In Focus

England house prices: the 15 most expensive towns outside of London

Virginia Water in Surrey remains top of the Zoopla property rich list

1

Virginia Water is home to the Wentworth Golf Club

Virginia Water is home to the Wentworth Golf Club

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Virginia Water, Surrey: £1,680,781

Featuring red-brick buildings and lavish green spaces, Virginia Water retains the top spot on Zoopla’s highest value towns rich list with an average property price of £1,680,781.

This charming commuter town in Surrey, which has a population of less than 6,000 people, packs a mighty historical punch. Its leafy Wentworth Estate and adjacent golf course hosted the first ever Ryder Cup tournament and is a prime piece of Crown Estate in south east England.

The town’s most expensive street is Portnall Rise with an average property price of £7,346,970, followed by Wentworth Drive (£6,760,879), North Drive (£6,501,287) and Pinewood Road (£6,462,714). 

The average sold price for a property in Virginia Water in the last 12 months is £1,629,731, Zoopla said. Different property types in Virginia Water have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £2,419,954
  • Semi-detached: £685,118
  • Terraced: £937,500
  • Flats: £549,086

2

Beaconsfield Church in Buckinghamshire

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire: £1,233,447

The picturesque town of Beaconsfield sits on the edge of the Chiltern Hills area of outstanding natural beauty. Aside from its appealing blend of Georgian and Tudor architecture, Beaconsfield has enviable transport links, with direct train services to Birmingham Snow Hill and London Marylebone (journey time: 25 minutes).

The average sold price for a property in Beaconsfield in the last 12 months is £1,185,737, Zoopla said. Different property types in Beaconsfield have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,603,719
  • Semi-detached: £714,959
  • Terraced: £513,833
  • Flats: £601,178

3

Cobham in Surrey

Cobham, Surrey: £1,232,332

Cobham is perched on the banks of the River Mole, ten miles outside of Guildford. This quaint town is arranged around its red-brick water mill, constructed in the late 18th century, and the 12th-century St Andrew’s Church.

The average sold price for a property in Cobham in the last 12 months is £1,237,866, Zoopla said. Different property types in Cobham have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,751,734
  • Semi-detached: £672,525
  • Terraced: £508,500
  • Flats: £571,022

4

Chalfont St. Giles

Getty Images

Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire: £1,140,652

Chalfont St Giles might seem familiar even to first-time visitors. For more than 40 years, it has played the role of numerous fictional towns of the small screen, appearing in Dad’s Army, The Canterbury Tales and Peep Show. Transport links are somewhat lacking, but Chalfont St Giles’s relative remoteness is part of the appeal. It has also inspired great works of art: Milton’s Cottage – where John Milton completed his epic poem Paradise Lost – still stands and is open to the public.

The average sold price for a property in Chalfont St. Giles in the last 12 months is £979,386, Zoopla said. Different property types in Chalfont St. Giles have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,224,602
  • Semi-detached: £639,038
  • Terraced: £586,667
  • Flats: £319,857

5

Esher

Esher, Surrey: £1,126,079

At the south-east edge of London’s leafy suburbs, Esher is delightfully peaceful considering its proximity to the capital. With the National Trust’s Claremont Landscape Garden (formerly the residence of King Leopold I of Belgium) at one end of town and the rugged Esher Commons woodland at the other, Esher is perfect for anyone seeking a mix of urban comfort and rural tranquillity.

The average sold price for a property in Esher in the last 12 months is £1,076,904, Zoopla said. Different property types in Esher have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,542,308
  • Semi-detached: £829,650
  • Terraced: £579,217
  • Flats: £416,977

6

Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire

Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire: £1,062,132

Set in the Chiltern Hills, Gerrards Cross is one of the most sought-after postcodes in Britain. The town has a beautiful rural setting and efficient transport links. Those wishing to keep fit can take advantage of facilities for hockey, golf, squash, tennis, football, rugby and cricket.

The average sold price for a property in Gerrards Cross in the last 12 months is £1,010,473, Zoopla said. Different property types in Gerrards Cross have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,267,173
  • Semi-detached: £699,197
  • Terraced: £558,712
  • Flats: £507,200

7

Radlett in Hertfordshire

Radlett, Hertfordshire: £1,041,176

This ancient village – dating back to well before 5,000 BC – became a beacon of affluence in the Roman era, where it was a manufacturing centre for pottery. Many Roman clay pits are still intact at the southern end of the village. Today Radlett boasts excellent transport links into the centre of London. The village is also famous for being the home of numerous celebrities past and present, including Simon Cowell and the late George Michael.

The average sold price for a property in Radlett in the last 12 months is £990,300, Zoopla said. Different property types in Radlett have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,399,656
  • Semi-detached: £776,192
  • Terraced: £569,581
  • Flats: £470,953

8

Hartfield in East Sussex

Hartfield, East Sussex: £1,020,780

The parish of Hartfield, situated in the Weald of Sussex, has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. And it shows: the parish sits alongside the beautiful, dense Ashdown Forest, a former royal hunting park centuries ago.

As a result, the forest remains full of wonderful and easy-to-spot creatures, including boars and foxes. Hartfield is home to Cotchford Farm, a country retreat bought by author AA Milne in 1924. It is here that the stories of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin came to life, with places such as Hundred Acre Wood, Poohsticks Bridge and Pooh Corner based on local sites, said House Beautiful magazine.

The average sold price for a property in Hartfield in the last 12 months is £510,750, Zoopla said. Different property types in Hartfield have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £704,000
  • Semi-detached: N/A
  • Terraced: £382,500
  • Flats: £274,166

9

Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Brockenhurst, Hampshire: £1,001,741

Located within the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, Brockenhurst has a population of fewer than 4,000 and often tops the list of the most beautiful villages in England. Ponies and donkeys roam its old-world setting, yet it is just 15 miles from Southampton and boasts excellent road and rail links to London, making it a prime destination for commuters willing to travel that little bit further for the quiet life.

The average sold price for a property in Brockenhurst in the last 12 months is £809,139, Zoopla said. Different property types in Brockenhurst have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,059,205
  • Semi-detached: £664,000
  • Terraced: £436,000
  • Flats: £161,750

10

Old Bridge over the River Wey in Weybridge, Surrey

Hellimli/Wikimedia Creative Commons

Weybridge, Surrey: £996,601

With more than 15,000 people, Weybridge is a bustling town with an extensive high street that cuts through leafy suburbs of manors and mansions. The location of the town gives its residents prime access to the wild Weybridge Heath, where numerous rare insects and birds have been recorded, and to some of the best private schools in the country, including St George’s College.

The average sold price for a property in Weybridge in the last 12 months is £954,779, Zoopla said. Different property types in Weybridge have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,549,814
  • Semi-detached: £720,397
  • Terraced: £629,982
  • Flats: £490,293

11

Harpenden, Hertfordshire

Harpenden, Hertfordshire: £995,480

Despite its role as a commuter town, Harpenden has retained a charmingly bucolic feel, with small village greens and thatched-roof pubs stocked with local cask ale. The area boasts a broad range of property types, with well-maintained Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war family homes sitting alongside contemporary new-builds.

The average sold price for a property in Harpenden in the last 12 months is £889,105, Zoopla said. Different property types in Harpenden have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,385,824
  • Semi-detached: £843,463
  • Terraced: £582,946
  • Flats: £381,722

12

East Molesey in Surrey

East Molesey, Surrey: £987,420

A mere 11 miles from the centre of London, East Molesey is the ideal commuter town for those looking for a quick way into the capital. A small community, it has its own high street and a cycle/pedestrian-only ferry service to Hampton Court Palace on the opposite bank of the Thames.

The average sold price for a property in East Molesey in the last 12 months is £878,650, Zoopla said. Different property types in East Molesey have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,277,310
  • Semi-detached: £1,040,717
  • Terraced: £718,029
  • Flats: £467,074

13

Henley-on-Thames

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire: £964,757

The Henley Regatta has made Henley-on-Thames a household name across the world. It is also a deceptively busy little town with plenty of museums, markets and one of the oldest theatres in the country, all within a short walk of the riverfront.

The average sold price for a property in Henley-on-Thames in the last 12 months is £872,511, Zoopla said. Different property types in Henley-on-Thames have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,191,438
  • Semi-detached: £759,417
  • Terraced: £669,072
  • Flats: £431,733

14

Windsor Castle

Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire: £960,516

Boasting history ranging from prestigious horse races to the world’s oldest continuously inhabited castle, Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead form a tri-settlement belt of high quality homes in the countryside west of London. Whether you prefer the Queen Anne Enclosure at Royal Ascot or the rich history of Windsor Castle, the towns have plenty to keep you busy - while still remaining peaceful during off season.

The average sold price for a property in Ascot in the last 12 months is £894,986, Zoopla said. Different property types in Ascot have different average sold prices over the last 12 months:

  • Detached: £1,482,938
  • Semi-detached: £548,195
  • Terraced: £492,040
  • Flats: £470,122

15

Welwyn village in Hertfordshire

John Salmon/WikiMedia Commons

Welwyn, Hertfordshire: £879,637

The upmarket Hertfordshire village of Welwyn is a “rural hotspot offering a slice of history, plenty of greenery and peaceful respite from the city”, says The Herts Advertiser. Only a 25-minute commute from London King’s Cross, it’s a “prosperous enclave with many high end homes”.

The average sold price for a property in Welwyn in the last 12 months is £820,661, Zoopla said. Different property types in Welwyn have different average sold prices over the last 12 months: 

  • Detached: £990,378
  • Semi-detached: £601,438
  • Terraced: £517,227
  • Flats: £328,500

Recommended

The cheapest and most expensive areas to rent in the UK
UK housing
In Brief

The cheapest and most expensive areas to rent in the UK

Hôtel Byblos: a heavenly retreat in Saint-Tropez
The main entrance at Hôtel Byblos in Saint-Tropez
The big trip

Hôtel Byblos: a heavenly retreat in Saint-Tropez

Eight of the best burger restaurants in London
Hache burgers plus chips on a table
On the menu

Eight of the best burger restaurants in London

Dakota Manchester: a stylish stay in a city on the up
The bar and grill at Dakota Manchester hotel
In Review

Dakota Manchester: a stylish stay in a city on the up

Popular articles

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin seriously ill?
Vladimir Putin
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin seriously ill?

What would happen if China invaded Taiwan?
Chinese troops on mobile rocket launchers during a parade in Beijing
Fact file

What would happen if China invaded Taiwan?

The mysterious Russian oligarch deaths
Vladimir Putin has previously deployed ‘extreme measures’ to crush opposition
Why we’re talking about . . .

The mysterious Russian oligarch deaths

The Week Footer Banner