With people having to spend more time in their homes over the last year and many people working from home, you may be considering selling up and moving home.
Recent research shows that an increasing number of people living in the capital are looking to relocate outside London (source).
In this article we examine the 7 most expensive towns in England outside of Greater London (according to Zoopla, as of the 25th January) and what makes them an attractive place to live.
Virginia Water, Surrey
With average house prices of around £1.5 million, Virginia Water in Surrey is the most expensive place to buy a property outside of London. A popular commuter town, bordering the beautiful countryside of Windsor Great Park, it is easy to see why Virginia Water is such a popular location.
Within Virginia Water, one of the most exclusive areas to live is the Wentworth Estate. The estate counts several high-profile names as current and former residents, including Sir Elton John, Sir Bruce Forsyth and Ernie Els.
Find out more about the history of the Wentworth Estate in Virginia Water.
The historical town of Cobham in Surrey appears second on the list. With properties averaging around £1.2 million, the town is located on the River Mole a few miles North East of Guildford.
The town’s history can be traced back to the Iron Age and several period properties, with wooden sash windows, can still be found in the town today.
Located in the Chiltern Hills Area, Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire has several beautiful Georgian properties. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and within easy reach of London.
The birthplace of Terry Pratchett, homes in Beaconsfield average at just under £1.1 million, making it the third most expensive town in England outside of London.
Find out more about the history of Beaconsfield, which is believed to date back to the Saxon period.
Located down the road from Cobham, Esher is home to several 1920s and 1930s detached houses and is a popular commuter town. The town is located by the National Trust’s Claremont landscape garden.
Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire
Commonly used as fictional towns in various TV series, Chalfont St. Giles also located in the Chiltern Hills. Although it does not have a railway station, Chalfont St. Giles is surrounded by areas of natural beauty which helps keep its average price above £1 million.
Notable residents have included Ozzy Osbourne, Noel Gallagher and Nick Clegg.
With average house prices just under £1 million, Radlett in Hertfordshire comes in as the sixth most expensive town. Located within the M25, and with easy access to London, the town has several large mansions worth millions of pounds.
Radlett boasts several high-profile residents, with various celebrities having lived in the town, including Simon Cowell. The area has a rich history, dating back to the Stone Age.
Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
Seventh on the list is Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire, with average house prices valued at around £980,000.
Located slightly nearer to London than Chalfont St. Giles and Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross has good transport links to the capital, both from its railway station and its proximity to the M40.
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