■ BOASTING grand Regency terraces and home to London Zoo, buyers need serious money to live in Regent’s Park — though prices aren’t quite as exorbitant outside the park gates. ‘It has some of London’s most prominent properties, particularly on the Inner Circle and the Outer Circle, with houses in immediate vicinity being extremely large,’ says Martin Bikhit of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kay & Co. Saul Empson of Haringtons adds:‘Properties range from £2million for two or three-bed flats in Cumberland Terrace, with a small room for your driver or valet in the basement, to houses in Hanover Terrace which go for £10-15million.’
2-bed flat, £900,000
Seventh heaven: On the seventh floor of a modern development, with a porter and lift, this bright flat features a dual aspect living room with wraparound windows, providing fabulous views over the park. Foxtons, foxtons.co.uk
Commute time: In Zone 1
Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,404
Price per sq ft: £1,168
■ IN many respects, Seer Green couldn’t be more perfect for families quitting the capital in search of bucolic bliss. Located in the Chiltern Hills, it’s surrounded by pastures and woodland. It’s only a five-minute drive from Beaconsfield town centre, two miles from the M40 and within the catchment of three grammar schools. Frederick Forsyth is one of its famous residents.
‘This small village is ever-popular with buyers looking for something a little more rural than Beaconsfield itself and offers a lovely country and community feel,’ says Oliver Beales of Knight Frank. ‘With a primary school, two pubs and its own station, it is exceptionally well connected for commuting into London. Circa £500,000 would be the starting price for a smaller cottage and £850,000 starts to get you into the family home market.’
5-bed house, £950,000
Secluded spot: This detached house is in a no-through road, within walking distance of the station. The bulk of the accommodation is on the ground floor and includes a sitting room, office and conservatory. Ashington Page, ashingtonpage.co.uk
Commute time (Zone 1): From 22 mins to Marylebone
Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £4,068
Price per sq ft: £246
…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?
Studio flat, £295,000, Savills, savills.co.uk
A rare studio flat on the second floor of a modern, low-rise purpose-built block managed by the Crown Estate, one of central London’s major landowners. In a mews tucked behind the park, it’s in need of updating and consists of a 20ft-long studio room with built-in storage, a fitted kitchen and bathroom and benefits from a 24-hour porter and off-street parking. The price is remarkably low for the area as only 26 years remain on the lease.
Three-bed house, £650,000, Place, placeresidential.com
Move to this smart semi and there’s no need to get the car out as the station, village school and pubs are all within a ten-minute walk. The downstairs consists of a dining room/study with a bay window which leads through double glass doors into a light and airy sitting room, a conservatory, fitted kitchen and cloakroom. Upstairs are three large bedrooms (master has an en-suite shower room), a family bathroom and storage space in the boarded loft.