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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)

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