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Town & Country: With £950,000 to spend, would you choose Ealing Common or Kingsclere?

Bags of charm: Ealing Common has good shopping and transport links PICTURE: ALAMY

Town

■ Midway between Ealing Broadway and Acton Town, Ealing Common is perfectly positioned for when Crossrail starts running. Streets of Victorian, Edwardian and interwar homes surround the common, starting from £350,000-ish for a one-bed conversion. The revamped Broadway’s shops and restaurants are in walking distance. Various developments are underway and a new Picturehouse cinema is coming in autumn 2020. ‘Ealing is attractive for families moving up the property ladder due to highly ranked primary schools and great local parks. Transport is excellent and there’s easy access to the M25 and Heathrow,’ says Krishan Beri of Robertson Smith & Kempson. ‘Pitzhanger Manor, designed by Sir John Soane in 1800, reopens in March after a £12million restoration.’

Ealing Common

3-bed house, £950,000



Historic splendour: This Victorian terraced house offers three reception rooms, a cellar, a practical paved garden and potential to convert the loft into additional bedrooms. Fletchers, fletcherestates.com

Commute time: 25 mins to Victoria

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,648

Price per sq ft: £551

Country

Full of character: The village of Kingsclere

■ This historic village lies on the Berkshire/Hampshire border at the foot of Watership Down, which inspired Richard Adams’ epic novel about rabbits. It has shops, gastropubs, a community centre, a hairdresser and art gallery. There are fast trains into London from Basingstoke, a 15-minute drive away. ‘Kingsclere is home to characterful period properties as well as modern, spacious houses,’ says Rupert Reeves of Carter Jonas. ‘Families are often drawn to the village for its reputable primary school; however, few leave the area, even once their children have grown up. It is renowned for its racing heritage and the Park House Stables, owned by Clare Balding’s family, is known globally as an impressive private training ground. Period cottages start at £350,000-£400,000 and larger houses from £550,000-600,000, while modern family houses are £500,000+’.

Kingsclere

4-bed house, £950,000


Beamed beauty: The kitchen/breakfast room

Safe and secure: High hedges and electric gates make this detached house feel private and secure. It includes a sociable kitchen/breakfast room with an island, and a south-facing garden. Hamptons International, Hamptons.co.uk

Commute time (zone 1): From 45 mins from Basingstoke to Waterloo

Commute cost: Annual season ticket £5,432

Price per sq ft: £485

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Ealing Common



One-bed flat, £440,000, peabodysales.co.uk

A ground-floor flat at Tenary Court, a new development a short walk from the common. The spacious, all-in-one kitchen/living/dining room is fitted with engineered oak flooring, gloss units, white quartz worktops and Bosch integrated appliances. The bedroom is carpeted and come with full-height mirrored wardrobes, and a utility cupboard in the hall contains a washer/dryer. It has a private winter garden, a communal garden, cycle storage and a parking space can be purchased.

Kingsclere



Three-bed house, £485,000, Jones Robinson, jonesrobinson.co.uk

Believed to date from the reign of King Charles II, this listed townhouse is moments from the shops and full of character and charm, with oak beams, tiled floors and fireplaces among the many original features. It features a dining room, sitting room, rustic kitchen with a stained glass window and a ground-floor shower room. All three bedrooms and a family bathroom, with freestanding tub, are upstairs, and there’s a useful outbuilding in the courtyard garden.

Total spend: £925,000