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Town & Country: With £900k to spend, would it be Honor Oak Park or Biddenden?

On the up: Honor Oak Park is an increasingly popular area

Town

■ SITUATED between East Dulwich, Forest Hill and Nunhead — with mainline and Overground lines — Honor Oak Park is gaining traction with first-timers and young families priced out of Dulwich. Boutique shops include deli Provender, Jumping Bean for gifts and tapas bar Donde. ‘The neighbourhood has a nice villagey feel with a trendy high street,’ says Brian Benjamin of Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward. ‘Victorian and Edwardian properties predominate and one-bed conversions start from around £325,000 to £350,000. A 1,000-1,100sq ft house with scope for extension will cost from about £750,000.’

Honor Oak Park

Four-bed house, £900,000


Spacious semi: A substantial four-storey Victorian House with entrances on the ground and lower-groud floors. Could be reconfigured to create a self-contained office or guest room. haart.co.uk

Commute time: 15 minutes to London Bridge

Commute cost: Annual travelcard £1,648

Price per sq ft: £396

Country

■ THIS impossibly pretty village nestles in the Weald of Kent, with heavily-timbered Flemish weavers’ cottages on one side of its high street and ancient brick buildings on the other. Townies won’t miss out on amenities: it has a Michelin-starred restaurant called the West House — presumably a plus point for local resident Gregg Wallace — plus cosy pubs including the award-winning Three Chimneys and a vineyard which hosts tours and tastings. There’s also a primary school, shop and post office, and a train station at Headcorn, a short drive away. ‘We see lots of buyers, often young families, moving in from south-east London,’ says Alec Cox of Lambert & Foster. ‘The entry point for a small cottage is around £250,000.’

Biddenden

5-bed house, £895,000

Fabulous farmhouse: On the village outskirts by the vineyard, this period farmhouse comes with outbuildings and three acres of land. harpersandhurlingham.com

Commute time (Zone 1): An hour from Headcorn (seven minutes’ drive away) to London Bridge

Commute cost: Annual season ticket £5,940

Price per sq ft: £524

…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?

Honor Oak Park

Two-bed flat, £400,000, kfh.co.uk


French doors from the 15ft living room open out on to a patio and mature, landscaped communal gardens. Forming part of a converted period house, it’s in good condition and features a kitchen with modern Shaker-style units and wooden worktops, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Honor Oak Park station is under half a mile away.

Biddenden

Five-bed house, £499,000, periodhomesbysimonmiller.co.uk



Original features (inglenook fireplace, oak staircase and beams) abound in this Grade II-listed timber-framed house, said to date back to the 15th centruey. It’s in the centre of the village and is soread out over three levels, while outside there’s off-street parking and a workshop in the sizeable garden.

Total spend £899,000