21 Feb King of the Hill: The luxurious Surrey homes that are moving up in the world
Dr Marios Kyriazis, a U.S. ageing expert suggests that seven out of ten of the longest-living communities in the U.S. are mountain-based, and in the tiny Sardinian mountain town of Ovodda, as many men as women live to be 100 years old. Whether it’s the fresh air or the fact you’re doing a lot of walking uphill (using major muscle groups and giving your heart a good workout), moving up in the world could extend your life.
And with that in mind consider some on the more “famous” hills located in the South East of England:
Notting Hill – best known for the annual spectacular carnival and the fact that super chef Jamie Oliver resides there.
Box Hill – the best extreme uphill road, just 25 miles from London that featured prominently in the 2012 Summer Olympic cycling road race routes.
Parliament Hill is an area of open parkland in the south-east corner of Hampstead Heath in north-west London. The hill, which is 98 metres (322 ft) high, is notable for its excellent views of the Capital’s skyline. Many famous landmarks can be seen from its summit such as Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, the Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Richmond Hill – another hugely desirable address in West London
Tower Hill and Shooters in Greenwich – all top spots to live with an albeit only slightly elevated position
So why the prestige of hill living?
There are some excellent geographical reasons for being hillside. If climate change really does raise sea levels as many believe especially given the recent catastrophic floods then you are already well placed to stay dry and it is becoming harder to insure valley properties.
James Wyatt, partner of Barton Wyatt, award-winning estate agent in Surrey, parts of which have been hard hit by the floods, has this to say:
“The Surrey Hills have become a real draw for our county; at the weekend they are deluged with cyclists and our parklands are full of locals and Londoners alike desperate for some clean healthy fun outside. Many of our clients moving into the area are attracted by the open spaces and rolling hills.
“Just recently we have noticed a high number of new build country mansions in the area being named something ‘Hill’. A local developer has just put Hill House on the market at £11,000,000 and this majestic mansion really suits its name. It is a very magnificent house and deserved an equally grand name.
“There are many streets close to Virginia Water and the exclusive Wentworth Estate that have ‘Hill’ in the name – Callow Hill, Knowle Hill, Gorse Hill Road and Badgers Hill, which all boast the very finest properties in the area.”
Living on a hill side has many benefits and a major factor is the potential advantages to your health. Research shows that walking uphill burns twice the calories to walking on the flat so moving to an area with an incline to tackle to get to the shops or the station is a terrific way of keeping you and the family in tip top condition.
Aside from the clear health benefits, ‘hillside’ living drives property prices up. In it’s latest report, Savills reveals that the value of homes with ‘Hill’ in the address rose by 9.6% in 2013.
So if you are looking to go up in the world and be the ‘King of the Castle’, then why not consider Hill House?
An exceptional brand new home available for £11 million in the very heart of the Wentworth Estate, siding onto the East Course. Hill House is situated in beautifully landscaped and private gardens of well over an acre at the rear.
The house has been designed with ample room for a large family. Five receptions on the ground floor, five bedroom suites in the main house and a large entertainment / games room in the roof. The basement houses an indoor pool complex with steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, changing and shower rooms. A one bedroom staff apartment perches above the garaging for three cars.
For more information contact Barton Wyatt on 01344 843000