WHEN it comes to lifestyle and amenities, Queen’s Park has very few chinks in its armour. There’s the eponymous park, a small, but busy high street with an M&S food hall, a high quota of independent shops and eateries and a weekly farmers’ market. All local state primaries are judged as good by Ofsted and the station is on the Bakerloo and Overground lines. The residential streets excel in appealing Victorian and Edwardian properties, though buyers have to dig deep to afford them as small flats start at around £400,000 and houses from £1.5m. ‘The area mainly attracts families or young professionals wanting somewhere with a village feel but close enough to central London. People who live here rarely look to move far,’ says Oliver Browne of Foxtons.
2-bed flat, £889,950
Capacious conversion: At over 1,000 sq ft, this first floor period conversion is far bigger than average and features high ceilings, sash windows and working fireplaces. Comes with planning permission for a roof terrace. Camerons Stiff & Co, cameronsstiff.co.uk
Commute time: 9 mins to Marylebone
Commute cost: annual Travelcard £1,444
Price per sq ft: £828
THE prettiest of the Chilterns villages known as The Chalfonts (the others are Chalfont St Peter and Little Chalfont), Chalfont St Giles boasts a duck pond, a green, shops, church, pubs and a museum in a 16th century cottage that was once home to poet John Milton. Buyers are drawn by the schooling — the village junior is Ofsted-rated outstanding, and Bucks has grammars — and speedy links into London. ‘The village has retained its old world charm, and changed very little over the years,’ says Simon Colman of Colman & Co. ‘It tends to attract people coming in from west London and the suburbs. An entry two-bed terraced period cottage in the centre is about £450,000.’
Chalfont St Giles
5-bed house, £885,000
Historic home: In need of refurbishment, this Grade II listed house includes a triple aspect reception room, a beautiful wraparound garden and original exposed timber beams and inglenook fireplaces. Knight Frank, knightfrank.co.uk
Commute time (Zone 1): from 22 mins from Seer Green & Jordans to Marylebone
Commute cost: annual season ticket £4,180
Price per sq ft: £408
…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?
One-bed flat, £400,000, Marsh & Parsons, marshandparsons.co.uk
A ground-floor purpose built flat in an envy-inducing location a few minutes’ walk from the park, station and the neighbourhood’s foodie hotspots, which include gastro pub The Salusbury and all-day bistro Bob’s Café. The property has a spacious living room, a separate kitchen, a double bedroom with built in storage, off-street parking and a communal garden.
Chalfont St Giles
Two-bed house, £465,000, Colman & Co, colmanand.co.uk
This Edwardian semi-detached cottage is in a tucked away but convenient setting close to the village shops. Entered via a porch, the ground floor consists of a cosy living room at the front, a dining room in the middle and a Shaker-style kitchen/breakfast room at the back. A staircase leads up to two double bedrooms and family bathroom. There’s an attractive low-maintenance garden, a garage and car port, and potential to add an extension.