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buy a prop­erty in one of Bri­tain’s most pres­ti­gious bor­oughs if you have to park half a mile away? The Coun­cil also has two bin col­lec­tions a week. Prop­er­ties are not cheap, but you are spoilt for choice. You will find ev­ery­thing from charm­ing ivy-cov­ered homes to white-stucco fronted build­ings. Fa­mous for­mer res­i­dents in­clude Os­car Wilde, Bram Stoker and Agatha Christie.

four-bed­room Kens­ing­ton man­sion on Phillimore Gar­dens: £17.75mil­lion with Hanover Pri­vate Of­fice (hanover­pri­va­te­of­fice.com). With no in­creases in coun­cil tax for the last four years, Wilt­shire County Coun­cil has man­aged to keep leisure cen­tres and li­braries open. It has also been rolling out su­per­fast broad­band and in­creas­ing spend­ing on road main­te­nance. “It is a fab­u­lous area. The county coun­cil has worked closely with Malmes­bury (twobed­room ter­raced houses in the town sell for un­der £160,000) coun­cil and sur­round­ing vil­lages to draw up a plan for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment,” says Ru­pert Stur­gis of Knight Frank.

Grade-II listed six-bed­room farm­house near Malmes­bury (pic­tured above, right), dat­ing from the early 17th cen­tury: £2.25mil­lion with Knight Frank (knight­frank.co.uk).

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