This week we are back in the Home Counties, looking at idyllic locations to purchase property in Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire is a ceremonial county is south east England, bordering Greater London, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
As mentioned, Buckinghamshire is one of the Home Counties and forms part of the London commuter belt, meaning it is densely populated with people who work in the capital and are drawn in by the appealing nature of living adjacent to the countryside which is prominent in the home counties, along with the Chiltern Hills, located in Buckinghamshire, which is noted as an area of outstanding natural beauty, and runs through the south of the county.
The market town of Beaconsfield is an affluent town, noted for its closeness to London which encourage its higher than average property prices, often the highest outside of London. Surrounded by woodland and countryside Beaconsfield is still just over half an hour to Marylebone station. There are a number of high achieving schools located in the area, with a top performing grammar school and prep schools. Beaconsfield has a population of 12,081 in the 2011 census and is the ideal location for people who want to live in the countryside without feeling remote and cut off.
Bledlow is noted as one of the prettiest villages in south Buckinghamshire, with an old world charm, thatched cottages and a bustling community life which make it a wonderful location to live. It is on the border with Oxfordshire and boasts several springs which form a small pool, called the Lyde and the brook nearby provided water power for two watermills in the area for many years.
Long Crendon is a beautiful post-Second World War village with a charming high street, a market square and village green. Known for its thriving community life, there is never a dull moment in Long Crendon. The village offers residents the best of both worlds, picturesque countryside, beautiful properties and according to the local residents a brilliant village life too, with activities taking place almost all the time.
As mentioned, Buckinghamshire is on the edge of the commuter belt, and similarly to the articles on Hertfordshire and Essex, this undoubtedly causes the rise in average house prices across the county.
The commuter belt means that these towns and villages which are located in the Home Counties can often be inhabited by ex-Londoners and people who are happy to work in London but prefer to live a little further out. Buckinghamshire offers house prices cheaper than buying in London and also enables people to work in the city during the day and return to lush countryside, quaint towns and villages and indulge in a countryside lifestyle while still being able to commute to London in under an hour. In Buckinghamshire the average price for a flat or maisonette property in Buckinghamshire is £196,463 while a terraced property will go on the market for around £266,178. A semi-detached property on average sells for £329,859, however, a detached property throughout Buckinghamshire will sell for in the region of £606,025.