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Town & Country: With £900,000 to spend, would you choose Streatham Common or Ditchling?

Back to nature: Streatham Common dominates the area

Town

■ CONTAINING the vast common itself, Streatham Common is at the southern tip of Streatham, a long, linear neighbourhood stretching all the way down the high road from Brixton Hill. ‘The area has undergone substantial regeneration over the last few years, with developments being built and many local bars and restaurants being refurbished, and offers excellent transport links,’ says James King of Jacksons. ‘There’s an array of architectural styles, including Edwardian houses and conversions and 1930s stock. The high road is home to The Streatham Hub — a new development consisting of modern apartments in Derry Court, a Tesco and Streatham Ice And Leisure Centre, which has an Olympic-sized skating rink. One bed-flats start at about £300,000, three-bed 1930s houses from £625,000 and three-bed Edwardian houses from £750,000.’

Streatham Common

Four-bed house, £900,000

Classy classic: The property has lots of character


Edwardian era: Period features abound in this house with high ceilings, bay windows, wooden floors and a 27-ft long kitchen. Jacksons, jacksonsestateagents.com

Commute time: (to Zone 1) about 20 mins to Victoria, 30 mins to London Bridge

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,600

Price per sq ft: £537

Country

High street charm: The village is in the heart of the South Downs PICTURE: ALAMY

■ There’s no shortage of countryside views in this East Sussex village, as it’s in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The best is from the summit of Ditchling Beacon, one of the highest points in the South East, as on a clear day you can look right out to sea. Ditchling is known for its strong arty vibe due to a number of artists, craftsmen and designers being based locally, and is home to the acclaimed Ditchling Museum Of Art + Craft. ‘There’s a proper mix of properties, from two-up, two down cottages, starting at £350,000 to £370,000, to big country houses at about £2.5million,’ says Colin Metcalfe of Mishon Mackay. ‘Half of buyers are from Brighton & Hove, a quarter are from London and another quarter are local.’

Ditchling

Five-bed house, £895,000

Well appointed: The house benefits from being detached


Modern classic: Despite its traditional appearance, this detached house was built in 2004. It has a landscaped garden, new kitchen, open plan family/dining room and separate sitting room. Chatt Estates, chattestates.co.uk

Commute time: [to Zone 1) about 50 mins from Hassocks (under two miles away) to Victoria

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £4,088

Price per sq ft: £445

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Streatham Common



Two-bed flat, £425,000, Dexters, dexters.co.uk

A first-floor flat in a converted Victorian house, close to the common and town centre and under five minutes’ walk from the station. Refurbished to a high standard, it has an open plan kitchen/living room with glossy flat fronted units and plenty of space for a large dining table and chairs, a square bay window and wooden flooring. Both bedrooms are doubles, there’s a bright bathroom, and the property comes with a share of the freehold.

Ditchling



Four-bed house, £475,000, Guild Property, guildproperty.co.uk

This 1950s semi, set back from the road on the outskirts of the village, was extended in the 1980s when the ground floor study/fourth bedroom and second reception room were added. It’s in need of cosmetic improvement and offers potential to be extended further, subject to planning permission being granted. Highlights include a log-burner in the sitting room, a sunny dual aspect kitchen/breakfast room, a cloakroom and a south-east facing garden.

Total spend: £900,000