Kingston upon Thames & Surrey
One of only four Royal Boroughs in England and Wales, the historical market town of Kingston upon Thames has rightfully earned itself a reputation for being a very desirable place to live.
Kingston is internationally renowned for its extensive range of shops and services and, as such, enjoys its title as a ‘premier retail centre’ within the South East of England. These excellent shopping facilities, combined with its highly regarded schools, colleges and universities, splendid and extensive range of restaurants, pubs, clubs, cinemas, theatres, royal parks, sports venues, architectural and historic attractions and entertainments, makes Kingston a thoroughly enjoyable place in which to live, work or visit.
The mixture of old (Hampton Court Palace, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the market place, local architecture) and new (Charter Quay riverside development, The Rotunda, The Rose Theatre, The Bentall Centre) offers the young and the not so young such an enormous spectrum of things to choose from that it is hard to imagine anyone not being able to enjoy Kingston’s hospitality.
The Royal Borough of Kingston has an extensive public transport network and is served well by excellent bus and rail links to both central London and the Surrey countryside. Trains to Waterloo from Kingston run every 15 minutes and all the Boroughs stations are within 30 minutes of Central London. The nearest London underground stations are at Richmond and Wimbledon.
A peaceful village on the banks of the Thames, Thames Ditton is a predominantly family area offering Georgian and Victorian houses and cottages, 1930s family homes and new developments of flats and apartments.
Although only 30 minutes from central London, Thames Ditton is a genuine archetypal English village complete with ancient cricket grounds, fine old pubs, attractive riverside walks and a long and venerable history which has bequeathed Anglo-Saxon architecture and some engaging folklore dealing with Henry VIII's residence at nearby Hampton Court.
Good schools, green space and proximity to the City make the town especially attractive to middle-class families and young professionals who can get more for their money here than they might in established parts of South London. The town also attracts overseas residents who come for proximity to the American School and overseas companies who like the quintessential Englishness and easy access to London.
The property market, which is fairly mixed, includes a limited collection of Georgian and Victorian houses and cottages, 1930s family homes and new developments of flats and apartments. Prices are highest for riverside properties on the exclusive Boyle Farm Estate and for houses in the prestigious Giggs Hill Green area.
Thames Ditton has much to offer in the way of leisure and recreation facilities. The river is the most obvious asset, providing some lovely riverside walks as well as opportunities for boating, sailing and skiffing.
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