Why you should move to The Farnhams
PUBLISHED: 13:03 05 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:31 20 February 2013
The village is at the heart of this area that's surrounded by trees and superb golf courses, says Danusia Hutson...
The village is at the heart of this area thats surrounded by trees and superb golf courses, says Danusia Hutson...
Not only are the local estate agents extraordinarily busy when you call, but even the word gazumping has appeared back in their lexicon. The Farnhams, made up of Farnham Common and Farnham Royal in the most southerly parish in South Bucks, appear to be very popular with home buyers.
Prices have gone up recently by seven per cent and what comes on the market goes quickly, says Paul Sherriff, principal partner at Sherriff Mountford. Sellers are generally getting their asking price and weve even had some gazumping, with one property selling at 25,000 over the asking price.
Farnham Royal has some good-sized family homes in Stoke Park Avenue, built in the 1950s and priced at 800,000-1.5m, while at Farnham Common, where prices tend to be around 10 per cent higher, larger homes in Templewood Lane fetch up to 3m. In The Avenue, which has a mix of older styles as well as more recent developments built on plots which used to belong to the Edwardian homes, prices again range from 800,000 to 1.5m.
Farnham Common has been regenerated as a village centre over the past two years, with a new shopping parade and offices, and Sainsburys and Tesco now in the High Street.
The great draw is the village feel of the place, says Richard Foreman at Foreman King. Theres a strong sense of community where people know each other, and we have keen interest not just from buyers in London but also from Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross.
There are plenty of sports facilities at the Farnham Common Sports Club as well as golf clubs at Stoke Park and Farnham Park. Commuters can enjoy the benefits of fast trains from Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield and Slough, and road links via the M4 and M40, with Heathrow Airport within easy reach. Add acres of delightful countryside and woodlands that include the famous Burnham Beeches and its easy to see why The Farnhams are so appealing.
Property prices: 182k will get you can get a foot on the property ladder with a one-bed flat with four-bed roomed detached houses averaging at 685k.
Ups: Excellent transport links to the M40 and Heathrow.
Downs: The traffic is heavy along the A355 between Slough and the M40.
What are the best areas? Stoke Park Avenue and Black Pond Lane are considered the top two areas with Mayflower Way and Crispin Way in Farnham Common.
Whats the commuting like?
There are direct trains to London Marylebone from Gerrards Cross which take around 30 minutes and Slough has fast trains to Paddington. The M40, M4 and M25 motorways are all within easy reach.
Schools: The villages are spoiled for choice with several primary and private preps schools. After passing the 11+ exam, many children go on to Burnham Grammar School, Beaconsfield High School, the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe or to Amersham Community College.
Amenities:Farnham Royal Cricket Club is a well-established village club and Farnham Common Sports Club is very popular. Golfers enjoy Stoke Park, Wexham Park and Farnham Park golf clubs, and The Lanes driving range on the doorstep. Slough, Windsor and Gerrards Cross provide shopping malls, theatres and a cinema within a few miles.
Shops:Farnham Common has all the essentials with a Post Office, Spa and Tesco Express and Sainsburys.
Eating out: Good pubs include The Stag and Hounds, The Emperor and The Crown.