Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley and Elmbridge are among the most desirable places to live in the UK, according the TV property experts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer.

The Location Location Location presenters placed the three Surrey areas in their top ten in a show which rated the best places and worst places to live in 2007.

Epsom and Ewell claimed third position because it has a reputation as a quality place to buy a home, low crime and a glowing health record.

The borough was number one in 2005 and eighth last year.

Mole Valley's low crime rate, strong education results and good health record helped it clinch fifth place.

House prices here have steadily increased over the past few years and the district is a safer bet than London for the more cautious investor.

According to a survey last year by The Halifax, Elmbridge has among the best standards of living in the UK, leading to its reputation as The Beverly Hills of Surrey.' At tenth place in the table, it ranked highly as it is the sixth best place in the country for residents with higher education qualifications.

A huge 64.5 per cent of the population work in high-powered professional or managerial careers, compared to 42 per cent of the national as a whole.

Just 0.6 per cent of Elmbridge residents claim job seeker's allowance and life expectancy is high, with 12 per cent of the population over 70.