NEAR SEVENOAKS, KENT

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - Commuting -

Av­er­age prop­erty price: £450,944 Price in­crease since 2007: 32 per cent Av­er­age price for a house: £492,073 Jour­ney time: 43 min­utes. THE ru­ral sta­tion in busy Bor­ough Green also serves the vil­lage’s sleepier, more pic­turesque neigh­bours Wrotham (pro­nounced Root-ham) and Ightham (pro­nounced Item). The set­ting for all three vil­lages is lovely, right in the heart of the

NEAR RED­HILL, SUR­REY

£414,321 44 per cent. £431,890

43 min­utes. THREE miles south of Red­hill, Salfords is a small, well-equipped vil­lage with a school, sev­eral pubs, a small pa­rade of shops and a so­cial club. It also fields a vil­lage cricket team and is just south of the Sur­rey Hills.

Crit­ics say it’s more of a far-flung sub­urb of Red­hill than a proper vil­lage — and it does lack a true cen­tre. Prox­im­ity to Gatwick means some flight­path noise, but jour­neys to the air­port are a breeze. By Sur­rey stan­dards prices are very rea­son­able, with a three-bed­room semi cost­ing about £400,000, and there are pos­i­tive signs for Salfords’ for­tunes in the fu­ture.

The vil­lage has a pri­mary free school, opened too re­cently to have an Of­sted rat­ing. A plus is that Salfords is close to Red­hill, where huge amounts of in­ward in­vest­ment are re­gen­er­at­ing the town. “As Red­hill comes up, so will Salfords,” says Wendy Leech, di­rec­tor of Robert Leech es­tate agents.

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