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Town & Country: With £900,000 to spend, would you choose South Wimbledon or Horley?

Town

■ ONE of the advantages of living in the most southerly part of SW19 is access to the Northern Line for a straightforward commute into the City – plus there are trams, trains and the District Line, and high-street shops in central Wimbledon. ‘South Wimbledon offers a mix of property and will be a place to watch over the next ten years,’ says Simon Avigdor of Dexters. ‘Traditionally, it’s known for Victorian houses and flats, but recently has seen a flurry of new-build developments. Properties are more affordable than in Wimbledon town and village and the gap in prices is likely to reduce. Two-bed period houses are from £625,000, and four-beds are £875,000+.’

South Wimbledon

2-bed house, £875,000

Wimble-done up: This house benefits from a modern kitchen and decor

Extension lead: Planning permission is in place for an extra bedroom in this double-fronted Victorian house Dexters, dexters.co.uk

Commute time (Zone 1): 34 mins to London Bridge

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,648

Price per sq ft: £865

Country

■ THIS Surrey town has far more to offer than convenience for Gatwick airport. Transport links are a major asset as it’s a few minutes from the M23 and has round-the-clock trains into London. The centre is undergoing a facelift, schools are generally good and aircraft noise is a factor in keeping house prices lower than nearby locations. ‘We get lots of buyers from south London, as well as locals working at Gatwick,’ says Simon Male of Power Bespoke. ‘Charlwood, on the outskirts, is a lovely village with period properties and Horley has a mix of housing, including new developments. Flats start at £190,000 and three-bed houses are from around £350,000.’

Horley

6-bed house, £900,000

The sky’s the limit: The house is four properties in one

Roomy retreat: A spacious home, backing on to protected farmland, that consists of a four-bed chalet bungalow, a one-bed annex, a guest lodge and log cabin. Power Bespoke, powerbespoke.co.uk

Commute time (Zone 1): From 31 mins to Victoria

Commute cost: Annual season ticket £4,056

Price per sq ft: £357

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

South Wimbledon

Two-bedroom flat, £439,950, Brinkley’s, brinkleys.co.uk



This first-floor flat, in a converted period house set well back from the road, is a short walk from South Wimbledon station and Wimbledon Broadway’s shops and transport links. It has a sitting room with Victorian sash windows and a feature fireplace, a modern, fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms, a contemporary bathroom and a laundry cupboard in the hall. In addition, there’s a new boiler and the floors have recently been refurbished.

Horley

Three-bed house, £450,000, Connells, connells.co.uk



Much bigger than it seems at first glance, this end-of-terrace house is idea for a frequent flyer as it’s only a five-minute drive from the airport. On the ground floor, there’s a sitting room and dining room — both with bay windows — plus a refitted white kitchen, a family room, conservatory and utility/shower room. Stairs lead to the bedrooms and contemporary family bathroom, and a permanent ladder goes up to the loft, which has two double-glazed skylights.

Total spend: £889,950