■ Although it runs from Paddington all the way to Harrow, Harrow Road as a neighbourhood refers to the stretch skirting North Kensington, Queen’s Park and Kensal Green. Part of the main road is parallel with the Grand Union Canal, and some homes overlook the water or adjacent Kensal Green Cemetery. Side streets are filled with smartened up Victorian terraces. ‘Of particular note is the Queen’s Park Conservation Area, beautiful Victorian cottages built for railway workers’ says Jay Badiani of Marsh & Parsons. ‘Starting prices for one-bed flats are £400,000-£500,000, and this is the last area in west London where one can buy a freehold house for less than £1million.’
2-bed house, £775,000
Bright spark: There’s potential to convert the loft of this lightfilled terraced house, just off Harrow Road. It has a living room, big kitchen/diner, paved garden and two bathrooms. Marsh & Parsons, marshandparsons.co.uk
Commute time: 13 mins from Kensal Green to Marylebone
Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,404
Price per sq ft: £584
■ Excellent schools and a swift commute make Buckinghamshire popular with families quitting London, and this pretty village is sought after. It’s perched on a hill with sweeping views and has a common, a 17th-century windmill, pubs, a brewery, shops and community spirit. Its core is a conservation area, containing more than 50 listed buildings, some dating back to the 17th century. ‘Although houses don’t have big gardens, there is acres of land on the common,’ says Carol-Anne Murray of Hamptons International. ‘Brill holds its value, and properties range from £365,000 for a cottage in the centre to £1-£1.5million for a large house on the outskirts.’
4-bed house, £785,000
Elegant abode: A handsome three-storey townhouse. The garden is accessed via a drive under the first-floor sitting and dining rooms. Carter Jonas, carterjonas.co.uk
Commute time: from 41 mins from Haddenham & Thame Parkway (five miles away) to Marylebone
Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £5,088
Price per sq ft: £488
…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?
One-bed flat, £400,000, Foxtons, foxtons.co.uk
This bright flat is on the third floor of a low-rise block close to Kensal Rise station, and within walking distance of the independent shops and bars on Chamberlayne Road. It has high ceilings and a crisp modern décor, and consists of a living room with sliding doors leading out to a full-width balcony, a white, open-plan kitchen with a breakfast bar and integrated appliances, a double bedroom and contemporary bathroom.
Two-bed house £365,000, Hamptons International, hamptons.co.uk
Located in The Square, one of Brill’s best addresses, this period cottage oozes charm and style. The front door takes you into a cosy sitting room with exposed beams, a wood burner in the fireplace then through into a cheerful kitchen with underfloor heating. A dining/family room at the back has a glazed roof and overlooks the cottage garden, which has a gate to allotments. Both bedrooms and the bathroom are upstairs.