Want to live like Betty Draper Move to Surrey, the housewife capital of Britain
Two thirds of women living in Surrey do not need workTandridge topped the list with housewives accounting for 64% of population
00:47 GMT, 10 August 2012
Betty Draper wannabees can head to Surrey to join the UK's top housewife hotspot
In Desperate Housewives, all kinds of drama and intrigue unfold in the fictional US town of Fairview.
Now, it seems, Britain has its own equivalent… Tandridge in East Surrey.
This leafy corner of the commuter belt has been declared the housewife capital of Britain.
A study found 64 per cent of women in the area, described by residents as full of ‘body-conscious yummy mummies’, were housewives who do not work.
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Leafy Surrey is a housewife haven, with two thirds of women living there not needing to work
‘They are very aware of keeping fit
and also have the time to do it. Many around here are yummy mummies. If
I’m really honest I think people have got the money for the wife not to
The average house price in Tandridge
is 535,000 and just 20 per cent of residents rent, compared with a
national average of 32 per cent.
Peter Gottelier, of East Surrey-based Rayner’s Estate Agents, said: ‘There are certainly some very affluent areas in Tandridge.
‘For example, in Oxted you will struggle to pick up a property for anything less than a million pounds.
‘Because there is an abundance of very
large schools in the area, naturally that attracts a lot of families to
live here.’ The study, launched by film subscription service LoveFilm
and based on ONS figures, found that the top ten locations for
stay-at-home wives and mothers were almost all around the capital, in
Surrey, Kent and Greater London.
But Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean
came second, ahead of Merton – the Greater London area which includes
Wimbledon – in third.
Pendle, in Lancashire, was the first
northern district to feature in the list, in 17th place – one of just
two northern entries in the top 25.
Helen Cowley, of LoveFilm, said: ‘Our
study shows that there are significantly more housewives in the South
with just a couple of cities in the top 25 representing the north of the
Nationwide 70.9 per cent of married
or co-habiting British women with dependent children were working in
2011, according to ONS figures.
TANDRIDGE, THE TOWN WHERE THE WIVES DON'T WORK
Tandridge is just 22 miles from London, it contains part of the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, part of the Weald and the towns of Warlingham, Caterham, Oxted, Godstone and Lingfield.
The area has several woodlands and some open heathland. Elevations range from 267m at Botley Hill, North Downs to 42m above sea level near Edenbridge.
The average house price is 363,586
Notable residents include Katie Price, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dame Judie Dench and Shayne Ward.