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Town & Country: Kensington Olympia or Ramsbury?

Historic: The Olympia exhibition centre

Town

■ FROM Ideal Home, horse and boat shows to Jimi Hendrix and Doctor Who, Olympia’s exhibition centre has seen a lot in its 130-year history. It’s one of the country’s leading events and entertainment venues, with 1.6million visitors annually. The residential area in its vicinity has become very desirable, thanks to its proximity to Holland Park, shops and public transport, and its elegant period architecture. ‘Streets such as Sinclair Road are full of big-boned Victorian houses, five minutes from Kensington High Street,’ says Paul Cosgrove of Finlay Brewer. ‘98 per cent have been converted into flats, though there are family houses around Brook Green. The entry point is £400,000.’

Olympia

2-bed flat, £1.1million


Lateral living: A well-proportioned and stylish, first-floor conversion with a contemporary bathroom and freestanding tub, high ceilings and bay windows. Foxtons

Commute time: From 14 mins to Victoria

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,364

Price per sq ft: £1,317

Bucolic: Ramsbury in Wiltshire

Country

■ THE combination of a scenic location, pretty period houses, commutability and plentiful amenities makes this chocolate-box village an enduring favourite with buyers. ‘Ramsbury is one of the most popular villages in Wiltshire,’ says Rosie Souster of Humberts. ‘Set amongst rolling countryside in the picturesque Kennet Valley, it provides a varied range of amenities including a general store, two pubs, a post office and primary school, and is in the catchment area for the highly regarded St John’s school in Marlborough, which is a real selling point. Junctions 15 and 14 of the M4 are easily accessible and there are trains to London from Great Bedwyn, making it an excellent choice for commuters. House prices range from £275,000 for a two-bed cottage up to £1.5million for five bedrooms.’

Ramsbury

5-bed house, £1.1million


Listed beauty: Located in the village centre, this Grade II-listed thatched house was built in 1652. It has a new kitchen, and the many period features include exposed beams and brickwork, along with inglenook fireplaces. Carter Jonas

Commute time: From 71 mins from Bedwyn to Paddington

Commute cost: Annual season ticket £5,932

Price per sq ft: £385

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Olympia



Two-bed flat, £640,000, Finlay Brewer

This bright and sunny top-floor flat forms part of an impressive Victorian house. Consists of a large reception room, modern kitchen/breakfast room with built-in appliances, two double bedrooms and a bathroom, and is being sold with planning permission for a roof terrace.

Ramsbury



Three-bed house, £455,000, Knight Frank

Space and character come in equal measure in this charming listed house. There’s a cosy sitting room with inglenook fireplace, a good-sized dining room, a kitchen/breakfast room with a walk-in larder and French doors to a courtyard garden, a utility, cloakroom and two bathrooms.

Total spend: £1.095million