The lowdown: Weybridge
This Surrey commuter town sits close to the confluence of the River Thames and the River Wey, hence the name Weybridge. It's 20 miles south west of central London with three major motorways nearby, and a commuter train journey to Waterloo that takes around 30 minutes. There are two property markets in Weybridge: the mainstream market and the ultra-prime market.
Average house prices in Weybridge
One-bedroom flat: £215,000
Two-bedroom flat: £384,000
Two-bedroom house: £597,000
Three-bedroom house: £663,000
Four-bedroom house: £927,000
Average rental prices in Weybridge
One-bedroom flat: £910 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,403 a month
Three-bedroom house: £2,523 a month
Four-bedroom house: £3,145 a month
Weybridge has both private and state schools. There are two local private primary schools both in Walton-on-Thames, three private secondary schools and two popular state infants’ schools. The junior school is judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted and the local comprehensive gets above average results at GCSE. There are also a number of international schools.
Weybridge has a pretty town centre along the High Street with a branch of Waitrose and Morrisons plus branches of clothes brands. Baker Street, off the High Street, is where the independent shops thrive. There are more shops along Queens Road and Oatlands Drive.
The fast trains to Waterloo take around half an hour; the slower trains stop at Clapham Junction for trains to Victoria and Vauxhall for the Victoria line. An annual season ticket costs £2,532. Weybridge is close to the M3, M25 and M4 motorways.
Baker Street is home to the popular Spanish tapas bar Los Hermanos and Gianni’s for Italian food. Locals recommend a number of pubs including the Minnow overlooking the river on Thames Street; the Old Crown with its riverside garden; the Oatlands Chaser on Oatlands Avenue and the Hand & Spear on Old Heath Road.
Leisure and the arts
The Brooklands Museum, which features a collection of aeroplanes and London buses and part of the famous race track, has recently been awarded a £4.7 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the £7.1 million improvement plan.
There are walks along the Thames Path and along the River Wey and the Wey Navigation all the way to Godalming. There are three local parks: Brooklands has a skateboard park and BMX track; Churchfield Recreation Ground has tennis courts, table tennis and a paddling pool; and the Oatlands Recreation Ground has a bowling green and a paddling pool.
£435,000: this two-bedroom end-terrace house is set in the heart of Oatlands Village, Weybridge. A kitchen-diner extension, with underfloor heating, offers great space for entertaining.
£900,000: a late Victorian, red brick, home - believed to have begun as a workman's cottage and then extended over the years. The flexible accomodation can be used as one large home, with three bedrooms, or split to include both family living and an annexe - for guest accomodation with renting potential.
£1,295,000: this four-bedroom period detached home is located in Weybridge's town centre.
£4,950,000: a Tuscan-style villa nestled within this secluded plot extending to over one acre, comprising five reception rooms and five en-suite double bedrooms.