PERFORMING ON PRICE: CROWHURST
The best performer in terms of price growth is Crowhurst, near Hastings in East Sussex, where prices have soared 67 per cent in the past five years to an average of just over £571,000.
A detached house in Crowhurst would cost an average £590,000. This success comes despite its 95-minute each-way trip to London, and the £5,828 cost of an annual season ticket. Tom Saunders, a director of Goring & Saunders local estate agents, says buyers are drawn to the area by its great schools, including the Ofsted “outstanding” Claverham Community College, in nearby Battle.
As well as its station, Crowhurst has a good pub and a primary school but sadly, no shop. “It is a beautiful little village and it has got that really nice sense of a village community,” adds Saunders. “It is accessible to London when you need to be there, but in my
Buyers who are seeking a more bearable commute will get significantly more bang for their buck in the village of Thorpe-le-Soken, near Clacton in Essex, where an average detached house costs less than £320,000, up 65 per cent in the last five years. The journey time to London is an hour and 10 minutes. More painful is the cost of a season ticket at £6,588.
Another commuter-heavy location close to Crowhurst and right in the middle of the High Weald is Robertsbridge, East Sussex, with its sweet high street and ancient timbered buildings. Some 60 per cent of station users have a season ticket despite the 86-minute journey to London. A season ticket costs £5,660 — but this needs to be set against the average house price of £357,000, and the average detached house price of £458,000.
a four-bedroom house, below left, High Street, Robertsbridge. Call Jackson-Stops (01580 471012)