Oh, as a guide to prices - quarter of a million will buy you a two bedroom semi in the nicer part of Croydon walking distance from the station and fifteen minutes train from central London; somewhere like that and you don't even need a car or to worry about fuel costs (I've never even learnt to drive.) I'd expect you to get significantly more for your money than that in somewhere like Crawley. A large three bedroom detached walking distance from the station is about 400k+ depending on condition in Horsham.

Be warned though, the stamp duty tax is an evil thing that jumps from 1% to 3% *on the whole value* as soon as the purchase price goes above 250k; the only upside is that makes 249k the magic number for doing deals as vendors know buyers aren't willing to pay the added tax.