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Town & Country: With £950,000 to spend, would you choose Barons Court or Dorchester-on-Thames?

Period pieces: Victorian conversions dominate Barons Court

Town

THIS corner of west London is home to The Queen’s Club, where the pre-Wimbledon warm-up tournament is held every summer. But there’s much more to the area than tennis. It’s known for its friendliness, convenience (in Zone 2, on the Piccadilly line), for rubbing shoulders with Fulham and being within walking distance of Kensington High Street, plus its wide choice of pubs and restaurants. Mansion flats and Victorian conversions dominate the property market. ‘Barons Court offers buyers a central location without the prices of Earls Court and Kensington,’ says Alex Lambert of Dexters. ‘Typically, we see young professionals who work in the City buying their first property here, and investors and young families. The average two-bedroom apartment is £550,000-£650,000.’

Barons Court

2-bed flat, £950,000



Red-faced: A large lower ground floor flat in a redbrick mansion block. There’s a study, baywindowed reception room, and use of residents-only communal gardens and tennis courts. Chestertons, chestertons.com

Commute time (Zone 1): 18 mins to Holborn

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,364

Price per sq ft: £1,094

Country

Picture perfect: The abbey dominates the high street

Enclosed by water on three sides, Dorchester-on-Thames is a picturesque village with an ancient abbey, a flourishing high street and a packed calendar of events, including a ten-day festival held every couple of years. It was once on the main route between London, Oxford and Gloucester, and two former coaching inns remain, along with period houses. ‘Dorchester is made up of a wide variety of property types, with 400 year-old cottages in the heart of the village, and homes of all shapes, sizes and ages in the surrounding area,’ says David Rayfield of James Gesner. ‘A two-bed cottage will start at around £350,000, and a detached three-bed period house from £600,000. Modern homes are more affordable, but still considerably above national averages.’

Dorchester-on-Thames

4-bed house, £950,000



Listed lovely: Built in the late 1700s, this renovated and extended listed cottage boasts four reception rooms, two bathrooms and a walled garden with an oak framed barn and tree house. James Gesner, jamesgesner.co.uk

Commute time (Zone 1): From 42 mins from Didcot Parkway to Paddington

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £5,932

Price per sq ft: £540

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Barons Court



Two-bed flat, £600,000, John D Wood, johndwood.co.uk

This ground-floor conversion is only two minutes’ walk from Barons Court station, and a similar distance from West Kensington station, which is on the District line. Comprises a living/dining room with stripped floorboards and a fireplace, opening through an archway into a Shaker-style fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms — one with fitted wardrobes spanning an entire wall and a bay window — and a bathroom. Has high ceilings throughout and a private paved patio garden.

Dorchester-on-Thames



Two-bed house, £350,000, Simpsons Property, simpsonsproperty.com

Original features abound in this Grade-II listed home, part of a converted missionary college. Located just off the high street, it’s set within a private landscaped courtyard garden, and includes exposed beams, vaulted ceilings and restored stone and brickwork. On the ground floor, you’ll find the sitting/dining room, new kitchen and one of the bedrooms — together with ensuite bathroom and mezzanine level above, while the second bedroom and bathroom are accessed via a spiral staircase in the sitting/dining room.

Total spend: £950,000