a development designed by renowned firm Apt Architects and is just moments from West End theatres and restaurants.The property has been crafted to promote light and space, with high ceilings and plenty of smart storage solutions. The monochrome interior is the ideal foundation for a minimalist vibe. There is also a resident’s gym and landscaped gardens courtesy of Chelsea Flower Show award-winner Andy Sturgeon. 

Available via Londonewcastle.

7. Four-bedroom house in Perranporth, Cornwall, for £550,000

Why choose between coastal and countryside views, when you can have both? The living areas are located on the first floor of this new-build home, meaning that you can make the most of the spectacular Cornish coastline and, with two terraces and a garden, you’re spoilt for outdoor space. Four bedrooms provide room for big families or visiting friends. The kitchen contains cleverly hidden appliances, granite worktops and even a built-in coffee machine - so all you have to do is move in and get acquainted with the local clifftop walks and sandy beaches. 

Available via Linden Homes.

8. Three-bedroom apartment in Manchester, for £500,165

This spacious apartment in the recently completed skyscraper, The Blade, offers the chance to live within a brand new city landmark. The interior design in communal areas is stylish and elegant, and the resident’s lounge opens out onto a rooftop terrace with striking views right across the city - making it the perfect place for a well-deserved sundowner. There is also a gym, including a room for fitness classes, sauna and steam room, catering for residents’ health and wellbeing.

Available via Select Property Group.

Why invest in a new-build home?

There are many advantages to investing in a new-build property over a house with history. What you see is what you get with a new-build, meaning there are no pesky renovations to spend money and time on.

Once built, you can move in right away, and without waiting for the previous owners to vacate. This may give you a greater degree of flexibility with your move-in date.

New-build homes are also often designed to be more eco-friendly with better insulation and efficient heating systems - so picking one can not only reduce your impact on the planet, but also saves you money on energy bills.

Plus, there’s the opportunity to take advantage of schemes that reduce your costs when buying a new-build home.

The government-backed Help to Buy initiative can help first-time buyers reduce their deposit and help them pay less on mortgage payments during their first five years.

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