The richest towns in Britain

21 April 2011

A recent list of the most expensive towns in Britain* will be of interest to aspirational home buyers, who are ignoring the recession and moving to the most sought after and affluent destinations in the country.

Here’s a list of the top five most expensive towns in Britain:

5. Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Average price: £515,803
Sales over £500,000: 32%

The largest village within the New Forest, Lyndhurst is a popular tourist town with a host of independent shops, art galleries, restaurants, pubs and hotels. The city of Southampton is just nine miles away, for those who wish to venture into urban surroundings from time to time. The area is a favourite amongst media types, who are drawn towards the charming and gentle atmosphere.

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4. Ascot, Berkshire

Average price: £525, 335
Sales over £500,000: 41%

Famed for its racecourse, Ascot is a village home to just over 5,000 residents. Although the racing venue tends to be the main attraction to the wealthy residents and visitors, London is not far away and is easily commutable to those looking for a city escape. There are a number of prestigious mansions in the area, with schools and other amenities to match.

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3. Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Average price: £545,097
Sales over £500,000: 61%

Another market town just a few miles from London, Amersham is part of the capital’s commuter belt with easy access to the M25. Surrounded by countryside and steeped in history, Amersham is also the last stop on the Metropolitan underground line. Celebrity residents included Richard Hammond and Angelina Jolie was reported to have moved from this town after she found it “too posh”.

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2. Gerrards Cross/Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

Average price: £663, 959
Sales over £500,000: 55%

A popular destination in Buckinghamshire, Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter are two villages favoured by fans of glorious countryside with great commuter links to London. Close to both the M25 and the M40, these villages are home to residents like Fern Britton and Cilla Black. The choice of schools include Eton, and golf and tennis are an important factor in a bustling social community.

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1. Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Average price: £684, 474
Sales over £500,000: 54%

Beaconsfield is the number one destination for those moving into premium commuter territory. From city businessman to creative talents (coming to the National Film and Television School) Beaconsfield attracts a variety of wealthy movers, and is less than half an hour away from Marylebone and close to both the M40 and Heathrow airport. Property in the most sought after streets regularly sell at over £2million, and at the end of 2010 the average house price in Beaconsfield was approximately 14 times the average income.

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* Compiled by The Daily Telegraph

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