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Town & Country: Would you choose Park Royal or Long Hanborough?


■ BOUNDED by the North Circular, the A40 and Harlesden, and with easy access to Central and Piccadilly Line stations [top], there’s no denying Park Royal’s fantastic transport links. It’s the site of London’s biggest business park and the Central Middlesex Hospital, and as part of one of the Mayor Of London’s opportunity areas, is set to be transformed into a leading industrial centre. Around 1,500 new homes are being delivered. ‘Housing stock is mainly flats built within the last five years and 1930s terraces and semis,’ says Michael Shaw of Dexters. ‘The location works well as a compromise between Acton and Ealing, and flats have sold mainly to investors and first-time buyers. The average cost of a two-bedder in a recently built development is around £450,000-£500,000.’

Park Royal

3-bed flat, £630,000

Contemporary living: This spacious apartment is in the Royal Waterside development, and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a 36-ft-long kitchen/living room, a full-width terrace and underground parking. Life Residential

Commute time: (Zone 1) 21 mins from Hanger Lane to Bond Street

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,600

Price per sq ft: £502


■ THE abundance of honey-coloured buildings is a huge clue that this pretty village lies on the edge of Cotswold country. Situated between Witney and Woodstock, it has shops, a couple of pubs, a primary school and its own mainline station with trains to Oxford and London, and Oxford Bus Museum and Morris Motors Museum next door. It nudges the Blenheim estate, while Soho Farmhouse and Daylesford are within a 20-minute drive. ‘Long Hanborough is a growing and working village that’s popular because of its location and what it has on the doorstep, and once there, people stay,’ says Chris Poole of Martyn R Cox & Co. ‘There’s a mixture of period and new homes. Two-bed cottages start at about £300,000, and three-bed semis from around £450,000.’

Long Hanborough

4-bed house, £595,950

Family focus: Located on the Vanbrugh Meadows development, this new-build house includes a sitting room with bay window and French doors, a kitchen/breakfast/family room, dining room and first-floor study. Cala Homes

Commute time: (Zone 1) From 63 mins to Paddington

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £6,328

Price per sq ft: £361

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Park Royal

One-bed flat, £295,000, Rolfe East

Ideal for a first-time buyer, this well-proportioned garden flat is in a modern purpose-built scheme within walking distance of Park Royal and Hanger Lane stations. It comprises a good-sized living room leading into a fitted kitchen with space for a dining table and chairs, a double-bedroom and a tiled bathroom. A private terrace is accessed from the living room, and there’s also a parking space, a long lease, and plenty of built-in storage.

Long Hanborough

Two-bed house, £300,000, Martyn R Cox

If you’re after a home that’s brimming with original features, look no further than this character cottage, which boasts exposed timbers, stone walls and fireplaces. The front door opens into a cosy living room with a beamed ceiling and log-burning stove, and there’s a bright eat-in kitchen and a utility room at the back. The bathroom is upstairs, along with two double bedrooms, and the well-kept garden has a secluded patio area with views over the Blenheim estate.

Total spend: £595,000