Find your very own pleasure palace in Hampton Court

With the Hampton Court Palace Festival, returning for its 20th year next week (14th June), and the palace playing host to other events, including the annual RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July and the Olympic road cycling time trials and races at the end of the month and 1st August; Hampton Court is set to take centre stage this summer.

Robert Butterworth of Jackson-Stops & Staff in Teddington comments on why Hampton Court is not just popular with its annual concert and festival-goers: The 750 acres of parkland surrounding Hampton Court, combined with its riverside location, give the area a very open, rural feel a quality much appreciated by buyers. Hampton Court is very popular with people moving out of central London. There is a good choice of properties.

Tudor and Georgian houses are found close to the palace and along the river, with spacious 1920s and 1930s Arts & Crafts-style houses in nearby East Molesey, with newer homes found behind them. The Arts & Crafts houses have 100ft-long gardens and are ideal for families, costing from just over 1million to 1.5million.

In nearby Thames Ditton there are blocks of 1950s flats that appeal to first-time buyers. One-beds start at 200,000 and two-bed maisonettes at 250,000. Classic mid-Victorian two-up, two-down cottages in the streets leading down to the river rarely come on to the market and go for 400,000 upwards. Most investors buy flats, and periods where they are not let are non-existent. Jackson-Stops currently have two studio apartments for sale on Bridge Street in Hampton Court priced at 157,500 and 159,950, a five bedroom Georgian house in Hampton for 825,000 and a five bedroom Victorian House in East Molesey for 900,000.