NEAR SEVENOAKS, KENT
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.