A sprawling country house with easy access to London is really the Holy Grail for South England property hunters. This might explain why property in neighbouring counties, like Surry, is so sought after. We give you a quick look at some of London’s surrounding towns that offer easy commutes into the city - for both work and play.
- Chelmsford - here you have the option to jump on a Great Eastern Main Line train and arrive at Liverpool Street station in less than half an hour - excellent for people working in the City. There are also plenty of places of interest for weekend pursuits, such as Hyland’s house. Recently receiving city status, this Essex gem is experiencing a boom in new builds.
- Guildford - this might not be South England’s most charming town, but it is certainly one of the most convenient out-of-town spots for people working in London. From Guildford, you can get to Waterloo station in just over half an hour. There is also a selection of beautiful modern homes with easy access to choice schools such as the Royal Grammar School.
- Harpenden - offering more in the way of country charm - at a price of course - Harpenden is the perfect commuter’s town. Located in beautiful Herts, it offers a selection of large Victorian and Edwardian houses, as well as semi-detached and terrace houses. From here you can get to St Pancras in half an hour.
- Hayward’s Heath - situated in West Sussex and neatly south of London, Hayward’s Heath is located in an incredibly picturesque part of England. You can make your selection from beautiful Victorian and Edwardian detached and semi-detached homes, with some post-war homes coming in at more affordable prices. Enjoy the lovely countryside of the South Downs or the area’s proximity to Brighton’s popular delights.
- Welwyn Garden City - truly combines the best of town and country, Welwyn was the brainchild of a celebrated architect working with a town planner to create the perfect garden city. Situated on the A1, trains to King’s Cross take 30 minutes and trains to Moorgate take approximately 45 minutes. As an aside, this is also the filming location for Simon Pegg’s film, the World’s End.
- Sevenoaks - If you prefer a quiet and quaint town, this Kentish gem might be more up your alley. Visit the stately home of Knole with its 1,000 acre deer park and reputation as once housing Virgina Woolf’s lover. You will be spoilt for choice with lovely properties hailing from the twenties and thirties, as well as some older detached homes. To get to London, take a train to Charing Cross in just over 30 minutes.
Some other excellent ‘commuter’s havens’ include Berkhamsted, Chatham, East and West Molesey, Esher, Milton Keynes and Reading - all offering journeys that will take well under an hour. If you are interested in increasing your living space and on capitalising on the property boom to sell up and move out of town, why not save on agency fees by using an online estate agent such as Tepilo?