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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.