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With £825,000 to spend, would you choose Willesden Junction or Cookham?

Connections: Willesden
Junction station


■ WILLESDEN Junction is at the meeting point of up-and-coming Harlesden and the Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration site, where over 25,000 new homes are in the pipeline. Transport links are excellent, with National Rail, Tube and Overground services, and it’s attracting buyers who previously wouldn’t have given it the time of day. ‘Willesden Junction is now establishing its own identity,’ says Raphael Charles of Winkworth. ‘Housing is mostly Victorian: terraced cottages near the station, and larger Victorian houses and conversions, which start from around £400,000 for a one-bedder. We’re getting people selling two-bed flats in Ladbroke Grove and buying big houses here, up to £1.2million.’

Willesden Junction

2-bed house, £825,000

Hidden potential: An end-of-terrace house with two reception rooms, a kitchen/diner and conservatory. You could convert the loft and extend the kitchen to add more space.

Commute time: 13 mins to Paddington

Commute cost: Annual Travelcard: £1,364

Price per sq ft: £601

Riverside: The Thames in Cookham


■ TWENTIETH-century art buffs will probably be familiar with Cookham, as it was the home of painter Stanley Spencer, who called it ‘a village in heaven’. The local gallery, named after him, contains the largest collection of his paintings, many depicting the village. It hugs the Thames and comprises 15th-century cottages in the high street, substantial Edwardian houses and shops, restaurants and pubs — including The Bounty, accessible by boat. ‘There’s a strong London market and a strong local market, as people want to stay within the village,’ says Alison Parry of Pike, Smith & Kemp. ‘Two-bed cottages start at around £400,000, with homes going up to several million pounds.’


3-bed house, £800,000

Victorian charmer: Built in 1884, this detached house is on a large plot and has a large living/family room, bay windows, oak flooring and a conservatory. Bonners & Babingtons

Commute time: 35 mins to Paddington

Commute cost: Annual season ticket £4,188

Price per sq ft: £657

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Willesden Junction

One-bed flat, £339,950, Aspect

This first-floor flat in a converted period building is in a quiet, tree-lined road, half a mile from the station, and closer to the shops, cafés and bars on Harlesden High Street. It has a spacious, open-plan kitchen and living room that’s filled with light, a double bedroom with a fitted wardrobe, and a tiled bathroom. Approx. 138 years on the lease.


Two-bed house, £485,000, Pike, Smith & Kemp

In the heart of Cookham Village conservation area, and a five-minute walk from the station, this mid-terrace cottage is bursting with character, and includes fireplaces and sash windows. The bay-fronted living room leads through to a dining room, kitchen and shower room, with two double bedrooms.

Total spend: £824,950