TWYFORD is a typical small town surrounded by countryside. It has all the essential shops and is referred to locally as ‘the village’. There are rows of Victorian terraces close to the station. Two-bedroom houses here sell for £190,000, three bedrooms go for around £240,000. The huge, tightly-packed new estate has starter homes at £170,000, up to four-bedroom detached houses at £500,000 upwards. The older, more established and expensive part of the town is Ruscombe, with prices ranging from £350,000 to £800,000.
Waltham St Lawrence is two miles away, trapped in a rural world of its own. The price of this, in the form of a detached house with land, is over £850,000; a three-bedroom cottage costs from £500,000. Charming black-and-white cottages mix with modern houses. The village owns its pub, The Bell, and a general store with a part-time post office. There is a good primary school within walking distance, as well as Brownies, playgroups, a cricket club and a silver band. The cricket team plays at Shurlock Row, which is rather smaller and pretty, with a pond at the end of the main street. It has a much-respected butcher and two pubs, the Royal Oak and the White Hart. Prices are slightly lower than in Waltham St Lawrence.
For cheaper properties you have to look at the dense modern housing at Woodley, built on the aerodrome used by Douglas Bader. Here a three-bedroom detached house might cost over £280,000. At Charvil, a popular commuter dormitory, a modern three-bedroom terrace could be had from £240,000 upwards.