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Londoners hankering after all the charms of country life without the misery of a long commute need only cross Hammersmith Bridge and into the heart of Barnes.
There they will find all the attributes of a quintessential English village – from a pretty duck pond and village green to a thriving farmers market.
Swift trains from Waterloo take only 22 minutes to reach this charming enclave bordered by the Thames, Richmond Park and lovely woodlands.
Local estate agent Kelly Stafford says that her office in Barnes is referred to as the 'country homes' division of Marsh and Parsons, and it's easy to see why: handsome Victorian villas, Georgian mansions and pretty cottages set within idyllic surroundings are constantly in high demand.
Excellent schools and all the perks of country living mean that once families have discovered this “London village” they tend to stay.
Which properties are typical to the area?
Barnes is predominately a house market catering to an increasing number of buyers seeking family homes. Large Victorian villas with up to five bedrooms are common, as well as period conversions and grand mansion block apartments. Little Chelsea is a popular area filled with pretty cottages