Vil­lage’s mil­lion pound post­code

Pop­u­lar­ity of Ger­rards Cross helps to push av­er­age prices by 8.3%

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

PEO­PLE living in parts of Ger­rards Cross are pay­ing an av­er­age of nearly £1m for their homes ac­cord­ing to new statis­tics.

Homes in the SL9 1 post­code in the vil­lage, which in­cludes parts of Pack­horse Road, Mar­sham Way and Bul­strode Way, had an av­er­age sell­ing price of £975,000 last year.

This makes the area the most ex­pen­sive post code in the whole of Buck­ing­hamshire, and shows an in­crease in price of 8.3 per cent from 2013, when the av­er­age house price was £900,000.

Peo­ple living in the vil­lage say that the area’s on­go­ing pop­u­lar­ity is be­cause of its prox­im­ity to Lon­don, while also be­ing in a rel­a­tively ru­ral lo­ca­tion.

Ge­of­frey Boswell, who has lived in Ger­rards Cross for 27 years, said: “It’s more popular now than it ever has been. There are lots of peo­ple who want to live here. The trans­port links here are very good. You can eas­ily live here and work in Lon­don be­cause of the train ser­vices.

“Also, you can eas­ily ac­cess the M25, M4 and Heathrow Air­port.”

He added: “It’s also a very pleas­ant place to live. There are so many parks around here, and lots of coun­try­side, which means that peo­ple are al­ways very keen to live here.”

The fig­ures, which come from Land Reg­istry lists, show that the cheap­est area in Bucks to live is Ayles­bury, where one post­code has an av­er­age house price of £175,000. Ger­rards Cross and the sur­round­ing area has also proved a popular place to live with celebri­ties, with stars in­clud­ing Ozzy and Sharon Os­bourne, Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie and Cilla Black all hav­ing lived close to the vil­lage.

De­spite all the ad­van­tages, Mr Boswell says that there are cer­tain draw­backs to living in Ger­rards Cross. He said: “The schools are very popular, and be­cause of that, the roads get clogged up with traf­fic, which was not the case when I moved here.

“But that’s what hap­pens when lots of peo­ple all want to live in the same place.”

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