Why Epsom is a great place to buy — and not just for racing lovers

Why to buy in Epsom

You can get a lot of space for your money (Picture: AFP via Getty Images / Hamptons / Barnard Marcus / Metro.co.uk)

Epsom is getting ready for the Derby, but this year the bunting is more abundant than usual. As part of her Platinum Jubilee, this Saturday will see the Queen attend the world’s most famous flat race, though winning it has so far eluded her.

However, racing and royal connections are only part of the town’s appeal, and residents love it for its good schools, fast transport links to Waterloo, Victoria and London Bridge from its three stations, and plentiful open spaces.

Homes range from centrally-located starter flats to large detached houses on the private Woodcote estate, and the market is very busy. ‘The area is popular with upsizing families and first-time buyers with two incomes,’ says James Ryan, of Barnard Marcus.

‘The entry point is about £240,000 for a one-bedroom flat, and £450,000 for a three-bedroom house, and flats are experiencing an uplift in activity. Demand is particularly strong for homes between £400,000-£700,000 — over 30 people are down to view a three-bed house that has just come on.’

Setting the Scene

Epsom is a racing hot spot (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

What’s new in the area?

Only apartments are left at Millside Place, by Shanly Homes, a 15-minute walk from the town centre. All have a terrace or balcony, and open-plan kitchens with Siemens appliances. They start from £342,500 and Help to Buy is available.

Epsom Court consists of one, two and three-bed apartments close to the high street and set around a tranquil landscaped courtyard, with full-height windows and either a balcony or terrace.

Buy with prices starting from £322,500, and Help to Buy is available on those under £437,600 at Barnard Marcus.

Nine new-build terraced houses are up for grabs at The Woodcote, a development by Dominus New Homes close to Rosebery Park — 98 new homes set within and surrounding a Grade II-listed manor house.

Each has a ground-floor kitchen/living/dining space, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study/storage area and a private garden. Prices start from £630,000 via Hamptons.

Help to Buy is also offered at Ophelia Court, another conveniently located scheme with spacious two-bedroom apartments that have outside space. Prices start from £375,000 at Barnard Marcus.

Millside Place offers amazing value for money (Picture: Shanley Homes)

Millside Place offers amazing value for money (Picture: Shanley Homes)

Woodcote Manor is simply gorgeous (Picture: Hamptons)

Woodcote Manor is simply gorgeous (Picture: Hamptons)

Everything potential buyers need to know about Epsom

Average house price: £566,195

Average rent: £2,135.17 a month.

Council tax (Band D): £1,985.98

Commuting time to Zone 1: From 32 mins from Ewell West to London.

Annual Travelcard (Zone 6): from £2,812

Amenities: ★★★★✩ Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Aldi, Marks & Spencer; chains and independents in the Ashley Centre and on the high street; Wednesday to Saturday general market; monthly farmers’ and vegan markets; Odeon cinema; Epsom Playhouse theatre; gym, two swimming pools, classes and play park at Rainbow Leisure Centre; Hobbledown Adventure Farm Park and Zoo; 15 hats created by leading milliners and inspired by the Queen’s reign are on display in the Queen’s Stand at Epsom Downs Racecourse on both Derby days (June 3 and 4) and are being auctioned online until June 12 to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

Open space: ★★★★✩ Rosebery Park; Hogsmill Riverside Open Space; Horton Country Park nature reserve; Epsom Common; Epsom Downs.

Schools: ★★★★✩ GCSE and A-level grades are above average; most local primaries rated good, Epsom College Crime: Well below average

Who lives there? First-time buyers and families

Famous faces: Andrew Garfield grew up in Epsom

What’s on the property ladder?


First rung (Picture: Purple Bricks)

First rung (Picture: Purple Bricks)

A practical choice if you’re considering a lodger, this third-floor flat has two double bedrooms and two bathrooms and is a five-minute walk from Epsom station.

Check it out via Purple Bricks.


Step up (Picture: Barnard Marcus)

Step up (Picture: Barnard Marcus)

This two-bedroom end-of-terrace Victorian house is in excellent condition and has a contemporary open-plan kitchen/diner and a south-west facing garden.

Check it out at Barnard Marcus.


Top rung (Picture: Hamptons)

Top rung (Picture: Hamptons)

In walking distance of the town centre, this detached Edwardian house includes seven bedrooms, two reception rooms — each with a bay window — a conservatory and a study.

Check it out at Hamptons.

Schools, crime and house price data supplied by Zoopla.

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