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Town & Country: With £830,000 to spend, would you choose Bishops Park or Merstham?

Scenic: The view across the
Thames to Putney Bridge

Town

RESIDENTS of this part of SW6 have an abundance of open space, while Fulham FC fans appreciate having Craven Cottage on their doorstep. ‘Properties tend to be Edwardian-style rather than Victorian, offering bigger gardens and more value for money compared to Fulham Broadway and Parsons Green,’ says Rebecca Stott of FoundIt London. ‘The “alphabet roads” north of Craven Cottage between the Thames and Fulham Palace Road are worth a look for first-time buyers, who should expect to pay £750-£850 per sq ft, so a two-bed flat would cost around £550,000-£700,000. Those with a lower budget choose streets further down the alphabet such as Inglethorpe, Kenyon and Langthorne.’

Bishops park

2-bed apartment, £829,500



Light and bright: A large, first-floor flat with a spacious balcony, a contemporary kitchen with integrated appliances and a lower ground floor storage room. Foxtons, foxtons.co.uk

Commute time: 17 mins to Victoria

Commute cost: Annual travelcard £1,444

Price per sq ft: £877

Country

Vintage: The London to Brighton veteran car run in Merstham

The North Downs Way passes through this small Surrey town, perched above Redhill. Transport links are excellent as it has a station and is close to the M25/M23 junction, and several local primary schools are rated highly by Ofsted. ‘There are good value 1960s/1970s homes, and large areas dominated by Edwardian and Victorian-style properties,’ explains Chris Nathan of Hound & Porter. ‘A former local authority two-bedroom apartment can be as little as £170,000, or a one-bedroom new-build flat goes for £195,000. A three-bedroom house starts at £310,000, and there are some incredible looking homes for sale for up to £1.4million.’

Merstham

4-bed house, £800,000



Listed lovely: Originally a farmhouse and later a tavern, this Grade II-listed home is over 300 years old and includes fireplaces and exposed beams throughout. Hamptons International, hamptons.co.uk

Commute time: 27 mins to London Bridge; 33 mins to Victoria

Commute cost: Annual season ticket £3,436

Price per sq ft: £435

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Bishops Park

One-bed flat, £365,000, Winkworth, winkworth.co.uk



This second-floor flat is on the Hammersmith side of the neighbourhood, moments from the Thames and very convenient for the buses, shops and cafés on Fulham Palace Road. Although compact, it’s well laid out and has recently been renovated. There’s a decent-sized bedroom with built-in storage, a bright living room providing space for a dining table and chairs, a separate modern Shaker-style kitchen with integrated appliances and a breakfast bar, and a contemporary bathroom.

Merstham

Three-bed house, £400,000, Barnard Marcus, barnardmarcus.co.uk



Swift access to the station is among the myriad of attractions of this smart semi, which is in good shape so there’s no work to do. It consists of a dining room at the front leading through a spacious reception room with double doors into a conservatory, and a dual aspect kitchen. On the first floor you’ll find three bedrooms and a family shower room, and it has off-street parking and pretty garden with a patio.

Total spend: £765,000