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Town & Country: With £1.25m to spend, would you choose Belgravia or Maresfield?

Luxury shopping: Motcomb Street, Belgravia PICTURE: ALAMY

Town

■ ARGUABLY the most exclusive enclave of uber-expensive prime central London, Belgravia is also one of the loveliest — with Margaret Thatcher, Joan Collins, Sean Connery and Roman Abramovich among its former residents. ‘Belgravia’s properties and public spaces are well maintained, mostly thanks to the Grosvenor Estate which retains the freeholds for much of the area,’ says Alessandra de Paiva Raposo of DPR Property. ‘It’s home to an eclectic mix of mews houses, garden squares and white stucco terraces.’ Rowland King of Chestertons adds: ‘Properties range from one to two-bed flats from £500,000, up to £66m for a penthouse in Belgravia Gate.’

Belgravia

2-bed apartment, £1.195 million



Posh pad: This maisonette in Eaton Square has a resident caretaker and access to fab gardens and a tennis court. Jackson-stops, jackson-stops.co.uk

Commute time: In Zone 1

Commute cost: Annual travelcard £1,404

Price per sq ft: £1,053

Country

Pretty as a postcard: Maresfield boasts a string of period homes PICTURE: ALAMY

■ SITTING on the southern end of the Ashdown Forest, just north of Uckfield, Maresfield is a pretty village with a primary school, post office, pub, shop, sports clubs and a Grade I-listed church. Period cottages, some of them medieval, are clustered in the central conservation area. You’ll also find Victorian, Edwardian, modern and ex-council properties. Homes in Maresfield Park, a private estate where Katie Price used to live, sit in plots of up to six acres. ‘Most buyers are migrating south, either from London or closer,’ says Richard Taylor of Taylor Tofts. ‘Two-bed ex-council houses start from about £250,000, while three-bed cottages start at £400,000.’

Maresfield

5-bed house, £1,250,000



Oaksome: Park Barn’s frame was built with 50 tonnes of Green oak. The house has an open-plan reception room with a defined kitchen, living, dining and family areas, a galleried landing and wraparound garden. Taylor Tofts, taylortofts.co.uk

Commute time: 80mins to London Bridge or 86mins to Victoria

Commute cost: Annual season ticket £4,104

Price per sq ft: £279

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Belgravia



One-bed flat, £575,000, Foxtons, foxtons.co.uk

Deep in the heart of Belgravia you’ll find this lower ground-floor flat, part of a white stucco building in West Eaton Place. It consists of a combined living room/kitchen with glossy red units and integrated appliances, a bright bedroom and a contemporary shower room. There’s also underfloor heating throughout. The stores and upmarket boutiques on Elizabeth Street, Motcomb Street and West Halkin Street are a short distance away, while Sloane Square, Victoria and Knightsbridge stations are all within half a mile.

Maresfield



Five-bed house, £650,000, Hamptons International, hamptons.co.uk

Overlooking historic St Bartholomew’s Church in the centre of the village, this sizeable house dates from the middle of the 18th century and is chain free. The triple-aspect sitting room — which has an open fireplace — and the kitchen/breakfast room lead into the south-facing garden. There’s also a cloakroom, a study and a larder/utility room. A spiral staircase in the central dining room leads up to the first floor, where there are five double bedrooms (the master has an en suite) and a family bathroom.

Total spend: £1.225m