Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Richmond Wins on All Counts; You Had Better Be Friendly and Rich If You Want to Join the Happy People, Says Ruth Bloomfield

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Richmond Wins on All Counts; You Had Better Be Friendly and Rich If You Want to Join the Happy People, Says Ruth Bloomfield

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Byline: Ruth Bloomfield

THEY are the healthiest and wealthiest people in the country, so little wonder the residents of Richmond upon Thames live in what is today revealed in a survey as the happiest place in the capital.

Rightmove questioned Londoners on everything from local community spirit to the friendliness of their neighbours, the quality of local sporting facilities, safety, transport and green space, before naming Richmond the city's number one happy spot.

West London smiles through today's study, with Kingston upon Thames and Wandsworth also in the top five, while Bromley and Sutton, in the furthest reaches of south London, also make the cut.

Camden and Barnet, in sixth and seventh positions, fly the flag for north London, and Ealing in west London, Greenwich in south-east London, and Havering, east London, complete the Top 10.

we're laughing Being a Richmond happy home owner doesn't come cheap, with an average property price of PS829,533, according to Rightmove. One of the borough's big, rambling Victorian villas would cost PS5.5-PS6 million. A semi on the same scale would cost from PS3-PS4 million, proof of just how highly Richmond residents value privacy.

Then there are those lavish architectural gems being carved out of the former Star and Garter services care home, designed for luxury living by London Square on Richmond Hill. A two-bedroom apartment in the landmark building, due to complete this year, is on sale for PS2.9 million.

With PS1 million to spend in Richmond you could buy a two-up two-down cottage or a two- or three-bedroom flat. With PS500,000 you are looking at a one-bedroom flat. And for PS350,000, the average spend for a London firsttime buyer, the only option would be a modest studio.

Richmond's first train station opened in 1846 and affluent buyers began moving to the area as an antidote to the crowds of central London, creating micro country estates surrounded by new streets of houses. Today, connections into central London are good. Those period houses are bought by commuters who can get to Waterloo in a brisk 18 minutes.

Of course, Richmond is also delightful, with its riverside pubs, great restaurants and shops, and high-quality Georgian and Victorian houses.

"It is like a little Georgian village on the river," says buying agent James Watts, an associate with Prime Purchase. "It has a real sense of space and history."

However, every silver lining comes with a cloud, which, in Richmond's case is aircraft noise from planes using Heathrow. Its other downside is that it can become crowded with day trippers at weekends.

Watts also believes Richmond is now "very fully priced". He doubts there will be much in the way of price rises over the next year or so, particularly with Brexit looming. …

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