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Hurst Green

HURST GREEN is more mundane and sprawly than Oxted, and cheaper. But it is a popular choice for people moving out of London looking for varied house types at low prices. On the Sixties’ Home Park estate, for instance, you could buy a two-bedroom house from £200,000, or three bedrooms for £240,000. A four-bedroom, detached Seventies’ house on the Waldrens estate would go for £525,000. There is a Wates estate, where one-bedroom starter homes on Barnfield Way cost around £135,000, and a couple of council estates with some ex-council houses for sale. The town is segmented, and some of the segments are much nicer than others. The Green itself is picturesque and is framed by older houses. A four-bedroom house on The Green would cost from £600,000. The advantage residents have here over those in Oxted is that they are more likely to get a seat on the train. A semi-detached three-bedroom house nearby, with 150ft rear garden, could fetch around £250,000. Other parts of Hurst Green harbour the odd factory or two. All the segments have infant and junior schools, churches, post office and shops. Between Hurst Green and Edenbridge lies Staffhurst Wood, famous for its bluebells.

Good for: M25, M23, Gatwick Airport, cheaper than Oxted.

other stations nearby...

London terminal: Victoria
Journey time: 41 mins
Season ticket: £1740
Peak trains: 2 per hour plus 4 changing at East Croydon
Off-peak trains: 2 per hour plus 1 changing at East Croydon

London terminal: London Bridge
Journey time: 34 mins
Season ticket: £1740
Peak trains: 4 per hour
Off-peak trains: 1 per hour plus 2 changing at East Croydon

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