What it’s really like living in Berkshire’s most expensive street

What it's really like living in Berkshire's most expensive street

It’s the road where dream homes are made

Prince Consort Drive
Prince Consort Drive has an array of different styles in just one street (Image: Reach PLC)

Driving into the long sweep that is Prince Consort Drive in Ascot is more like going into a luxury Center Parcs resort than a residential road.

Stunning, individually-named houses sit quietly back from the roadside, boasting generous driveways and bonny front gardens.

And it’s little surprise it’s so attractive – it is the most expensive place to buy a home in Berkshire.

Here, properties cost on average nearly £3 million to buy last year, according to the latest figures from the Land Registry.

According to the Government department, which lists the price paid for every residential property bought at market value which are then registered with them, the median price of three homes bought in Prince Consort Drive in 2019 was £2.7m.

And it’s easy to see why.

Prince Consort Drive, Ascot
Prince Consort Drive, Ascot, has properties which sold for £3m on average in 2019 (Image: Reach PLC)

The road itself is quiet, set back from the main thoroughfare and lined with tall, gentle trees of several varieties, including pine.

It feels like a street you’d find happily in a village – except each detached home on a plot of land is still within hollering distance of the next.

It’s the road dream homes are made on. Whether you like a Georgian style, echoes of an older time, or the modern touch, there is no such thing as uniform in this quiet lane.

A sign outside almost every gate reads that the home is protected by security firm Premier Services – and yet it is clearly quiet and safe.

It wasn’t surprising to see a Jaguar parked in one of the gravelled drives, nor spy a swimming pool in a back garden.

One woman who lives in the road, who did not want to be named, said she wasn’t surprised at the value of the homes.

Prince Consort Drive, Ascot
It’s an incredibly quiet street (Image: Reach PLC)

“That will be mainly the newer houses, definitely,” she said.  “We’ve been here for nearly 30 years, so we love it.

“There aren’t many of the original houses left, they tended to come with large plots, about one acre plots I think, but the houses were quite small in comparison. So a lot of people tore them down and rebuilt them, like we did.

“I think they were built in the 1950s/60s.

“It’s a very lovely road, and it’s quiet, very quiet, that’s one of the most attractive things.

“When we moved in there were a lot of children here too so we were able to make a lot of friends because the children were of a similar age.”

Prince Consort Drive, Ascot
It’s in a highly desirable location (Image: Reach PLC)

She said another reason for it being a desirable place to live was its location.

“It’s not far from the station, and there’s Ascot Racecourse nearby too, we go every year and it’s a lot of fun.

“And of course it isn’t too far from London either.”

The most expensive streets in Berkshire in 2019

There were 1,176 streets in England and Wales where the average price was £1 million or more, down from 1,246 in 2018, 1,458 in 2017, and 1,451 in 2016.

Here are the most expensive streets in Berkshire – and the average cost of buying a home there.

  • Prince Consort Drive, Winkfield Row, Ascot: £2,750,000
  • Heather Drive, Sunningdale: £1,950,000
  • Priory Road, Ascot: £1,800,000
  • Llanvair Close, Ascot: £1,650,000
  • Winter Hill, Maidenhead: £1,532,500
  • St Leonards Hill, Windsor: £1,420,000
  • Sunning Avenue, Sunningdale: £1,400,000
  • Brockenhurst Road, Ascot: £1,350,000
  • Church Road, Ascot: £1,335,000
  • Buckhold, Pangbourne: £1,325,000

The most expensive street in England and Wales in 2019 was Ashburton Place in Mayfair, where homes go for an average of £17.5m.

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