Acclaimed luxury lifestyle site Muddy Stilettos asked its readers to vote for the best local village, town or city to call home in 2023 using its Top 250 Best Places to Live guide. In a regional vote across 28 counties, Oxted topped the poll of 10 potential candidates in Surrey.

From towns to villages, hamlets to commuter favourites, each of the initial 250 locations were independently researched and picked by the highly trusted Muddy editorial team and then over 25,000 readers went on to vote. The results revealed the strength of passion for each town or village’s sense of community, quality of local facilities, and immediate surroundings.

In Surrey, the popular town of Oxted won the top spot with its pretty location at the foot of the North Downs and burgeoning foodie scene. Recent new restaurants and wine openings have added to the already lively high street of this buzzy town. With a outstanding independent schools (Hazlewood School and Caterham School) along with good state primary and secondary schools, Oxted is a great location for families, and the averagehouse price of £752,00 (over the past year) makes it a comparatively reasonable town to buy in within the wider county too.

The top 10 most popular towns and villages in Surrey were:

1. Oxted
2. Farnham
3. Dorking
4. Reigate
5. Cobham
6. Godalming
7. Ripley
8. Haslemere
9. Esher
10. Englefield Green

For full results in Surrey and details on each town , go to