The Essex seaside town where house prices are a third of those as its posh Surrey namesake
House prices in an Essex coastal town are reportedly a third of those in an upscale Surrey town with the same name. According to Rightmove, properties in Walton-on-the-Naze sold for an average of £265,041 last year compared to homes in Walton-on-the-Thames where properties were sold for an average of £741,831 during the same period.
Local estate agent My Moving Places told MyLondon: “We are often told that Walton-on-the-Naze is like a magnet. People who used to live here are drawn back years later thanks to the warm community feel.
“It mainly attracts over 50s but we are seeing more and more young families too.” They added: “As well as the beaches and unbelievable views from the Walton Backwaters, there are lots of parks and green spaces.”
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Walton-on-the-Naze is well known for its sandy beaches, seafront gardens and picturesque narrow streets. The family-friendly place has the UK’s second-longest pier, behind south coastal city Southend, which gives families the opportunity to enjoy fairground rides, ten-pin bowling and sea angling.
Many bird species can be found here, and it’s not unusual to see a seal pup relaxing on the shore. You may visit The Naze, a pristine headland of heath, salt marshes, and crumbling cliffs, to the north.
The Grade II listed building Naze Tower, which was built in 1720, plays a vital role in maritime history. As for the area’s namesake, Walton-on-the-Thames is a beautiful Surrey town found on the banks of the River Thames.
It lies 15.3 miles south west of Charing Cross and is between Weybridge and Molesey. The town has six stunning bridges overlooking the river, with no end of walking routes.
Moreover there is a thriving food and drink scene with a monthly farmers’ market. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the trendy restaurants and cafes, or during the summer months sip on a pint in a riverfront beer garden.
Film buffs will love the luxury armchairs of the local Everyman Cinema. There is even a ping pong parlour where you can play free table tennis in the town centre. Of course, both areas have their strong points.
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