Close proximity to London makes Beaconsfield the perfect commuter base
The picturesque and charming old town is lined with fine Georgian buildings which were originally developed to serve the 17th century coaching traffic to Oxford. The new town a mile up the road was built around the railway station has post-war shops and houses.
Beaconsfield is home to Bekonscot model village, the oldest model village in the world and The National Film and Television School. Film and television connections to the area include Inspector Morse, Vicar of Dibley and Midsomer Murders.
Fast non-stop trains to London Marylebone take just 23 minutes. Beaconsfield is located within easy reach of the M40 and M25 motorways and its proximity to London make the town ideally situated for commuters.
The new town has a thriving high street with three supermarkets and a choice of high street chains with the old town featuring more independent shops and upmarket retailers such as Smallbone of Devizes, John Lewis of Hungerford and a Farrow & Ball showroom. The Saracens Arms is an old coaching inn and the Royal Standard of England in nearby Forty Green is said to be the old pub in England. There is a farmers’ market on the fourth Saturday of every month and Beaconsfield Market is held every Tuesday.
The Beacon Sports Centre has a 40+ station gym, multi-purpose sports hall and outdoor grass football pitch. In addition, there is a 209 seat fully equipped theatre. The nearest cinema is at Gerrards Cross or High Wycombe where residents will find a full range of leisure facilities. The Chiltern Hills offer delightful views and numerous walks and bike rides.
The town has a very high standard of education available with sought-after primary schools including St Mary’s and All Saints Church of England and Butlers Court School. A selective grammar school system is in place with Beaconsfield High School, Dr Challoners Grammar School for Boys and Dr Challoners High School for Girls are popular choices for residents. Highly-regarded independent schools include Davenies Prep, Wycombe Abbey, Godstowe and Caldicott.
A monthly season ticket to London costs £367.20 from Beaconsfield (£3,824 annually) with the fastest journey time between Beaconsfield and Marylebone 23 minutes. Trains to (High Wycombe) take 5 minutes (£99.10 monthly, £1,032 annually); Wembley Stadium takes 21 minutes (£223.20 monthly, £2,324 annually.
Buckinghamshire is bordered to the north east by the M1 and to the south by the M40. The M25 passes through the eastern edge of the county, providing easy access to London Heathrow and the M4. Beaconsfield is within easy reach of all London’s Airports with Heathrow (15 miles), Gatwick airport (53 miles), Luton (33 miles), Stansted (61 miles).
Beaconsfield has a good mix of property types from period cottages and villas to contemporary properties and brand new executive homes and apartments.
Here’s a round-up of great new homes to buy in Beaconsfield:
Wye Dene (Berkeley Homes) – Wye Dene offers a collection of superbly appointed two-bedroom apartments and three-, four- and five-bedroom houses. The nearby Chiltern Hills and direct rail links to London and make this a popular location for buyers looking for a countryside home within commuting distance of London. Prices from £300,000. Find out more about Wye Dene from Berkeley Homes
Goldhill Common (McCarthy & Stone) – Coming soon is this Platinum Assisted Living development for those over 70 offering lifts to all floors, wheelchair access, domestic assistance and a 24-hour emergency call system. The 36 one- and two-bedroom apartments are close to Chalfont St Peter town and just six miles from Beaconsfield Station. Prices on application. More details about Goldhill Common from McCarthy & Stone
Woodlands Glade (The Frost Partnership) - A substantial new family house with an exceptional specification within a short walk of Beaconsfield town and station. The five-bedroom house boasts five bathrooms and features a wonderful south west aspect rear garden and is set in a cul-de-sac location. Priced at £2,995,000. For more details visit www.frostweb.co.uk ; 01494 350031
The Gables (Shanly Homes) – The last remaining family home in this prestigious gated development is designed over three floors. Ideally situated in one of the most convenient locations within the 'Golden Triangle' The Gables is just a short walk of the centre of Beaconsfield and less than five minutes’ walk from the station. Priced at £2,595,000. For more about Shanly Homes; 01494 619699
Penn Road (Shanly Homes) – A spacious three-bedroom apartment that overlooks landscaped gardens. The beautifully proportion entertaining rooms open out onto a spacious terrace. Two bedrooms feature an en suite and there is a separate shower room and study. The apartment is just over one mile from Beaconsfield Station. Priced at £1,695,000. Further details from Shanly Homes; 01494 35003