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Upscale/exclusive post codes/communities/neighborhoods in England

Hi there! As the subject line states, I'm trying to get at least a sketchy idea of what particular neighborhoods, towns, villages, etc. throughout England proper would be considered homes for the rich and powerful.I'm guessing that post codes could be a clue, right? Country homes, for instance, where the houses themselves have a pedigree, and the surrounding landscape is lovely. I'm doing a little online research, but folk here might have a more accurate and immediate idea. If there are particular neighborhoods within London that would be considered similarly - say, where the rich and powerful live when they're not in the country at the week - that would be gravy. Thanks for any help that anyone can provide!

ETA: Thanks so much for all your input. Everyone's given me information that will probably prove valuable beyond the specific reason I asked the question in the first place. That's why I love asking questions here!


I suggest you have a look at www.rightmove.co.uk which shows properties for sale, and click the highest value search option. All counties have their rich zones, and London any where near the River Thames, Richmond, Belgravia, Kensington and Primrose Hill are full of rich people.

Good luck!
Thanks! I'm finding some of that now (I also checked Forbes, which, not surprisingly, has a nose for finding the right neighborhoods. Southeast England appears to be prime hunting for the landscapes I'm looking for.
Virginia Water (near Windsor) has an average house price of over £1m, but it's more nouveau-riche - footballers, celebrities, etc. - so I guess it depends on what sort of rich and powerful you're talking. It's definitely the sort of place you'd find the Tylers in Pete's Universe.
I'd been thinking about Virginia Water ... I'm also looking for areas that are close to woodland, so I'll do an image search for that region as well. Thanks! (And yes, looking for potential Tyler residences. Trying to figure out whether Pete would try for something in an older area out of a sense of pride.
Other places with expensive houses:-

Bath. The Royal Crescent especially [Georgian]

Cotswolds. Some of those quaint thatched cottages come at a premium!

Any 'stately home'. Okay, most are owned by the National Trust or similar, but a keen buyer might find a "lesser" one in need of TLC for a few million. There are some corkers in Somerset/Gloucestershire. Prince Charles' place is in Glous.

A castle. Same scarcity as above!

The Lake District. Anywhere near Windermere will be VERY expensive.

Sea front house in a popular beach resort, esp south coast.

Thank you so much for your suggestions - I think they will come in very handy!
London - Chelsea for townhouses for people mainly living in the country, Hampstead for those mainly living in London.
Southwest and West of London in the Home Counties - the Cotswolds are full of the wealthy, as are Bray, Windsor, the Chalfonts, and surrounding bits of Home Counties.

Such people wouldn't care about the postcodes - partly our housing is so mixed that a street of million pound houses can be across a road from a dodgy council estate, but also caring about the postcodes rather than just buying what you like smacks of the aspiring middle class worried about school catchment areas, which aren't an issue if of course your children would go to private schools.
Thanks so much for your information. I'm learning a lot about one of those significant differences between societies on either side of the Atlantic!
Britain doesn't really have 'neighbourhoods' in the sense you mean - Westminster, for example, has penthouse flats that are owned mostly by absentee foreign rich (Arab and Russian oligarchs) alongside housing for the poor and homeless.

Never confuse property ownership with money (Britain is famously covered in crumbling stately homes that the old families can no longer afford). Take a look at the property page of Country Life for really up-market homes - both London and country.

As for the Tylers - Cockney new money traditionally moves out to Essex (look at Chigwell and Epping for close to London) while Cheshire is known for the 'footballers wives mansions' - also the sort of thing I might associate with the Tylers.
Thanks very much; I appreciate all the context you provided. And yes, I'm looking at area of both "new money" and old families. Everything here is helpful!


Sandbanks at Poole (which is right on the south coast) near where I live is proper for the rich and famous, the houses are very expensive, most have water on both sides (beach one side and the harbour the other) so the views are amazing. Its very much where rich/famous people have holiday homes. I think the houses are some of the most expensive in the country and the land some of the most expensive in the world. Weirdly though the rest of the area isn't actually what I would consider upscale and the beaches are public so anyone can use them and do in the summer.

Like some other people said we don't have neighbourhoods in that sense, there's really low income housing very near to high income. Especially for I guess new money.

We don't have the same post code thing as there seems to be in the US. I wouldn't know what a post code meant if it wasn't my town, although this may be slightly different in London. But outside of London, if you told me your postcode I would have no idea if that meant you were rich or not. Especially because someone might have a similar postcode but live in a very different class of area. Like I think someone said above, only people worrying about school catchment area would worry about a postcode I think.
Oh, this is great; you're the first person to specifically mention that area of England, and I appreciate it!

It's amazing how much difference there is. Over here, at least in the big cities, which probably all developed over the past century under zoning codes that govern what type of residences there are, and which have both horizontal and vertical sprawl, the geographical isolation of socioeconomic populations became pretty fixed. Sometimes neighborhoods gentrify and 30-40 years ago, the racistly horrendous thing known as white flight changed other neighborhoods, taking money and diversification with it - but even in those cases, socioeconomically diverse neighborhoods are not the norm.