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Top places to live in Buckinghamshire Gerrards Cross

Excellent nearby schools and close proximity to the Big Smoke make this smart town a hit with celebs and commuters looking for a cosmopolitan lifestyle with the benefit of countryside surrounds. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Dubbed ‘mini Hollywood’ due to the influx of celeb residents over the years (Amal Clooney grew up here after her family fled the civil war in Lebanon plus ‘our Cilla’, Fern Britton and a handful of première league footballers), ‘GX’ as it’s known locally encompasses the benefits of countryside living – foodie gastropubs, acres of local parkland and rural surrounds  – whilst maintaining a buzzy town feel and easy access to London. 

EAT

In central Gerrards Cross there’s smart gastropub The Apple Tree, or slightly off the beaten track is The Three Oaks, a handsome pub with a more restaurant-y feel that’s held a Bib Gourmand (excellent food at excellent value) since 2014. Family-run Di Paolo on the main high street offers a modern Italian with refined flavours and presentation, or if you’re after casual daytime dining head to buzzy Fego (lots of healthy and veggie options here) or cool indie café Huddle for specialty coffee and artisan food, freshly prepared daily in the kitchen.

SHOP

GX isn’t best in show when it comes to shopping (head 12 minutes down the road to Beaconsfield for more choice), although you will find womenswear boutique Heidi & Hudson and Winser London alongside a Waitrose and sweet indie Gerrards Cross Bookshop. There’s a good yoga studio, Yoga Hook, offering classes as well as a floatation tank for major zoning out, and one of the few dedicated Guinot salons in the UK.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Do you have a dog or like the outdoors? Then it’s walkies on Gerrards Cross common – a 61 acre stretch that takes in wide-tracked woods, a nearby playground for kids and two ponds. There’s also Denham Country Park just 3 miles away, with its visitor centre, cafe and access to 43sq miles of Colne Valley waterways, canal walks, bike ride routes and play parks, as well as Langley Park (5 miles away) and – perhaps the most replete offering – Black Park Country Park (4 miles away) which over 500 acres of woodland with 10 miles of bike trails, wildlife spotting, an adventure playground, Go Ape and the odd A-list sighting (it’s right next to Pinewood Studios and has been used in Harry Potter, James Bond Goldfinger, Captain America, Jurassic World and more). 

In GX you’ll find an excellent local tennis club (members only) with a whopping 18 courts to play on, a golf club, plus the luxury subterranean spa at the five star hotel The Langley 5 miles down the road – we’re talking 1600 sq m of marble, glass and wood interiors, 16 metre indoor swimming pool, mood lighting, plus the only hotel hammam outside of London. Plus, the incredible upside for GX is the proximity to the capital and all its pleasures – you’re only 21 miles from the city with a direct Chilterns Railway line all the way.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Deep breath… the average house price here is £983,975 with the majority of sales in the past year being detached properties at an average of £1,217,609. Semi-detached are much cheaper at £651,168 and flats are £503,222 on average.

HOT PROPERTY

A large five bedroom detached family home with manicured garden in the heart of GX. Available from Strutt & Parker for £2.5m

SCHOOLS

There is a clutch of brilliant independent schools in Gerrards Cross including girls’ day schools Maltman’s Green and St Mary’s, co-ed day prep school Gayhurst and boys’ day school Thorpe House. The Gerrards Cross CofE Primary School is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Stanley Kubrick filmed parts of his 1962 film Lolita in GX, most notably the exterior of Charlotte Haze’s house which still stands today on Packhorse Road.

COMMUTE

Speedy. The fastest route into London Marylebone takes 19 minutes on the train or driving will take just under an hour (21 miles).

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