Star homes: Why Surrey’s Golden Triangle is a celeb enclave
Cheryl Cole, Peter Andre and Andy Murray are just a handful of the stars who’ve lived within the triangle of expensive real estate between Godalming, Oxshott and Virginia Water. Cheryl Cole has demanded that the Surrey home she lived in with ex-husband Ashley be sold off before she’ll consider reuniting with her footballer ex.
But while that home – the aptly named Hurtmore House in Godalming bought in 2007 for £3.5 million - may have a new owner soon, it’s unlikely the Coles, should they reunite, will move far. After all, Ashley Cole isn’t the only footballer to have bought in Surrey’s Golden Triangle.
Along with nearby Virginia Water and Oxshott, Godalming forms a triangle of countryside thick with the homes of sports stars, celebrities, financiers and oligarchs – as well as a few well-heeled civilians to keep life balanced.
“Godalming is right in the heart of Surrey but it’s only a 42 minute commute to London,” says Nigel Gammon of Hamptons International. “Down here our core market is the London buyer looking to move out of the city. They think of Guildford and then realise that four miles south they can be in the country.”
In addition to more room, a leisurely pace and an easy commute, the excellent schools in the area are significant draw-card for would-be buyers who want to live in Godalming. In fact Hurtmore House backs on to the playing fields of exclusive Charterhouse school.
If Godalming is discreet, Oxshott and its neighbour Cobham are not. Ranked one of Britain’s wealthiest villages, it is ‘footballer central’ solely because it’s close to Chelsea’s training ground. There are also few listed buildings in Oxshott, making the area ideal for WAGs seeking to build an additional portico to their (neo) Georgian pile.
Peter Andre, Andy Murray, Louise and Jamie Redknapp, Frank Lampard and John Terry could all be neighbours, especially if you live in Oxshott’s Crown Estate, where properties are no less than three quarters of an acre.
Head west across Surrey’s picturesque landscape and you’ll hit Virginia Water, a village with a more sedate pace, named after the lake in nearby Windsor Great Park. Golfers such as Ernie Els and Sir Nick Faldo have been attracted by nearby Wentworth golf club, and Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard and members of the Bee Gees have all had homes in the area.
It will cost you, though. Barton Wyatt have little below £700,000 mark, but plenty of homes with asking prices in excess of £4 million.
For further details please contact Barton Wyatt Estate Agents Surrey.