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Town & Country: With £950,000 to spend, would it be Shaftesbury Estate or Englefield Green?


■ SHAFTESBURY Estate is the legacy of William Austin, whose 1867 project to provide decent housing for the working classes resulted in 1,200 houses in a grid of streets north of Lavender Hill, bounded by railway lines at the top. It’s survived pretty much intact and is now highly sought after. ‘Prices are relatively affordable compared with neighbouring areas of Battersea Park, Clapham Old Town and Between the Commons — and houses offer great scope for extension,’ says Jonathon Cooke of Dexters. ‘One-bed flats are rare and hold a premium, with prices starting at around £400,000. A fully extended three-bed Shaftesbury cottage, with the right aspect and finish, could achieve over £1million.’

Shaftesbury Estate

3-bed house, £950,000

Shaft of light: Bay windows let the light flood in

Period piece: A refurbished Victorian terraced house with a full-width extension and converted loft. Winkworth,

Commute time: 10 mins to Waterloo

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,404

Price per sq ft: £789


■ GIVEN its proper village green, schools, independent shops, pubs and period properties, Englefield Green isn’t lacking pulling power. It’s also next to Windsor Great Park and close to Egham station. A large student population, courtesy of Royal Holloway College, ensures it’s never sleepy. Chris Evans and Sir Elton John live locally. ‘We get lots of first-time buyers and families coming from London,’ says Mark Lathan of Townends Regents. ‘About half of the housing is Victorian. Flats start at £250,000 to £300,000, Victorian cottages from £350,000, and four-bed detached houses range from £700,000 to £900,000.’

Englefield Green

5-bed house, £950,000

Inviting: The kitchen/dining room has a central island and French doors

Modern refurb: A lovingly restored Victorian semi, close to the village green and shops. Has a 41ft kitchen/ dining room, sitting room, family room, three bathrooms, garage and garden. Knight Frank,

Commute time (zone 1): 41 mins from Egham to Waterloo

Commute cost: Annual season ticket £3,696

Price per sq ft: £415

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Shaftesbury Estate

Two-bed flat, £535,000, Featherstone Leigh,

In immaculate condition, this maisonette is on the first floor of a unique, Gothic-style corner building within the conservation area that covers most of the Victorian estate. It has its own front door and a bright dual-aspect sitting room opening into a kitchen/breakfast room, two double bedrooms with built-in storage and a modern bathroom. Queenstown Road and Clapham Junction stations are within walking distance and the property is being sold with a share of the freehold.

Englefield Green

Two-bed house, £375,000, Townends,

You’d never guess without venturing inside, but this pretty terraced cottage is arranged over four floors and is much bigger than it looks. In the basement, there’s a modern kitchen and open-plan living/dining room with a log burner and French doors into the 100ft garden — with a further sitting room and a bathroom on the ground floor. Two double bedrooms are on the first floor and there’s a mezzanine level and eaves storage at the top.

Total spend: £910,000