Property Rich List 2015: Surrey's commuter towns lead the way as Britain's top 10 towns are revealed

Half of the top 10 most expensive British towns in which to buy a home are in Surrey, according to a new report that highlights the continual rise of the South-East.
While London remains at the heart of Britain's super-prime property market, five of Surrey's sought-after commuter hotspots are among the top towns in Zoopla's 2015 Property Rich List, thanks to a surge in demand from buyers moving out of the capital. 

The list reveals a number of high-value property areas outside London, particularly in Buckinghamshire, as well as in Surrey, that are "very attractive to professionals seeking to live outside - yet within easy reach of - the city, and enjoy low crime rates coupled with good schools”, according to Zoopla's Lawrence Hall.

The small, exclusive Surrey enclave of Virginia Water emerges once again as Britain's most expensive town to buy a home, with average property values now reaching more than £1.2 million.

Many of the area's large estate houses come with stunning lake views, or overlook one of three local scenic golf courses. Fast trains connect London workers to Waterloo in just 45 minutes. 

Cobham, also along Surrey's commuter corridor, claims the second spot on the list, with average house prices rising above £1 million for the first time.

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Johnny Morris, head of research at Hamptons International, comments: "Cobham has quietly developed a reputation among buyers working on the outer fringes of the capital. Last year half of buyers came from Surrey, while the other half was made up of those moving out of outer south London boroughs.

"Buyers are almost exclusively upsizers, those looking to get a little bit more house for their money than they could in somewhere with a south-west London postcode,” he says.

Esher, Richmond and Weybridge - also in Surrey - all feature among Britain's top 10 most expensive towns.

Yet Beaconsfield, in Buckinghamshire, is the one to watch. With an average property value of £982,660, this popular town within a 28-minute commute of Marylebone, plus huge houses and good grammar schools, has jumped three places in a year to claim third spot on the table.

“Forty per cent of buyers moving to Beaconsfield this year have come from London, the highest level on record," says Morris. "Beaconsfield has benefited from Londoners with five to 10 years of mortgage repayments behind them looking to make their money go a little bit further.”

The number of season ticket sales at Beaconsfield station has risen 52 per cent during the last decade.

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