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House prices: the 17 most expensive towns in England outside of London

Virginia Water in Surrey is top of Zoopla’s property rich list

The county of Surrey is home to a number of the most expensive towns and villages outside of London, according to Zoopla’s highest value towns rich list. Locations in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire also feature.

Virginia Water tops the list with an average property value of £1,450,491 in September 2021. This is a fall of 2.21% in the last three months (since June 2021) and a fall of 0.70% since 12 months ago. 

In terms of property types, flats in Virginia Water sold for an average of £473,846 and terraced houses for £932,365, according to Zoopla’s current estimates. The town’s most expensive street is Portnall Rise with an average property price of £6,264,079, followed by Woodlands Road East (£6,092,131), Wentworth Drive (£5,825,175), and North Drive (£5,568,981).

Surrey’s most expensive street is Montrose Gardens in Leatherhead. Properties on this street have an average value of £6,753,726.

Here we take a look at the most expensive English towns outside of London, starting with Virginia Water…

1

Virginia Water, Surrey

Virginia Water, Surrey: £1,450,491

With its beautiful red-brick buildings and lavish green spaces, Virginia Water is in the top spot. This charming commuter town, 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 remains a prime piece of Crown Estate in south east England.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Virginia Water stood at £1,450,491 in September 2021. This is a fall of 2.21% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 0.70% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Virginia Water sold for an average of £473,846 and terraced houses for £932,365.”

2

Cobham in Surrey

Cobham, Surrey: £1,192,110 

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Cobham stood at £1,192,110 in September 2021. This is a fall of 0.63% in the last three months (since June 2021) and rise of 5.53% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Cobham sold for an average of £514,074 and terraced houses for £534,070.”

3

Beaconsfield Church in Buckinghamshire

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire: £1,178,813 

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).

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Beaconsfield stood at £1,178,813 in September 2021. This is a fall of 2.10% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 0.12% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Beaconsfield sold for an average of £563,709 and terraced houses for £623,541.”

4

Chalfont St. Giles

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Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire: £1,101,769 

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Chalfont St. Giles stood at £1,101,769 in September 2021. This is a fall of 2.05% in the last three months (since June 2021) and rise of 0.11% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Chalfont St. Giles sold for an average of £511,770 and terraced houses for £588,645.”

5

Esher

Esher, Surrey: £1,077,446

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Esher stood at £1,077,446 in September 2021. This is a fall of 1.96% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 2.84% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Esher sold for an average of £497,120 and terraced houses for £623,912.”

6

Radlett in Hertfordshire

Radlett, Hertfordshire: £1,021,973

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Radlett stood at £1,021,973 in September 2021. This is a fall of 1.25% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 1.36% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Radlett sold for an average of £460,275 and terraced houses for £591,602.”

7

Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire

Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire: £999,820 

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Gerrards Cross stood at £999,820 in September 2021. This is a fall of 2.20% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 2.07% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Gerrards Cross sold for an average of £514,453 and terraced houses for £570,386.”

8

Old Bridge over the River Wey in Weybridge, Surrey

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Weybridge, Surrey: £934,024

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Weybridge stood at £934,024 in September 2021. This is a fall of 0.70% in the last three months (since June 2021) and rise of 3.85% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Weybridge sold for an average of £432,871 and terraced houses for £636,862.”

9

East Molesey in Surrey

East Molesey, Surrey: £933,782

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in East Molesey stood at £933,782 in September 2021. This is a fall of 3.97% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 3.29% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in East Molesey sold for an average of £388,750 and terraced houses for £486,199.”

10

Hartfield in East Sussex

Hartfield, East Sussex: £911,597

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, says House Beautiful magazine.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Hartfield stood at £911,597 in September 2021. This is a fall of 3.46% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 4.10% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Hartfield sold for an average of £311,030 and terraced houses for £575,017.”

11

Harpenden, Hertfordshire

Harpenden, Hertfordshire: £880,480

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Harpenden stood at £880,480 in September 2021. This is a fall of 0.35% in the last three months (since June 2021) and rise of 3.81% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Harpenden sold for an average of £389,678 and terraced houses for £538,977.”

12

Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Brockenhurst, Hampshire: £874,558

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Brockenhurst stood at £874,558 in September 2021. This is a fall of 3.47% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 2.84% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Brockenhurst sold for an average of £279,697 and terraced houses for £454,316.”

13

Windsor Castle

Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire: £865,044

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Ascot stood at £865,044 in September 2021. This is a fall of 2.21% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 0.68% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Ascot sold for an average of £499,075 and terraced houses for £528,549. In Windsor & Maidenhead the average property price stood at £631,116. This is a fall of 3.43% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 2.51% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Windsor & Maidenhead sold for an average of £372,751 and terraced houses for £485,924.”

14

Henley-on-Thames

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Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire: £864,290

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.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Henley-on-Thames stood at £864,290 in September 2021. This is a fall of 1.54% in the last three months (since June 2021) and rise of 5.32% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Henley-on-Thames sold for an average of £446,197 and terraced houses for £585,013.”

15

Much Hadham, Hertfordshire (WikiCommons)

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Much Hadham, Hertfordshire: £844,541

Much Hadham, one of Hertfordshire’s real beauties, offers a “traditional village vibe” and is “stupidly picturesque”, says Muddy Stilettos. Formerly known as Great Hadham, it is one of the oldest, and prettiest, villages in the county.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Much Hadham stood at £844,541 in September 2021. This is a fall of 2.77% in the last three months (since June 2021) and fall of 1.47% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Much Hadham sold for an average of £265,228 and terraced houses for £449,862.”

16

Welwyn village in Hertfordshire

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Welwyn, Hertfordshire: £820,490

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”.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Welwyn stood at £820,490 in September 2021. This is a fall of 0.76% in the last three months (since June 2021) and rise of 1.28% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Welwyn sold for an average of £362,312 and terraced houses for £536,814.”

17

Leatherhead Railway Station

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Leatherhead, Surrey: £819,539

Surrounded by greenery, the picturesque town of Leatherhead is located at the gateway to the Surrey Hills, says the Visit Surrey tourism board. It’s an easy train journey from London, close to the M25 and a short driving distance to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Leatherhead is home to Surrey’s most expensive street - Montrose Gardens - which has average property values of £6,753,726, according to Zoopla.

Zoopla’s current estimates: “The average price for property in Leatherhead stood at £819,539 in September 2021. This is a fall of 1.47% in the last three months (since June 2021) and rise of 0.29% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Leatherhead sold for an average of £313,092 and terraced houses for £436,201.”

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