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Town & Country: With £1.15m to spend, would you choose Connaught Village or Beaconsfield?

Watering hole: The Duke Of Kent pub in Connaught Village

Town

PART of the Hyde Park Estate, Connaught Village lies west of Marble Arch and north of the park, and the entire West End is within walking distance. Claudia Winkleman — the BBC’s highest-paid female presenter — and ex-PM Tony Blair are just two of its moneyed locals. ‘Properties include Georgian, 1950s and 1960s houses and portered apartment blocks,’ says Dylan James of Chestertons. ‘Georgian houses go for £3.5million to £4.5million, and a bit more around one of the garden squares. Connaught village attracts young professionals, upsizers and international buyers, and two-bed apartments are £650,000 to £1.5million,’ adds Marcel Zaidan of Dexters.

Connaught Village

2-bed flat, £1.1million



Elegant abode: Set in a listed, white stuccofronted building, this spacious garden flat has two patios and access to the private gardens in Hyde Park Square.

Commute time: In Zone 1

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,364

Price per sq ft: £939

Country

Country town: St Mary & All Saints Church in Beaconsfield PICTURE: ALAMY

Beaconsfield is a regular fixture on lists of the most expensive places to buy outside London, and that shows no signs of stopping. According to Rightmove, the number of sales of £1million-plus properties rose more here in the past year than anywhere else. There’s plenty to reel in deep-pocketed buyers as it’s on the M40, offers a speedy commute, and benefits from grammar schools and a prosperous country town ambience. It’s in two parts: the Old Town, a conservation area full of red brick 17th and 18th-century buildings, and the New Town, closer to the station, where properties date from the early 1900s onwards.

Beaconsfield

4-bed house, £1.15million



Top plot: The mature, 140ft westfacing garden is a particular feature of this family home, about a mile from the town centre. There’s fantastic scope to extend, subject to planning permission.

Commute time: 23 mins to Marylebone

Commute cost: Annual season ticket £4,036

Price per sq ft: £615

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Connaught Village



One-bed flat, £525,000, Foxtons, foxtons.co.uk

A generously sized, one-bed flat on the second floor of a purpose-built block. It comprises a large and sunny modern reception room with ample space for a dining table, a double bedroom with a fitted wardrobe, a bright kitchen with integrated appliances and a fully tiled bathroom. The building has a lift and a porter and is conveniently located a short stroll from Hyde Park, Marble Arch station, and the neighbourhood’s upmarket pitstops.

Beaconsfield



Three-bed house, £599,950, Savills, savills.co.uk

This listed period cottage, in a prime Old Town street, has been sympathetically modernised by the current owners, who’ve introduced soft colours and high-end materials to complement the original features. The home includes a light and airy sitting room with a focal-point period fireplace, a Shaker-style, eat-in kitchen with wooden worktops, a first-floor master bedroom and bathroom, two bedrooms on the second floor and a courtyard bathroom.

Total spend: £1,124,950