Monday, 5 November 2012

Top 10 homes in Britain's best postcodes

1 Somerset
Location: Bath, BA1
Guide price: £395,000
Agent: Knight Frank 01225 325999 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 01225 325999 end_of_the_skype
Bath’s Royal Crescent, designed by John Wood the Younger, is one of the most recognisable streets in Britain, if not the world. But you don’t have to be a millionaire to set up in BA1. Formerly a dance studio, this architect-designed apartment would be a perfect pied-à-terre for those wanting to explore the West Country. Alternatively it would make a great buy-to-let.

2 London
Location: Victoria Road, W8
Guide price: £8.75m
Agent: Henry and James 020 7235 8861 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 020 7235 8861 end_of_the_skype
W8, in Kensington, West London, is officially the most expensive postcode in the country. The average home comes in at £1,873,866, with many going for far more than that. This double-fronted period house has five bedrooms, parquet floors and high ceilings, as well as a stunning kitchen with state of the art fittings. One of the reception rooms is so large that it is known as “the ballroom”. Perfect for showing off your swish new address to guests.

3 Edinburgh
Location: Carlton Street, EH4
Guide price: From £750,000
Agent: CKD Galbraith 0131 240 6960 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 0131 240 6960 end_of_the_skype
On the green-leafed fringes of Edinburgh’s new town, Carlton Street is a short walk from the shops of the city centre. It combines peace and quiet with many nearby parks. This spacious apartment is on the ground and garden floors of a Georgian terrace. It has three bedrooms, a garden and three cellars.

4 London
Location: Eaton Square, SW1W
Guide price: £650,000
Agent: Savills, 020 7730 0822 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 020 7730 0822 end_of_the_skype
The setting for Upstairs Downstairs, and sometime home of Sir Roger Moore and Vivien Leigh, Eaton Square is synonymous with upmarket elegance. Prices are high, but this one-bedroom flat, on the third floor of a Grade II listed building, is more accessible than most. It needs some love, but when finished it would make the ultimate bachelor address that every taxi driver would know immediately.

5 London
Location: Lancaster Grove, NW3
Guide price: £8.5m
Agent: Aston Chase 020 7724 4724 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 020 7724 4724 end_of_the_skype
Encompassing Hampstead, Belsize Park and parts of Primrose Hill, NW3 has literary and artistic heritage to go with its eye-watering prices. This stunning Arts and Crafts-style property, for which planning permission has been granted, will have 7,880 sq ft of space and a swimming pool.

6 London
Location: Sloane Avenue, SW3
Guide price: £5.45m
Agent: Beaney Pearce, 020 7590 9500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 020 7590 9500 end_of_the_skype
Located between the King’s Road and Fulham Road, this four-bedroom house is right in the heart of fashionable west London. Arranged over four floors, the property includes a south-west facing patio garden, a private gym and surround-sound entertainment system. There is also separate en-suite staff accommodation, for putting up your chef and butler.

7 Gloucestershire
Location: Ebrington, GL55
Guide price: £895,000
Agent: Knight Frank, 01789 297735 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 01789 297735 end_of_the_skype
This postcode includes some of the Cotswolds’ prettiest villages, including Chipping Campden. The Old Farmhouse, in nearby Ebrington, comes with four bedrooms, extensive storage and cellar. Outside is more than half an acre of attractive gardens. Friends writing you letters will feel jealous addressing the envelope.

8 Devon
Location: Roche House, Salcombe, TQ8
Guide price: £575,000
Agent: Marchand Petit, 01548 844473 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 01548 844473 end_of_the_skype
Though it might not have quite the outrageous prices of London, there is no doubting the prestige of Salcombe, in the South Hams enclave of Devon. This beautifully presented five-bedroom Edwardian terrace house has a snug and a garden. It is also just two minutes’ walk from the waterfront. Ideal for holidays – both for you and your friends, who will no doubt be desperate to come and join you.

9 Buckinghamshire
Location: Chalfont St Giles, HP8
Guide price: £1.85m
Agent: The Frost Partnership 01494 872233 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 01494 872233 end_of_the_skype
Within easy commuting distance of London, but with all the charm of the country, it’s easy to see why this Buckinghamshire address has become one of the most sought after in the Home Counties. This six-bedroom house, the Old Mill, could hardly be more picturesque. The River Misbourne runs through the pretty gardens.
10 Surrey
Location: Gillespie House, Virginia Water, GU25
Guide price: £405,000
Agent: Barton Wyatt 01344 843000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 01344 843000 end_of_the_skype
In a recent survey, Virginia Water was the only postcode outside London to make it into the top 10 most expensive in the country. This two-bedroom apartment, with a private terrace overlooking gardens, lets you live in glorious prime commuter-land, for the price of a one-bedroom shoebox in parts of central London. Shared leisure facilities include a large indoor heated swimming pool.

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